Thats kinda what i was eluding to: I cant imagine the group of people you are referring to, late 40s to 60s in age, are at that point in their lives and are all tapped out, to where they would not buy another tour bike if they wanted one. Maybe people are a bit freaked out or even depressed by what is going on in the US, and waiting to get that "life is good" feeling back before they lay down another $24k for a motorcycle?
Is that really the major demographic for tour bike sales, retired people?
KCW, to be brutally honest, in all our eatin' around the table, with my American family and friends, who happen to own motorcycles, what is on their minds, quite frankly, is not discussion of the next 'new' ride...but depressingly, how they are going to afford their yearly Health Insurance premium. Even around a dedicated motorcycle ride between five couples, Our SVTC, two Goldwings (2017 and down), one BMW, 1100 RT, and one Yamaha Tenere Sport, after a few moments after the menus disappeared and the drinks arrived, low and behold, after our friends asking my wife and I, how is our continued journey and ownership of the SVTC, going...where did the conversation lead, after one of the wives, stated: "You guys are set up with your Ontario OHIP cards...but Frank and I, are facing almost $8,000.00 to $12,000 per year for our Health Care plan...and that even has catastrophic (only when the insurer start paying the bills) deductible levels."
Then...the entire conversation was hijacked by how much each and every other couple were going to have to pay, or ARE paying, for their coverage.
Bikes were lost in the foray....
So yes...even with people in the demo to have or should have, most major monthly income payments out of the way...mortgage, car loan, riding lawn mower loan, boat loan...whatever....out of the way...they are still feeling scared to pony up for over $25,000.00 of recreation entertainment....so yes, KCW, most of those four other riding couples were not even entertaining a new motorcycle, or R.V. or boat, or, or...because of the fear what the next 5 years is going to bring...financially as well as health wise. So yes...Economy (how much their investments (nil) are bringing in) and the fact that they are still employed, but near retirement, or are retired, and I tell you that all of our friends had/have professional careers, still, or now retired, so you'd think not cash strapped.
The biggest concern with each and every one of them...is health insurance cost, living in America. That certainly is..as we got an education around THAT dining table at the restaurant...is a 'do-not-pass-Go' element in all their lives, as when looking at recreational endevours. Being that my wife and I only pay $25.00 per month for our OHIP premiums, and have no type of deductible or co-pay with our (O)ntario (H)ealth (I)nsurance (P)lan, was a key factor when deciding that we wanted a new ride. We didn't have the annual health care premium pressure that our friends and family have, living in the States. Economy, and every-day, cost of living...very much these days is a factor on whether you buy a 2018, or you ride a 2008 or older. Very much so, in my opinion. Or...not riding at all.....