DEATH OF SPORT­BIKE EX­AG­GER­ATED

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As a for­mer owner/op­er­a­tor of a Yamaha deal­er­ship, an ex-road­racer, and still a mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast, I don’t think sport­bikes are dead, just out of reach fi­nan­cially for the tar­get de­mo­graphic of 20- to 30-year-old peo­ple (Bike Life, May). Most of my rid­ing ac­quain­tances in this age group love sport­bikes but can’t or won’t pur­chase a new unit be­cause of the price.

And if you get ap­proved for fi­nanc­ing, then you’ll be re­quired to get full-cov­er­age in­sur­ance. A new 600 will be close to $15,000 out the door and an open-class sport­bike close to or over $20,000 out the door. My first new sport­bike was a 1982 Kawasaki Gpz550—took it home for un­der $3,000. Most of my rid­ing ac­quain­tances own used sport­bikes only a few years old, most bought out­right, some claim at half the price of a new one. Sur­veys don’t show how many used sport­bikes are out there be­ing sold and bought. TED FUJIKAWA GAINESVILLE, TX

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