Yea but if you go into a Honda dealer it's hard to find anyone to help you, and if you can find someone they know very little if anything about Gold Wings or most any other bikes they sell unless it is off road stuff. and how many times have people posted about how hard it is to find any riding clothes with HONDA on it. So Harley is smart to sell branded gear. They probably make more money selling gear than selling motorcycles. Look around next time your on the road, how many HD dealers do you see compared to Honda dealers and what do you see at the dealers? HDS dealers have 10 X more bikes on the floor to pick from that Honda dealers.
They must be doing something right
Harley-Davidson accounted for 29.3% of all new motorcycle sales in the U.S. in 2015, followed by
Honda Motors at 14%, and
Yamaha at 13%.
Polaris Industries (NYSE:PII) represented just 4.4% of total sales that year with its Indian and Victory brands. Yet Harley reported at the end of January, and 2016 U.S. sales fell 3.9% and were down globally 1.6%. Polaris, on the other hand, said its sales were up 1%, with Indian Motorcycle enjoying mid-20% growth.
I wonder where BMW falls into this group
I used to ride a 2000 BMW R1100RT .. I could out handle the japanese sport bikes I rode with. In part because the ABS brakes gave me the confidence to brake later/harder than they would before a turn. It was a lot of fun when we'd stop for a coffee and i'd get the comments that i'm nuts.
.. well maybe I am nuts, totally beside the point though !
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