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Old 01-10-2013, 06:32 AM   #181
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I suspect this is very true.
I think the uglier I think a bike is, the more they will sell.
The younger people want transformers with all sorts of gizmo's on them.
I think I could make a huge amout of money for these companies, if I was to rate a bike a 1 on a 0 to 10 style scale, they would be SURE to sell millions of them. A 9 or 10, forget about it.


I guess Harley sucks up most of the vintage look people, and leaves none for any Japanese brands.
When I was riding my old Triumph around, the Harley guys would all come over and tell stories about their old bikes, the sport bike guys would not give it a 2nd look.
But you won't find many Harley riders willing to trade their sled glide in on an sr400....




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I've rebought a few "cool" bikes of my youth in the 70s and 80s and my 20 sumpthing year old kids kids are far from impressed by any of them. If they want a new market of young riders they need to beat the Ninja 300 or bring in a real WR450r.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:48 AM   #182
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this would explain a lot of what's up with the new FJR update and might bode well for bringing the SR back into the states at somepoint as it's both low cost and more entry-oriented:

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2013/...aramount-goal/
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:43 AM   #183
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As someone who commutes 3-4 times a week in heavy traffic, I wouldn't mind having one of these. I have street-legal TT500 with a bonkers motor and still get around 85mpg. Would love to grab one of these and rack up some serious miles. If they can get the cost around $4,500 MSRP, it would be a bang for the buck. But if it's more like the new CB500, which will have an MSRP around $7,000, then not so much.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:47 AM   #184
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As someone who commutes 3-4 times a week in heavy traffic, I wouldn't mind having one of these. I have street-legal TT500 with a bonkers motor and still get around 85mpg. Would love to grab one of these and rack up some serious miles. If they can get the cost around $4,500 MSRP, it would be a bang for the buck. But if it's more like the new CB500, which will have an MSRP around $7,000, then not so much.
You get 85 MPG with a pumped TT500?! How is that even possible???
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:37 AM   #185
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You get 85 MPG with a pumped TT500?! How is that even possible???

All you need is a broken odometer.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:57 AM   #186
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Riding pretty mellow I got an average of 43 mpg from a stock SR500.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #187
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I sure hope they think they will make money by selling an old design sr400 in the US.
I would go so far as to pay good money for a new one even if I had to sell a kidney or something to get it.


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this would explain a lot of what's up with the new FJR update and might bode well for bringing the SR back into the states at somepoint as it's both low cost and more entry-oriented:

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2013/...aramount-goal/
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:15 PM   #188
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I sure hope they think they will make money by selling an old design sr400 in the US.
I would go so far as to pay good money for a new one even if I had to sell a kidney or something to get it.

If I really wanted one, I'd go buy a fully restored 500. They are out there, what is stopping you?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1980-...item2a27dafcf2

Heck, it even has tubeless tires!
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:16 PM   #189
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That seems very low.
I got 60 on a DR650 with a pumper carb, NOT riding easy....

Granted, I had the needle low for lean running, the main jet was good, and the pump made up for the lean needle.



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Old 01-10-2013, 12:38 PM   #190
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I would be very interested in this as a wife bike....pretty good lookin too
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:48 PM   #191
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Yamaha already has the V-Star 250 and the XT250 for beginners. I seriously doubt they consider beginners important enough to risk bringing something else in. Even though it is an existing model, it would cost a fortune to get it certified to sell in the U.S. Used to you could just bring a few over, if they sold well, bring over some more, if not, no big deal. But with DOT and EPA, it don't work that way no more.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:19 PM   #192
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I am going to keep an eye out localy for one.
Still, there is nothing like a new (or at least newer) bike...



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If I really wanted one, I'd go buy a fully restored 500. They are out there, what is stopping you?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1980-...item2a27dafcf2

Heck, it even has tubeless tires!
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:04 PM   #193
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Could we sneak one in from Canada?
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:10 PM   #194
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Could we sneak one in from Canada?

There are already SR500s here, and they were a flop at their prime!
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:11 PM   #195
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There are already SR500s here, and they were a flop at their prime!
Yes they were!!!! I had a 79 and it was so undesirable I left the bastard in Alabama when I moved.Finders keepers!
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