Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: 2012 Bonneville SE
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Vancouver, BC
yeah i definitely agree that if i wanted a smaller or mid size engine that other companies, like any japanese brands, makes great off roaders, without a doubt, and definitely in that field there are companies that triumph (forgive the pun) triumphs in off roading, hondas, yamaha's etc...
i guess maybe it was when the new xe and xc came out i was like wow, they look great, the profile reminds me of a 70's husqvarna. but then i was like man, 1200cc's and from some reviews, obviously the weight was the concern of the bikes agility and ability. then i started thinking about steve mcqueens desert sleds, and scramblers and how great they were with the 650's, and how theirs definitely builders out there still grabbing old engines and rebuilding, i.e.. triumph bobbers, scramblers, cruisers, cafe's. theres definitely not a market for midsize engines, i recently (3days ago) just picked up a '79 xt500 and am so happy that i did, its been a bike i've been wanting for a bit and the price was great! but then again the power difference compared to a triumph is very different and maybe the companies interest doesn't lie there anymore. but i think it would still be pretty dayum cool, and if there was a midsize id probably consider buying one for sure.
as for RE, they're gonna be great as a city bike, and a starter bike i believe, not too powerful and the powerban isn't aggressive so it'd be a pretty safe ride for those purchasing it as their first bike. but man! i can't get over their new logo redesign, i think its absolutely ugly haha, and aesthetic plays a large part in the purchase, not only for me but for a lot of ppl.
what do you guys think of there rebranded logo??