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Are we a minority.

rustyeyed

2016
CBR ABS
Messages
674
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187
Location
United Kingdom
#21
I have been thinking the same!!!!!!! Here is a little insight via observations and chatting to riders around my area,

Like miweber929 miweber929 stated, dick measuring competition is a world wide phenomenon. I have met some grandpas who really cant leave home without their medications but wont give up riding a fully loaded sportbike because they think they loose their relevance (just ego in short) even though they got severe arthritis.

Same with young ones they want to go straight to a 1000cc from their 500cc because of the obvious reasons.

Saying that there are a few out there who are just born track ready and they go through the classes really fast but they buy a big bike only for track for the rest they have a good tourer or something comfortable and then there are some who have all the money in the world and the space to own multiple bikes.

The 650 I feel has no much advertisement, and word of mouth is a big advert in itself. For example, talking to older riders who have outlived some species have a set notion about bikes and say things like Ducati's break down, Harleys are shite or whatever issues other brands got.

Did you know the new Ducati's (post 2015) ownership is as much as a Jap including service intervals and more reliable. Harleys don't suffer from leakages like before as their manufacturing has gotten better. It's a different argument if the bike doesn't suit your riding style. Moral of the story is that peers to peer advertisement + ego makes everyone very narrow minded consumer IMHO.

Truth is no one bloody knows, yes they may have owned lot of bikes but every year the manufacturing gets better and quality has improved so todays awesome Honda can be tomorrows mechanical chaos (as the manufacturer tends to cheap out lately). All brands suffer from this, some more than the other.

So apart from the 'egoists' and the 'consumer' comes a band of 'logical' riders, who like to have fun but keep it sensible and affordable. That's where most of us fit in. Not that we can't afford or enjoy other bikes we just know it will either get us in trouble or be planted on a tree (atleast speaking for myself)

I do itch for a faster bike but this bike is a jack of all trades, and has always put me into a dilemna if I really want one, so far after all this contemplating I have decided to buy another one if I fancy something different.
 

Jerry

2016
CBR ABS
Messages
522
Likes
456
Location
The Netherlands
#22
Looking at a community like Reddit's r/motorcycles sub, I'm getting the impression the MT-07 is eating up a lot of the market where the CB650F resides. And because it's such a popular bike you see so often, people are exposed to it a lot and in turn that generates even more sales for that model.

For some reason people are swooning when they see an MT-07/09 and when they see a CB650F they go "yeah, sure, I guess it's an alright bike". I guess it's all to do with image and (peer pressured) perception.
 

Thomas

2015
CBR ABS
650F Alumnus
Messages
356
Likes
354
Location
Germany
#23
Looking at a community like Reddit's r/motorcycles sub, I'm getting the impression the MT-07 is eating up a lot of the market where the CB650F resides. And because it's such a popular bike you see so often, people are exposed to it a lot and in turn that generates even more sales for that model.

For some reason people are swooning when they see an MT-07/09 and when they see a CB650F they go "yeah, sure, I guess it's an alright bike". I guess it's all to do with image and (peer pressured) perception.
Yes, because Yamaha did it 100% right! Modern naked bikes - als there is a huge demand for it right now. Interesting engine layouts, a really fair price and lots of advertisement. That "Dark side of Japan" stuff did hit and still hits the nail on the head.