And like the night hawk, the DRZ didn't sell very well and now apparently it's been shitcanned by Suzuki.
Honestly, the discontinuation of Little Bird surprised me.
I mean, that bike was basically the VW Beetle of motorcycles, and not in a bad way. The design was completely unmolested from 1982 all the way until the end of the run. 25 years, and they never changed a single part. What other motorcycle can boast that sort of lineage? Ok, so the Harley Softail hasn't changed since 1642, and they're still carving the pistons out of oak. But apart from that?
Honestly, I'd have thought MSF sales alone would have kept it afloat, in much the same way that Ford keeps digging up the corpse of the Crown Vic and dusting it off for the fleet buyers.
And now I will possibly crush your dreams. I'd bet that some of those motards aren't sold in Cali, since there pretty much lightly modified dirt bikes and California is dumb. sry:(
That's the funny part, actually.
It's no surprise that the Lifans and other Chinese bikes aren't CARB-approved. (Yes, I honestly thought about it.) The TU250 was a surprise, what with closed-loop injection and all. Give it another year or two.
But the motards? Dude. If it weren't for California, those bikes wouldn't exist. The big four probably sell more off-road thumpers in SoCal alone than in the whole rest of the world combined. Drive 15 miles inland from the coast and you're in the Sonoran Desert, where you can't swing a dead cat without hitting five hundred off-roaders complete with their fancy campers. We have Glamis. We have Heber. We have The Dunes. For a Japanese manufacturer, building an offroad bike and not getting CARB certification on it would be suicide. And since the motards are just dirtbikes with headlights and street tires, it's no surprise that during the summer months they outnumber the sportbikes by at least 3:1 at every dealership.
Which is why I find it interesting that those bikes still have carburetors.
haha. my name's all over the link. i feel so cool.
7.) DIY High-compression Miata Suggested By: y8s Why it's brilliant: A great trolling requires some work, and "SERformance" did his homework, going as far to doctor an autocar article to give some credibility to his troll bait. SERformance was looking for advice on a plan to welding a chunk of metal to his Miata's pistons to "to raise the compression ratio." You don't have to know much about cars to know that this is probably a terrible idea, and the people of MX5Miata.net did not hold back their opinions when it came to SERformance's continued trollitude. See the whole debacle unfold here. Photo Credit: SERformance/
Japolink - You suck with all the links and credits.
That was MY picture, I should get the credit. Hell it sits on MY picture server
and omfg you ******* morons. we trolled HIM - we doctored that article to encourage him to actually fo through with it.