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post #1 of 18 Old 08-03-2009, 12:43 PM
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Why is a Bandit cheaper than a Vee?

Just curious:

MSRP on a Bandit 1250 is less than a Vee. Adding ABS to the Bandit brings up to EQUAL to the Vee.

Not thinking of jumping ship or anything, just doesn't make much sense to me. What's the Vee got that the Bandit doesn't? Do the handguards really add that much? :rolleyes:
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Vee engine cost more to build. There are 2 cylinders, 2 heads, 2 camchains, 4 cams, etc.
That's why Honda stopped selling the Interceptor as it's flagship sport bike. They couldn't compete financially with it.
They obviously still think the Vee engine is superior, since they use it on their MotoGP bike.
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Vee engine cost more to build. There are 2 cylinders, 2 heads, 2 camchains, 4 cams, etc.
That's why Honda stopped selling the Interceptor as it's flagship sport bike. They couldn't compete financially with it.
They obviously still think the Vee engine is superior, since they use it on their MotoGP bike.
????

The Bandit 1250 is an I4.
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Yes, but a four cylinder block costs less to make than 2 single cylinder blocks. Think of it this way, there are four sides to a four cylinder block. There are 8 sides to the two single cylinder blocks. Drilling hole is cheaper than casting aluminum.
Also factor in the labor of installing 2 of them with cams and camchains. It all adds up.
Now a parallel twin is another story, that's why the 650 Kawasaki ER6n is cheaper than Suzuki's Gladius.
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Do you guys really believe that the cost of manufacture is reflected somewhat in the retail price?
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Do you guys really believe that the cost of manufacture is reflected somewhat in the retail price?
How dare you apply demand-based price structure theories to the subject of this thread?

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Do you guys really believe that the cost of manufacture is reflected somewhat in the retail price?
Reflected somewhat, yes. Much like reality is reflected somewhat in the average political speech.

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I wouldn't have thought of an I4 being cheaper to manufacture than a V-twin, but that makes sense.

AFA demand supporting a higher price - ???
Aren't there a lot more Bandits out there than VStroms? Maybe it varies by locale, but around me the VStrom is a bit of rare duck. It seems like the "premium" would be on the Bandit, then, no?

For that matter, cruisers dominate around me - and cruisers comparable to the Vee or Wee seem to be cheaper. What gives?
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The Honda Shadow 750 lists for $7699. The Yamaha 650 V-star Silverado, with a windshield like the V-Strom, is $7490. Comparable pricing.
The cruiser guys get lots of chrome. We get better suspension, brakes, etc. and a LOT better engine.
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If I'm not mistaken, the bandit is also a carburetored bike as the Strom is fuel injected. that adds $$$$

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