Steve Hood is the sales manager at Kent's Harley-Davidson, "2009 was a tough year for everybody because basically financing got really tight for everybody. It wasn't a lack of people desiring to have motorcycles, it was pretty much a lack of the ability to get them financed", says Hood.
While some see motorcycles as an economically smart move, "People like to travel. And with the economy the way it is, motorcycles are a lot easier, due to, what i believe is, better gas mileage", says Megan Falkenstein.
Others, like Thomas Anglemyer, are simply drawn to the lifestyle and name on the motorcycle, "It was kind of an age thing for me. I'm 63 and I've wanted a Harley all my life pretty much. I've driven motorcycles since I was 17 years-old".
Hood explained that while fuel efficient motorcycles can save on gas, bikes can range anywhere from a couple thousand dollars to upwards of $40,000. He advises that if the goal of the purchase is to save money, a high monthly bike payment is counterproductive, and buyers should consider looking into less expensive options .
Hood also told us that even during the recession, Harley-Davidson sales have remained steady, where other brands, such as Honda and Suzuki dropped quite a bit.