For most motorcycle enthusiasts, motorcycle sales are the most interesting part of these announcements. Although Harley shipped 153,844 motorcycles in the first six months of 2005, down 1.5% from last year's 156,124, the revenue received from those shipments was $1.99 billion, 2.4% more than the $1.94 billion of the first half on 2004. Sales during the quarter just reported were were quite strong, especially internationally, where they grew by 11%, with 23% growth in Europe (where overall sales of big bikes of all brands dropped 2.6%). In the U.S., sales by dealers increased by 3.2% over the second quarter of 2004when sales grew by 19%. Even though Harley reduced shipments of bikes to dealers to 77,000 machines, dealers sold 114,000 bikes. Combined with increases in sales and profit from accessories, clothes, other products, and financial services, the sales increases seems to indicate that you can continue wearing your rose-colored Harley-Davidson eyewear.