I have been to two shops within 100 miles of home and neither of them had the 650 Versys on display. Each had the 1000, but not the 650. The sales guy at the second shop thought that maybe they didn't make them anymore.
Have people noticed this anywhere else - or have I missed some big news?
It could be bad experience. The first couple go rounds of the 650 had questionable styling. Many sat on floors for years and were likely sold for less than the dealer paid for them just to move them.
The newer more conventional styling seems to be well received, but dealers who were stuck with the older ones may not want to risk it.
Hell, my dealer had 2 V1ks. Mine was sold before it hit their floor, but the other sat around and was sold the following year at a BIG discount.
It's really surprising to me, but like Twowheeladdict said, the off road stuff is what's hot these days. I see the same bikes time after time I visit my dealer. I don't pay attention to the 4x4 stuff as a near 4 decade rider, the extra wheels are never gonna be my thang.
I was talking to the service lady who was swamped. She said she had 160 customers who had their 4x4 recalled that needed parts and appointments. And that's just 1 model sold by that store. They have many more people who need the recall done who didn't buy them at that store too.
Not sure they've sold 160 new bikes in the 10 years they've been in business...
Harley seems to be hurting too. In the 90s, every one that rolled out of the truck had a sold tag on it. Now, they've got hundreds collecting dust on the floors with the new models coming out next month.
I've seen the markups on those bikes and they can range from about 4k on the ~$20k bikes into double digits on the top end stuff. Be interested to see what kind of discounts (if any) they apply to move this year's stuff.