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post #1 of 72 Old 08-02-2016, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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K1600 rider age

US motorcycle buyers are becoming elderly on average. Sales of all motorcycles is about at the low of 2009.

We had an age thread that shows the K1600 owners being on the "mature" side of the scale. Wealth, experience or maybe luxury desires.

Why aren't motorcycles as popular in the US anymore?

Seems to me that the peak was when On Any Sunday was in the theaters.
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I'll do a little research on motorcycle sales worldwide. I really don't know what to expect with those numbers.

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Avg Age of K1600 Rider

Results from pole make sense. Vast majority are >43. with approx. 47% 53-65. That would be the age/ income bracket that would be expected/ able to afford the ride. Best,

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The issue is, in the US motorcycles are often used and viewed as toys, weekend play things and not serious transportation but an addition to having a car.

In other countries motorcycles ARE transportation, often primary and the only transportation a person has and are taken far more seriously in that role as such.

In the USA motorcycles are disposable income purchases, in many other countries motorcycles are the only affordable means of transportation.

Add the above to issues such as congestion, parking and price of gas in many other countries compared to the USA and you sort of get it.

Me, I do my part and ride to work nearly every single day, I ride for errands, shopping and going to the gym, but I, like so many others also have a truck for the winter and other times when riding isn't practical.

I suspect you will see worldwide sales of motorcycles will be largest in Asia, flowed by Europe, LatAm and then North America. However I bet you will large displacement bikes and higher value bikes lead sales in North America and Europe.
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Looking at the poll I guess I like to be with older people, im 39, but I really appreciate this bike for all it has to offer, everyone else says that I have spoiled myself, because I will never be able to get a smoother bike
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In Ontario I think it is the cost of insurance keeping new bikers out of the market.
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When I started riding over here you bought a bike if you couldn't afford a car.
Nowadays you buy a car if you can't afford a bike.
When I bought the GT my sister in law bought a new (small) car. For the price of my bike I could have bought three of those cars new.

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You get old when you give up riding.

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And our new young hot rodders can afford a little car, and the aftermarket parts to make it a hot rod. I was surprised to hear that the group of car owners would own jointly a motor that would pass emissions. Then when it was time for each person to get their test done, the group would help swap motors for the test.
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Looking at the poll I guess I like to be with older people, im 39,


Dang Charlie, you're gonna' be the young pup at Darb's BBQ. Guess you help some of us with our walkers, putting our bikes on center stand, going for beer....yada yada yada........................

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