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For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« on: October 15, 2007, 06:15:48 pm »
At last the wait has been worth it. Here is a sneak preview as I collect the bike tomorrow and have had the chance to do about 1 km so far on the bike.

Congradulations to Julian from Superbike Solutions on an amazing job to produce such a fine peace of machinery. He is a magician when working on any form of bike but to see him get excited over this project was very satisfying.

Now I cant wait for the weekend and hopefully will see you guys on the road for some great riding.

All I can say is I hope you one day get this graet bike in your country and I'm sure the Europeans will agree that this is the worlds best Varadero.
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2007, 06:40:52 pm »
Ummm... am I the only one with déja vu here??
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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2007, 06:47:24 pm »
Ummm... am I the only one with déja vu here??

No.

Rat is just veeerrry proud of his ride.  :biggrin:

And with good reason. :wink:
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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2007, 07:43:06 pm »
wawawee ..that bike looks friggin schweet man!!!!
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2007, 05:54:37 pm »
We con't get them here in Canada either.   For some strange reason the Japanese haven't caught on to the great sales sucess that Sucksuki and BMW have had with the DRZ400, V-Stroms and GS models.

A couple of years ago 2 guys from France who were travelling throughout N.America showed up on Varaderos at one of our organised 2 day rides.  They had HUGE fuel tanks on them which I think made the bikes a bit cumbersome but they did manage to ride our whole route which was really designed for 650cc and under bikes.
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2007, 06:01:54 pm »
Trust me Dirtybill, we take these Varadero' everywhere and that is why I have modified the suspension and sorted out the off road stuff. It can go everwhere the GS and VS will go.
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2007, 10:13:41 pm »
I really wish they would put spoked wheels on these bikes.  The BMW and Caponord wheels are the dogs.  Run tube or tubeless.
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2007, 05:56:11 pm »
I have located spoked rims for the bike but I have two full sets of rims kitted with discs etc., so I can change over the wheels when I'm not going off road or just on a good old cruise around our beautiful country of the Cape in South Africa. You should get out here and see what we have to offer. The rims are very strong as long as you maintain your pressures above 2bar.
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2007, 10:12:35 am »
I love my Husqvarna TE610................except for the seat but WTF I should be standing any way!!

Amazing bike and if I could afford it, I'd buy the TE450 in a heartbeat.  60 pounds lighter and believe me, I ain't gettin any younger O0
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2007, 10:37:38 am »
I have a suspision that you're idea of off roading is a lot more on roading than mine is?? 

Tarmac is my enemy unless I'm on my Speed Triple.

A challenge.  You bunch of hearty SA's against us Canucks on an enduro ride?

Winners get gallons of beer................well, so do the losers.
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2007, 09:23:42 pm »
Well lets just have the beer, When and where can we do it?
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2008, 09:41:19 am »
Hey, we now have the Varadero available in Canada! I think the yanks will still have to wait or smugle them in from the North though.
Not that I'd ever give up my 950 Adv for one, but hey, to each his own.  ;D
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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2008, 12:11:32 pm »
What would be the chance of bring ours over on a road show or something as we want to ride from Vancover to San dieago in Claifornia? could you set us up with someone there we could find out all the ins and outs to bring our bikes over?
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2008, 01:53:21 pm »
The ultimate trip would be to fly you and your bikes to Newfoundland on Canada's East coast and ride across Canada and then South.
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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2008, 04:14:21 am »
Could you hook me up with some of Honda's contacts and I can e-mail them about a road show?
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2008, 08:57:16 pm »
I don't have too many contacts at Honda Canada but will try what I have. I'm thinking they will be more interested if you can make yourself available for apearances at events such as rallies etc along the way...something to think about if you get talking to them. I'll let you know if I have any luck. Don't hold your breath though, as they are notoriously slow getting back to people...if at all.
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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2008, 05:51:12 pm »
Must be an international thing as they have not returned my call at all in four weeks. You are right in apperances as we would like to do a road show of some of the rides we have done on these bikes here too. Good luck and hope you get me a contact.
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2008, 06:26:48 pm »
Just sent you a PM with the contact info you need.
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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2008, 06:00:27 am »
That Varadero of yours looks awesome Rat. Now bring it along to a ride so we can drool! (Maybe Sunday's Altenative Ride?)
 

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Re: For you poor Yanks, here is the worlds best Honda Varadero
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2008, 01:32:04 pm »
I'll bring it to the braai on Saturday.