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Jan 25th 2019, 04:49 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
#*%@# Millennials!!!!!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/comp...qej?li=BBnb7Kz

Jan 25th 2019, 05:02 PM   #2
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

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The survey's most significant finding that 21- to 34-year-olds consider buying a bike for "ease of transportation,"
HAHAHAHA!!!!

I have never found 2 wheels to be an easier mode of transportation. Never mind cost.

I suspect the group they are speaking about are not of high maturity and probably live in a fair weather state which may or may not have helmet requirements. Bike can live outside year round and they have minimal if any gear to put on before setting off. Probably on corded tires and dry chains.

Cages are far superior in ease of transportation accept maybe that parking part. And maybe lane splitting where legal.

EDIT: Those interviewed have probably never owned a bike and have not a clue.

Edited by Ryanthegreat1 on Jan 25th 2019 at 05:37 PM
Jan 25th 2019, 07:37 PM   #3
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
dont knock the dry chain.

road grit dont stick to dry rust.
Jan 25th 2019, 08:54 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
Imagine that: people who value a vehicle’s utility rather than its myth and image. What is this world coming to?
Jan 26th 2019, 08:39 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

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Originally Posted by Sentinel
dont knock the dry chain.

road grit dont stick to dry rust.

This is one of the reasons I like o-ring chains. Pretty much adjust and forget. Shaft is even better.

This article illustrates why I have 5 bikes. I don't have to pick a 'style' and be stuck with it!

Edited by Parilla125 on Jan 26th 2019 at 08:44 AM
Jan 26th 2019, 09:18 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
I don't really blame the millennials for the decline of the Bar and Shield market, I blame the people at H-D. The younger market is rightly looking to more light and nimble offerings at a more reasonable (or less onerous, depending on your point of view) price point, and although H-D does have the Street series, the entry point is still at the $6,900 level for a 500 and jumps up to $7,600 and above to get a 750.

The bottom line? H-D is still pretty obtuse when it comes to actually developing new market options.
Jan 26th 2019, 10:08 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

  R1200ST, CB350
Based on little more than my own eyeball testimony, young professionals do seem to be buying Sportsters. Granted not in anything like the numbers that they're buying neo-classic Triumph twins and naked Ducatis, but it does seem to be the same impulse. H-D seems to know this and be aiming their new tidied-up "roadster" line at that market. But it feels a bit wide of the mark; they don't quite push the "wanna" button in the same way, almost as if they're trying too hard and coming up with a bland compromise hoping to offend no one while not thrilling anyone.
Jan 26th 2019, 12:25 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Scooters, not motorcycles, are the easier form of transportation. Also, a gateway drug
Jan 26th 2019, 03:01 PM   #9
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
i like the battle scooter theme. but it isn't in hd's dna.

i keep shouting the same thing: electric mountain bikes/small motorcycles.

there's something there. like a sort of lightweight e-sumo.

ktm is close, but still too motorcycle-ey.

or not. who the fuck knows whats gonna happen in five years?

we might be speaking chinese in seattle like blade runner.

btw: i went for a joyride on my bigass C14/Battlestar Galactica today. Full fairing. Heated grips. Shaft. Comfy. FAST. nothing better.
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Jan 26th 2019, 06:12 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
I agree about electric bicycles. They go fast now and have good duration with the new batteries. And you don’t need a license or helmet. It is a just jump on and go vehicle. And some are being outfitted with massive luggage and, with the assist, it is not a strain. Theft may be the biggest obstacle to their use.
Jan 26th 2019, 08:31 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
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Originally Posted by Transported
I agree about electric bicycles. They go fast now and have good duration with the new batteries. And you donít need a license or helmet. It is a just jump on and go vehicle. And some are being outfitted with massive luggage and, with the assist, it is not a strain. Theft may be the biggest obstacle to their use.
I ride my electric bicycle to work regularly, and let me tell you, my biggest obstacle is Seattle drivers.

And, you do need a helmet. At those speeds, I wear full face MIPS helmet.
Jan 27th 2019, 01:06 PM   #12
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
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Originally Posted by liberpolly
I ride my electric bicycle .
can we see it?
Jan 27th 2019, 01:53 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
Huh, there are already invisible bikes? I thought “pretend you are invisible” was just an aphorism...
Jan 27th 2019, 04:49 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
can we see it?
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Jan 28th 2019, 02:50 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  renton aka the dirty south

  KTM SD 1290 / KTM SD 990 / TE300 / 150xcw / wr250 / CB350 / GROM / TTR50 / CRF 50 / XR100
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Originally Posted by liberpolly
I love the Haibike! I think its the best design out there..
I have been looking at them for the last couple years.

So close to pulling the trigger!

How is the battery?
How much range can you get?
Can you swap batteries?
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