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ABC News reports on motorcycles

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Great photo caption

I like the caption under the photo of the Goldwing riders: The average new Harley-Davidson motorcycle buyer is 45 years old and earns nearly $80,000.
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Great Point Sparky: Re: ABC News reports on motorcycles

One 20-something guy says he'll be into Harleys when he gets to be boomer-age, another says he won't. Truth is if you're more than a decade away from "40-ish" you have no idea WHAT kind of bike you'll want when you get there. Most of the boomers buying Harleys (and metric cruisers) were riding something else in their 20's or weren't riding any motorcycle at all and never thought they would. The metric cruisers didn't even exist! Something has kept Harley going for 100 years changing their bikes very slowly. If they don't fall into another quality control abyss like they did under AMF, which almost put them under, then 20 years from now they'll be selling bikes as close to what they're making now as the gov't will let them. Maybe demand won't be what it is right now (you might even be able to walk into a H-D store and ****er on a dusty one like when I got my first!) but they'll still be around. God knows what the Japanese will be making then. It may not be cruisers. As soon as demand drops a tad they'll move on to the next fad. Perhaps bikes covered with go-fast stickers that sound like a cow being tortured by Saddam's secret police --to remind aging Gen-Xer's of that Civic with a coffee-can exhaust they had when they were young ;-)
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