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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-09-2016, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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I was a little surprised...

Today I went to my local dealership to inquire on some maintenance items for my new to me '02 SP2. During my visit I wanted to see what all the manufacturers were offering in their new bike line ups in person. Now granted my glasses may still be rose colored from being over the moon about my RC, but I was really disappointed in the build quality of today's modern motorcycles. I know they've got all the latest tech and what have you, but to my untrained eye the fit and quality of materials used on my 14 year old RC51 is head and shoulders above the latest offerings. Now granted not all manufacturers were present in this showroom , but the big Japanese ones were and I walked away unimpressed. I've not been in a dealership in awhile and this experience caught me of guard. Have you all noticed the same?
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it's not surprising. manufacturers are faced with packing more technology into the bikes without too much increase in cost.
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On the one hand, you should be happy: You got a great, well-built, good looking bike for far less than one of those new ones costs.

On the other hand ... I think it's partially a sign of the economic times, but also a sea change: People love their smartphones, man. I know too many young people that could not care less about driving, and that's bound to extend to bikes. The masses just don't seem to care about much else besides that damn phone. So, as interest in motorcycles shrinks, the industry is bound to shrink with it. And combine the economic probs ... and we're probably lucky there are new bikes at all. I keep reading where Suzuki is really hurting in the motorcycle biz. Dunno if it's true, but it seems like it could be.
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I have felt for a number of years that the biking industry as a whole has been designing in my view bikes that appear to be on the stale side as far as new inventions go and on the transformer look in the way of looks.
look at any yamaha or honda sportbike body lines and it looks rather too transformerish for most.
look at a victory and you see something gawdy that looks like it came from some mix of the year 1950 and 2050 but not working for the masses.
look at most models and its seriously deficient of new and innovative in design ideas.
most models new lines have recently been remakes of older 1980 circa styling because they just cant come up with anything else.
maybe all for good reasons but it sucks to not have something to drool over or want so badly that your willing to stop buying 5$ cups of coffee to save up for that model.

such a stale shame in the industry we are at.

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For years, I've felt the factories have no clue what the buying public wants.
However, I've seen many examples of photoshop concept bikes where people go "hell yeah I want that bike".

Like this for example:

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nice red/whit v4

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Can't agree more. Here is some cool 80's style.
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Nice CX650!

This is the CX500 Turbo in my office
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For years, I've felt the factories have no clue what the buying public wants.
However, I've seen many examples of photoshop concept bikes where people go "hell yeah I want that bike".

Like this for example:

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