As the MoCo changes to meet the desires of the market place which line will be the first to go?
I basically agree with you (all except for that last line:rofl, but as CEYLON points out, the next major change will be the water-cooled touring bike and then it will filter to the rest of the lines. The EPA just won't leave any wiggle room.In my rationale, which admittedly may be quite flawed, the average Harley owner is aging to the point that a large percentage of them will either die or stop riding. To me, the majoriy of the Softail line is an effort to look "old school", the Heritage being the greatest offender. The only new thing they have done really is the Rocker and it is just a Softail with the fender attached to the swing-arm instead of the frame. Somewhere I read that this line has the highest average age of customers. When most people think RUB they think Softail. RUB's are getting out of biking in droves.
The VRSC line is part of the future.
The Sportster will not die until they come up with a better entry level offering.
The Touring line is very high profit margin and there will always be a customer for a tour rig.
The Dyna started basically with the SuperGlide in which they grafted a Sportster front end on a big twin. It is often the line where things are tried out. It is presently the most innovative BT line they offer with the StreetBob, FatBot, Wide Glide, etc. They just spent the money to re-design the frame. Very high profit margin, the bikes don't cost much more than a Sportster to make.
Just my opinion, but I am real smart and rarely wrong.
I think there is no argument there. They have played out the air-cooled engine line about as far as they can. If they were to move the induction to the other side of the bike they might be able to squeak a few more years out, but I think they will just move on.I basically agree with you (all except for that last line:rofl, but as CEYLON points out, the next major change will be the water-cooled touring bike and then it will filter to the rest of the lines. The EPA just won't leave any wiggle room.
I think that this is coming.I can see the technology of the water cooled V-Rod being used in some other form of bike by Harley. Something more "traditional". Anyone else see that?