Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tucker , GA, USA
Re: Age issue?
It is what it is. Not many young riders are willing to shell out twenty grand for a bike that wont outrun the ten grand Yamahas , Hondas, and Kows. That'd be my guess.
The other side of the coin is there is little or no advertising and supply is not much on buying Beemers in masse. There are just no young fellas out looking at beemers or Harley Davidsons for that matter. Everyone who can spend that kind of money in my neighborhood are driving tuner cars and becomeing Metro Sexuals not buying or riding bikes.
Now go to the Kawasaki store and they are buying all kinds of bikes mostly crotch rockets , same at the Honda store and Yamadogs are moving out pretty much with crossovers and dirtbikes and R1's. So I'm thinking the young guys are just not into overpriced maintenance schedules and the word got out to them that buying a Beemer is the easy part and they are not slow but sure aren't going to win a drag race either.
That's my very unscientific observation. Heck when I was in my Thirties I sold my bikes and bought race cars and Sail Boats , bikes were just not my thing anymore once they got expensive.
Come to think of it how many thirty year olds do you see on Gold Wings. Matching helmets and all, that was my dream when I tricked out my old 650 back in the day but no one my age could afford an Interstate Honda back them much less now.
I'd say that has something to do with it. Speed sells. Moto GP sells, no where can I think of is there a track side marketing strategy for "win on Sunday , sell on Monday " for Beemers
Just old old farts opinion, FWIW
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