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Old 09-22-2006, 04:07 AM   #71
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Default Re: 2007 Suzuki Burgman 400 Introduction Report

Well, I'm not ready to pull out the Buco lid and London Fog Jacket (ye olde english intitials in white over navy blue field- 'natch!) just yet, but.....



The stats near the ft of the article tickled what lately passes for my brain. Could those buyer profiles be the answer to the question I was not asking? That question being the automated clutch FJR13?



One of the print mags - I forget which - in a now rapidly dimming past, occasionally had comments from an industry analyst (Don Brown??). Here you go, Dr. Staff...hows about a nice, short article where someone who is in the know about coming big picture changes is interviewed. I'd prefer an analyst not in direct employ of any mfg. What are the trends, demographics, changes, etc?





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Old 09-22-2006, 05:28 AM   #72
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Well if it doesn't include membership in some "exclusive" two wheeled club, I'm out.
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Old 09-22-2006, 07:10 AM   #73
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I'll make another comment about scooters and MO to explain my point of view, then I'll shut up about it. I don't think it is so much about snobbery about scooters, although I do think scooters are just dumbed down motorcycles, basically a transportation appliance.



I see MO as an enthusiasts' website. I can't complain about an occasional scooter review, but the editor says a lot more scooter content is coming. To me, it is like a website dedicated to high performance cars suddenly deciding to do a bunch of stories on mini-vans because somebody notices a lot of them are being sold.



I know decisions about what stories to run are business decisions. I know MO's time and resources are limited, so the more space spent on scooter stuff means less on other motorcycle content. I see, based on the responses, there are 4 or 5 people interested in more scooter content. I look at people putting around on scooters, and I wonder how much they spend on website or magazine subscriptions. Just because a lot of scooters are being sold doesn't necessarily mean there are a lot of people reading about them. A lot of microwave ovens are sold, too, but even Consumer Reports only writes about them every couple of years or so.



Anyway, I am not too worried about it. I just resubscribed for another year today. I hope you take the feedback in the spirit intended.
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Old 09-22-2006, 07:36 AM   #74
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Dude! You made me cough coffee on my supernaturally crisp blue dockers! Good thing they are also stain resistant!



Dockers are also useful for gearhead engineers with a habit of going out into the shop. (like me)



I got rained on going to the gym yesterday morning. Too close to being there to stop and put on my overpants, so I got wet legs. Hang up my dockers, do my workout, and they were dry and crisp by the time I was out of the shower and ready to go to the office.
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Old 09-22-2006, 07:44 AM   #75
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Default Re: 2007 Suzuki Burgman 400 Introduction Report

MO, I'm still waiting for the kpaul filter on this board.
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Old 09-22-2006, 07:56 AM   #76
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You could cover it in chrome mirrors and presto, your in.
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Old 09-22-2006, 08:33 AM   #77
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dry and crisp?? How longs your workout dude?
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Old 09-22-2006, 12:01 PM   #78
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Default Re: 2007 Suzuki Burgman 400 Introduction Report

Ofreen, as a scooter and motorcycle enthusiast I can tell you that all of my scooter budies spend a lot of time on scooter and motorcycle related sites and read scooter/motorcycle magazines. Also, most of the scooter guys I know are like me, in that they own and ride motorcycles too, so that would explain it.



BTW, my kitted to the max 4 speed Stella aint no dumbed down transportation device. It's actually a bad a$$ hooligan machine that is a blast and a challenge to ride well.
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Old 09-22-2006, 12:58 PM   #79
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Default Re: 2007 Suzuki Burgman 400 Introduction Report

People will hop up anything, an activity I find admirable. But in a way, you've kind of proved my point. In order to make your scooter interesting, you had to mod it. I wasn't kidding too much in my other post about abusing them. Whenever I've ridden a scooter, I've get the irresistible urge to wring its neck. Otherwise, its a snooze. Even then, the limitations of the thing make it get old pretty quickly.



Anyway, hotrodded scooters ain't what MO's articles have been about. They are about stock commuter scooters.
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Old 09-22-2006, 02:13 PM   #80
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Chalk one up in favor of real motorcycling- using two wheels to get around instead of four. I'm glad MO gets it. Perhaps it is time for another poseur, scraping the pegs things for those who need enhancement, but I'm glad to see us old farts getting some attention.
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