Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Boyertown, PA, USA
I think what is going to happen is that you will see a lot fewer dealers and more centralized motorcycle "superstores" in the major population areas. Motorcycles are a volume business due to the overhead involved. The sales trend over the last 10 years is the real telling story - 880k units in 2008 and then between 400-500k in every year since then.
And I agree with Damascus, it's truly a sad story that nobody these days wants, or seems to want, the "real world" experience of riding in the elements, putting themselves at a somewhat measured risk or getting their hands dirty fixing a carburetor. The electronic world in this respect is, to me, a hollow experience and for which you are not really better off for the doing afterward. Maybe I'm too old school in many respects, but I do embrace the technology insofar as when it helps me solve a real world problem to assist with my "real world" experience. Like googling DelOrto parts or what this "thingy" does. But for me at least, technology is not a replacement for these real world things or experiences, it's simply a tool to me, an assistant. It's like looking at a photo of somebody riding the Alps, versus actually doing it.
Failure is not an option 1995 Duc 916,1994 Bim DB2,1986 Duc MHR Mille, 1974 Duc 750 Sport, 1965 Duc Monza