One thing I notice with Harley even with slow sales and bad times, they are still holding on to the new bikes at list prices, no discounts, no rebates or cash back. The only things Harley might offer is financing gimmicks, gift card or some free service on a new bike.I don't know about HD Corp. but, it was a lousy year for bikes and bike sales here in the NYC area. Nothing was moving. By time the rules were relaxed, the end of the season was already in sight. It's really only Memorial day to Halloween here. And, just 100 miles North, the season ends shortly after Labor day. 30,000 $ motorbikes are going to be a continually tough sell.
Matte paint and blacked out are the trend right now. Options for us lovers of chrome are limited. The good news is that paint is easy and any color you want. Chrome is readily available from the aftermarket. If you have the inclination, start with a base model that hasn't been blacked out, and make it yours. If you're persistent, buying the base, non-blacked out model, no one else wants, could save you enough money to get a really good start in something you really like.I'm wanting a new Harley. Something in a Dyna, maybe. The problem is that the recent crop of Harleys are butt ugly.
Shiny, metallic paint - chrome laced wheels - chrome engine covers -n- stuff is what I'm looking for. I like the new mono-shock frames and those four-valve heads but I suspect that I'll be waiting another year until they change up on their styling.