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Old 03-17-2008, 02:49 PM   #1
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:11 PM   #2
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No way BMW is going to clean up market share. The bikes are simply way too expensive considering especially the fears about the economy. They will be lucky to remain solvent.

The one sector that will do well is the scooter market.The industry would be well served by promoting the economical and practical faces of motorcycling as well as the fun sport it is.
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:16 PM   #3
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W said everything economy-wise is fine, and he is on the case!!
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:41 PM   #4
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Default Good article!

We were there. Never saw so many Harleys..........

Racing was good at the Speedway and the Municipal Stadium. Too bad more people couldn't set down their beer for a few hours. Course they've probably seen it all before. What a great country. So many things to see and do. Take yer choice.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:51 AM   #5
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Terrific article, boldly put, and necessary. I look forward to what else you have to say over the next few weeks on this topic.

Not sure that adventure bikes are the coming thing, though - they may already have peaked and be on their way out. The good ol' standard could be the next thing - but this time probably as a balanced twin, with fuel injection obviously, and maybe CVT transmission. Four-cylinder sportbikes are dead, too, by the way. Japan has got itself to the edge of the cliff with that one, just as H-D have with cruisers; and both are about to take a tumble.

AS for the price of BMWs, as I have said so many times before on this forum, they're competitively priced in the rest of the world - cheap even - it's just that the US expects to buy for less.
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Terrific article, boldly put, and necessary. I look forward to what else you have to say over the next few weeks on this topic.

Not sure that adventure bikes are the coming thing, though - they may already have peaked and be on their way out. The good ol' standard could be the next thing - but this time probably as a balanced twin, with fuel injection obviously, and maybe CVT transmission. Four-cylinder sportbikes are dead, too, by the way. Japan has got itself to the edge of the cliff with that one, just as H-D have with cruisers; and both are about to take a tumble.

AS for the price of BMWs, as I have said so many times before on this forum, they're competitively priced in the rest of the world - cheap even - it's just that the US expects to buy for less.
So the $5K extra that BMW charges for a liter bike and the extra $2K they charge for a 650 is a figment of our imaginations?
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:10 AM   #7
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So the $5K extra that BMW charges for a liter bike and the extra $2K they charge for a 650 is a figment of our imaginations?
I think it has to do with what you get for that money. Honasakiha sells you a reliable, well built bike that will last forever. BMW sells you that, but with a cool roundel.

That's worth at least $2k, right?

Oh, and great article...
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:27 AM   #8
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Okay, one last time. BMW prices in the US are similar to their prices worldwide. Other manufacturers' prices in the US are lower than they are worldwide, making BMWs seem relatively expensive to the US buyer.
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:32 AM   #9
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An interesting point of view to be sure...I don't agree that the futures as bleak as this guy sees it. I don't think an East Coast rally is indicative of national trends. I do agree that these stupid ass chopper builder shows and the loud pipe beanie helmet crowd make us look like idiots, unfortunatly the loud pipe issue is going to resolve itself when The Heat starts enforcing existing noise ordinances and the good citizens lobby for more restrictive ones.

With record high gas prices there'll be a renewed interest in riding for transportation, nows the time for the industry to start making the same basic commuter type bikes available to the rest of the world available here, if the only thing a potential customer sees is SuperSports and 800lb cruiser's they're going to turn around and walk back out the door.

Realistically I think the market is going to shrink and dillitantes will move on the the Next Big Thing, all that will do is ensure a steady supply of low mile used bikes to choose from, once they realize they're not going to sell the bike for the same or more than they paid for it the prices will fall in line as well.
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:56 AM   #10
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The next big thing is the almighty moped....
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