IS HONDA UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?
By Jerry Matta
While everyone is waiting for the new and improved XR100, I'm
waiting to see if Honda is going to wave the white flag of defeat to
Yamaha. Lets face it, up until the introduction of the YZF400 (now 426)
and the departure of Jeremy McGrath, Honda has been dominating the Motocross
industry like the Chicago Bulls of the mid nineties. They have been on top
for so long, they've lost sight of the "second to none"
philosophy. Now that Yamaha has past them in sales, I want to see what
kind of heart they really have --- the heart of Windham, who gets passed and
fades (lately) or the heart of LaRocco, who gets passed and then does everything
in his power to pass him back. Sappy analogy, but you get the point.
Basically, my point is if Honda doesn't come out with a bike that is equal to
the TTR 125, they might as well quit. The TTR is a very low goal to shoot
for, and if Honda isn't up to the challenge, what's the point? Now,
we all know the XR100 is going to have new plastic and seat a la the XR50, but
is it going to have a disc brake, better or should I say any suspension,
and what about the motor. Well, my sources tell me don't get my hopes up
and Honda's attitude is,"We sell all the bikes we make, so why spend the
money." My answer to that is --- So what!!!!! who cares how many
bikes you sell if your sell an inferior product. Is Honda run by
accountants? Every bike Yamaha sells is one less Honda being sold.
Bottom line is Yamaha has a YZF line that Honda can only dream they had, a TTR
line that is every bit as good as the XR line (w/ electric starters). And
what has Honda done? The lost McGrath, lost sales and lost respect of the
of their rider base. If the XR100 has just new plastic, they need to ditch
all the upper management and get people in there who have the balls it takes to
be number one.
Part 2: 2003
The best they can do is the 218 lb. CRF150?