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Boomers, Gen Y, and Women Rev Up Motorcycle Market, Fueling Growth to $21B.

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Am I gen Y or X... I forget..
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If you're my age, it would be Gen X. The lost generation. =)
The "Lost Generation" is more generally refered to the group that came of age in the U.S. shortly after WWI. This group is characterized by the Roaring 20s.

Their great-grandchildren are the "Gen X" group that came of age in the 1980s. Also known as the "Baby Busters" or the "Accelerated Culture".

Hmm..."Accelerated Culture", maybe that's why we love our bikes so much.

Depends upon the POV and the demographic data you prefer. Here's the more "popularly published" list:

- The Lost Generation (1883-1900)

- The G.I. Generation a.k.a. "Greatest" Generation (1901-1924)

- The Silent Generation (1925-1942)

- The Baby Boomers (1943-1960)

- Generation X (1961-1981)

- The Millennial Generation, a.k.a. Generation Y or N Generation(1982-1991)

- Generation Z, a.k.a. Screenagers (2000s-???)
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The fun time will be when the MC fad dies like it did in the early 80's. Plenty of cheap bikes and the Gov will forget about us again. Perfect.
The more the merrier I always say....

The more the merrier I always say. It's a great time to be a biker: great choices, innovation, better reliability, good prices, OH YEAH!
I agree with the more the better; if there is a motorcycle every block in urban traffic or every mile in superslab traffic, then the "cage" drivers will be accustom to seeing bikes and NOTICE THEM!!!. Rather than looking through them, as is usually the case in my location.
That was an unusual time. The Japaneses were making lots of affordable bikes to compete in the US market and over-produced at a time when the baby-boom generation was settling down with job and family and also when inflation hit the highest level of the second half of the century. I don't see any of those factors coming into play in the next 20 years.
I think the Tokyo Show is where bikes are heading. High powered semi-automatic scooters with near total enclosure, some climate control, full sound system, air bags, even outriggers that deploy when a wheel begins to loose traction. That could attract a lot of new interest.
I agree, more bikes on the road means more visibility for all of us, plus after the second or third time the newbies get the crap scared out of them there'll be a good supply of used cruisers and sportbikes to pick from. The problem with that is the bikes I like aren't the ones newbies are buying so it does me no good I guess. And every inexperianced or incompetent motorcyclist that gets creamed on the 6 o"clock news is bad advertising for us as well.

I think training and education are even more important when you have an increase of bikes, not just for riders themselves, but emphesis on motorcycle awarrness for car drivers as well.
Hmmm. I'm a Gen Y-er with a VFR and an Odwalla fruit drink.

Luckily, I'm too self-absorbed to care how cliche I am. :D
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