Historical price comparison

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Historical price comparison


Historical price comparison

Historical price comparison
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Motorcycling is getting more and more expensive. Machine, tires, petrol ?? hardly to pay anymore. Because everything else is getting more expensive. Pizza, underpants, tape. That’s correct. And it’s not true.

Michael Orth, Norbert Sorg


Motorcycling has never been as cheap as it is today, not in the sixties, not in the seventies and not in the eighties either. In 1982 an entry-level model, such as the Suzuki GS 450 E, cost the equivalent of 2641 euros. Today is something comparable,
the Suzuki GS 500, already for 4575 euros
to have. 2000 euros more is
a bargain. Because during a
Workers in 1982 still 331 hours and 22
Minutes had to work to get his
Earning Suzuki was a whole week faster for a worker in 2002 *. For the GS, it only stands for 292 hours and 19 minutes on the assembly line or on the construction site. To that extent actually cheaper. And the GS 450 was also quickly earned in 1982, compared to the 639 hours of work that separated the wage earner in the manufacturing industry from a Honda Dream 250 in 1962. The time to get your entry-level motorcycle together is 2.2 times shorter in 2002 than 40 years ago, 347 hours less, a good 8.5 weeks.
Since then everything has gotten cheaper ?? relative. Relative to working hours. Insurance tariffs, schnitzel, shoes, beer, petrol (see table on pages 108/109).
But there is one exception: BMW. »The high level of design effort and the resulting price lift all BMW models out of the ordinary-
international motorcycle construction and delimit the group of those interested in BMW. «That was the 1962 R 69 S
in »The MOTORCYCLE«. That’s true to this day,
at least partially. The price for the top model in the BMW range is the
only one in that ?? exemplary compiled by us ?? Shopping basket that rose faster than wages. The most expensive BMW costs 9.2 times as much today, the worker gets 8.7 times as much per hour at 15.65 euros gross per hour as in 1962. For the R 69 S, which makes 1144 hours, it would be at the beginning of the sixties Get 574 kilograms of pork or 3219 liters of beer. Today you could exchange a brand-new K 1200 LT, worked out in 1210 hours, for: 2683 kilos of pork, 16055 liters of beer, cheers, or three tons of beef boiled meat, good quality
Appetite. Extrapolated to a slaughter weight of around 400 kilos for beef, this means: A K, even almost as heavy as the slaughtered cattle, would correspond to around 7.5 oxen (which, however, should only consist of cooked meat).
Anyone who opted for a
R 69 S decided, could alternatively have bought 0.79 Kadett for its 2060 euros. The basic Opel cost 535 euros more. Things look different now. the K 1200 LT 2002 came 1.36 times more expensive than a Kadett that has long been called Astra. However, its 1.2-16V variant only mobilizes 75 hp. The BMW has 98 hp. If you calculate what kind of horsepower is to be shelled out, the following picture emerges: A car horsepower, even in such a mundane vehicle as the Kadett or Astra, was significantly more expensive until well into the nineties. In the truest sense of the word, the luxury motorcycle had until then a significantly better price-performance ratio. Only in the last ten years has the most expensive BMW overtaken the inexpensive Opel: Today, a PS in the K costs just under ten euros more than an Astra PS at 193.32. With a Suzuki GS 500, the horsepower is already available for a cheap 101.67 euros.
However, the price is exhausted-
Performance ratio not only in terms of price-performance ratio. So before you start scolding that BMW can be remitted almost four times as much for one horsepower today as it was 40 years ago, you should pause for a moment. Because of the stereo system, navigation system, seat heating, reverse gear, full fairing and case system, because of integral ABS, brake booster, Telelever, injection, catalytic converter, four cylinders, water cooling.
This makes the friendly butcher shop almost outrageous, as she wants 2.33 times more for the kilo of boiled meat than at the beginning of the sixties, although the beef has not acquired ABS in the last 40 years, but has got BSE. Not better the pig. Costs twice as much, but shrinks by half in the pan. Another example: a rear tire. What is due for a change today, 160 euros, would once have been enough for eight, for a wobbly rubber skin with a woody block profile, narrow gauge without wet grip. The expenditures for the wearing part of men’s lace-up shoes increased by a factor of 4.27, but the innovations in this sector are at zero level. However, if you are into Air, Gel or Hydroflow, you have it
to accept a similarly high price increase as for tires.
In the basket of goods considered here, the prices for general consumer goods increase on average by 3.28 times, compared to 1962, and by 5.03 times for motorcycles. Actually a bad picture. Especially the products, however, which have been particularly attractive in terms of price ?? Premium motorcycles and sports tires ?? brought and continue to bring significant technical advances. From this point of view, this is not a bleak picture. And if the previous wage development is taken into account, even a positive one.
Today every entry-level machine has more to offer than the Bavarian flagship product once did and is earned much faster. Admittedly, this is even more true of computers, entertainment electronics and communication technology. A technical revolution took place in these sectors. Luxury goods of yore turned into mass-produced articles. Telephones, for example, take photos today at a dumping price, without cables.
The motorcycle still does not work without petrol. And everyone grinds their teeth at the gas pump. That fuel has become so incredibly expensive, especially in the past few years. From 1992 to 2002, before the ecotax hit its final stage, by 50 percent. For ten liters of normal
In 2002 you worked a good 40 minutes. That was six minutes more than the beginning of the nineties, but eleven less than 1982, six less than 1972 and almost an hour less than 1962. In addition, the liter of fuel, which was 3.53 times more expensive, is still 15 cents cheaper than the liter of bottled beer, which costs only 1.84 times more than 40 years ago.
If you take an average consumption of six liters (petrol!) At 100 km / h on the autobahn, then the following applies: The fuel is earned 2.53 times faster than it is burned. In 1962, when the liter was available for 29.1 cents, the calculation turned out differently. So it was said to toil for almost an hour for an hour of driving.
Given these numbers, it might seem like there is
no problem at all with higher and higher
Prices because they have consistently risen less sharply than wages. You’d think the people of today
would be faced with a completely different question: where should all the ashes go? But do it. First, the wage curve lost
dramatically over the past decade
progression, inflation and wage increases are always closer together. Second, an ever smaller part of the gross wage flows into one’s own pocket. And third, less and less can be over-
at all expect a gross wage. Although a new motorcycle is earned more quickly than ever today, many want each other
People still can’t do that. because
they have to afford other things: private pension insurance, additional health insurance, a higher contribution to the dentist and optician, and so on.
All petitessen, peanuts, among those who have borrowed 43.4 billion euros (43.4 billion euros) for the financial year 2004 alone. This corresponds to the equivalent of 36779661017 liters of bottled beer. Since the average consumption of beer per capita is 130 liters per year, that was enough for the German population (around 80 million) for more than 3.5 years. You could also buy two for 43.4 billion
Million two hundred and ninety thousand and eight hundred and forty-two BMW K 1200 LT to buy. Even if BMW were to produce so many motorcycles on the fly, only every second unemployed person would get one.

What cost what, when

The times given relate to the gross wage, as there is no reliable information on net earnings. Wage information and prices in the general shopping cart (pork to gasoline) come from the Federal Statistical Office, the other prices from our archives. BMW is always the most expensive model in the range. The insurance tariffs were calculated according to engine size up to the seventies, the price is given in the class over 475 cm3. For the following years, the tariffs for the category between 50 and 98 hp apply. The tire prices are list prices for a luxury tire. In the case of Opel, this is the basic price of the base model.

Price and wage progression

Food has proven to be the most stable in terms of price. The items from the motorcycle shopping cart can at least be described as stable in value with regard to the wage increases. Only the most expensive machine in the BMW range overtook the rise in wages in its price development in the mid-1990s and established itself as a premium product, with a price that was relativized by the luxurious equipment. In addition to fuel costs, the greatest fluctuations are the MOTORRAD magazine price.

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