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This seems at odds with so much else that I have read about the decline in bike sales, so I am glad to see this. The article talks about 96% of bike owners have a bike in running order, but just this year I know of several what I will call former riders that still own a bike but have not ridden a single mile in the past year or two. And while people who still think of themselves as riders but do not actually ride are still a positive thing for the sport, they likely are not spending a dime related to motorcycling. From a personal perspective, I haven't noticed any obvious increase or decrease of bikes on the road in recent months, and while none of the local dealerships have folded recently, there are not any new ones around either.

I recently (last summer) found a new mechanic that is a specialist in my brand and model bike. He worked for a dealership that closed not too long ago about 50 miles from where I live, and he has set up his own shop. I'm trying to give him all of my business because he seems like he knows what he is doing, is a nice guy, and I love having an alternative to using the dealer where I bought the bike that is about 75 miles from me. Whether his shop stays open or he cannot sustain a business will be for me the real indicator of whether or not there is a negative trend or not in the industry.
 

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Ya, interesting article - it does seem at odds with other recent studies. Maybe the sky's not falling?

We have a lot of bikes here in NH to start with, so I haven't really noticed a difference.
 

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As long as the major MFG's offer new and improved bikes, consumers will ante up their hard earned Wampum to fulfill their fantasies:smile_big:

My last Goldwing was a new 2012 and I sold it because of it's bulky weight and I got tired of the Martial arts Karate kick, necessary to clear the Trunk:sad: Other than that, the bike has no Peer's at all:smile:

However, I saw this new 2018 Goldwing at my Honda dealer the other day and was totally smitten! A lot lighter, more sporty, a lot lighter, more powerful, a new advanced front fork and no factory TRUNK to kick past:wink2:

The new color is amazing and the price is LESS than my 2012 GW at $18,998:grin::grin::grin::grin::grin:

Check it out:

SAM:nerd:
 

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That must be the new in vogue color this year. I noticed Indian has one that's similar but Indians looks like a red mistake if you ask me. But it is similar, just a little redder.
 

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Honda calls it 'Pearl Stallion brown.':smile_big: I never met a Stallion that was that color:grin:

It is striking in person. Other than that, I like the white one.:wink2:

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Yeah, white allows you to add your own touches much easier. Plus it doesn't show dust as bad as some colors do. That's important when you got crappy roads to travel.
 
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This seems at odds with so much else that I have read about the decline in bike sales, so I am glad to see this.
That's why I posted this. After all the doom & gloom that's been so prevalent about the industry, I thought this would generate some good conversation.

My last Goldwing was a new 2012 and I sold it because of it's bulky weight and I got tired of the Martial arts Karate kick, necessary to clear the Trunk Other than that, the bike has no Peer's at all
Now that was a good belly laugh, thanks for the good humor...
 
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Eight percent of households with a motorcycle! That is an encouraging figure!

Motorcycle ownership is reported at least one down from reality in my state, because my wife had a (horse) riding lesson and left me to do the paperwork after she picked her motorcycle. So, according to Alabama, I own two. But don't think I ever pretend like it's my bike. That just would not do, in our house. No, no.
 

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Will keep 2 in my garage until my riding days are done .. Both are in Perfect Riding shape ready to go 20 or 2,000 Miles at any time .. Although the News for 2018 sales wise says down guess some like me are keeping or restoring older rides .. Which in the Price Increases lately of New Motorcycles and all the Low Mileage Used Bikes for sale makes perfectly good sense to me ..
 

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Both studies are true!

It's perfectly possible that while motorcycles are seeing declining sales, there are more Americans who own running motorcycles than ever before.

All that really means is that there are still more people buying and riding bikes than people who are leaving motorcycling. And further, it means the used motorcycle market is incredibly strong.

The supporting evidence is that this study also counts the ownership of used bikes. Apparently used bike sales are 3x that of new bike sales. So it counts people like me who have never purchased a new bike, yet own 7 Craigslist specials.
 
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As long as the major MFG's offer new and improved bikes, consumers will ante up their hard earned Wampum to fulfill their fantasies:smile_big:

My last Goldwing was a new 2012 and I sold it because of it's bulky weight and I got tired of the Martial arts Karate kick, necessary to clear the Trunk:sad: Other than that, the bike has no Peer's at all:smile:

However, I saw this new 2018 Goldwing at my Honda dealer the other day and was totally smitten! A lot lighter, more sporty, a lot lighter, more powerful, a new advanced front fork and no factory TRUNK to kick past:wink2:

The new color is amazing and the price is LESS than my 2012 GW at $18,998:grin::grin::grin::grin::grin:

Check it out:

SAM:nerd:
Beautiful bike. Reminds me of the F6B model that the previously released. I almost bought one late last year.
 

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"This seems at odds with so much else that I have read about the decline in bike sales"
No, it's not at odds...new bike sales are dropping because there is a MASSIVE inventory of used bikes...many in like new condition with just a few thousand miles on the OD.

" riders that still own a bike but have not ridden a single mile in the past year or two"
BINGO...tons and tons of bikes sitting in garages with tender attached. The bike I ride now was 3 when I bought it with ~800 miles on the OD...800 miles in 3 years! I bought the bike for half of what the original owner paid...I don't understand anyone buying a new bike from a dealer.
 
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