“With Cataclysm coming, the Chopper should be ten grand, at the most.”
I swear to Illidan, someone actually said that to me recently. Let’s be honest, there aren’t many larger money sinks in the game right now than the bike. That was the case when it was introduced and contrary to popular belief that’s actually still the case. Anyone who can actually make one will tell you that.
It’s the ones who can’t and want one that think they can just get the mats dirt cheap now because the expansion has been out for so long or raiding has progressed so far. Well, the thing is, there’s only so much you can get on your own: the 12 Titansteel Bars, the 40 Handful of Cobalt Bolts, and the 2 Arctic Fur. The remaining items, as you can see, can only be bought from a vendor, and only if you have the ability to make the bike in the first place (as in, you’ve learned the recipe). Oh, the vendor price tag? 12.5k. That means at NO point can an Engineer make the bike for less than that. This is non-negotiable because you can’t even rep reduce the cost.
Honestly, for those that want the bike, I don’t see it being that big of a deal. Money is very easy to come by these days, and I expect Cataclysm to actually make it even easier (unless they scale back the entire gold reward system). But, the cost of this has not changed and barring a change in the vendor only items, it’s not going to. So that means you won’t be seeing a 10k bike unless someone just decides to make it at a loss (the reasoning of which I can’t even begin to speculate).