Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SoCal (SF Valley) 91343
The Vulcan 500 hasn't been available in CA for a couple years now IIRC. The trend is (as others have said) been towards bigger CC engines, at least for cruisers. While it does happen with sportbikes, a lot of the focus is not so much on CCs as it is HP. The 600 class definitely won't go away becasue the manufacturers have to manufacture and sell them to be able to race them. Plus, WAY too many sport riders see a 125HP 600CC RR or SS bike as a "beginner" bike which they'll "outgrow" inside a few moths and upgarde to a 1000CC bike with 185HP at the rear wheel. Those are usually the ones you read about who met a very tragic end (double the limit on a side street at night with no gear hitting an 18 wheeler). Personally, I'm happy with my Ninjas (250 and 650) and my 650CC cruiser. I may eventually get an inline 4 600 CC bike (Yami FZ6R - not to be confused with the R6) just for variety, not because I've outgrown anything. I may never own anything bigger than a 650 and I doubt I'll be missing anything.