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post #1 of 17 Old 10-24-2006, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Will We Ever See A Yamaha XT660R?



Do you think this will ever make it over stateside?
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-24-2006, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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I see they are also still making the Honda Transalp XL650V.

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post #3 of 17 Old 10-24-2006, 07:31 PM
 
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What I don't get is why are all the good new bikes sold in the EU and not here. In fact the same thing is done with autos. :?: Don't know Biker only time will tell. I'm not really sure we'll see the new KLR either. :roll:
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post #4 of 17 Old 10-24-2006, 08:49 PM
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How can you guys be so stupid??
Everyone knows that Americans would never buy a mid-size, semi-offroad motorcycle.. Duh..

Now you all should shut up, get on your Harleys, and leave this forum in the loud, leather laden, unhelmeted manner in which you arrived..

Now, what bike is it that the dealers can't keep on the showroom floor?? OH yeah.. Wee Stroms.. What in the world are these people who are buying them, thinking?? Why aren't they at the Harley dealer, purchasing straight through exhausts and chrome bits??

Now that I'm done with my rant, I'm going to go make space in my garage for my scooter.. :t0015
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Ok Paper thats it, no bacon for you for 2 weeks :!: Now were did I put my Harley keys I've got to go get me some drag pipes and ape hangers so I can go ride through Papers yard lookin :h0201
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post #6 of 17 Old 10-25-2006, 12:59 AM
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Well, I actually hope they don't produce the new KLR here. I really like it as more of an off road tank than a wee strom wanna be. :lol: I wonder if Yamaha and Honda arn't keeping their bikes out of the US because of government restrictions on exhaust or something? :roll: Wouldn't surprise me if it was the case.

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post #7 of 17 Old 10-25-2006, 07:21 AM
 
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How can you guys be so stupid??
Everyone knows that Americans would never buy a mid-size, semi-offroad motorcycle.. Duh..

Now you all should shut up, get on your Harleys, and leave this forum in the loud, leather laden, unhelmeted manner in which you arrived..
And what's so ironic is that it was American's the mass consumption of enduros and mid sized street bikes that nearly destroyed Harley in the '70s. "Kawasaki let's the good times roll"...Come on you know this song. Let's sing it together now!
The US government did at some point come to the financial aid of HD while owned by AMF as I recall so, I suspect there might be more to it than meets the eye. I really don't think market research is to blame since the riding public has been screaming for more midsized bikes since the early '90s. I dunno.

The only thing that is apparent is that the practical and sometimes downright cool bikes that are all over Europe and Japan will never see these shores. Emmissions regulations used to be the excuse but since European regs are even stiffer than CA now, that excuse doesn't hold water.
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post #8 of 17 Old 10-25-2006, 09:08 AM
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Emmissions regulations used to be the excuse but since European regs are even stiffer than CA now, that excuse doesn't hold water
Absolutely!! Take a look at all the smaller 4 stroke bikes that don't come here and have Cat. Converters... Not to hijack, but even the little 150 scooter I bought (also 4 stroke) has a cat converter in the exhaust. The EU standards are high and it's because so many more people ride for transportation, rather than for fun (or to the bar, in the case of the straigh pipe crowd)..
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-27-2006, 07:25 AM
 
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I suspect a lot more people would use motorcycles for basic transportation if they had more of a choice. A 500+ pound bike isn't all that practical for most people. They want something light that has enough power to cope on the freeways and they want it easy to deal with. To me, the ideal urban/recreational/workhorse bike would be a 250-350 enduro. Not a dirt bike with lights that requires a step ladder to mount (DRZ400) nor a street/freeway bike with a high front fender and knobbies (various Bimmers and the Strom). Those midsized bikes are all over Europe and Japan but here, we get tax credits for buying the biggest gas guzzling monstosity we can find. All the while the politicians are talking about ending our dependence on foreign oil from one face as the other face is doing everything it can to get us to consume as much oil as possible. I find the KLR to be the most practical bike available today but sometimes I truly wish it were a little bit smaller and lighter.

The mere fact that comparitively large displacement scooters are selling like hotcakes should be something of an indicator that Americans would indeed buy midsized bikes if they were available to them.
The KLX250 would be a great bike but it's not available in California because of various regulations and CA just happens to be the largest motorcycle market in North America and quite possibly the world. I can't see any logic there at all.
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post #10 of 17 Old 10-30-2006, 10:09 AM
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Thats the bike I was waiting for Yamaha to bring to the US. I know me and the 2 employees where 1st inline to buy one if they ever did bring them here. I think the big difference is in Europe they like motorcycles. Their attitudes toward them are alot different than in the states. Emissions where a problem I know for Yamaha as my sales guy was saying so that is why Yamaha dropped the Zuma, Blaster and Banshee's now. Something about EPA points and that 2 stokes count against these points more and that said means you can bring in less bikes to the US. Yamaha decided to only sell the YZ 125 and YZ 250 2 strokes and everything else in their line up will be 4 strokes only.
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