Originally Posted by Ceri JC
It seems strange and sad to me that kids aren't interested in bikes the way they once were
Rose-colored glasses and chicken little syndrome, seriously.
The US is a weird market - for many, motorbikes are toys. During an economic downturn, people purchase fewer toys (especially brand new ones). Plenty of dealers are surviving, even making a profit.
We'll all be dead or disabled before there is a serious lack of two-wheeled transportation.
May as well complain about music, how short skirts have become, and kids playing on your lawn while you're at it. Times change, but most things remain the same. The inability for most people to see farther out than 5 years just makes short term wobbles feel like epochal trends.