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HARLEY DAVIDSON SPEAKS TO DECLINING BIKE SALES

The reasons for the slump in sales at HD are not President Trump’s fault

Apparently the Baby-Boomers all have motorcycles. Generation X is only buying a few, and the next generation isn’t buying any at all.

A recent study was done to find out why Millennials don’t ride motorcycles:

1. Pants won’t pull up far enough for them to straddle the seat.

2. Can’t get their phone to their ear with a helmet on.

3. Can’t use 2 hands to eat while driving.

4. They don’t get a trophy and a recognition plaque just for buying one.

5. Don’t have enough muscle to hold the bike up when stopped.

6. Might have a bug hit them in the face and then they would need emergency care.

7. Motorcycles don’t have air conditioning.

8. They can’t afford one because they spent 12 years in college trying to get a degree in Humanities, Social Studies or Gender Studies for which no jobs are available.

9. They are allergic to fresh air.

10. Their pajamas get caught on the exhaust pipes.

11. They might get their hands dirty checking the oil.

12. The handle bars have buttons and levers and cannot be controlled by touch-screen.

13. You have to shift manually and use something called a clutch.

14. It’s too hard to take selfies while riding.

15. They don’t come with training wheels like their bicycles did.

16. Motorcycles don’t have power steering or power brakes.

17. Their nose ring interferes with the face shield.

18. They would have to use leg muscle to back up.

19. When they stop, a light breeze might blow exhaust in their face.

20. It could rain on them and expose them to non-soft water.

21. It might scare their therapy dog, and then the dog would need therapy.

22. Can’t get the motorcycle down the basement stairs of their parent’s home.

Shop Updates For Last Week August 2019

Petty Tribute

New Wiring Kit Ran to Back of Car
Heater box removed and new Block-Off Plate and fixin’ to be painted. New Wiring Kit run to front and split Left and Right.

Metal interior trim removed, scuffed, cleaned and shot with 1st coat of paint. Back in Paint container under the Texas Sun for Labor Day Weekend prior to me hitting with another coat.

Screamin’ Woody

Took the wagon for quite a few blasts on the road in front of the shop, and we made adjustments until confident its ready for the track. Have a couple little leaks to deal with. I’ll take it to the SHRA Race in Denton on September 14th. If that goes well, I’ll leave the 16th for the NMCA race in Indy.

Removed door cards and will use them (they’re cardboard) as templates to cut out new ones out of 1/8″ plywood, and recover in red quilted to match my seats.

Scooters

Moved the Scooters that I keep at shop (Rainbow Blue 51 Indian Chief, Rainbow Green 50 Chief, Metallic Red 99 Drifter 1500, and Ole Blue – my 93 Harley) to a bay, so I can service and Detail, before listing the Indians for Sale.

Aluminum Trailer

Finished Painting the trailer. Since photo, the tape has been pulled and the trailer dragged into the hot Texas Sun, to bake on over weekend. I’ll add reflective tape next week. In the Spring, I’ll hit the whole trailer with a power buffer and then wax. Working on the inside next.

That about covers much of last week in in the shop.

Motorcycling In The Rockies

So on June 28th my wife and I left Texas early in the morning In my Ram 3500, pulling my race trailer with both my son’ and my Harleys. We headed 900+ miles to Cuchara, Colorado. It was our 2nd annual trip there for the 4th of July. We arrived at the Stonewall Lodge in the early evening. My eldest daughter, her husband, and their twin 4-year-olds had arrived the day before. My eldest son, his wife, and their two sons had arrived earlier that morning; and were staying at his wife’s family cabin about 30 minutes up the road. My middle and youngest daughter arrived the next morning.

Long story short, I took three bike rides (two with my son) through the mountain passes – and now I can cross that off my bucket list. Also did a little trout fishing, had many bear sightings, and were in two hail storms. We stayed a week and headed home early morning of July 6th and was home before midnight.

Below are photos and videos, in no particular order, and without explanation.