I think this is funny.
Here are some tidbits.
The new bikes haven't even been available for a year yet. They are still 2018 models.
There are no factual sales numbers on these that are available to the general public, only Yamaha knows.
All the positive reviews from the motorcycle magazines are magazines Yamaha advertises in. If you look at reviews in the same magazines of other bikes, you see similar glowing comments.
Yamaha is marketing the heck out of this bike right now, and advertising, testimonials. Would Yamaha put bad reviews from riders on their site. Um no...
So it is way too early to say these bikes are a success or a failure. Correct me if I am wrong but far as I can tell there are only 4 to 5 owners on this forum so far, and yes they are very proud and vocal with there bikes which is perfectly fine
Many think the Venture /Eluder look incredible, and others think it looks horrible.
So it will be a few years before we really know.
One interesting thing is there was a review of these bikes comparing it to the others, BMW, Harley, Indian, and Honda. Most of the reviewers said they thought the Yamaha came out on top but not everyone. But when they were asked if they were going to buy one
, NONE picked the Yamaha.
Many make purchase decisions on re-sale or value. Keep in mind if you wreck the bike in a year and it is totaled does your insurance company have replacement insurance or are they only going to pay current market value. That in itself could be a big factor.
My local dealer got 6 of these bikes in in January, they have only sold one. The other 5 are still there.