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seruzawa 06-27-2007 11:26 AM

Nothing new there.
 
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Originally Posted by Fenton (Post 163563)
I stopped by a local HD shop here in Napa yesterday and was amazed that not one of the four '03 & '04 consignment bikes had more than 3000 miles. One had 1200 and one had 1500 miles and they are pushing 4 years old.

Sounds a lot like the selection of used sportbikes at Plaza Cycle. That's one area where you can't tell a squid from a rubbie... odometer reading.

longride 06-27-2007 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fenton (Post 163563)
I stopped by a local HD shop here in Napa yesterday and was amazed that not one of the four '03 & '04 consignment bikes had more than 3000 miles. One had 1200 and one had 1500 miles and they are pushing 4 years old.

Let's see 1500 miles / 5 miles to the bar / 4 years = 75 trips to the bar every year! Who says those guys didn't ride?? 8-)

longride 06-27-2007 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by bbtowns (Post 163531)
I think women are going to save the Harley market. In another news link it said women make up 10% of the new bike market, but 12% of Harley's new bike market. I think you could come up with an accurate but misleading sounding statistic that women are 20% more likely to buy Harley's than other bikes.

Who wants the Harley market 'saved' besides Harley? I don't.

Kenneth_Moore 06-27-2007 11:53 AM

The average motorcycle, according to NADA, accumulates a whopping 1200 miles per year in the US!

Kenneth_Moore 06-27-2007 11:57 AM

Hey, I miss the days when my girlfriends mom made her break up with me because I bought a motorcycle. Or when "Easyriders" was actually cool to read (that was a LONG time ago). But I like having what...6 or 7 motorcycle dealers within 20 miles, being able to buy tires and accessories at Cycle Gear for a decent price, and actually being able to finance and insure a bike. However, anybody who rides a knucklehead is very much in a class of their own...

sarnali2 06-27-2007 12:39 PM

I hope they tank myself, a shiny new FXWG bought at a discount sitting in my garage next to the Bandito Grande` and Bonnie would round out the fleet quite nicely. I actually need a straight-line bike anyway, the Bandit's good at everything, the Bonnie is a great back-road blaster, The Wide Glide would work for slow cruisin' and sight seein'. What I'd REALLY like is a flame tanked '81 Wide Glide, now that would be the dogs balls

Kreb_Cycle 06-27-2007 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by sarnali2 (Post 163578)
I hope they tank myself, a shiny new FXWG bought at a discount sitting in my garage next to the Bandito Grande` and Bonnie would round out the fleet quite nicely. I actually need a straight-line bike anyway, the Bandit's good at everything, the Bonnie is a great back-road blaster, The Wide Glide would work for slow cruisin' and sight seein'. What I'd REALLY like is a flame tanked '81 Wide Glide, now that would be the dogs balls

I would love it if the market would tank, I'd buy one of those lumps of lead if I could justify the expense.

The Japanese apparently are doing something right if they are able to make their cruisers weigh even more than Harleys. Don't just copy, enhance!

quickerNu 06-29-2007 02:36 PM

Wow, I thought most riders would enjoy the benefits of a large, strong dealer network. I'm not too worried about Harley, as they begin to attract younger customers by building lower priced bikes like the Street Bob, they insure a strong future after you geezers start keeling over.


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