Harley-Davidson sees Sportster sales rise on high gas prices

We've covered the recent trend in booming scooter sales, but what about motorcycle sales? It seems that smaller displacement bikes are selling well due to their comparatively low cost of entry and good fuel mileage. Even Harley-Davidson has seen an increase in sales of its smaller models. Though The Motor Company has seen overall sales go down 12.8 percent in the first quarter as casual riders choose to hang on to their old bikes a bit longer, the Sportster has proven a bright spot for many HD dealers.

Though the Sportster was originally conceived as the highest performing model from Milwaukee, it currently marks the entry point into the HD lifestyle in both size and price.. Harley-Davidson offers Sportster models with the iconic forty-five degree air cooled V-Twin in both 883cc and 1200cc displacements, and owners of the smaller models have reported fuel mileage of up to sixty miles per gallon.

[Source: The Patriot-News]

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