I've seen it and felt it for years,,,not having a 1000cc+ bike in my garage for almost 10 years now,,,they are gone with their crummy mpg , crazy buy in and maintainance costs insurance,,,blah blah blah and it's not my age talking either,,,,,I'm actually having more fun with the smaller stuff,,,,I came to this conclusion about five years ago,,,I simply wasn't using them,,choosing instead the more manageable machines,,,the r80 is probably the last "big bore" I'll ever own except a super clean steal bike that I'll turn over for a profit,,but it won't be "mine"
It is going to be real interesting to see what happens to the cult market for vtwins, especially harley. With pollution requirements I understand they will have to go water cooled. Can't visualize the cult bikes ever downsizing for any reason. They keep wanting bigger...mo power. I have noticed less noise though and fewer straight pipes.
I'm sure I'll be wrong about this but here goes. I think the cult market will start to swing toward Indian and Harley. It seems to me that Metric Cruisers (Japanese) all cost about the same as their American counterparts so there's no price advantage or cost reason to buy otherwise.
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I'll double down on the USA buys and say in three years Indian will edge Harley in sales ( unless of course hd pull their heads out of their collective a$$es , but I've been waiting for that for quite a few years)