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What is the "Coolest" Bike Made in Thailand?

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Why disqualify Triumph haven't they started building bikes in Chon Buri?

A large % of the parts for many of the Triumph models are made in Thailand - but it's not classed as a Thai made bike as it's assembled in the UK - and so we still get hit by the import duties.

The idea of the thread was a discussion about the bikes that are classed as made in Thailand under Thai tax law - as those are the affordable ones here.

I was also thinking that we have some very decent bikes made in Thailand, whereas the range of cars made in Thailand could be used as a list of the most 'uncool' cars known to mankind.

I'm not sure how the CT400 gets classified as a Thai made bike - but it's a welcome addition to the Thai Visa Cool Wall.

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Honda Sonic,what a great little bike,can't wait for the double knocker they have in Indonesia.

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The price of 299,000 Baht suggests that the Yamaha MT-07 is made in Thailand. I think it's around 685-690cc or so. I kinda like it, but haven't ridden it. Really, Yamaha seems to have an off-again on-again relationship with selling their bigger bikes in Thailand, and I kinda worry about long terms parts and service availability. Sukuki seems worse in that regard. Any bike for which you have to wait 3-6 months for the (wrong?) parts to arrive and can't find ready service for is definitely uncool. And so who you gonna get to work on that pretty Benelli? Once the guy opens the engine, will they know what to do?

I don't think I'd want a Harley 750, but is that one made in Thailand? Wherever it's made, I've read that it's selling quite well.

The Yamaha's are made in Japan.

Harley Street 750 is made in India.

299,000 Baht is a ridiculously low price for a bike made in Japan. And/or, 270,000 Baht for an SR400 is a ridiculously high price, allegedly because it's made in Japan. The MT-07 is only 29,000 Baht more? But I did search around a bit, and you appear to be correct: made in Japan. Correct as well for the Harley (though they're also reported to be manufactured in the USA as well).

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The white Vulcan S indeed looks very cool. I don't plan to buy a cruiser anytime soon as I want a bit more agility and ground clearance for touring but if I'd get a cruiser, I'd get this one. If only Kawasaki gave it a 270 degree crank to make it sound sweet too.

That would be the Vulcan 900cc V-Twin, big brother to the Vulcan S.

2012-Kawasaki-Vulcan900ClassicSpecialEdi

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Honda Sonic,what a great little bike,can't wait for the double knocker they have in Indonesia.

You've reminded me of another bike: the Yamaha Exciter 150, although I cannot find where it's actually manufactured (the Sonic is reported as made in Thailand). I looked at the Exciter quite a bit while researching a new bike for my daughter. She ultimately got a Yamaha GTX 125 only because I thought it was a bit more appropriate for a young woman, had underseat storage, and etc,. plus a really great price at 43,000 Baht. No idea where it's made.

But the Exciter did impress me as it has a five speed manual gearbox, front and rear disc brakes (most scooters have drum brakes on the back), and a price of 64,000 Baht at the shops in Chiang Mai, which I thought pretty reasonable. Top speed seems about 130KPH-ish. An arbitrary youtube video of the bike with another, showing a dyno test, and etc.:

https://youtu.be/eJArddf5sBc

People apparently like to hot rod them as well. Here's a video of one with an aftermarket ECU of some sort that's running out to 150KPH:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4MnS8m6V7w

I'm not completely sure I'd want to do 150KPH on such a small bike, but in fact, I haven't ridden one. It might be OK, I dunno. Kinda felt like I wouldn't mind having one of my own to play with, but I don't have the parking space for two motorcycles.

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Having just bought one I'd have to say a Kawasaki Vulcan S. Wait, no I wouldn't, I didn't buy it to be cool, I'm way past bothering about that kind of nonsense.

Confucius says; you have to have been it to ever be past it.

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Full disclosure: I ride a 2010 Ninja 650. Have had it for a few years now, and it's visited most places in Thailand problem free. Is it "cool?" I'll leave that up to ya'll to decide. I will say that it's fun. And that I much prefer it over the Versys I bought a while back. I couldn't stand the Versys, but a friend in the south swears by his. Have posted the Ninja on several sites for sale recently, including the classifieds section of ThaiVisa. Nothing wrong with it at all, and keeping it is no problem. I think mostly I might just be a bit bored with it after having it so long, and so I ponder a new toy of some kind now and again. Only mentioning the "for sale" thing as a bit more of that "full disclosure" thing. Please don't start posting messages in this thread asking "how much" and etc. There are other ways to contact me, should you wish.

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The white Vulcan S indeed looks very cool. I don't plan to buy a cruiser anytime soon as I want a bit more agility and ground clearance for touring but if I'd get a cruiser, I'd get this one. If only Kawasaki gave it a 270 degree crank to make it sound sweet too.

That would be the Vulcan 900cc V-Twin, big brother to the Vulcan S.

2012-Kawasaki-Vulcan900ClassicSpecialEdi

Yea my friend has one here. It's definitely a cool bike but doesn't qualify for the thread as it's imported from Japan. Also it's nearly 200k more.

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Stallion Centaur 150 Sport Classic.

Because I have one and it just is.

Game over

The Stallions is a now a real Thai brand motorcycle and made here in Thailand. At 150cc it is small enough to get through the crap traffic like a scooter and fun enough to know you are on a real bike.

Yes, do like the retro styling.

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Stallion Centaur 150 Sport Classic.

Because I have one and it just is.

Game over

The Stallions is a now a real Thai brand motorcycle and made here in Thailand. At 150cc it is small enough to get through the crap traffic like a scooter and fun enough to know you are on a real bike.

So my GF said to me just yesterday "Where would I sit on that?" I didn't have an answer. Can someone explain that seat from a utilitarian perspective?

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