[quote=“Mer”]Thought I would add to the thread with this:
I had a Venox, just sold it last week to a fellow Forumosan, and rode it for 2 years before buying a Honda CB400SF. I love my Honda.
I know a lot of people are quick to slag off the Venox, being heavy, clunky, cheapo-Kymco dealee, but honestly, it’s a good bike. Kymco blew it by setting the list price at $185,000, which it still is. They made the first ones in 2003, and have continued to offer it up to 2005. I don’t know about 2006, but I would be surprised if you couldn’t buy a new on on the island.
It is heavy, but it feels good. You want fast off the line, get a Hornet, or go higher in the cc department. It’s got nuts, honestly. It’s just not that precision mountain curvy road kind of bike. It just wasn’t my style. My 150cc Breeze died and I needed to do something, and the Venox served its purpose for 2 years before I went to a yellow plate. I just prefer the pseudo-racing style more. The Venox served me well. I wouldn’t discount it as a choice in a 250cc. I don’t think there are many used ones around available, sadly.
Also, the 250cc Hornet is $260,000 new. If you are thinking about it, think $40,000 more and get a CB400SF. You gotta rev the piss out of the Hornet and a lot have engine troubles after 2-3 years. The CB400SF is only a bit more coin but a lot more bike.[/quote]
You can buy a brand new CB400SF in Chungli or Hsinchu for 262,000NT and the price is falling all the time. A 2005 model can be easily had for under 200k. I suspect by the end of the year you could pick one up for less than the Hornet.
The Venox is a chrome plated tractor that has about the same power to weight ratio as your average compact car. If it’s got nuts, they are small.
The new 250cc market still has nodda to offer the consumer value-wise with possibly the exception of the Grasstracker.
And at 185k the Venox has priced itself right out of the market.
And if you are going to consider the CB400SF, I’d suggest you check out the Kawasaki Ninja 650R first. A lot more bike for the money that won’t lose half it’s retail value in the first 12 months of ownership.
Moderators note: I split this off from the 250 thread, after coming to a consensus that there isn’t a single new 250 on the market currently worth purchasing. We then flipped over to the rapidly falling resale value of used 400’s, which may well make them the best used bike deal in Taiwan in the very near future. Continue the discussion along those lines, as well as any budget alternatives in the 250-320k range.