This is Honda's reply to Yamaha. The small bore TTR's have been kickin' the small bore XR's butt in sales for the past two years. Honda had owned that market for 25 years. I'm sure that Yamaha put a dent in their bottom line.
It's a good step for Honda, but it's a small one. Air-cooled, drum brakes, outdated suspension--I mean really, can't they do something better? I wonder if they'll be as heavy as the XRs were, the 230 especially. I'm glad to see something new but won't be buying one. They might make ok starter bikes but most of us who started on one would step up eventually.
They have front disc brakes but still a drum on the rear. Don't know what Honda was thinking there. If it's the same old suspension and basic mechanics, I don't see it being that big of a deal. If they will really put some research and effort into it (like Yamaha has done) maybe it will be a good thing. Sheesh..... front disc and rear drum, that is rediculous!
I think what you're looking at are Honda's answers to the TTR125L and the TTR225. The CRF150F looks like it'll be seen in the Langtown backyard race up against the TTR125L creations, while the CRF230F looks like it will smoke the pants off that morphodite lookin' TTR225!
Personally, I'm sick of waiting to be taken seriously by the manufacturers. The more I wait, the more ticked I get at them for giving us bikes not equal to our husband's/boyfriend's as our only options. How do they expect us to keep up? These options are holding us back. Grrrrr arrrrggg.
I agree that those little TTRs don't have the latest and greatest AND that the latest and greatest doesn't make you a better rider, but you are missing the entire point! I'm just looking for equality! Why do I have to ride an inferior bike? I have no other choice and THAT STINKS! I also realize manufacturers have to fill the beginner market as mentioned above, but then there is nothing for small women to move up to. There's a huge hole in the product line. Hey manufacturers- I'd spend the money, for pete's sake! Don't short change us (little pun there)!
Well, slowly but surely, I think they'll come around. The TTRs were kind of like these new Hondas--a step in the right direction, even if it's a baby step. Besides--I bet we'll have a ton of cool BBR stuff ready to go by the time the bikes are available. Spring kits . . . billet goodies . . . who knows?
I guess it all washes out in the end, anyway. Buy a cheap bike, spend $ to trick it out, or buy an expensive bike. Getting something that works for you is the most important thing.
I'm interested in the rumored orange mid-size bikes--an 80 and a 100 is what I heard KTM is going to start making. Knowing KTM, they'll have gobs of power! Their 125s are amazing (and 200s too, of course).
CJ, this is your whole problem, you believe you're riding an inferior bike. For some reason, there's a notion that, everyone has to have the latest in dirt-bike technology in order to be a better rider. What they really need is practice. :D
Originally posted by CNM :
"They have front disc brakes but still a drum on the rear. Sheesh..... front disc and rear drum, that is rediculous! "
Thats one step better than my ride (double shoe front drum, std rear drum.) but i'm not losing any sleep over it. :D
Heck i can lock up either one at most any speed anyways.
Discs would be nice, but unless your competing or riding really hard they are kinda overkill. IMHO.
Although if you are looking for a more advanced machine to compete -w- hubby or the boyfriend why not a cr/rm/kx/yz 80 or 125????:think
Originally posted by CJ Rider I also realize manufacturers have to fill the beginner market as mentioned above, but then there is nothing for small women to move up to. There's a huge hole in the product line.
I kind of doubt that Honda (& Yamaha for that matter) think they are leaving a huge hole in their product lines. Unfortunately, there aren't really that many small riders that can utilize/need a high performance bike in a small package. The mfgs spend a ton of money on marketing and they study the demographics of the buying public - I can't see there being much of a demand for a $6k 150cc dirt bike. It's an unfortunate catch-22 situation. Personally, I'd love to see the high performance 'small' stature bikes but I just don't think we're going to see it from the Japanese mfgs.