Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
Model: '89 GL1500 Goldwing, 76 GL1000
Retro is Cool
To: Malcom X,
I so wanna say "Indian". Look at them close and gauge potential before deflecting with "company history". After all, it's a a new company Polaris-Victory-Indian if I'm not mistaken.
Now as a longtime loyal GL owner ('76, 89 & 15 - still riding all too) I do top the Indian with a Valkyrie. I'm not talking about the new one but look at how many Valkyries were sold from 96-03 and are still being rode today. Those owners love that classic big Americana road bike look. Cruisers and Baggers are a huge part of our riding community and our riders clamor for more than just air cooled V-twins. Indian has done that with theirs including all the high tech creature comforts one can imagine (albeit V-twin still). I'm constantly asking why isn't Honda doing the same in that particular market with a horizontally opposed 6. Now as for bringing back the flat 4... Not a bad idea at all... Younger riders would also be less intimidated by the smaller engine and frame being updated. Not only that but marketing the flat 4 overseas would be a cinch too. Smaller riders purchasing for tighter roads in Japan, Thailand, China and Korea would provide more in sales there than the US ever would as long as it just has "Retro Looks".
Retired 24Yr Air Force... Now I\'m just a 2nd yr college kid & freelance artist that can still party with the best!
Current Project: Converting a Seca750 to cafe racer. Yamaha XJ riders... feel free to PM me.