Here my 2010 prognostic. It’s going to be the best year to buy a motorcycle, and it will not be in 2011 or later. I have some good reasons to think this way.
You know that prices are much lower than in recent years for negotiated new models and used bikes. Dealers are offering huge incentives betting that they will get back some of their money when you go back to them for service and new parts. Because of manufacturer tight budgets and economically driven conservatism, the 2009 and 2010 models feature only some minor styling changes.
So, in buying a 2008 or 2007 models you are not getting a technologically outdated bike. If you qualify for a loan (I know that it’s much less easy), the advantage is that your rate is also much lower that a few years back. Because of FED policies, these rates can go only higher as soon as the US economy stabilizes (I am convinced that the process has already started). The used bike market is flooded with inventory, but because all manufacturers have drastically reduced their production numbers the pool of available new bikes is going to shrink, first erasing many new model incentives, then successively raising the price of new and used bikes. Let’s talk again about this in 2011.