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Old 06-06-2007, 01:53 AM   #1
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Godzilla is actually a Japanese metaphor for the U.S. motorcycle market. Godzilla hasn't walked right since the GTS 1000. Godzilla laments the stack of CB-1s he had to burn to survive the winter of 1990. The sight of a TDM850 reduces him to tears. Godzilla hates excess inventory!! Mothra!?! How dare you mention the Bandit 400!! Stick an SRX 250 whereit stinks! Myahh!!!!
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:07 AM   #2
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It's nothing personal, it's just business. I'm with you on this. I'd rather have the option of purchasing one of those bikes from Europe or just across my nearest border. See this is the bad part about being a "minority", you and I, we don't matter. The only solution I see is to get a sport bike and mod it into a standard, look out my window see that green thing with bags and risers......
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:34 AM   #3
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The U.S. motorcycle market has grown a lot since the days of the Bandit 400 and the CB-1. It would be nice if the Japanese manufacturers would test the waters by bringing one or two of the non-US models over and see how it goes. There are some bikes, such as the V-Strom, that would likely have been flops in the early to mid-90s. OTOH, didn't Suzuki drop the naked SV? I think nakeds still don't sell well in the US.
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:48 AM   #4
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I look around, and all I see are cruisers. That's what people want to buy.
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Old 06-06-2007, 04:10 AM   #5
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Of course, I happen to own a Honda 599 AND a CB-1 (my second). I'd give my eyeteeth for new naked 400s, and it would certainly be nice to have more options between 250 and 600 for naked bikes. And by "naked" I mean round headlights and NO fairing at all, not even the dinky ones that Yamaha puts on its so-called naked FZ6. Posers!
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:26 AM   #6
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Strange... I look around and all I see are sportbikes... guess it's geographical.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:29 AM   #7
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Some awesome bikes in the sub-600cc category around the world, but the Bigger is Better mentality of US buyers means anything smaller than a 600 -- save for the DRZ or dirt bikes -- probably won't sell well.
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:19 AM   #8
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I see about an equal mix of sportbikes and cruisers on the roads in my area. What I don't see much of is different type bikes, like supermotos, adventure bikes (DL, GS), big naked bikes, etc.

Makes me want to get something odd. Maybe a Ural with a sidecar....
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:23 AM   #9
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It also has to do with the riding conditions here in the states. To be of any use to most people, a bike has to be comfortable at highway speeds (80+ around here).



I have a DRZ and other small bikes, and I occasionally take them on the highway, but it's not their element.



Conditions are different in other countries.
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:26 AM   #10
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I guess i should qualify that. All I see on the _weekends_ are cruisers.



The people who commute to work on bikes around here (unfortunately, not me) rise "practical" bikes, like FZ6's/FZ1's, Triuph Sprints, and a bunch of old Japanese standards.



I rode to work for 2.5 years on an old VT500 Ascot.
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