Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Fairfax City, VA
I haven't read all responses, but could it be we're seeing a reaction to falling revenues? What I mean, is I've been under the impression motorcycle sales have been on the decline for years & millennials, as a whole, simply don't like them... especially sport bikes. My observations, via nephews, nieces, my own children & neighborhood kids, is they rarely comment when one of my awesome, testosterone injected bikes is parked in the drive... & that's a huge change from say 5, 10, 15 years ago.
Last Spring I repurchased a Gen1, mainly because a SoCal located machinist told me sport bikes are on their way out & especially 1000cc models. I added that info with conversation I had with my neighbor who's an MSF riding instructor & who too confirmed manufacturers are trying to figure out how win over millennials. His example was lower cc, automatic transmission bikes.
So, my totally unofficial stance is (based on years in IT) is you don't innovate or R&D much in areas with weak future projections.
All said I'm still impressed with just about everything I see on the modern sport bike (all are too fast for the road & any track I have within a few hours of my house).
Dress for the slide & not the ride