I have found that most people are just plain afraid of riding anymore. They want everything to be nice and safe, even as they text and drive! You can't live until you are ready to die!!
i was going to make a napolean dynamite joke, but it's just too cool for me to make a joke about. i would love to learn kendo, and someday i plan to learn shamisen. i can speak & understand a tiny bit of japanese, and i've been studying the history from the muromachi period up to the meiji era for years now.
more on topic, i don't think it's just harley that's got a shaky future. i think motorcycles in general, and especially cruisers. i think dapreacha nailed it for the reasons why. the article, otoh said something that i really think was accurate, and important to consider:
From where I’m sitting, it looks more like the company just identified what’s popular and is trying to jump on multiple bandwagons as cheaply and efficiently as possible.
of course that's exactly what they did. they are a marketing juggernaut. that's exactly how any company of that type would behave. any of you out there who also play guitar will immediately see parallels with gibson's 2015 debacle, and current financial troubles. i'm not judging harley for being that way. i don't judge vanilla ice cream for not being as enjoyable as chocolate is to me. it is what it is. harley doesn't get it, and people there are getting a little panicky.
that said, the streetfighter is cool looking, imo. if it were priced well, i would find it VERY attractive. but let's be honest.. we all know their aint a snowball's chance in hell of that happening.
no way on god's green earth would i trust harley enough to buy an electric bike. if i was going to do that (not interested yet due to limited range and high costs) i would go honda before anyone else.
harley makes some cool bikes, i don't really have anything against them. they're just outside of my acceptable range for what i am willing to spend on a bike. if they were more reasonably priced, and the dealers treated you as well as the japanse dealers do, i would give them more consideration. the branding part of ownership doesn't do anything for me, but i totally get it that for some people it does. i do own a les paul, after all.