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    Ah HA! Performant is NOT a word:

    Performant isn't a word - Jon Galloway
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    i think they just wanted to french it up.... performant - Wiktionary
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    It would be cool as long as you had low expectations; really low. I don't like that they are pushing the style so hard and don't give any specs. It makes me suspicious. Since there is nothing but style on this site, I dont like the supersized rear fender. I'd rather it be attached to the swing arm. If the Sym Wolf came out in a 500cc bike I might consider it.

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    I don't find it too terrible. Just almost exactly the same as the SkyTeam ACE, but with a 250 instead of 50 or 125.
    I think it would make for a half decent city bike.

    I hate the fact that it's made in China...but then again, this is coming from somebody who has sent out previous tech packets for quotes for manufacture, tooling, and molds...then seen the part I designed with our logos removed show up magically on eBay 2 months later.
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    agree with Pluto about the information being scarce and just nonsensical blabbering. About the fender - I think its a bit like in R-bikes. The assumption is that you will take it off. Itse there just to meet the regulations.

    It does look flimsy - shocks and forks. What I am surprised is that no real bike brand - or semi established like hyosung - don't try to capitalize with this kind of product. Or maybe they have done the math and the clientele really isn't there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerosene View Post
    What I am surprised is that no real bike brand - or semi established like hyosung - don't try to capitalize with this kind of product. Or maybe they have done the math and the clientele really isn't there.
    um...triumph thruxton? Ducati sportclassic? or did you mean small bike like the TU250? how about the w650? honda rs750?

    I think the bigger bike companies are a little gun shy because commercially these bikes have typically been sales failures in the US. Given what new bikes cost I am not surprised, most people who gravitate to this end of the hobby tend to be fairly broke or just the cheapest bastards alive. Actually, I think that is why the hipsters like it so much - right now there isn't really a viable way for the big four to reproduce what is going on with old used affordable bikes and still make money.
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    My friend Charlie Perethian has a W650. First time he rode up on it thought "what a nice Triumph" It was until closer inspection that I realized it was a Kawasaki. I thought how could they just rip off this design, but it was explained to me that it was an intended tribute to the early Triumph vintage look. Charlie says it's a pretty good bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by o1marc View Post
    My friend Charlie Perethian has a W650. First time he rode up on it thought "what a nice Triumph" It was until closer inspection that I realized it was a Kawasaki. I thought how could they just rip off this design, but it was explained to me that it was an intended tribute to the early Triumph vintage look. Charlie says it's a pretty good bike.
    The W650 was actually a look back to Kaw's mid 60s W1...which was produced post purchase of Meguro.

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    Which in itself was more BSA copy than Triumph.
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    This says Triumph 500 all over it:
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    But with the tower shaft, it reminds me more of a Ducati narrow case single!

    It does, however, look more Triumph than the current Triumph Bonnie!

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