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Honda FMX 650

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Honda is keen to stress one about the FMX: it is not a supermoto. is confusing, as the styling cues it is. So if it isn’t a supermoto, what the is it?

Well, according to Honda the FMX is a ‘Funmoto.’ Now I know what thinking: crap name. is right, but then again bike quite possibly aimed at you, and not at me. It’s at the younger generation.

Although I don’t think they’ll the name cool either.

So why a bike aimed purely at riders? The problem currently the UK bike industry is the rising age of riders. In 1993 the average age was last year it was 46-50. So to this Honda has launched a few key aimed at attracting the ‘yoof’.

First up was the race styled which hit the mark bang-on year and ended up the second selling bike in the UK. And now the FMX aims to be the step on.

So why not create a true Simple. True, competition supermotos are anything but easy to with. While they can be fun to ride they aren’t as day-to-day bikes, especially for

The average 20-year-old has neither the nor the inclination to spend time with their bike they could simply get on it and to their mates.

And all this has to be considered when the FMX, because it’s to write it off before it has even a wheel. Look at the specs. The air-cooled single pre-dates only chugs out 36bhp and of torque and hasn’t really changed since it powered the way back in 1988.

And while the may be new it is a fairly basic steel design. Not really very

But it rides surprisingly well. riders will find treating the throttle as an on/off but for new riders the FMX’s engine is to use and unintimidating. It doesn’t have a rev but I can’t believe it spins up 7000rpm and the torque seems linear throughout the range.

For new riders this means can hold a gear rather have to change up and down the time and once in fifth gear the FMX will pull it from around 40mph. it gets near its maximum which I reckon won’t be over 80mph, it does a fair bit of a vibration, although is to be expected with any big single. It isn’t the fastest, but it’s a engine with no hidden

But what really impresses the FMX is the handling. We tested the bike on tight and twisty roads as as through town, and it was remarkably Once the typical supermoto under braking from the forks is over, the rest of the is very well balanced.

Through corners the Honda secure and the suspension reacts to bumps without unsettling the while the Pirelli tyres are enough to cope with even an experienced rider can out.

Honda FMX 650

And the rest of the basics well. The brakes are sharp, comfortable, riding position and the seat has fold-out bungee all important points for a new rider who to use their bike daily.

So the FMX hit the mark like the CBR125R? the problem. Honda has priced the FMX at which is SV650, Bandit 650 and Hornet 600 and Fazer territory.

the FMX is a totally different style of but for a new rider saving up to spend a large amount of cash the bikes are more tempting. You go touring on the FMX, or even a long motorway journey for

matter — but you could on the

While the FMX is a good bike for riders, for me it needs to be under and come with an attractive, finance package. I can’t see late-teen to early 20-year-olds a few spare grand to blow on a so finance will be the only way to get hands on one.

I was genuinely by the FMX. It offers more a first impression suggests. As a looking, fun bike for young its lack of power isn’t a problem, but the price could be.


A good city for new riders. The price could sales to youngsters but the FMX is surprisingly if slow.

Honda FMX 650
Honda FMX 650
Honda FMX 650
Honda FMX 650
Honda FMX 650

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