Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: New Braunfels, TX
One of the more common complaints in this thread is that Harleys are overpriced. To me, and free-market economist, the correct price is the price that most people are willing to pay. Price something too low and you will be chronically on backorder, (Note Harleys are often on backorder suggesting they are priced too low, the Honda VTX was never on backorder); price something just right and you have robust sales and the product is rarely on backorder; price something too high and you can not sell your inventory (the case for Honda VTX resulting in it being discontinued, but never Harley). So if we apply that fundamental definition to Harley Davidson, they are not overpriced because people keep buying them. On the other hand, if we apply that fundamental definition to the Honda VTX 1300 or 1800, they were overpriced because not enough people bought them to make them profitable. Honda was therefore forced to discontinue the VTX line after 9 years of market failure because of lack of customer interest. That is the Honda VTX 1300 and 1800 were overpriced.
Finally, declaring that something is overpriced because one can't afford it is wrong if there are, in fact, many people buying the product. The question one should be asking themselves is why can't I afford it, therein lies the problem.
2003 VTX 1800 C, Rinehart Exhaust, Hypercharger, PCIII, Custom map for each cylinder, 1300 FD, Spec 3 F-wheels, 200x50x18 Metzler