Is the Era of the Motorcycle Over?

I recently read this opinion article in the NYTimes. The premise of the article is that the recession has driven motorcycle sales down sharply but other things that are also deemed luxury items, like iPhones, have grown. At first I almost dismissed the article – what the hell do Apple products have to do with Motorcycle sales? But it stuck in my mind for a few days until I realized, after much self-debate, that Motorcycles have become (like it or not) a fashion industry and a consumer durables industry (in most cases). They compete for a share of consumers’ disposable income just like clothes, other mechanised toys, computers and, yes, fancy electronic devices. While there are many committed motorcyclists (like Buck and I) the fact that you can find 10 and 20 year-old bikes being offered for sale with such low mileage suggests that a lot of owners/riders are not, shall
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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Well, if you’re ever Alabama, you must add the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum to your destination list. You may want to get a tissue before continuing – prepare to salivate! Home to the world’s best motorcycle collection, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum has over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles – the largest of its kind in the world, ranging from 1902 to current year production. AND, it boasts a 2.38 mile track. Twenty one motorcycles were selected for the famed Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim’s New York and Bilbao, Spain location as well as the Field Museum in Chicago. Well, not quite sure where to begin. Here is a link to their gallery, and here is a link to a visitors gallery, but the following are some of my favs: I could go on …
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