My Pal Jerry Smith ( a noted motorcycle journalist) posted this answer to someones' questions on touring and how it has changed on LD RIder. It is an interesting discussion.
Doug Grosjean wrote:
> 1. No youngsters enjoying the sport. Touring on a motorcycle seems
> to be
> evolving into something for old folks. Yes, I include myself in the
> folks group - I'm over 40 y/o.
We motorcyclists are getting grayer, no doubt. One of the all-brand
magazines I write for has a median reader age of 54. IMO it's because
motorcycling in general has become more expensive over the years. Fewer
young people have the means to buy a bike, insurance, and gear, and
especially to take time off to go and enjoy it all.
> 2. Makers seem to have succeeded in convincing people they need a
> bike to tour. End result is that I suspect people without touring
> conclude that they must stay home since they're ill-equipped for the
I was talking to my mechanic the other day and we were recalling our
first real tours. We both rode 350s and strapped duffel bags on the
seat. These days neither of us would ride a 350 across town, much less
across the country. But we decided this might have had a lot to do with
factor No. 1 above; he's over 40, and I'm over 50. Our duffel-bag days
are over. Where's my Wing, dammit?!
> Something else that I noticed - the people with Harley-Davidson
> that you run into in restaurants and such rarely give you (rider of
> Harley) the time of day.
Some years ago H-D's Motorclothes division revealed that over 60
percent of people who bought H-D clothing did not actually own a
motorcycle of any kind. The technical term for these people is "poser."
They're unlikely to treat motorcyclists warmly because they are not in
fact motorcyclists themselves, they just want to appear to be.
> But the people with Harley-Davidson motorcycles
> are friendly and talkative and fun to encounter.
> If I were looking for
> camaraderie to go along with my motorcycle, a Harley would be a very
> tempting choice.
Say what you will about H-D's products, the company has soundly kicked
the ass of every other OE in the marketing game. You don't just get a
motorcycle when you buy a Harley, you get a ready-made pool of friends,
and entree into more social events than you can possibly attend. H-D
doesn't use the word "family" in its advertising and marketing as often
as it does by coincidence. I've seen people walk into the local Harley
shop looking for a bike--any bike, as it turned out, as long as it was
a Harley. They want in on the fun, and H-D ownership is the secret
Not that there's anything wrong with that...