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post #1 of 26 Old 10-23-2009, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 26 Old 10-23-2009, 03:52 PM
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Vento, they've put some real crap on the market.

Wonder if this one will be any good, looks sweet, but I'm still not keen on the Chinese engines.......

And frames, etc - Vento, don't they import all the parts from China and sub-assemble them here?

Vento, I think of this POS when that name is mentioned -


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That naked commuter sure looks sweeeeeeet though!!!







The engine seems modular in design, could a four and even a six be far behind?

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Looks like a blast, who really needs a litre bike for commuting anyway?
The Derby looks interesting too


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Looks like a blast, who really needs a litre bike for commuting anyway?
The Derby looks interesting too
Is that a seat or a tongue? And, if it is a tongue, well..............

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Someone sure has a hard on for spokes.. Something that disappeared in the industry over 20 years ago..

That says to me that everything else on the machine should be as reliable as a Bultaco in the rain.

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Getting flashbacks of my red 2005 SV650 when I look at that tank.

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post #8 of 26 Old 10-24-2009, 07:45 AM
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Not that I am a fan of Vento but this is the type/style bike that needs to be available for our sport's entry level riders. If more bikes like this were available from the established manufacturers then we wouldn't see as many 17-20 yr old riders with little experience and less common sense riding high performance sport bikes. Lower initial investment, lower insurance costs, and they would find out that you can have fun riding just about anything with two wheels.

But that's just my opinion.

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post #9 of 26 Old 10-25-2009, 12:04 PM
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Someone sure has a hard on for spokes.. Something that disappeared in the industry over 20 years ago..

That says to me that everything else on the machine should be as reliable as a Bultaco in the rain.
they use spokes so that it's lighter... that way you can hit 55 mph on the downhill stretches of road

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I don't like the origin, but I like the concept. I have a lightweight 400cc bike that I use for around town, but it's a motard with a thumper motor that makes the same horses as that triple. I suppose the triple would be smoother though.

I don't understand the issue some people have with wire-spoked wheels, especially since they look appropriate for that bike.

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Someone sure has a hard on for spokes.. Something that disappeared in the industry over 20 years ago..

That says to me that everything else on the machine should be as reliable as a Bultaco in the rain.

Bultaco in the rain... funny, really funny. (former Bultaco owner)

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That Derby looks like it would be a winner, they'd sell a bunch of em to college kids if the price were right. There are alot of cool machines around the world that we don't see over here.
It kind of reminds me of a MadAss scooter. The seat on that Derby does look like a Rolling Stones logo laid flat.
Seems it would be popular with the ladies, of course for it's lite weight and bicycle design!
I don't trust the sh, er, stuff coming out of China right now but just like when I was kid, stuff made in Japan used to have crappy quality but look at it now!
Remember back when all the top shelf stuff used to come from the USA?

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User review of 2006 Vento V-Thunder XL

"I bought two of these bikes, both of which are junk. Mine has about 900 miles on it and already the seat broke; the high beam headlights do not work unless you hold down the switch; bolts are falling off and welds are breaking. The front fender fell off and hit my leg while I was riding at top speed (55-60). Good luck trying to find neutral in the rattle trap gearbox. The one I bought for my wife has about 400 miles on it, it has a fuel leak on the tank, a broken turn signal, the saddle bags are falling off, and the battery drains down overnight. They have yet to do anything about any of the problems we are having with the two piece-of-junk bikes that they sold me."

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I like the idea, but it's unfortunate that a "quality company" doesn't make it. Entry-level riders need to be enticed with moderate power and decent looks, but I wouldn't even consider buying one of these; it reminds me of the cheap Chinese garbage you see being sold at the sporting good and auto parts stores.

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According to a local mag here in Aus (AMCN), the Vento 400GT will be hitting your shores for $US3750. Not sure how that price stacks up to other "entry" level bikes there though.

Just curious, when first getting your license in the States, are you restricted for a period of time or can you choose your weapon of choice from the get go?

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Boycott Chink junk.

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Boycott Chink junk.
lol thats great. so i guess you have nothing in your house made in china? i guess you drive an american car that is built outside of this country too? you do realize that the stuff people associate with china, honda, subaru, toyota, etc. . . are all made in the US, giving people jobs? you cant just say "boycott chink junk" its not like that anymore

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According to a local mag here in Aus (AMCN), the Vento 400GT will be hitting your shores for $US3750. Not sure how that price stacks up to other "entry" level bikes there though.

Just curious, when first getting your license in the States, are you restricted for a period of time or can you choose your weapon of choice from the get go?
It might depend on what state you live in but here in MD, you can buy and tag whatever you want.

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Just curious, when first getting your license in the States, are you restricted for a period of time or can you choose your weapon of choice from the get go?
Unfortunately, it's not a stepped program like most of the rest of the world. The day you get your driver's license (age 16) you can go buy a Hayabusa or 1000RR of your choice and total it at high speed as you exit the dealer parking lot.
I had friends in hight school that got Interceptor 1000s for graduation presents (I'm dating myself now...), and they wrecked them a couple times in the first week and had totalled the bikes within two weeks.
Every time I walk into the local dealership there's a kid sitting on an R1 or a GSXR 1000 saying "Man, this is the one I want" and the mom or dad is standing next to them saying "Well, you get your license in a few months, we'll see..." Call me old, but I absolutely cringe every single time I see that.

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Stepped programs are gay. Sorry, I like the old school parenting method, or in worst case they learn the hard way.

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i cant wait til the US inserts a stepped license program. weed out all the squids and people who are only riding cause its "cool". how many 40yo wana be bikers are going to ride a 250 for a year? none. how many 17yo kids with too much hair gel will ride a 250 for a year? none. i really hope they put it into place

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The day you get your driver's license (age 16) you can go buy a Hayabusa or 1000RR of your choice and total it at high speed as you exit the dealer parking lot.
You don't even need a license to go buy whatever you want. I know a couple of guys that rode for years without a license. They continually renewed their learner permits and just rode like that because they were always riding with at least one other licensed rider. I never understood why it was easier to renew the permit instead of just taking the road test, but that's what they did...

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Stepped programs are gay. Sorry, I like the old school parenting method, or in worst case they learn the hard way.
+1 as usual.

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Stepped programs are gay. Sorry, I like the old school parenting method, or in worst case they learn the hard way.
There is so much wrong with that statement that I can't even be bothered responding to it - I only hope it is a piss-take.

Still having said that, I have enjoyed some time watching idiots on You-tube totally their new CBR/GSXR's etc in the USA trying to ride then - all the time wearing the classic American safety gear - sneakers, baggy jeans and a T-shirt ............

Seriously guys it is about time the world instigated some form of breeding licence - you have to pass it before you are allow to be a parent. Have you noticed that the idiots of the world always appear to have twice as many kids as everyone else - globally the gene-pool is getting dumber and dumber .....

As a side note I was watching some 'American Idol' last night - hell the heck can so many thousands of kids actually believe they are good singers when they really sound like two cats mating? TV - it's bad for you!

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My 919 is my naked commuter.

No thanks on the Chinese bike.

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i cant wait til the US inserts a stepped license program. weed out all the squids and people who are only riding cause its "cool". how many 40yo wana be bikers are going to ride a 250 for a year? none. how many 17yo kids with too much hair gel will ride a 250 for a year? none. i really hope they put it into place
Squids? People who only ride because they think it's cool? Pbssst! No such thing!

How about the guys who put LED lights all over their bike just so the cops can find them easier?

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