Simply put the price tag isn't worth it to me. With that out of the way, lol, they seem to be largely alone in the cruise space now and options are increasingly limited. I'm not a HD fan, really, BUT if their evo engine is reliable and the rest of the bike as easy to fix as a metric (within reason) who knows what the future holds.I'll be waiting one heluva long time before I ever buy something with the HD brand. Never obsessed with the 'status' of HD.
Other expenses to keep in mind with a new high price Harley, higher insurance costs, only runs on premium gas, maintenance costs-dealers don't want you to work on your own bike may void warranty.Had a bunch of carbed EVOs, easy to keep them going but require pretty frequent maintenance, nice to ride, no way would I drop $40k on one these days....
Those are just a lovely sight to behold. Not some barn finds for the future.My Moto Guzzi specs the high octane fuel. So does My VStrom 1000. And our Harley. And one of our Yamaha motorcycles.
In regard to price - look at what the other brands are selling for. Prices are ALL up. With ridiculous fees and add-ons. It's a seller's market right now. Our local dealer had a manual Gold WIng on the floor.... Asking $34,000.
I will say this - if you're in the market for a large touring bike..... then there are some nice ones, especially the Harleys.
But, the smaller Harleys are UGLY MUGLY. The "Softail" used to be a good seller, but it's only offered in black now. The "Street Bob" is the same bike, basically. Both look cheap. It's hideous what they've done to the Fat Boy. And, no more Sportsters. The new replacements are also UGLY.
LOL - rant off
We'll just keep what we have
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LOL - I was in the U.S. Marines, and later in the Navy. I can clean and polish just about anything, short of DIRT.Those are just a lovely sight to behold. Not some barn finds for the future.
Other expenses to keep in mind with a new high price Harley, higher insurance costs, only runs on premium gas, maintenance costs-dealers don't want you to work on your own bike may void warranty.
Read more about it here: Harley-Davidson hit with class actions over 'right to repair' restrictionsHarley-Davidson in its consent agreement with the agency said it would not block warranty coverage for bike owners who used third-party parts and services. "By law, we can't void a customer's warranty simply for installing another company's parts," the company said in a public notice.
Company I work for is a leader in Automotive Rights for you as a consumer. A deal was just reached with John Deere on this Right to Repair.I don't know about insurance for a new Harley, but I traded in a 2009 Yamaha Raider when I bought my used 2011 Harley and my insurance for the Harley went down compared the Yamaha (same insurance co.). As for the warranty restrictions you mentioned, Harley was recently sued and lost regarding forcing Harley owners to only use Harley parts and service for bike repairs to maintain warranties.
Read more about it here: Harley-Davidson hit with class actions over 'right to repair' restrictions