The only reason they were able to charge you that $149 is because Yamaha created this artificial hype surrounding their "Special Edition 50th Anniversary" models. It cost not one cent extra for Yamaha to make them in yellow since, mechanically, they are absolutely identical to the blue ones. Not a whit of difference! They're getting the extra $200 bucks by trading on the vanity and ego of riders who want something different to show off. And they'll be screwing them over every time they crash and need an SE replacement part. That's fine, but calling it a "Special Edition" is a crock. Now that all YZ's have black gas tanks, once the aftermarket catches up with the new shroud and fender molds, anyone can have a YZ in almost any color they want with ease. No more need to replace the gas tank to change colors. Acerbis, Polisport, and UFO could make a killing off plastic sets for ALL '06 YZs by offering plastic sets in various colors. Damn! I should buy stock in those companies.
I would argue that "yes" it does cost more to offer the LE. There had to be a design team to come up with the entire theme, have you seen all the gear they offer in the 50th Anniversary Theme? I would agree that once the product was made and delivered for assembly the cost involved were no different then the costs involved with a BLUE bike. so I guess beyond the actual cost of bringing the LE to market, Yamaha and it's stock holders can go pound sand, cause they just don't need to earn profit. and the employees just don't need a cost of living increase in there paycheck next year. And R&D is out of luck also, so don't expect YAMAHA to make any noticeable changes to next years YZ that will only come in blue!
As far as an MSRP being more for the yellow, I would say $200.00 is cheap! Yes it did not cost $200.00 more to make the LE, but, since when in America has the cost of an item actually determined it's worth. Have you seen some of the crazy things that sell on e-bay for CRAZY prices. Well they are crazy prices to me, but to the people bidding they are in line with there own financial ability and wants. In other words......
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