The “rice” bikes used to be the practical choice...cheap, reliable. The v-twin/touring market seems to have really changed over the last few years. The Hondas and Yamahas are at a Harley price-point with more tech, and the Indians are out-$$$-ing the Harleys.
Makes for a confusing marketplace. I get the strong feeling Yamaha is only VERY reluctantly in the game, after they killed off their cruisers. Still no sign of a USA 2020 Venture/Eluder.
I’m a little surprised I’m starting to see Harley as a practical choice in a new touring bike. I mean, a standard Road Glide (@ MSRP) is cheaper than the Eluder. Assuming the M8 issues are finally resolved in 2020, I’ll consider an HD.
Last edited by Cliffieg; 05-29-2019 at 11:13 PM.