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NEWS - HARLEY DAVIDSON SPEAKS TO "DECLINING BIKE SALES”

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This is just too good !

NEWS - HARLEY DAVIDSON SPEAKS TO "DECLINING BIKE SALES”

The reasons for the slump in sales at HD are not President Trump's fault.

Apparently the Baby-Boomers all have motorcycles. Generation X is only buying a few, and the next generation isn't buying any at all.
A recent study was done to find out why Millennials don't ride motorcycles:


1. Pants won't pull up far enough for them to straddle the seat.

2. Can't get their phone to their ear with a helmet on.

3. Can't use 2 hands to eat while driving.

4. They don't get a trophy and a recognition plaque just for buying one.

5 Don't have enough muscle to hold the bike up when stopped.

6 Might have a bug hit them in the face and then they would need emergency care.

7 Motorcycles don't have air conditioning.

8. They can't afford one because they spent 12 years in college trying to get a degree in Humanities, Social Studies or Gender Studies for which no jobs are available.

9. They are allergic to fresh air.

10. Their pajamas get caught on the exhaust pipes.

11. They might get their hands dirty checking the oil.

12. The handle bars have buttons and levers and cannot be controlled by touch-screen

13. You have to shift manually and use something called a clutch.

14. It's too hard to take selfies while riding.

15. They don't come with training wheels like their bicycles did.

16. Motorcycles don't have power steering or power brakes.

17. Their nose ring interferes with the face shield.

18. They would have to use leg muscle to back up.

19. When they stop, a light breeze might blow exhaust in their face.

20. It could rain on them and expose them to non-soft water.

21. It might scare their therapy dog, and then the dog would need therapy.

22. Can't get the motorcycle down the basement stairs of their parent's home.
 

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Never mind that a Harley requires either good credit or a substantial source of income to own and maintain.
Younger riders usually buy sport bikes if they've the income or daddy money.
They've also priced themselves out of the market when compared to Japanese bikes or even Triumphs.
To their credit they do have dealer, (stealer), support in most areas of the US.

To me, they represent an over priced, vibrating, mostly noisy alternative to what a bike should be.
 

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Harleys are definitely a baby boomer thing. As the baby boomers die off, their heirs won't be able to sell them for the high prices they once fetched. There will be a glut of used ones.
 

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they should have went bk in the last recession. nyc raped us to bail them out.. hd is part of club viper
 

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Harleys are definitely a baby boomer thing. As the baby boomers die off, their heirs won't be able to sell them for the high prices they once fetched. There will be a glut of used ones.
Many of the things us baby boomers liked & collected will go by the wayside.
Fine shotguns, rifles both antique & collectible are either too expensive for the younger crowd or they have no interest at all.
Old tractors & muscle cars are also seeing declines, all you see driving them at shows or parades are old duffers.
JMHO.
 

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I love my old evo. 1996. Paid 14000 back then. Would I buy a new one today...........hell no. My income hasn't changed a whole heck of a lot since then, but my expenses have.
But Im glad I pissed away those $$ when I did. That bike took me to places I never would have gone if I didn't buy it.
Two trips out west to Sturgis with a few good friends ( yes we rode the bikes ) Lots of beautiful states to see and no better way than on two wheels. Miss that big sky country.
I still have the bike . It's my daily driver to work in the warm month's.
And its been dependable with close to 80000 miles on the od .

You know Harley couldn't keep up with production back then. I tried to buy used but prices were high for used Road kings. One dealer in my area had the bike I liked but wanted 22000 for it. 8 grand over list ...nuts. I went to another dealer who had no new bikes for sale on the floor but was charging list price and could order it for you. I had to get on a waiting list. This was in 1994. My bike arrived end of year in 1995. 96 model year.
 

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Some biker will want to slap me.

I wanted one when I couldn’t afford one. Now I’m all grown up and see Harley’s as awards white trash buy themselves for finally making it to the middle class.

Remember, I said I wanted one...
 

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You know Harley couldn't keep up with production back then.
There's the narrative that hasn't been exploited
Make anything 'scarce', hype anything as 'hard to get', etc, keep the narrative strong, sales WILL increase



anyone here use Juul?
They can't advertise cigarettes but there is unlimited messaging about Juul
Wanna guess why sales have increased substantially?

'Positive Messaging' works, even if you're selling a pile of poo
 

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Everyone who has ever wanted a Harley has had one.

Part of the reason I got rid of my Sportster was after one day in traffic I see some old geezer on a dresser who could barely balance his bike for a red light. Too embarrassing for words, kind of like supporting a Q forum.

Another reason was soccer moms with cell phones. Now you have to find some back woods places where a Harley, like the old horses that went before them, really feel at home.

Hunter Thompson hears from a Hell's Angel after they kicked his ass and tossed him out of the club.

HD is just a history lesson now. :dog: