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April 16th, 2019, 07:24 AM   #21
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I wonder if this is true in Europe, but here in the USA kids growing up are not interested in motorcycles or racing, and motorcycle sales are way down... I'm a dealer I know!!

I hear motorcycles and scooters are still very popular in Asia, and South America... I also ship a lot of bikes to Mexico. I think the sport needs to look at these places. F1 will have a race next year in Vietnam, that track might be an option for Motogp.
It's the fucking Internet and Smart Phones. We're turning into a nation of do-nothing dweebs. If I HAD to sell bikes - I'd sell Harleys. I hate 'em but there's always gonna be overweight middle-aged dirt farmers, yuppie stock brokers, real estate guys, trailer park managers, high-school teachers and assistant supermarket managers who want to leather-up and play at Hells Angel on the weekend.

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It's the fucking Internet and Smart Phones. We're turning into a nation of do-nothing dweebs. If I HAD to sell bikes - I'd sell Harleys. I hate 'em but there's always gonna be overweight middle-aged dirt farmers, yuppie stock brokers, real estate guys, trailer park managers, high-school teachers and assistant supermarket managers who want to leather-up and play at Hells Angel on the weekend.

I do sell a lot of Harleys, mostly sportsters and some Buells, most of the buyers are guys in their 20s. 15 years ago guys in their 20s were buying sport bikes, but not anymore. I think price point is a big part of the demographic change.
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I do sell a lot of Harleys, mostly sportsters and some Buells, most of the buyers are guys in their 20s. 15 years ago guys in their 20s were buying sport bikes, but not anymore. I think price point is a big part of the demographic change.
Is it my imagination or have bike prices increased in the last thirty years in ways that are much more a result of the jump in sophistication of the bikes rather than inflation?
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Is it my imagination or have bike prices increased in the last thirty years in ways that are much more a result of the jump in sophistication of the bikes rather than inflation?
I think the manufactures, especially the Japanese, have repositioned where certain bikes sit with regards to the price point, for example jap sport bike prices have almost doubled in the last 15 years or so... However 15 years ago a CBR600 was considered an entry level bike here in the USA. these days many of the manufactures have introduced smaller displacement entry bikes, with a lot of the same technology.
as for the Italians, their price point has remained the same in some cases even come down.
as for Harleys, the market price point is also the same, even though there have been lots of changes in their line up.
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Well over here Harleys are popular, mostly chosen by the high earning bankers as a weekend toy But they get some flack with names, combine harvesters, tractors, worlds most expensive paper weight, my brother in law had a 1200 Sport a few years ago, I managed to destroy its exhausts and it was like a jelly at traffic lights.

Personally I love off road bikes, if they have a proper seat.
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What rounds are going to be dropped or how many rounds will we have? I know the riders are not keen to do more than 20 rounds.
They can get rid of Jerez. That track is so boring. Ive never seen a great race there. Same with austin. Im godd with not having both of them.
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Well over here Harleys are popular, mostly chosen by the high earning bankers as a weekend toy But they get some flack with names, combine harvesters, tractors, worlds most expensive paper weight, my brother in law had a 1200 Sport a few years ago, I managed to destroy its exhausts and it was like a jelly at traffic lights.

Personally I love off road bikes, if they have a proper seat.
even here in the US off road bikes are the bulk of the industry, I probably sell 3-1 off road to on road bikes, and when you factor in parts and gear, the off road market is probably 80% of my business.

out of curiosity what do used Harley sportsters sell for in the UK?
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even here in the US off road bikes are the bulk of the industry, I probably sell 3-1 off road to on road bikes, and when you factor in parts and gear, the off road market is probably 80% of my business.

out of curiosity what do used Harley sportsters sell for in the UK?
Here's a site that gives some wild prices IMO, guess a lot of its down to the extra's that people waste their money on.
Harleys though hold a certain value and they have never been cheap, top of the range is from about £20,000 (will be more if the cretins in Brussels start their tit for tat battle with your government)

https://www.newsnow.co.uk/classified...r-sale-uk.html
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Here's a site that gives some wild prices IMO, guess a lot of its down to the extra's that people waste their money on.
Harleys though hold a certain value and they have never been cheap, top of the range is from about £20,000 (will be more if the cretins in Brussels start their tit for tat battle with your government)

https://www.newsnow.co.uk/classified...r-sale-uk.html
Harley actually announced earlier this year that they are moving some manufacturing to Europe to avoid some tariffs... back when I had my shipping container, there was a guy in Germany that wanted to do a deal with me where I would send him USDM Harleys to sell in Europe. The problem was he wanted bikes with low miles, and most Harley riders here put about 10K miles a year on their bikes.
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Harley actually announced earlier this year that they are moving some manufacturing to Europe to avoid some tariffs... back when I had my shipping container, there was a guy in Germany that wanted to do a deal with me where I would send him USDM Harleys to sell in Europe. The problem was he wanted bikes with low miles, and most Harley riders here put about 10K miles a year on their bikes.
10k is that all!
Lots of riders here will do 20k+, my highest year was 37k and I toured europe for 3 months, that was in 1989 on a Pan European. I eventually sold it in 2005 with 200k+ in the log book. The engine was rebuilt twice.
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