I disagree TacomaJD. The premium Euro brands mentioned play to a niche market in the US and do well selling a few thousand a year with individual models sometimes selling a few hundred units. Exclusivity is part of the "value" seen by buyers and spotty parts and maintenance is part of the character. Honda plays a different game. They sell more motorcycles and ATVs in a week than Ducati does all year. It's not worth the development and supply chain costs to bring in a bike that competes in the market of 2%. When Honda screws up and ends up with a 2 percenter like the VFR 1200 the usually pull the plug after one or two model years and that 2% bike still probably outsells a Ducati model many times over.
Think how the NC700X has been out since 2012, me being pretty big into motorcycles, and never even knowing what an NC700X is until earlier this year, and how revolutionary the bike has been to me in getting me back into track/sport riding. That's 7 years of fun riding I missed out on. Lol
If they'd market a little better, and put out bikes that more closely align with the competition, I think they could do well in the niche markets. The VFR1200X weighed more, had less power, worse suspension, less electronics, and a little more uncommon tire sizes as opposed to the other ADV bikes in its class. When buyers are looking for a new ADV bike in said class, I'm sure the Honda was considered several times, but lost out to better performing competition's models.
I know most of y'all would disagree, but I think they would have sold a bunch more NC's if it sported an engine closer to 100 hp and had a little better suspension.
There are many different bikes made to fit the many different tastes of the people who ride. In my experience, most people who are active buyers desire performance, not the most economical/practical type like the majority of NC owners. I realize my tastes and interests are far different than most here on this board. I can agree to disagree, because we'll never all agree. If we did agree, there wouldn't be so many different successful brands and models of bikes out there getting sold everyday. The old saying "Different strokes for different folks" holds no truer than with motorcycles and music. Lol
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Last edited by TacomaJD; 8th November 2019 at 09:50.