That's where I'm at. All my bike have been used. That said, I can see where people are going. If there isn't a balance achieved between quality and pricepoint, people nowadays won't buy new bikes. With such an abysmally small market share, that could be the end. If the prices are going to go up, then the quality will have to as well in order to interest buyers of new bikes, even if they do understand the inherent flaws, etc. There will be a breaking point, IMHO. chris
I was the same way too with my '98 Tourist. I was content to stick with that and just keep fixing it. But then after viewing the beauty that is the Raven, I had to just buy a new one.
It's the 2nd "brand new" bike I have ever owned (the other being a MX bike in the early '80s). I had to sell my Harley to get it, but I have no regrets. I am really loving having and riding the new rig.
I will have to say that the differences between my '98 650 Tourist and the '06 750 Raven are quite remarkable. Not being a cheerleader, but they have come a long way in 8 years. They still got a way to go IMHO...
When I show of the new rig, people ask me how much I paid for it and I tell them $10K and they are astonished by the low perceived price. When I tell them, they can buy a 1WD model for $8500 brand-new with a 2-year warranty, they don't believe me.
Go to the local Harley or BMW or Jap bike shop and see what kind of sidecar rig $10K buys ya! Shoot for $10K there might be one or two Harleys or BMW's ya can buy with that.