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Jan 25th 2018, 12:17 AM   #1
 Skiffman's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Well I got Me some HOG!

Stocks, not the bikes.....,not yet...., maybe. So I swung by Destination HD and took a look at the new redesigned 2018 models. To see what my investment was putting out. Besides looking at new bikes is one of my favorite things to do on my Birthday!!
Many may not agree (this IS HD hating PNW) but the new softtails (not what HD calls them) all are sweet looking rides.
I mainly wanted to sit test the Electra Glide Ultra Classic as a possible replacement for the Venture. Found it to be a small rider triangle. The floorboards and handlebars are much closer than My Venture and the Indian Roadmaster. Nice thing about HD is I can test ride it as soon as we have a dry day!
I will also see it I can ride the new Fat Bob (see Hot New Harley thread.) I found it even more desirable in person than print. I could easily see selling the Octane for one in the future.
All in all I believe this will be a profitable short term investment. HD sells a bunch of fresh models to the believers and lands many new buyers and I make 20% on my money. Thats the plan anyway.
Jan 25th 2018, 05:24 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
I hope for all our sake's you're right, but the motorcycle industry is currently in a financial nose dive.
Jan 25th 2018, 06:30 AM   #3
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
I had a 2007 Ultra Classic. That thing was a pleasure to take out to the desert, hit cruise control, turn up the stereo, put my feet up onto the highway bars, and steer by leaning (look, ma. no hands).

But it was a PITA at all other times.

Bikes are like shoes.
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Jan 25th 2018, 11:01 AM   #4
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
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Bikes are like shoes.
Yep. As long as they match your European Man Bag, you'll look fabulous.
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Jan 25th 2018, 01:07 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
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Originally Posted by PeteN95
I hope for all our sake's you're right, but the motorcycle industry is currently in a financial nose dive.
actually BMW motorcycles had a sales increase of around 18% last year...better products do sell better..or so I have heard...
Jan 25th 2018, 02:29 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
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Originally Posted by chadams66
actually BMW motorcycles had a sales increase of around 18% last year...better products do sell better..or so I have heard...

According to this, they were down 1.3%.


https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/new...ly-sales-2017/
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Jan 25th 2018, 03:15 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tripledij
According to this, they were down 1.3%.


https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/new...ly-sales-2017/
Exactly, and the entire industry's sales down 3.2% for 2017 in the US.

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Jan 25th 2018, 04:50 PM   #8
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Yeah, missed the ride on Polaris stock after they dumped Victory(up 20 percent). Was too busy hating on Polaris to think of it as a possible opportunity, lol.
Was mainly taking profit from Amazon and putting it in a consumer stock that was down with a forecasted likely rise in value. If it's up 8-12 in 6 months+ I'll move on to my brokers next suggestion or get out and wait out the likely correction sometime soon.....,
Jan 25th 2018, 05:16 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tripledij
According to this, they were down 1.3%.


https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/new...ly-sales-2017/
I believe those are US sales which were down for the year...over all worldwide is another story...

http://bmwmcmag.com/2017/09/bmw-moto...o-set-records/
Jan 25th 2018, 07:41 PM   #10
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
my millennial kids give no shits about cars or motorcycles. those things are appliances to them. the Auto-Man's time has come, I am afraid. Now it's just a matter of watching the slide. Perhaps it is fate. The Gasoline Age has got to end just on the thermodynamics. Entropy is (which is a weird idea).

i think motoorcycles as a thing is going to get boutique and niche.

this aint a new idea.

Meanwhile, out on the farm...

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Edited by Sentinel on Jan 25th 2018 at 07:43 PM
Jan 25th 2018, 08:24 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

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Originally Posted by FeralRdr
Yep. As long as they match your European Man Bag, you'll look fabulous.
That is funny! There has been a new 'rat bike' hard tail panhead HD at work lately. I was in the can and a guy in HD logo gear I had not seen before was primping in the mirror. I was feeling generous that day so did not make a comment on his 'tavern bike' or him making sure he looked 'fab-U-luss' for the ride home. I wanted to though... I really wanted to...
Jan 26th 2018, 06:13 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
Quote:
Originally Posted by chadams66
I believe those are US sales which were down for the year...over all worldwide is another story...

http://bmwmcmag.com/2017/09/bmw-moto...o-set-records/
If you are looking for an arbitrary monthly sales report to get excited about, then you must really like Royal Enfield.

https://auto.economictimes.indiatime...units/58454789

Edit to add: I just want to spend more time this year riding the bikes I have now.
Jan 26th 2018, 01:33 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tripledij
If you are looking for an arbitrary monthly sales report to get excited about, then you must really like Royal Enfield.

https://auto.economictimes.indiatime...units/58454789

Edit to add: I just want to spend more time this year riding the bikes I have now.
The Royal Enfield 650 twins should be in the US soon. If you have to have 'the most HP' they will not interest you, but I am looking forward to sitting on one. I like everything I have seen so far.
Jan 26th 2018, 02:22 PM   #14
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  Feb 2016
  Rent'n

  2002 Honda RC51, 2005 Honda RC51
Quote:
Originally Posted by FeralRdr
Yep. As long as they match your European Man Bag, you'll look fabulous.
Jan 26th 2018, 06:47 PM   #15
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
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