Post Master General
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bowling Green, VA
I Ride: '09 ZX6R
When you see companies marking down their newest gen products to values below the preceding year's left overs...... things are in the process of going seriously sideways in the market.
Haven't seen this since the 1980's, when the Japanese mfgs churned out 10's of thousands of bikes expecting the market to pick back up. It was probably close to 8 years, before the glut was consumed. When you see changes that amount to bold new graphics year after year, and no improvements in perfomance, it's tougher to convince people to buy new. Perceived value decreases.
Adding cheap mods -- in this case additional electronic features which require no additional hardware save for a sensor or two, is a whole 'nuther inexpensive way to make incremental 'improvements' in performance. Capital outlay is minor.... no new tooling, just different code.
The last performance increase was the bump BACK to 636, after what, 6 years 'away'? Is the bike lighter? Is it faster? You could argue it's easier to stop harder with less risk of dropping the bike, spinning out, highsiding, etc. The actual engine performance is not significantly better, especially with the Euro 4 mandated emissions requirements. Can you say lean, all over? 3 way catalytic converters cost more than single material versions do, yet the bike costs less overall. Interesting. Where did the cuts come from? Labor? Raw material? Neither seems very likely. Why is the '19 less expensive? Has the Yen/Dollar changed significantly?
"Basic stuff fellas. Use your head for something other than to break your next fall."