It's happening. Columbus, OH : Fatboys in the paper for $13 k; last year they were no lower than $17k. I'm not hip on Harley nomenclature, but there was a <3 year old non-Sporty (FXDX maybe?) for $9500. I'm sorry people are going to take a bath who paid $18k for a used bike and expected to sell them for the same, but that's Supply and Demand for you.
I use to break-in Harleys for a rental place in Compton Ca. (Moturis). They offered up Dynaglides and New Heritage Softails as sacrifices to the public. Dan Schneider, Pres. of Moturis, said they kept the Harleys for about 10 thousand miles, then pawned them off on unsuspecting souls for top $$$ (before they blew up). Also, they purchased the Harleys from Switzerland (?). I know, I'm the Customs Broker that imported them. Got 'em in free of duty, American Goods Returned. Ha ha.
Have you noticed how many of the HD's you see on the road are 100 year models? Up here almost every one you see is new. Theres either a lot of newbies or a lot of trade-ins out there now. Maybe Buzz can pick up a used Wheezer-Glide for a parts bike. If all the pent-up demand for HD was satisfied with the new sales on 100 year models next year may see a down turn for Harley
Which is moot anyway because this new Thruxton should kick the ***** out of any "traditional " styled bike on the road. Thats exactly what I was trying to build, without much luck or money when I was a teenager. I love that '60's cafe` style, always have. When everyone was trying to build choppers, I was turning the bars upside down and putting my feet on the back pegs, now I can buy one off the showroom, how cool is that!
Uhhhhh, economic and demographic trends were a LOT different in the early 80's than today. IF the bike mkt crashes, I'd imagine it would be later rather than sooner and will have almost everything to do with not enough new, young riders...
Re: Did you have your sense of humor surgically removed?
>But, hey, I don't expect any
>conservative (or fascist) to have
>any REAL compassion.
Good point. Look how mean they've always been to compassionate liberal socialist utopias like the Soviet Union, East Germany, Cuba...
>Seriously, the bust in the
>motorcycle actually IS comprable
>to the Great Depression if you
>have a large stake in the
>motorcycle industry like I (or the
>hundreds of thousands of honest,
>hard working people struggling for
>low pay in the motorcycle
Yeah, it's exactly the same. Your only recourse will be to sell apples, because the nationwide 25% unemployment rate will make it impossible for you to find alternative employment outside of the motorcycle industry. Hitch up the Tin Lizzie, Ma, it's Californy or bust.
>Maybe Harley charges to-the-moon
>prices, but do you know what? They
>aren't really part of the
>motorcycle industry. They are
>their own thing, like snowmobiles
>or jetskis, so they don't really
A periodic slump in motorcycle sales is the equivalent of the greatest economic disaster of the 20th century, and Harleys don't count as part of the motorcycle industry. With this kind of clear-minded, rational economic analysis, you should throw your hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination.
And no, I'm not a Republican or a conservative, so save your undergraduate-level assumptions.
Maybe the 2004 Thunderbird Sports will sell a little better. I have a TBS and like them alot, but the Halloween colors for 2003 looked, for lack of a better word, stupid, to me.. Of all the colors they have, why did they go with that combo????!