Oh, I don't know...
You make a logical argument KPaul, but there are other ways of looking at it.
One alternate perspective is that Gen Xers are likely to opt for "poser" bikes as soon as they can afford them.
Consider that Gen X was raised on MTV, and MTV gave rise to a lot of inferior "hair bands" who weren't great musicians, but who looked good in music videos.
Now music and motorcycles share some common appeal to the human ache for freedom, and for a soul-moving experience. If Gen X is willing to spend millions on bands that look better than they sound, why woundn't they also spend lots of money on motorcycles that show better than they go?
I don't claim this perspective is right, but Harley has been hugely successful at selling the show instead of the go to Baby Boomers. Why whould they be any less successful with Gen X, given Gen X's MTV-shaped appetites and Harleys marketing savvy?
A few notes:
[*]I don't care to own a Harley, but I don't care to critisize the Motor Company either. I use the "show versus go" language because I think that's KPaul's perspective.
[*]I don't believe Harleys are necessarily "poser" bikes. (Any bike can be a "poser" bike.) I merely used the term to continue KPaul's "Gray Poly Tailed Brotherhood" metaphor.
[*]Don't flame me if you like MTV. You're entitled to your video-musical tastes.[/i]
[*]KPaul, if I'm wrong about your disdain for Harleys and the "Gray Pony Tailed Brotherhood," please explain the consistent caustic tone of your posts.