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Will the Japanese topple the Europeans' grip on the superbike market?

In recent years the Japanese sports bikes have lost their way a little, with the Europeans catching up... Will the Japanese manufacturers ever topple the Europeans' new-found grip on the superbike market?    

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snev

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snev says:

Grip?

so what are the figures...? Are the European Bikes Outselling the Jap Bikes ? is this someones Opinion ? The Ducati's, Aprilia's BMW's MV's are all fantastic Bikes but so are the Honda's, Suzuki's Kawasaki's and Yamaha's, The Jap's are Clever, they don't chuck yen's at a retracting market. The Europeans have seen this and moved in. I would love to buy a replacement for my Busa but fear that I will be in for a long long wait. As for the Sportsbikes? we will see.

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kl595

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kl595 says:

Markets and tastes are changing. For me, as I've been banging on about for ages and I apologise, an SV1200 would be something I would be very interested in. As good as a BMW S1000  or a GSXR1000 or Fireblade is,  they do not interest me. Ducati's make some bikes with appeal but price is a limiting factor for me. So in the meantime, I'll carry on with my 05 Speed Triple as I love it but I could be persuaded by a 1200 v twin from Suzuki with up to date (not ohlins) suspension, no fancy electronic gadgets but  with decent brakes and and all round everyday appeal at a sensible price. No, not the adventure style concept bike but something based around the SV1000 but just bring it up to date at a reasonable cost and I'm in.

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snev

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snev says:

kl595

SV1200.... Oh Yeh.... awesome. Want one and a new Busa...1500cc Six... no poncey Electronics (X-box shit).

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

I think theres room for everyone in the market but at the end of the day, it will be the manufacturers who give people what they want who will survive as seen in the collapse of the British bike industry up to the 70s and 80s. The old firms said 'this is what you are getting' whereas the Japs said 'what do you want' although it took them a while to develop their ideas to completely flatten the Brit bike firms.

  And Snev, have you thought about a turbo for your Busa seeing as Suzuki aren't getting their act together for you? As my dear old mother used to say, you should write them a stiff letter on a piece of cardboard!!

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daveire

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daveire says:

Its all swings and roundabouts. And its good to see European manufacturers doing well. Long may it last.

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zoobaz

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zoobaz says:

yeah - an SV1200 would be great..

...as long as it was physically a bit bigger. I've got a '53 plate SV1000 (only 14k miles on the clock - v clean!)  which i love but it's physically a very small bike. I'm 6' 1" and if I go to work on it (75 mile commute up the M1) i'm knackered with cramp by the time I get to work...my ZX10 is similarly small but the Sprint ST fits me like a glove. so maybe that's the reason - are european bikes built a little bit bigger to fit a european sized person?

Ta,

Baz

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snev

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snev says:

zooBaz....

you may be onto something there... my Aprilia seems to have been designed for an orangutan

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