1983 Honda vt750 Shadow
I hope Harley stays healthy but with a decllne in motorcycle riders is $40 K a good idea?
A good Model A doesn't cost 40K. My uncle has one he might want to sell. He did all the work on it, it's got better paint than a brand new Model ever had.There is no accounting for what one is willing to spend on something that they really want. I know people who wouldn't blink spending more for a classic auto that they might drive twice a year than I would pay for a daily driver. Why the heck would someone drop $28k on a Honda Goldwing when they could get drop about $10k less and get a KTM Super Adventure? Why the heck would anyone drop more than $3k for a dang motorcycle anyways???
There's a lot of folks out there that wanted a H/D from the day they were old enough to notice them and forty years later they make enough money to be able to walk into a dealership and write a check for whatever bike they want on the floor. Good on 'em. I applaud them. A number of people started off with the cheapest H/D they could find and every couple of years traded it up for a "better" model until they got the one they wanted. As long as it was worth it to them, I'm happy for them.
Folks have been predicting the demise of H/D for a whole lot of years now. H/D's sales drop by five bikes annually and they clap with glee. I think the good folks in Milwaukee know what they are doing and I'm confident the company will be around for many more years.
I'm perfectly happy with what all is in my motorcycle stable but I'm also looking forward to seeing what's next. I think each motorcycle manufacturer is trying to fit into niche markets. Once they figure out what market that is and how many bikes they can sell, they'll all do just fine.
As far as spending $40k for a H/D. Nope, not for me, but if I could find the right Model A Roadster for around that price I'd be willing to take a look! It's all relative!