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Old 06-11-2007, 08:41 AM   #31
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Default Re: Why not here?

While I agree with a lot of what you've said here, (I've made similar comments myself), I think there clearly is a market for "motorsports" bikes. I see hundreds of them every weekend. If the Japanese and Euros can build and sell them, why not us?
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:41 AM   #32
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Spoken like a true "I really don't know anything about the south" Yankee.



What is Michigan's battle cry? "Hey at least we're not Ohio."
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:43 AM   #33
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So you are saying people are going to stop getting old? I don't see many 40 to 60-year-olds riding around on the latest superbikes. Maybe they do, and I just haven't seen any. The product with a REAL finite lifespan is a sportbike. It's 2 years by my calculation.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:46 AM   #34
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Default Re: A premium to buy American?

History does not show that, there was time, before I was born, that people did pay a premium for a sportbike. Thats why you had sportsters, gold stars, bonnevilles, Z1s, commandoes, CB750K0, RD350's and R90S. The problem is that the majority of those people are now old (But not always slow), and are in to "nostalgia". From what some of the older motorcyclists I know have told me people used to enjoy performance. However, those are most likely your long term motorcycists and not the weekend warriors that most often buy cruisers or harleys.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:46 AM   #35
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You might want to do some research and see how many "hi-tech" sportbikes are sold in this country before you suggest that someone needs to build one.



Does Yamaha sell more Stars or sportbikes here?



Ducati makes premium priced sportbikes and only sells a few thousand a year here. Young people can't afford premium price.



I was talking to a 22 year old friend a couple of days ago who rides a Kawasaki 636. He told me his insurance company wouldn't even offer full coverage to him-only liability.



I've own a Ducati and have owned an MV Agusta so I know a little about premium priced sportbikes but there's no way I could have bought either in my 20s.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:50 AM   #36
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Since my brother has lived in Alabama for 30 years, and his wife 's family owns the Gulf States Paper Corp. (they pretty much OWN Alabama, in case you never heard of them) I'd say I know quite a bit about Alabama and what goes on there. All I hear from then is the difficulty of keeping smart people there. They all go somewhere else. So yeah, I don't know nuthin' about the South!
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:50 AM   #37
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Nothing can beat the Utah State Motto: "A Pretty, Great State".



Somehow it doesn't have the same ring as "Live Free or Die".



Well, on second thought, maybe Utah's is better than California's new battle cry, "Waaaahh! Waaaahh! Waaaaahhh!"
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:51 AM   #38
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I'd buy more, because I think they're planning for the long term, and recognizing their window of opportunity for selling pushrod v-twins will close.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:52 AM   #39
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Ah yes, the bygone era when a "superbike" had 50hp. Back when ships were made of wood and men were made of iron. Today it's iron ships and men of wood.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:54 AM   #40
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Actually, Michigan is a poorly run state that has destroyed it's ability to attract industry by poor tax plans.



Michigan will make 1970's Detroit look like a vast haven of fruit if they continue their stupidity.



I'd rather live in Ohio.

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