Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Warrington, Pa., USA
If your thinking Japanese
You may want to do your shopping and buying soon. Today I pick up my new 650 V Strom. I was holding out for a ABS model, it didn't happen. It seems all the ABS models are sold out for the year in the USA market. After talking to about a dozen dealers, more then a few have said that their total allowance of bikes from Honda , Suzuki, Kawasaki have been cut 20-25% for the year.
There's been a lot of speculation as to why but the consensus is they can get more money for them in other countries. It may be true as ABS V Stroms abound in Canada for 2K more then the list price here. If supplies tighten and I suspect they will, as the dealer near me is selling bikes like there's no tomorrow ( that's a good thing), you'll have a hard time finding the model in the color you want and chances are it's going to be tough to find a good deal.
On another note; a few weeks ago it was posted here about Honda motorcycle production being brought back to Japan. During Bike Week a customer of mine who recently retired from Honda gave me his unofficial opinion as to why. It seems it's written in some law in the home country that if the economy is weak for a certain period of time production comes back to Japan. I really don't know if it's true or not but it sure did seem interesting.
Last edited by nplenzick; Apr 5th, 2008 at 11:33 am.