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Posted By: Robert Bolin
Posted On: Friday May 22, 2020 at 3:10 PM
I'm not Dennis but their problem is they are catering to the diehards.
New riders aren't as enamored with the mystic of HD and dont want to drop the kind of money required for even the basic 2019 Street 500 and 2020 Street 750 are more than a new 2020 Honda Rebel 500 with ABS. Add ABS and the HDs cost another 750. Want a different color? That'll cost too where as the Rebel has three to choose from for no additional cost.

Rebel 500 base is 6200, with ABS 6500.

In 2019 the HD Street 500 was 6900 with ABS making it 7650 and a different single tone color costing 295 more.

So a grey Street 500 w/ ABS cost 7945 while a grey Rebel 500 w/ABS cost 6500. If you were a new rider unsure if you were really going to like it, how much would you invest?

Oh and I could have gone cheaper in the Hondas but I wanted to compare street bike vs street bike and not some dirt bike with just enough lighting and mirrors to make it street legal or a crotch rocket like a Kawasaki Ninja or a Honda CBR. Apples to Apples and all that.

If HD wants to survive, it has to adapt and evolve and it simply isn't doing that.

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Dennis, so sorry to hear Harley-Davidson is (again) having a hard time.... by Joop Gisbers #48373
For the past 10 years it seems most if not all HD riders are above 50 by Bruce Parsons #48373.1
Yes, the fan base is dying off or have grown too old to ride. I know people in both groups. (EOM) by John Bono #48373.1.1
John you hit the nail on the head. I sold my bike ten years by Bob Jackman #48373.1.1.1
+1 .. Cell phones & drivers of today ... Not good - Not good at all (EOM) by Dennis Mong #48373.
=1 .... ( Bingo ) ... You hit tha nail on tha head ... (EOM) by Dennis Mong #48373.1.2
I'm not Dennis but their problem is they are catering to the diehards. by Robert Bolin #48373.2
My suggestion is that H-D give away a coupon for a nearby dentist by Don Anderson #48373.2.1
So .. H - D riders and .. DENTURES ???? (EOM) by Dennis Mong #48373.2.1.1
You are correct .... by Dennis Mong #48373.2.2
Everything has a live cycle ... Shelf life ... However you want to call it ..... by Dennis Mong #48373.3
There is a Harley dealer a couple of miles from us. No expense was spared in building it on an over by Frank Kocour #48373.4

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