there is a paradox on used MC prices.
The price floor for a running bike in my area is about $2000, going back to around 2003 (15 year old bikes). Older than that the price drops.
I could get just about any Vstar bike (650, 1100, royal star, road star...) in pretty good condition for $3000 to $3500. The Strats and Warriors maybe $1k more.
But harleys - you cant find a used sportster in that year-range for less than $3500, and all the higher end HDs are $5k and up. Some of the used HD baggers sell for $10k or more.
HD bikes have a reputation of having mechanical issues, needing frequent repairs, leaking oil, but for some reason they hold their price better than "change the oil and ride ride ride" Vstar bikes.
Maybe it is a money issue? Maybe people with disposable income dont care if they have to take their Harley in to the shop and have a couple thousand dollars in repairs done repeatedly over the years. If I had to take my daily rider VS650 to the shop and have any work done on it, before the odo hit 80,000 miles, I would be pretty pissed!