DEATH OF SPORTBIKE EXAGGERATED
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