Yamaha to LIMIT WR450F sales in No America
Posted June 22, 2002 - 02:59 PM
Needles to say I immediatly placed a deposit for one and I am first on the list (thank god) but I am very suprised that Yamaha would do this. Any thoughts on this matter?
Posted June 22, 2002 - 04:42 PM
Posted June 22, 2002 - 05:51 PM
So the sell only a few over all when a ton coulda been sold.
Posted June 22, 2002 - 06:00 PM
Posted June 22, 2002 - 06:43 PM
Posted June 22, 2002 - 07:25 PM
I find it hard to believe that any dealer could sell 100 WR's in one year.
depends on where you live. here in socal it seems like everone and thier kid brother have a brand new moto every two years.
Posted June 22, 2002 - 07:25 PM
Posted June 22, 2002 - 07:30 PM
Posted June 23, 2002 - 12:25 AM
Posted June 23, 2002 - 03:29 AM
Posted June 23, 2002 - 05:06 AM
I personally would not count on that to happen. I'd get my money down ASAP and just wait.
This will not be a Cannondale issue where those poor saps waited 2+ years after their downpayment, AND that first run production was plagued w/ problems/shortcomings.
Posted June 23, 2002 - 06:00 AM
The local dealer here in Huntington Beach always has a couple of WR's on the floor.
The other reason is simiply production capacity at the factory. The YZ will have the highest priority to get out first since racing sells the brand. The WR will appear in limited numbers at first. The YZ demand will determine if the second production run is WR or YZ.
All this can be screwed if some critical part is in short supply like starter motors or suspension components.
A total produciton run for a motorcross bike can be less than 3000 units per year.
Posted June 23, 2002 - 06:10 AM
So 100 WR's over the course of a year is average sales to them...maybe even a bit low, I think they still had requests for 2001 models after they were gone just bout everywhere.
Posted June 23, 2002 - 07:22 AM
Went to pick it up in December. Full retail $5499 plus the BS. I asked about the $5299 OTD price. Why would we sell the hottest bike less than retail? After much discussion over several days, I said screw the 250f, and got a 01 YZ426F with a rippen price. No regrets.
Ironically, a coworker that has known the shop owners for years helped set up the initial deal and was realy upset with what occurred.
The point is get it in writing with details about price, setup, shipping, etc. Give a deposit and get a receipt showing the price. Worst you do is get stuff while picking up your new bike to effectivly pay less.
Posted June 23, 2002 - 11:57 AM
For what it's worth, they learned the lesson well from the Harvard MBA's that taught them in the late 60's. It's just a method that assures they will make money instead of the alternative.
Posted June 23, 2002 - 02:08 PM
Posted June 23, 2002 - 02:33 PM
Posted June 23, 2002 - 04:38 PM
They typically produce dirt bikes on some of the same assembly lines as street bikes, or dual sports. They have a window for production that represents only a small portion of the year. Then that's it. They switch the line to another model and don't produce that dirt bike until next model year.
They have to take an educated guess at what to produce during that window. Sometimes, there is pressure to produce fewer dirt models when their marketing wants more of one of the street models (which earn higher profit margins). In that case, they get less production time to produce all the dirt bikes they can.
So, they are likely producing no WR's at all until some time shortly before their target availability date. They are likely busy with some street models.
Doesn't help us at all, but maybe we can understand why.