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    A work colleague and I went along to Red Baron in Lower Hutt today to have a look at the 2 examples of the 650 that they have in at the moment. The Interceptor and GT they had in were both in fairly subdued colours which, to be frank, didn't help their case. I reckon the Burnt Orange colour scheme will make a difference.

    On face value they look to be well executed bikes with a decent standard of finishing. The engine casings for example look to be good with no obvious cost cutting going on. However the seat units on both appeared to be quite flimsy and are evidence of where costs have been cut.

    This is of course no great surprise - Indeed many people will replace the sets units anyway so I can see the logic. I was left with the impression that RE have spent the R+D money where it's most needed and the bits that aren't as flash will be ripe for personalisation.

    Interestingly there was a 2016 Triumph Street Twin in the store too. It had low mileage on it (Less than 3000Km I think) and was in excellent condition. It was priced at $12500 I think and poses a difficult question of anyone contemplating paying the $10500 or so for a new Interceptor.

    Personally on the evidence of what I saw I'd need a proper test ride on both before deciding but I guess that the very fact there's a choice to be made speaks volumes for the RE's cause. I'll be interested to see what the press here in NZ make of it.

    Anyone on KB managed to ride one yet?
    Navy Boy

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    I spied the GT at the local dealer this morning. I actually looks very tidy. I prefer the engine design to the Bonnie from a physical point as it appears smaller and skinnier than the Triumph lump (no actual measurements taken).

    I hope they do well, we are already starting to see the RE650 being used as a base for custom bikes on the interweb.

    Ironically the best looking of the retro engines of this configuration is/was the Kawasaki w650/800 series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllanB View Post
    Ironically the best looking of the retro engines of this configuration is/was the Kawasaki w650/800 series.
    Plus you got bevel gear drive cam in the Kawasaki
    it's not a bad thing till you throw a KLR into the mix.
    those cheap ass bitches can do anything with ductape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete376403 View Post
    Plus you got bevel gear drive cam in the Kawasaki
    I know - cooler than cool stuff. The aftermarket can supply a small cover with a glass window in it to view the bevel goodness in operation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire View Post
    One of the first ride videos.
    Probably fells like when the Z1 Kawasaki arrived on the scene.
    Some pretty keen riding on the motorway.

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    Lol, the guys narrative sounded like an auction!
    also, he seeemed to be going on and on about the fuel consumption?
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    I wonder if they will still be selling the 500 as the price gap is not huge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire View Post
    I wonder if they will still be selling the 500 as the price gap is not huge.
    https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/mot...cbe417dbda087a
    Mmm... Good question. I wouldn't pay that for a 500 Bullet if I'm honest. Not when the Himalayan costs less and arguably more useful.

    I hope the 650 models sell in sufficient numbers for them to keep bringing them here.
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    nearly went with the 535 single continental , just you could get a lot more for the price , which I think I didhttps://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/mot...2d4065f6dc4b74
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    Quote Originally Posted by tanken2 View Post
    nearly went with the 535 single continental , just you could get a lot more for the price , which I think I didhttps://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/mot...2d4065f6dc4b74
    With RE, perhaps more than any other manufacturer, the price point is going to be crucial. The 650s are at a good price point IMHO and they should, from what I've read thus far, compete well with bikes at the same price level. I guess it all depends on where you're coming from. A liquid-cooled Bonneville rider isn't likely to be that moved but coming from a LAMS 250 you'll be more easily swayed.

    I hope it does well for them. Now a 650-powered Himalayan??? That'd be interesting!
    Navy Boy

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