You mean my ATS is really a Cruze?Cadillac had a lot of help from the cross platform compatibility as well as the marketing blitz. Putting their latest gen ATS cars on the same platform that your average Cruze is based from and selling it for 65,000 goes a long way to making a turn around. HD doesn't have the luxury, aside from putting chrome spoke wheels on a leather couch and calling it an FLHC and trying to sell it for more than any other market bikes... You think they would have learned something after not being able to sustain EBR (which probably had a better business model than HD had for it's own bikes)...
Nailed it on the young-us.^- This.
Fewer and fewer kids play outside these days. They don't learn to ride bicycles. Motorcycles seem too skeery for many young men raised on soy milk, xbox, and surveillance camera nannies.
Plus, the teenagers who watched Joe Namath and Peter Fonda ride Harley's in the 1970's at the drive-in theater are now too old to ride.
Thanks WG.Nailed it on the young-us.
They doJust imagine if Harley had diversified their product line.
There is no valid reason they couldn't build a KLR 650ish bike.
Read today that Harley invested in Alta Motors. They are into electric mx, Mxr, supermoto, and a new enduro coming out also from what I read. Wonder where they are going with that ?
They've Almost got the range. What really needs to be worked out is charging time.
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I do not consider RVing cheap. If you are comparing a new RV to new Harleys and total $$$ expended, RVs are more expensive. Yes, I know a small "cheapest price leader on the lot" might be advertised on TV at $14k, but that is junk quality and easily seen in comparisons around the lot. A mid-quality trailer will be over $20k easy. Add to that a truck large enough to pull it, horrible gas mileage, rapid depreciation of RV, the time it sits, and the fact momma will want full hookups for convenience/comfort factors - you have no cost savings over other vacations.someone said this earlier...
The RV industry is growing thanks in part to younger generations using it as a less expensive way to have family vacations year after year. And millennials travel/vaca 30% more than previous generations. Traveling is viewed as a lifestyle and not just a treat. Motorcycle manufacturers need to tap into this big time.
well exactly! They are lifestyle choices! and the lifestyle HD is marketing doesn't mesh with Millennials and younger. It needs to be less about rumble and more about the roads you are going to be on. "see the world, get there on a Harley." I think their "all for freedom, freedom for all" is cool but maybe a little too military-esque.You're absolutely right. When you add it all up and amortize everything, RVing isn't a bit cheaper. And neither is motorcycling. They're lifestyle choices.
But shhh, don't tell.