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Feb 27th 2017, 11:46 PM   #1
 Seattlesucks's Avatar
 
  Feb 2017
  Your mom's house

Weirdly large number of Harleys for sale

Someday I want to fix up an old Harley so I'll browse for them on occasion. I haven't looked for a while, but today there are literally 2500+ pages full of Harley bikes.

Did all the baby boomers decide to quit riding all at once?
Feb 28th 2017, 12:06 AM   #2
 
  Jan 2016
  Renton

  2011 Triumph Daytona 675, 1975 Honda CB550K1
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Originally Posted by Seattlesucks
Someday I want to fix up an old Harley so I'll browse for them on occasion. I haven't looked for a while, but today there are literally 2500+ pages full of Harley bikes.

Did all the baby boomers decide to quit riding all at once?
I'd venture a guess that many of them never rode the bikes that much in the first place, which is why they are selling.

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Feb 28th 2017, 04:51 AM   #3
 Arnbo's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Ferndale Washington

  ZX10-R GSXR 600 Track Bike
Wild Hogs......
Feb 28th 2017, 07:20 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  Triumph Explorer, Concours 1400, Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
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Originally Posted by Arnbo
Wild Hogs......
At least they actually rode them and saved a town to boot!

A couple of things in play I think. The typical Harley rider is aging out the market. This is happening across the board, but other brands are lagging several years behind Harley. Harley, who rarely leads the charge in anything is most certainly leading this one.

Hence the appearance of smaller bikes by most manufactures attempting to appeal to new, younger riders.

The other is the releasing of the Rushmore and the Milwaukee 8 projects has devastated the trade in and resale value of the used bikes. Rather than trading them in on the newer bikes, most are trying sell their bikes.

My .02 on an earth shattering subject.

Dusty
Feb 28th 2017, 09:26 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor, 2012 ZX6R
It happens every late winter. All the guys who never ride see that shiny thing in the garage collecting dust so they decide to/get goaded into selling it.
Feb 28th 2017, 10:43 AM   #6
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2017 Kaw Ninja 1000 ABS (Z1000SX)
Harley 'ain't no thang' anymore.

Guys buy them because 'It's a Harley'. But when the brand loses that special sumpin', it's pretty hard to justify buying or keeping a giant, overweight, overpriced, underperforming toy that you're probably still making payments on.

Especially when the Wife refuses to get on the back, and no one will allow the grandkids either. Which means we will probably lose an entire generation of motorcycle riders.

Maybe in light of shocking sales declines, HD will finally make a competitive Sport bike and try to get with the program. Of course we've been waiting for a production VR1000 for 30 years.

In the meantime, head on down to your local HD dealer and pick up a nice leather vest. And a ballcap. And a sticker that says 'DILLIGAF?'
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Feb 28th 2017, 10:50 AM   #7
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
maybe there's a rush to sell the old air-cooled thumpers and get in on the new wave?

tube steel frame. single front disc. 37mm non-adjustable forks, Michelin "Scorcher" tires, made in India ("assembled" in Milwaukee).
what's not to like?

Edited by Sentinel on Feb 28th 2017 at 10:58 AM
Feb 28th 2017, 11:20 AM   #8
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Hey! is that an 80's Honda shadow?!?! Oh wait, HD...
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Feb 28th 2017, 11:20 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Buckley

  '98 HD FXD
They sure missed the mark on the "Street" line. Didn't they?

I'll likely be buried with my Superglide. We are coming up on our 20th anniversary this October. Traditional gift of china? Modern gift of platinum?

Chop
Feb 28th 2017, 12:41 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
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Originally Posted by ChopperDr
They sure missed the mark on the "Street" line. Didn't they?
Just needs a few tweaks!



Or maybe the Harley guys are all jumping ship to that other 'Merican brand?


Edited by PeteN95 on Feb 28th 2017 at 12:44 PM
Feb 28th 2017, 01:26 PM   #11
 Seattlesucks's Avatar
 
  Feb 2017
  Your mom's house

Quote:
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Just needs a few tweaks!



Or maybe the Harley guys are all jumping ship to that other 'Merican brand?

I just took a rented Indian Chief Vintage across Death Valley. Fun bike, but it broke down from electrical problems on the middle of 8-lane 405 in LA. It made for an interesting night...
Feb 28th 2017, 03:39 PM   #12
 
  Jan 2016
  Woodinville

One thing I've noticed is the resale value of H.D.s. Has really come down the last couple years a few years ago you never saw a Harley under $10,000 now it's not uncommon to see bikes going in the $5-6,000 range and not sportsters either.
Mar 1st 2017, 05:43 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
Quote:
Originally Posted by PeteN95
Just needs a few tweaks!



Or maybe the Harley guys are all jumping ship to that other 'Merican brand?

If you have an extra $50k you don't mind parting with, you can buy the Indian FT bike.


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Mar 1st 2017, 09:04 AM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
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Originally Posted by Bald Guy
The other is the releasing of the Rushmore and the Milwaukee 8 projects has devastated the trade in and resale value of the used bikes. Rather than trading them in on the newer bikes, most are trying sell their bikes.
This is probably closer to the truth. With a lot of the Harley market being of the same mindset as luxury car owners, they want the next newest (as long as it stays within the traditional Harley styling and such). The Milwaukee 8 makes the old Twin Cams passe so they are being dumped into the used market. Which is a good thing for those people who have always wanted a Harley, but couldn't afford the new prices or the ridiculously high resale prices.

Remember, Harley still outsells every other brand of street bike out there. It's not like they are hurting. Their lowest US sales numbers were 53% of all new bike sales, of street bikes over 200cc (that means that all the other manufacturers, combined, had to share only 47% of all US sales).
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Mar 1st 2017, 10:52 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
OK, I accept that it is a new year and there have to be at least a few sarcastic shots at the Harley riders.

I think back 50+ years ago to the Yamaha ads, "Different strokes for different folks." The bottom line is that we all ride bikes and every kind has its own appeal. I've ridden Japanese and British, two and four stroke. I now ride a Harley. I've loved them all. There may appear to be more Harleys for sale but, who cares? Maybe you should try one out? You might like it. I'm not selling mine .
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