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It's been over a year and my bike is well broken in. Thought it was time for a report. Bought this bike in March 2019. 2018 Yamaha Xmax 300 I finally admitted that my body is too worn and to

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I am planning a few trips this year to various destinations and have started the research to select a good bike for the Philippines trip wise.

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These scooter gangs behaving much better in traffic than this one 'big' bike gang who think they own the road. These are lead by a bike with flashing blue and red lights driving fast middle of the road and pushing other traffic out of way. Reckless driving is the word.

Wonder if flashing blue and red lights allowed to other than emergency vehicles like ambulance/police??

As for which bike, depends on Your budget. Lots of nice bikes available. 

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Budget is a primary consideration but terrain varies here in the Phils so you need to define, as close as possible, what kind of riding you intend on doing.

Water cooled or oil cooled is on top of my list because of the heat

We used to call a bike that was built for on and off road a scrambler. With the rugged roads and hills this is a good style here too

Fuel injection...fuel injection...fuel injection. You don't want some side of the road guy messing with your carburetor. (unless you can do it yourself)

Stiff suspension but comfy seat 

These are some of the things I look for.

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13 minutes ago, colemanlee said:


I am too young to fancy styling and technique from 1901 :cool:

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Which just proved differences make the world go around


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2 budget options from China, Motorstar

Cafe 400


Engine Type Single cylinder,185YMQ, oil-cooled, four-stroke
Displacement (ml) 397.2
Bore X Stroke (mm) 85
Compression Ratio 8.8
Max. Power (kw/r/min) 20/7000
Max. Torque (N.m/r/min) 30/5500
Max. Speed (Km/h) 135
Lubrication Pressure ,splash
Clutch Type Manual, Multiplate wet clutch
Ignition CDI
Starting System Kick/Electric
Transmission System Chain drive with 6 gears
Front Brake Disc
Rear Brake Drum
Speedmeter Mechanical
Front Tire 90/90-19
Rear Tire 110/80-18 or 130/70-18
L X W X H (mm) 2130×760× 1130
Seat Height (mm) 790
Wheelbase (mm) 1420
Min. Ground Clearance (mm) 160
Max. Permissionable Weight (kg) 150
Rider Capacity 2
Dry. Weigth (kg) 150
Engine Oil (L) 1.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) 13
Packing Size (mm) 1800 X 600 X 980
Packing Weight (kg) 190kg
Container Loading 40HQ

Explorer 250, water cooled


Dimension Weight
Length/Width/Height (mm) 2130 x 868 x 1260
Wheelbase (mm) 1400
Fuel tank capacity (L) 16
Ground clearance (mm) 210
Seat height (mm) 795
Max load (kg) 150
Max speed (km/h) ≥ 135
Starting acceleration (s) ≤ 11
Overdrive acceleration (s) ≤ 12
Transmission mode 6 gears, int'l. gearshift
Brake system Fr. And Rr disc brakes
Starting mode Electric start
Engine Specification
Engine NC 250
Engine type 1-cyl., 4-stroke, 4-valves, water cooled,overhead cam and balaced
Length/Width/Height (mm) 382 x 316 x 415mm
Max power (KW/r/min) 16.5/ 9000
Max torque (KW/r/min) 22.5/ 7000
Piston swept volume (ml) 249.6
Compression ratio 11.5:1
High-end Quality
US Delphi EFI system No
3D antifog fisheye headlamp No
Hazard light Yes
Siemens chip LCD smart speedometer Yes
Cool LED park lights Yes
Italian leather seat cushion Yes
Reinforced and Thickened plastic material cover parts Yes
Fashionable travel suitcase Yes
Streamlined and humanized windshield Yes
Handlebars with necking technology Yes
Dual-curvature rearview mirrors Yes
Racing type oil seal chain Yes
Auto type waterproof connectors Yes
Multifunctional USB interface No
Anti-sideslip dual-use tires for all terrain Yes
Energy absorbing spokewheels Yes
Muffler with a stainless steel waterproof design Yes
Dual-lubricating and upside-down fr.shock absorber Yes
Adjustable central rear shock absorber Yes
Highly-anticorrosion reinforced cradle-type chasis Yes
Front and rear floral discs with large diameter Yes
Integrated patented bumper Yes


Unfortunately I don't think either is electronic ignition...

Here's my 1st choice...

5a9612c295207_Kawvulcan650.jpg.6b2204c16b80123806644e0e6810cbe6.jpgKawasaki Vulcan 650

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6 hours ago, Dafey said:

Budget is a primary consideration but terrain varies here in the Phils so you need to define, as close as possible, what kind of riding you intend on doing.

Yea, that was what I was thinking too.  A scrambler would probably work better here for all terrain. Thanks!

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