And here i am, thinking about bike sales and how banks/ economical crisis affected them.
Seems it's a worldwide phenomenon after all.
I have many friends wanting to get a new liter bike, but banks don't issue loans anymore, you have to provide proof that you can make in a year 3 times the price of a new bike. Then...what is the point of getting a loan?
There are no used bikes for sale made from 2012 and later.
And since new liter bikes have made a huge jump in pricetags ( some years ago you could get a new liter bike for around 15k €, now they are over 20k €), old used don't depreciate over time.
And last, mega scooters...With aftermarket exhausts , customized...and way more comfy than a supersport.
All these together are slowly killing the supersport market here.
About the naked bike races. Something like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJKf7nK6n30
Motorcycles should not cost more than about half of what a car does for a given level of performance.
We have very high expectations, which are far greater than what we actually need.
Its always struck me as the height of stupidity for someone to buy a cruiser, and try and get more performance out of it...... buy a bike that was designed for that, instead of messing up a perfectly good bike designed for something else.
If people were willing to accept a certain level of weight and performance, at a certain price point -- with the option of buying more bolt on power if they felt froggy..... wouldn't that make the whole process a lot less painful?
1,000,000 years ago (in my youth), there were tons and tons of bikes which had anywhere from 15-50 HP, and they were STILL
considered death machines.
NOTHING built in 1960 could touch my now 8 year old, out of tune ZX6.
Would it be better, if a tiered licensing approach were applied like it is almost anywhere else in the world? Would that get people started on those smaller, lighter, cheap to operate FUN machines?
I always see a few people riding 50cc two stroke scooters, because there are almost no legal requirements placed on them. No license required here in the US. That's a breeding ground for potential future riders......