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Affordable Riding in the New Year
 

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Affordable Riding in the New Year

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jmdonald 02-06-2013 07:28 AM

Cost?
 
What market data do the manufacturers really have? I wonder. Demographics, price points, production costs are but a few decision drivers. What do they really know and when did the know it? Very interesting.

The Spaceman 02-06-2013 08:00 AM

All the print mags are going on about the renaissance of low-cost bikes. I also read recently that for the first time in decades, the average age of m/c buyers was going down. It's not by much, something like from 42 to 40, IIRC. But the indication to the manufacturers is that there is a new younger buyer emerging who is driving the average age statistc down, and those buyers want/need less expensive bikes. Less expensive to purchase, to insure, and to operate. I remember when bikes were considered an alternative to a car that cost a lot less. Nowadays the delta between new bikes and cars just isn't that great; at the Scion dealer I was in Monday they had a little car on the showroom floor for under $14k. Brand new, 4 seats, a/c, stereo, etc. A 600 supersport costs $14k. Which is Dad going to help Jr. buy with that choice? But at under 1/2 the new price like these bikes, the motorcycle looks like a good alternative again.

That Enfield is a nifty looking bike!

jmdonald 02-06-2013 09:42 AM

I like it.
 
[quote=The Spaceman;27994)
That Enfield is a nifty looking bike![/QUOTE]

The Enfield does have a good look. At one time you could buy one as a kit and do the assembly yourself. Inexpensive these days is 6 To 8 grand?

schizuki 02-07-2013 04:39 PM

"We MO staffers are glutinous consumers of motorcycle technology."

Glutinous?

Really?

seruzawa 02-07-2013 06:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by schizuki (Post 279977)
"We MO staffers are glutinous consumers of motorcycle technology."

Glutinous?

Really?

Dey been etin' too much grits letely.

schizuki 02-08-2013 01:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by seruzawa (Post 279982)
Dey been etin' too much grits letely.

Maybe they need a glutton-free diet?

The Spaceman 02-08-2013 06:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by schizuki (Post 279977)
"We MO staffers are glutinous consumers of motorcycle technology."

Glutinous?

Really?

Well, maybe if they really like the bike:

glu·ti·nous/ˈglutnəs/ Show Spelled [gloot-n-uhs] Show IPA
adjective
of the nature of glue; gluey; viscid; sticky.


Can be confused: glutenous, glutinous, gluttonous.

schizuki 02-08-2013 07:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Spaceman (Post 279993)
Well, maybe if they really like the bike:

glu·ti·nous/ˈglutnəs/ Show Spelled [gloot-n-uhs] Show IPA
adjective
of the nature of glue; gluey; viscid; sticky.
]

Ewwwwwww...

Tom Roderick 02-08-2013 07:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by seruzawa (Post 279982)
Dey been etin' too much grits letely.

Yes, a misspelling got through editing. Change is coming.


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