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I think Kyle is off base on his analysis, completely.
The Harley Street has been developed to appeal to the urban male. Hence the reason most USA Harley dealers will call it the "city" bike.
In my opinion the risk adverse make up of most women will not suddenly go away because they see a lighter Harley Davidson on the market. That said, of the 12 per 100 women that are willing to accept the risks of motorcycling, I can see that percentage choosing a lighter Harley over a crotch rocket changing due to the Street. Particularly with the Goth oriented to start, and some of the more athletic built young female adults that have greater confidence in their coordination abilities. But, in the end it is more of a fight for market share of the 12 in 100 than how to make the 12 in 100 move to 22 in 100.
To make that happen, the country will have to start testing old people regularly and pulling licenses. Couple that with making in damnn difficult to get a drivers license to begin with, in essence creating a situation where anyone with an IQ below X (Say 90) can not possible get a drivers license. This of course will never happen, but it would make the streets a lot safer and create a situation where more would drive motorbikes. It would also see the nation create a great public transportation system that was profitable.
I don't really think that the Miss Buffalo Chip and wet t-shirt contests that happen at rally's really makes a difference in a woman's decision. I raced a turbo'd 455 Olds, jet drive, 24 foot day cruiser on Havasu in the early 80's as a single guy, we had the same stuff going on as "river rats" as goes on at any motorcycle rally and the women were there voluntarily and playing the same game we were. While I can see the Feminazi up in arms over such things, most people realize a party is a damnn big flirt where singles hook up. The Breastaurant business trend certainly has showed that women, and especially sexy women will pack a place to the gills. In the end there is no reason to ever believe that the interaction between testosterone and estrogen will suddenly stop working because some small segment of people wish everyone would be gender neutral. While I am not rude about it, I make no excuse testosterone courses through my veins.
I believe the article is way off since there is no bike that will change the 12 in 100 ratio, that is level that will ignore the risk level, won't change til they stop seeing idiots run people over and get off free. Education will help, but ultimately it will take a change in the level of expertise required to drive a car legally.
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