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Old 09-14-2012, 10:54 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Volfy View Post
Read an article in the latest Sport Rider issue... about the 600cc supersports being in terrible decline because of the credit crunch. Back in the bubble days, banks were lending kids (less than 30yr olds) left and right to buy bikes - 600cc supersports were marketed specifically to this demographic. These days, litre bikes are doing much better because they tend to be bought by older, more well-to-do, riders who have the cash or the credit score to quality for loans. That's yet another reason BMW, Ducati, and Aprilia are doing well hawking $15K-20K superbikes.

Mfrs are catching on to this trend. They figure one way to capture the lower end of the marrket - or entry level - is to come out with cheaper bikes that the twenty-somethings can afford... and hopefully still sexy enough for them to after. If they can't buy $11K supersports, maybe $5K 300cc or $6k 500cc are more the ticket.

I hope they are right.
Read this article yesterday as well, makes a lot of sense.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:13 AM   #22
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Interestingly, everyone talks about how they stopped producing small bore high-spec sportbikes because it costs just as much to make a liter bike with Ohlins and Brembos as it does a 400cc one, but they can sell the liter bike for twice as much. Why can't they build the bikes ala carte, I like the Ninja 300 but can I upgrade to a USD w/ radial brakes because I want a track bike and don't want to have to upgrade later? Or someone may not need the fancy suspenders because its just a commuter for them so they get the base model, but maybe order it with soft luggage and a better windshield. I am not saying to make them configurable to the point of essentially ordering a motocross bike out of it, but make a series of bike that can be tailored from the manufacturer to suit different needs. Even if they just build a 300 and a 300R and maybe even a 300RR with all the race goodies. The various components come from other suppliers anyway, just pick the right forks off of a different cart in the assembly line. I always thought the Suk SV650 was a perfect platform for this because owners were doing all these mods themselves anyway, why shouldn't the factory just make these options available, anyway?
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:48 PM   #23
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I'd run errands on that naked. , maybe even hang it out in lightweight at GSS too.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:10 AM   #24
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It's always fun to ride a slow bike fast.
Agreed. I'm getting ready to hop on 2 wheels again and am thinking of getting a 500 or waiting for the 300.

I was even tracking down an old suzuki 400 standard bike...
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I got the hint and dropped to the back of the ranks just in front of Ares, who btw rocks the outta that 250.
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