Easy to handle, reliable, low maintenance bike
Chain and sprockets are showing their age and will have to be replaced soon. Otherwise, nothing aside from normal maintenance (lube, cables, fluid and filter changes, etc).
450cc parallel twin, 6-speed transmission. Great little bike for commuting, riding around town, or short highway trips. Keep up with the maintenance and it will be a very reliable bike. Lightweight, nimble, easy to handle, a great beginner bike.
Surprisingly quick for a 450, although it's definitely no speed demon. The bike is happy cruising at around 70mph on the highway; any faster than that and the vibration starts to get to you. Although the bike can hit 80-90 if needed.
The drum brakes require a stronger squeeze than disks, but on the plus side they are lower maintenance.
Bike gets about 50-60mpg, depending how you ride.
Only things I wish it had are a tachometer, a centerstand, and a slightly larger fuel tank... it holds about 2.5 gallons so you can only get about 100 miles before hitting reserve.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2007