I wonder. As I often do.... is it that people aren't interested in bikes? Or is it that people can't afford them? I remember when I bought my first new bike. A Suzuki Volusia, which I sold to a friend a few years back, and will eventually, and hopefully buy it back due to sentimental reasons. It was about 6 grand out there door. Which to me in 2003, seemed reasonable. I was looking at Harley's and the likes and they were all double, if not triple the cost. I could never justify the cost difference.
I keep seeing these new bike's prices going up and up and up. It used to be CVO's were crazy expensive, but you were buying a custom hot rodded motorcycle with every single bell and whistle that was offered stuck to the bike. At the time I didn't need, or want a bike with 18 speakers, automatic ride control, inflatable passenger and cool guy glasses included. All I wanted was something that made cool noises and got me down the road.
Now, after riding the "lil" bike for a bit and going on longer and longer rides with more of the highway slabin front of me, I realized although this bike is awesome, I could use a fairing, a radio would be neat, and cruise control would be awesome!! But I didn't NEED it, I wanted it. And when the opportunity presented itself to be able to move up in size and variety, I did.
With the introduction of the Street series Harley Davidson, I believe the company went backwards, the metric cruiser pretty much have that market covered. So why bother introducing the street series when you had platforms like the Sportsters and Dynas that could have been improved upon? A Street rod is 8 grand!!! While a Boulevard or Honda Shadow can still hover around 6 grand. And for the most part, the metric bikes just don't break.
I've also heard of cost spikes in the sport bike world as well. I remember when a super super sexy Hyabusa was tops 9 grand. And now I am hearing they are in the teens? Are you kidding me? That's kind of crazy to me. I think motorcycle manufacturers are trying to reap more than they can sew and try to harvest as much money as they can out of a new crop without even giving them anything to entice them to grow the market any larger.
Motorcycles are not the first in the trend, and again not the last, but I will say this. I do believe that this niche market, has a great deal to lose with the pricing structure now in place. I am kinda thinkin, is it worth it for me to spend 30 grand on a bike I use as much as I can, but not all year, or put that into investing in something else like a home or a newer vehicle? I'd rather spend that on a four wheeled vehicle that I can get my money out of.
I bought a bike to run around instead of runnin my trucks all the time, but if the prices keep going up, why bother? A lot of the younger generation, from what I have heard and read is staying in the nest longer, so they may not have the income, nor the space to keep something like a motorcycle, that or they are simply not allowed to have such a "dangerous thing" while living under a parents roof.
I just hope that motorcycling doesn't die. I think we can save it. and I hope we do.