Originally Posted by GotMojo?
I think Honda, and most of the other manufacturers, are clearly focusing on markets outside of the US, where small bikes are popular. Take India for example, small bikes sell like hotcakes.... CBR250R.... Ninja 250R... all hot sellers there. They realize those markets are where the growth is, so they build bikes for those markets, and will probably still import them to the US to see if they sell.
It would be sweet to see a CFR650L or something like that though... the XR650L is an old design, and probably due for replacement.
i agree with that. in mexico it's the 125 class where all the action is.
it used to be that size in india, but as people are making more $, the 250 class is now the hot class.
it's no different on how our 1000+cc bikes get bigger in size only for most of the world it's 125 to 250cc shift.
it's just a mfg. shift in what people are buying (world-wide) & what sells the most, as the 450 is enormous in most places. the 450 dirtbikes will not go away as those are designed for wealthy nations but the dual-sports are gonna be great little 250 motors (or 650s for once again the wealthy nations).
yes honda builds/sells different bikes for different markets but this 250 seems to be a world-wide build like they do with the CRV. this is mexico http://www.honda.mx/motos/doble-proposito/
right now the FI 150 is the hot bike to buy if you have the $. my guess is this new 250 will replace both the 250 and maybe even the 400.
many have discovered with the wr250r how good & fun a 250 can be. ktm 450-500 and such are niche market bikes and don't represent what the world as a whole can afford to buy. whether we like it or not the meat of future dual-sport class bikes are gonna be 250 & 650 class thumpers.