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post #71 of 78 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 02:38 PM
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I've noticed that the dealers that sell metric bikes, also sell the heck out of SxS and ATV/UTV. And it looks to me, from the outside, that they make a lot more money off of those than they do on their 2 wheel stuff. So as far as cruiser bikes, I think a lot of disposable income from the younger generation goes toward those instead. Not to mention the wave runners, but that's a totally different category.
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Bpounds, a lot is regional. They sell those here too, but in the heavily metro Capitol area, there aren't that many places to ride offroad.

But trends come and go. Growing up, there were Harleys (which also includes Indians and the odd one off customs), weird Euro bikes, and UJMs. And dirt bikes, if you happened to live near somewhere to use it.

The leaning back, feet forward, torquey Vs, and relaxed rides aren't going anywhere. It might not look the same (Honda, I'm looking at you), but I believe the ride will be familiar.
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post #73 of 78 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 07:42 AM
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Been riding since I was 16 years old and I’m now 25. I prefer a cruiser bc they have more character, and better carrying complicity to me.

To me, I don’t see the point of needing to go crazy fast. Give me a cruiser, a long ride on back roads, I’m set. Therapist cost more than a bike as the saying goes.
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In my opinion you dont hardly ever see a Gold Wing anymore. Still a lot of Harleys and a lot of Harleys for sale. Cruisers as well as all motorcycles in general are less popular. I have gone all the way down to a V star 250 cause I'm too old to handle the 800 plus CC bikes. Still riding since I was 12. Seventy one now.
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Why do you think Harley came out with the new semi-sport bike models , we are getting old and the millennials want sport bikes.
I got my first bike in 1966 and it was a Cushman Eagle with a foot clutch and 2 speed tank shift. I was hooked on cruisers young.
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In my opinion you dont hardly ever see a Gold Wing anymore. Still a lot of Harleys and a lot of Harleys for sale. Cruisers as well as all motorcycles in general are less popular. I have gone all the way down to a V star 250 cause I'm too old to handle the 800 plus CC bikes. Still riding since I was 12. Seventy one now.
Last time we visited the Honda dealership there was a beautiful Gold Wing sitting there with a "SOLD" sign on it, and just for fun I asked the salesman what that particular bike would cost "out-the-door". He says, "well the guy got a pretty sweet deal on it... the total cost with freight, PDI, 15% sales tax, admin fees, etc... was only $47,000." (CAD) Only, he says! I think this may have something to do with why we don't see many of 'em these days. That's about what we recently paid for our brand-new, top-of-the-line, fully-loaded AWD SUV, for Pete's sake!

Slowlane44, the V-Star 250 is an awesome bike, and I've always been kinda surprised that we don't see more of them on the road. I almost bought one new in 2014, but then I was able to work out a great price on a new 2014 V-Star Custom (650) for not much more than what the 250 was going for! I know that I would have been quite happy had I gotten the 250, though I am still loving the 650 Custom to this day... in fact I just got back in from another ride around my little island paradise this evening, and it never ceases to put a grin on my face! Enjoy your V-Star 250; it's a great bike! And Kudos to you for still getting out there on two wheels in your 70's. I'm just a spring chicken, at 57!

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I got my first bike in 1966 and it was a Cushman Eagle with a foot clutch and 2 speed tank shift. I was hooked on cruisers young.
A neighbor had an old (1960?) eagle. His son and I were about 12, I think. His dad actually let him drive it around the neighborhood (it was a really small town) and the nearby farms and woods. Three of us used to take turns beating the hell out of it. Never managed to break it or ourselves. I just had to stay out of sight of my mom. She told me if she caught me on it, she would break my head. I don't think she was being ironical.

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