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Old 08-24-2005, 05:53 AM   #21
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Default Re: 850 cc auto transmission bike?

Honda Silverwing = 600cc

Burgman = 650cc
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:54 AM   #22
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How about a MO maxi-scooter shoot-out?
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:20 AM   #23
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You might sell thousands, but who to? My bet is that it would be to customers looking to buy the Wing anyway.



In the end, you've increased production costs without increasing sales.
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:25 AM   #24
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Actually, I think you went on to disprove your opening statement. Do the Europeans really have a need/desire for a huge scooter? Small scooters are practical. Medium scooters have plenty of top-end.



The idea of a super-scooter seems very American to me. Inject enough testosterone into maybe it will sell...
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:32 AM   #25
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Who's missing the big picture here? Gilera has been in the bike business a long time. Piaggio (owns Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Vespa and Gilera) has BIG bucks behind them. If the gas crunch continues the "I don't ride share" Americans will be looking for econo rides but prefer not to ride bikes like the moron crowd. Yeah, the roads will be filled with wannabe's but Europe has sucked that up for years. It's coming to the point where scooters (no matter the size) will be socially acceptable- so tough it out and look for the auto scooter crowd to explode the m/c sales industry over the next 2 or 3 years.
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Old 08-24-2005, 07:12 AM   #26
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I didn't get the Kitchen Sink option, but the microwave gets installed next week



Cornering? Lots o' fun on that big bike
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Old 08-24-2005, 07:14 AM   #27
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Wonder where they'd jam the tranny cooler?
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Old 08-24-2005, 07:24 AM   #28
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All I can say is see the success of the 600cc models in Europe and let me know what you think. You can take them on freeways, etc. and keep up. My Vespa did only about 65mph top (although it was zippy).
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:08 AM   #29
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Suzuki needs to bring on the G-Strider.



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Old 08-24-2005, 09:23 AM   #30
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That plus the fact that most Americans never even saw a manual transmission and it could be a real winner. Doesn't the Boss Hog have an automatic?
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