Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
It's pretty clear why Yamaha (and most other manufacturers) are getting out of the cruiser market. They're in business to sell bikes and if they aren't selling, they get phased out. Sport bikes will always have a niche with the younger market. The trend today has shifted from cruisers to adventure touring, or the larger touring market (Goldwing, SVTC). I had a sport bike when I was younger and I had a lot of fun on it. There is certainly something to be said for the nimble handling and plenty of get up and go on tap at almost any speed. But I'm in my mid 50s now and I no longer desire that kind of ride. I'm really loving my cruiser, and that's what I'll be on until I can't ride anymore. Like Hank Jr said, "I'm a dinosaur; shoulda died out a long time before"...but I'm still here, and I'll be riding my dinosaur cruiser for (hopefully) many years to come.
2007 Vulcan Nomad
2000 V Star 1100 Classic (Sold)
All stock except for:
Switchblade Quick Release Windshield
Ugly but somewhat functional saddlebags