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Old 02-23-2018, 07:17 AM   #1
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Ride in to work

Finally got a nice day and not "other" stuff scheduled to get a nice ride into work. Albeit a short one (15 miles), it was nice to ride again anyway!

I don't know about your area where you live, but I've just really noticed the lack of sportbikes more and more over the last couple years. Seems 80% of what I see is cruisers. I probably see just as many ADV bikes as I do sportbikes. Kinda sad to me. Seems the peak of sportbikes, at least to me and what I've seen on the road, was mid 2000's.
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Old 02-23-2018, 07:29 AM   #2
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in the mid 2000s was when sportbikes were in their prime, shortly after yamaha revamped the whole segment with the new r1. Also when people had more money. Now they are just becoming too expensive to buy for something thats not very versatile.
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Old 02-23-2018, 07:31 AM   #3
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I have seen more sport bikes recently. Usually, around here, its more sport bikes in the winter, then more cruisers in the summer.
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Old 02-23-2018, 08:19 AM   #4
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Finally got a nice day and not "other" stuff scheduled to get a nice ride into work. Albeit a short one (15 miles), it was nice to ride again anyway!

I don't know about your area where you live, but I've just really noticed the lack of sportbikes more and more over the last couple years. Seems 80% of what I see is cruisers. I probably see just as many ADV bikes as I do sportbikes. Kinda sad to me. Seems the peak of sportbikes, at least to me and what I've seen on the road, was mid 2000's.
The size of the crowd on BM certainly seems to have changed, I notice that the super naked seems to be creeping in slowly. Some variety at the top of the mountain is nice, in Tampa it always seemed to lean towards the custom (aka single color rattle can) GSXR.
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Old 02-23-2018, 08:58 AM   #5
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Old 02-23-2018, 09:29 AM   #6
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The size of the crowd on BM certainly seems to have changed, I notice that the super naked seems to be creeping in slowly. Some variety at the top of the mountain is nice, in Tampa it always seemed to lean towards the custom (aka single color rattle can) GSXR.
Lots of dual sports up there too, as there are many miles of forestry service roads to explore. Saw that Husky 701 Enduro when we stopped at the top, and began to drool.

Sun is beginning to peek out, temp is good. Need to get out.
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:45 AM   #7
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I certainly contemplated trading/selling my FZ for a FJ-09
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No motorcycle rides for us. Maybe snowmobiles.
Just got a fresh 8" of snow. 8" more coming tomorrow.

I've got the itch for bikes though. Walk past my 4 bikes every day in the house.
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No motorcycle rides for us. Maybe snowmobiles.
Just got a fresh 8" of snow. 8" more coming tomorrow.

I've got the itch for bikes though. Walk past my 4 bikes every day in the house.
I wore my perforated jacket on a ride last night, I can almost sense March coming with a late season storm to ruin such conditions
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Was able to ride in to work today. It is glorious out - should have been out riding all damn day.

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My wife texted me to tell me our upstairs thermostat is showing 76! LOL

AC in Feb...gotta love the south.
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I wore my perforated jacket on a ride last night, I can almost sense March coming with a late season storm to ruin such conditions
Yep, wore mine in this AM with short sleeve golf shirt under it. Was perfect.
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in the mid 2000s was when sportbikes were in their prime, shortly after yamaha revamped the whole segment with the new r1. Also when people had more money. Now they are just becoming too expensive to buy for something thats not very versatile.
I think your comment about the cost is spot on. Yes, I know you get a lot of bang for your buck with modern sportbike machinery, but it's still a lot of money for what many would term a recreational vehicle. Yes, some people use their bikes as daily transportation, but by and large, they are fun toys/escape vehicles for nearly all of us. They are simply too expensive for a weekend toy. Here, sportbike sightings are on the decline as well. I've seen more sport tourers and cruisers than anything else for a while now. Every now and then the odd ADV (Super Tenere type) will surface, however.
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Rode out to lunch, ended up being a 2.5 hour ride. Lake Lanier is almost full again. What a beautiful February day!
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Old 02-24-2018, 09:06 AM   #15
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What are you defining as a sport bike, the super sport race replica bikes or standards and nakeds too? The race replicas are definitely down on sales which I blame on the arms race that pushed them further into a enjoyable only on the track category. However, the "naked" "standard" class of bikes are still selling well and I still call them sport bikes based their performance.
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