Originally Posted by Homesick
LOL this place is brimming with rusty old ramblers.
I never owned a Rambler but I saw a lot of rusty ones. Still probably better than my crappy Firebird.(LOL)
But on the topic, before I retired, I worked with a number of young computer gurus. They would enthusiastically talk and argue bits, bytes, RAM, chips, processor speed, memory, you get the picture. Some were even building their own computers. I guess you can see where I'm going.
It occurred to me that these guys, who don't know or care anything about mechanical stuff, are really just directing their "Motörhead" tendencies toward electronics rather than anything that burns gasoline.
Also, as has been mentioned, cars are lots better nowadays but when they break, it's much more difficult and expensive to repair. That's got to discourage a lot of otherwise mechanically oriented folks. I have a 2006 Toyota SUV. It came with supposedly lifetime (automatic) transmission fluid. I had it replaced, anyway at 100k miles. The dealership told me that a junkyard transmission like mine would cost in the neighborhood of $6000.00.
But do you really have to be proficient at turning wrenches in order to get interested in motorcycles? Can't young people just enjoy riding? Bikes are better, nowadays as well, right? I'm just asking. Me, the "mechanical-ness" of bikes was one of the attractions, but maybe the computer generation doesn't have that interest. Can a total non gearhesd still like bikes? I guess HD among others would like an answer to that one.