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Old 11-08-2010, 04:59 AM   #11
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This bike looks like so much fun. Alas, this bike will not sell as we Americans continue to fixate on cruisers and some racer rep sport bikes and, in my view, miss the broad band essence and joy of motorcycling.
While that's been true, there's clearly a growing number of people buying "Standards," and the many variations thereof. The whole "GS" bike type genre is probably popular because they're versatile bikes. The Ninja 1000, the Z, etc.

Aprillia will never sell a lot of bikes because they just don't have the market presence. Same with Guzzi. The dealer in South Florida closed up a year ago; it was a multi-line place that is now Ducati/Triumph.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:32 AM   #12
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You may be right Morbo. There are a lot of guys in their 40s and 50s who have ridden sport bikes for years but are put off by the laser focus of the current machines, but they still want a powerful engine and sharp handling chassis. What to do? Standards.

Took a ride on my FZ1 yesterday. Had it 4 years and 15K miles now and it still makes me grin like the village idiot when the tach swings past 7
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:27 PM   #13
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What to do? Standards.
I think the answer is yes.

They will always have the ultra focused sportbikes (until they come standard with adjustable pegs and handlebars which some do) but they are now bringing in the standards and semi standards with the same (if not better for the street) motor but with sane ergos.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:54 PM   #14
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Took a ride on my FZ1 yesterday. Had it 4 years and 15K miles now and it still makes me grin like the village idiot when the tach swings past 7
Only 15K in 4 years?! You need to ride that thing more!

I've got just over 20K in three years on the Uly. Not too shabby... but not awe-inspiring either.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:52 PM   #15
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"Only 15K in 4 years?! You need to ride that thing more!"

The FZ is pretty much ridden every other weekend during riding season and sometimes sneak out in the winter on the random high 40s "warm" day.

The dirt bike gets jealous if it gets ignored so it gets ridden alternate weekends. One must keep the peace between the 2 halves of the stable. It is a fine problem to have
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"Only 15K in 4 years?! You need to ride that thing more!"

The FZ is pretty much ridden every other weekend during riding season and sometimes sneak out in the winter on the random high 40s "warm" day.

The dirt bike gets jealous if it gets ignored so it gets ridden alternate weekends. One must keep the peace between the 2 halves of the stable. It is a fine problem to have
Having two bikes is a good problem to have. Glad to know they've got shared custody over you!
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