Oops this is probably bad form - starting a new thread with only my second posting, but, I wasn't sure where to pose the above question.
Why the Estrella? Why did you choose the Estrella over all the other bikes you could have bought?
I have a loooong list of bikes I would like to own and within that the Estrella fell into the category of 'grey imports.' Usually from Japan, but they could be from anywhere in the world, grey imports are models which have never been officially imported into the UK. I already knew about many Japanese home market only models for many reasons, firstly I have a major obsession with motorcycles, secondly I have a minor obsession with Japan (since visiting The Great Japan Exhibition in London many decades ago), but that's another story, thirdly if I'm told I can't have something (by the importers) I want it even more!
So when I passed my test on a class of bike that restricted me to riding a bike of no more than 33 bhp for 2 years I just had to have a grey import.
Now I like classic bikes so I was attracted to the looks, I'm not tall so I was attracted to the seat height, I have a weak arm and shoulder so I was attracted to the upright riding position, I'd like to say I was attracted to the light weight of a 250 for the same reason but I don't think the Estrella is light for its class
And of course it comes in well below the power limit my licence imposes, which doesn't really bother me, I'm not interested in how fast it 'can' go or how fast I can accelerate to 60 mph (0-60: eventually) in fact every time I go out on the roads on my Estrella, I know I am pushing it to the limits of its performance, (in terms of top speed at least), how many sports bike or race replica owners can make that claim (and live longer than 2 weeks)?
That's not to say I don't think it should be able to go a little faster, it probably should, to make overtaking a bit safer - how about a 400cc Estrella now wouldn't that be ideal, like the Yamaha SRX 400, a 33bhp retro single, oh but those handlebars, the rearsets, it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it!
I'd seen a couple of Estrellas for sale before I'd passed my test, but at what I thought was silly money then this one appeared on ebay at the right price. And I'm happy I bought it!
So, I chose the Estrella because it was already on my shortlist, it was the right bike at the right time and the right price and I value looks and comfort over outright performance.
What made you choose yours?