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How much profit can manufacturers take in on the learner bike market? The United Kingdom sees more smaller cc motorcycles than we will ever see stateside. Quoted from the Dec 05 issue of TWO:

Two Magazine said:
So it's official, the best selling bike of 2004 was the almighty R1. Even allowing for the usual end-of-year sales figures shenanigans, the R1 roundly trounced the competition by notching up 2,713 new sales. Its main rivals in the showrooms, the Fireblade and GSX-R1000, couldn't get close to it in the best seller list. The Honda sold to 1,842 customers to come in fourth, while 1,756 of you bought the Suzuki to make it seventh overall. Mind you, the R6 didn't even register on the best seller list, so the R1 simply had to do the business for Yamaha.

Still, we all knew the R1 was brilliant. The surprise this year was Honda's CBR125RR, which roared into second place with 2,174 sales...could this be the beginnings of a learner bike boom?...could be.
Even though this is the United Kingdom, these sales numbers speak volumes. After Honda dumped tons of money into the Fireblade's research and development, the 125RR is the best selling Honda in the UK, second best selling overall to the R1.

Would this be duplicated, given the chance, in the United States?

Are we upon a learner bike boom??

Here is a pic of that Honda 125RR by the way:

 

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Weird, but cool, that 125RR doesn't look too bad for a learner bike!!! Maybe they should start selling thoughs thing's here in the US!!! I'd probably bet that most people would prefer the 500cc bike's for first bike's but for someone that's teriffied of motorcycle's maybe these would do great!!! Good Find Beans......
 
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