Slow, but maneuverable in the city
The starter switch sometimes fails unless pressed hard.
The orange seat cover is particularly difficult to keep clean.
This is a very good bike for commuting. I ride about 30 miles a day through city and country over Irish roads, which involves dodging potholes, mud, over-banding, diesel, gravel, taxis, overloaded trucks etc. Quite similar to off-roading actually, but less stable.
However, I would stress that the bike is not up to motorway or highway travel. It is quite under-powered and does not offer any significant wind protection.
My bike is fitted with hand-guards, heated grips, ABS and hazard lights. I recommend all except the ABS. It is not really very effective on a bike with so little power and it is quite expensive. Better to get BMW clothing or panniers for the same price.
On the issue of brakes, this bike really needs a double disk up front, especially as commuting requires good braking. The brakes are linked, but the back is very soft, not enough to actually stop the bike.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2005