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    Harley in big financial trouble

    Interesting article today on the Internet about HD..Seems these "infamous millenials" in today's world,are not buying motorcycles for the so-called "image" or as a hobby and other past reasons....Motorcycles are for transportation only and not popular among these younger folks...The article is titled that this last generation will put Harley out of business!!!!....Guess these "spoiled brats" are in for a big surprise when mommy and daddy quit paying all their bills and they have to make it the real world on their own!!!....Regards and ride safe

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    These days they'll live w/ mom & dad into their 30's.
    I was 19 when I got home Sunday morning (hung over), just when Mom & Dad were leaving for church. Dad said, "are you coming or going?" "Coming" I said. Dad said, "Pack your stuff, you're leaving!"...… I was gone when they got back from church. Moved back in a few years later, for 3-4 months after my hitch in the Army. Been on my own since. That was a long, long time ago.

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    Since I saw the article on the Internet about Harley's issues, I wonder if this new generation of "spoiled brats" supported by mommy and daddy, and socialist attitudes, will effect Honda Goldwing sales in the future??..I know the local Indian Dealer, owned by Roger Penske, in my area closed the doors due to poor sales!!!...Does not look good for large bikes in the future....JMHO

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    Yeah, unless you can leave it in the middle of a sidewalk, they don't want anything to do with it.
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    I asked my son and his friends(early 20's) why none of them own or ride a motorcycle ? To be honest I wasn't surprised that they all agreed it's too dangerous on the roads on two wheels. I think the hobby is getting a bit expensive with bikes in the 30 to 40 thousand range.
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    Harley has always been broke
    When the late Vaugn Beals back in the 80's brought Harley it was Broke
    But with his merry men he created HOG
    That way he got heaps of rich people to buy Harleys and play dress up like the people that Harley has always hated
    That way the aftermarket thing kept harley alive?
    In Vaughn Beals words?
    Not everyone can aford a Harley Davidson
    But everyone can afford a T-Shirt
    Guess no one wears T-Shirts anymore
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    Every generation loves to shake their heads at younger generations. My father said me and my friends were lazy and did not care about getting ahead in this world. His father told him and his friends that they were a bunch of pot smoking, bandana wearing wannabe hippies who were doomed. Each generation also fears the next generation's ability to pay for their social security.

    Well, most of us turned out fine, and so will these guys. Even if spoiled, the world will whip most of them into shape, just it did to me when my mom stopped doing my laundry and paying for my car insurance at age 23.

    "The kids will be alright".

    That being said, recreational vehicles tend to wax and wane. Didn't the motorcycle industry fear going out of business 30-40 years ago? It will always be around, manufacturers will adjust. If it goes away, it will go away due to market forces, which can be harsh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VStarRider View Post
    Every generation loves to shake their heads at younger generations. My father said me and my friends were lazy and did not care about getting ahead in this world. His father told him and his friends that they were a bunch of pot smoking, bandana wearing wannabe hippies who were doomed. Each generation also fears the next generation's ability to pay for their social security.

    Well, most of us turned out fine, and so will these guys. Even if spoiled, the world will whip most of them into shape, just it did to me when my mom stopped doing my laundry and paying for my car insurance at age 23.

    "The kids will be alright".

    That being said, recreational vehicles tend to wax and wane. Didn't the motorcycle industry fear going out of business 30-40 years ago? It will always be around, manufacturers will adjust. If it goes away, it will go away due to market forces, which can be harsh.
    I was one of those who look at the kids today and said the same thing about mommy and daddy not being around. Then, as you just said here, I figure they'll survive somehow. We weren't perfect back when, but I feel that we had better work ethic. Time will tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VStarRider View Post
    Every generation loves to shake their heads at younger generations. My father said me and my friends were lazy and did not care about getting ahead in this world. His father told him and his friends that they were a bunch of pot smoking, bandana wearing wannabe hippies who were doomed. Each generation also fears the next generation's ability to pay for their social security.

    Well, most of us turned out fine, and so will these guys. Even if spoiled, the world will whip most of them into shape, just it did to me when my mom stopped doing my laundry and paying for my car insurance at age 23.

    "The kids will be alright".

    That being said, recreational vehicles tend to wax and wane. Didn't the motorcycle industry fear going out of business 30-40 years ago? It will always be around, manufacturers will adjust. If it goes away, it will go away due to market forces, which can be harsh.
    I hope you are right that everything “will be alright”. It feels different this time though. The progressives, the hate for what the flag stands for, the hate for anyone that does not agree with the liberal point of view just scares me. It feels like the bigger threat might be here at home from the liberals and the media then from other countries. I hope I’m wrong on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali261 View Post
    I hope you are right that everything “will be alright”. It feels different this time though. The progressives, the hate for what the flag stands for, the hate for anyone that does not agree with the liberal point of view just scares me. It feels like the bigger threat might be here at home from the liberals and the media then from other countries. I hope I’m wrong on this one.
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