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Old 12-31-2010, 11:36 AM   #1
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Nobody will buy High spec 250-400cc sportbikes.

Nobody will buy them. They will be too expensive.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:48 AM   #2
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I do believe you are correct. They would not sell in the US in any significant numbers. A high spec 250 for instance would probably cost about the same as a Ninja 650. I suspect most in the US would pick the size over quality. This is the land of the "Supersize Me" after all.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:48 AM   #3
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Yep.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:53 AM   #4
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Nobody will buy them. They will be too expensive.
i know of one guy that will buy one ;)

thanks for starting this thread.


its not that i would not buy a high spec 250. but i dont think id buy a 250cc for 7000-8000 dollars when that is in the same range as a 600cc bike.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:55 AM   #5
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If I ever buy a bike it wouldn't be one of these, too expensive!
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:57 AM   #6
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I wanted an 88 fzr400 when they came out but the price was too high.
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:47 PM   #7
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Really?........

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Old 12-31-2010, 12:54 PM   #8
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Nobody except for me. I am looking at trading my Versys for a WR250x. Similarly spec'd components and price. The WR is 150lbs lighter and has the motorized bicycle feeling that I miss with a big, heavy bike. IF there is a KTM Duke 300 in the near future that would be the ticket for me. (Probably tickets if they can get 30hp and 285lbs)

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Old 12-31-2010, 12:56 PM   #9
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A screaming 400cc I-4 with decent suspension for just a wee bit more than a Versys... I would consider buying.

Not a 250 though.

And I'd want EFI and ABS.
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:01 PM   #10
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I am trying to draw some of the Inmates out of the CBR250r thread, they keep nattering on about these kinds of bikes and ignoring the topic in that thread.
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:06 PM   #11
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Well, yeah. Why buy a temperamental, overly-complicated, overly-stressed small engine when you can bump the displacement and get the same power out a lower-tech, low-maintenance engine? It's kinda like buying 500 cc with a turbo when you could have gotten a 750 with similar power.
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:12 PM   #12
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Tell KTM. Maybe there's still time to make their 400 Duke reasonable.
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:18 PM   #13
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Another.

Where's the "a good rider doesn't need ABS, traction control, 'yada, yada, yada'" thread?
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:21 PM   #14
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You have to be more specific.

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I am trying to draw some of the Inmates out of the CBR250r thread, they keep nattering on about these kinds of bikes and ignoring the topic in that thread.
How about creating an "I hate the Honda CBR250R!" thread, just for Navin?
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:21 PM   #15
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A bunch of us in the WR250R/X thread HAVE bought expensive 250's and are happy with them.

It's not my only bike though.

The original point is basically true though, without tiered licensing to force people to start small, the bikes won't sell in large numbers.

Though with the prices of the newest 600's there might be some room to argue.

It's hard enough to sell someone on a 600 if it is only $1000 or so cheaper than a 1000. Especially if they are financing.

Only suzuki still sells a 750 sport for basically that reason but they did that more out of pride and it fits a niche market for those want them.

1000's weigh about the same as a 600 but some people realize the bigger engine changes the way the bike rides due to internal moving pieces so they go with the 750 as a good compromise.
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