Long time never open new thread liao - and the reason for opening this new thread is because I was suddenly "inspired" by Ah Chong from Bafang. I went for a EO oil last night and asked him whether it was possible to improve the ride comfort for my TA200. His reply was priceless.
Me: Chong, can make my Phantom less bumpy on the road or not? Now Singapore road damn jialat la.
Chong: Can. Change Super4.
Me: ????Change Super4 suspension ah?
Chong: No. Change Super4 bike. Now I got one, sell you at $8000.
There are a myriad of reasons why people choose Phantom TA200 over all other Classes of 2b bikes. There are probably even more reasons why people don't want to ride a TA200. Like what the thread title says, and being a TA200 rider for nearly 7 years, I already know whats good and bad about riding a TA200. But I really wish to hear good things about how other TA200 riders love about their bikes. For so long, keep hearing different mechs say how lousy TA200 is, how bo hua it is to ride a TA200 when the fuel economy for the newer Fazers (2b) is so much higher.
So let me start the ball rolling
1. Despite being a bike that was extensively modded to suit its previous (big size rider), my previous Gen 1 TA200 managed to survive a honeycomb crack (EO literally spewing all over) for 3 months before I sent it in for a honeycomb replacement. During the period of time, all I had to do was to ensure EO levels were check daily during riding and topped up whenever necessary. Bullet-Proof bike isn't it?
2. There was once when my chain "lao lian" or disenagaged when I skidded. I picked up the bike, then aligned the chain back on the chain and push forward. Rode it back to the bike shop to readjust chain tension.
3. Bike price is cheap, and you can still get a less than $1000 TA200 (without COE of course) until recently. Repair cost if you know the right shop to go, usually won't burn your pockets as well. Anyway, hardly anything to repair also, unless you buang or engine "chao ta" because you forget to top up EO. Still, repair costs hardly venture beyond 1k.
4. Spares are aplenty. First hand (Everfit, Eversuccesss, FJT, LAB, Jalan Besar Plaza), 2nd hand (forum, scrapyards)
5. And most important for me ever since I started on my Gen 2 - Customizability.(Aunty Ubi; EBay; Bike Fabricator) I have finally found a combination of items and fittings that would suit my riding style and comfort. Despite road conditions getting worse off, suspension and ride comfort has been relatively good on major expressways and night rides home while listening to an audiophile piece (earphones) is an orgasmic experience. Having the gear shift lever and brake pedal shifted forward made the ride feel so much more cruiser-like and "airs" my b@lls during such rides.
I can't say much about other classes (2A or 2) cruisers since I have no license to ride. But the humming of my pipes, the economy of "chng-ing" it to the way I like, the fuel economy that comes along with it (33ish/litre), I will ride my TA200 for another 10 years, and more if God be willing to let me have my life as long.
Anyway, here's a look at how shiny I love my bike to be.