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Old 28-05-2018
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Looks like a nice trailbike, much better than a DRZ. The only real negative is the tiny tank but I'm sure there will be solutions to that soon enough.

If I was doing longer trailrides (VHC?) and not technical single track it would be top of my list.

People have been crying out for a 450 to adventurise and this looks ideal.
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It's a fair bit lighter, higher performance and alot more expensive than a 250L.

Seem to be the stepping stone to the high performance 450 honda rally everyone was asking for ?

I see they are recommending 1000km service intervals probably playing it safe. 1250ml of oil.
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Looks like a nice trailbike, much better than a DRZ.

The only real negative is the tiny tank but I'm sure there will be solutions to that soon enough.

If I was doing longer trailrides (VHC?) and not technical single track it would be top of my list.

People have been crying out for a 450 to adventurise and this looks ideal.
Now that would be a good comparison / write-up . . .
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Or an SWM 500r for 9k ,
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I don't get this bike, chassis wise it's great. But...a converted MX motor with 1000km service intervals? 32,000 rebuilds? 1250ml sump is about what a WR250 runs...

I'm betting a DRZ400 with RMZ front end would be a better and cheaper option. Oh, and a titanium tank, cannot wait to check the RRP on that bad boy.
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It'll be interesting to see the price on this thing. If the price AND the weight are high, then I'd rather the husky 701.

As far as spec and features go, it seems halfway between a wr450 and a drz400.....which is not a bad thing.
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...As far as spec and features go, it seems halfway between a wr450 and a drz400.....which is not a bad thing.
I can't see it having the engine longevity to be a serious choice.

The 701 will last 100,000km with a smart right hand and a good mechanic.

If ever anyone is in the market for an adv bike, simply check what the hire tours run...
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Underpowered and overweight is what Honda delivered with the Africa Twin and people seem to be buying them in droves. Don't underestimate the desire and nostalgia that people have with Honda.

That bike wasn't brought in to appease trail riders, they would have brought in the X otherwise. They are aiming at the DRZ/WR250R market and this bike will be a perfect fit in that market.

I bet there will be more than a few trail tour companies picking them up and giving them a go.
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Or an SWM 500r for 9k ,
Another potential comparison.

Be interesting to hear what people think once they've ridden one.
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