If we are lucky Yamaha may continue to make these bikes for a few more years.
It's more likely that they will just drop this albatross altogether. You have to look at this from a total market perpective, not just your own.
Who wants a motorcycle that weighs well over 600 lbs, gets the fuel mileage of a small car and goes through an expensive set of tires every 5k miles?
Yeah, I know that we all love them, but there just aren't enough of us to make it worthwhile for them.
Oh yeah, and the life saving S10s are flying off the floors...Then again, maybe not.
What do you suppose the downsides of the Super Tenare might be?
Too heavy? Check. Poor fuel mileage? Check. Goes through expensive tires quickly? Check.
Seems like the S10 is an FJR in a slightly different wrapper!
Hahahahahaha...Crap! I hadn't thought of that. However, I donno if its as much the different wrapper issue as it is "late to the game" issue.
Like it or not, BMW really does have the big adventure bike market cornered. But now, people are going for the mid-weight 800s like the GS and the Triumph. Even there, Triumph started out strong, but I haven't heard much since the post debut euphoria. Same with the S10.
I'm wondering if the economy is really playing that much Hell with sales, or if the set icons are just keeping their market share as people are not wanting to wait for accessories to come out and get cheaper. In the mid size market, there's not much price difference, and they are a LOT cheaper than the 1200s.
Honestly, I still see tons of cruisers running around, but less new crotch rockets than in the past. I hardly ever see ST bikes, have never seen a Ducati Multi, a Triumph 800, or an S10. Maybe used bikes is where its at for a while...I guess I'm glad I'm not really involved in all of it depending on a paycheck.
I will say that our local BMW dealer has been very happy the last few months with new bikes selling like crazy. Maybe its a trend, or maybe its just his reputation, but I don't think they're taking the hit Triumph and Yamaha were hoping to create.
I was gonna use this space to list the reasons I don't like Howie, but I only have 5 lines. Bummer!!