Originally Posted by CaptRich
Interesting,here at the HD store I work at in Paducah,Ky,not very many posers,mostly riders,quite a contrast from the one I worked at inNaples,Fl.Lots of Sturgis bound riders stopped by in the last week,none of them on trailers either.Had one yesterday trying to trade hie 85 TourGlide with 98K miles on it.Fun to see bikes that are ridden,not just garage queens,although since I'm in sales,any reason you want one is a legitamate reason for me.Sales sure are strong this year,delivered 24 last month myself.Our store used to sell 40-60 a month,now 75-100.Lots of XL's being sold for trans. to work.55-60 mpg is a good reason to ride to work.
If it's the Camarillo HD shop that Ken is talking about, it is
one of the more poser-oriented hog holes I've visited. I went in there to see if they had the Ulysses on the floor. I should have called first, but then Julie and I would have missed the fun of pulling up on the LT and walking in with our technical riding gear. You'd think it was a scene out of "The Day the Earth Stood Still". I guess we looked like a couple of astronaut extras that accidentally walked onto the latest pirate movie set during a scene. The hottest topic that Saturday was the discount table with all the Officially sanctioned HD branded tchochkes to be moved out for new inventory.
Needless to say they didn't have a Ulysses in stock. In fact, there were only 2 Buells in the whole store, crammed in the far corner with no way to get a good look-sit. We chatted with one of the sales reps, I sat on a Sportster and we walked out giggling like we had just crashed a party. That's the only single brand HD shop I've ever been to, so I chalked it up to that fact. I've been to many others, but they sold other makes either on site of elsewhere in town. They weren't a fifth as boutique-y as this place. Too funny!
Getting back on topic. When I lived in the Denver area, you always knew when it was Sturgis week from the devoted hoard rolling North with their helmets strapped between their handlebars (no helmet law in CO). Mostly on I-25.