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Old 12-20-2010, 12:01 PM   #871
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:40 PM   #872
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Probably a good idea undercapitalized. Maybe Obummer can insert some dollars.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:21 PM   #873
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Cry Doesn´t sound good.

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Hi. That doesn´t sound good.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:16 PM   #874
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I'm not surprised.
Who needs a 100hp desert racer? Some of those bikes they had were just plain ugly anyway.
Nobody has yet manufactured a "simple" bike where you can order/choose your tank size, suspension, wheels and wheel size, seat brand, blah blah.

Nice light alum frame, a verses, rotax or whatever twin motor in there and build to order after that or just have it naked in the store and pick out your own bits and bobs, like buying a mountain bike.
Cheap wheels, suspension, seat etc, and you have a cheap bike, of go all out and build an expensive one.
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Old 12-23-2010, 03:43 AM   #875
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I'm not surprised.
Who needs a 100hp desert racer?
Who doesn´t?!
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Old 12-23-2010, 03:58 AM   #876
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Who doesn´t?!

Seems like the Hooligan Swedes want 'em


Me, I just want a powerful 'adventure bike' that is not the usual lard arse
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:08 AM   #877
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Seems like the Hooligan Swedes want 'em


Me, I just want a powerful 'adventure bike' that is not the usual lard arse
By that you mean a no frills, simple twin adventure bike with luggage capacity and will handle any terrain, simple and cheap to maintain, decent ground clearance, is droppable, blah blah.

I keep thinking ktm frame with jap motor.
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:42 AM   #878
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By that you mean a no frills, simple twin adventure bike with luggage capacity and will handle any terrain, simple and cheap to maintain, decent ground clearance, is droppable, blah blah.

I keep thinking ktm frame with jap motor.

Well...... nearly.

The key to my needs is weight, or the lack of it. The Highland 950 motor is a class leading 45kgs and is quite different to any other twin in (except Harley) in the way it develops torque down low in the rev band. In my limited experience it picks up the front off the throttle like nothing else. You don't have to get the revs up and then dip the clutch to get over an obstacle. The combination of light weight and good torque make a more relaxed ride overall. The motor has no balance shaft making it a little more gnarly than its peers but on the highway is more than good enough for me.

Yes I would love to have all the qualities you outline but for me weight is the special one that sets Highland apart.

I think everyone has a different combination of qualities for their dream bike
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:20 AM   #879
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Paging US Highland

Here is an article from an Asian Mfg site

http://www.othermakes.net/2010/12/16/us-highland-closes/

The article indicates there is tension between the US operation and Swedish parent. Kurt King gets mentioned as confirming the content of the Highland Forum article and apparently indicates the situation is temporary.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:32 AM   #880
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Auction of US Highland residue

Might be interested to look on the current state of play here http://www.highlandforums.com/
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:19 AM   #881
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Hi gang. I broke the headlight earlier and need a replacemenet. Not too easy to get in touch with Highland these days... and i want to have the same size and moutings as the one that is there. Any suggestions of a nice product?

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Old 01-19-2011, 01:23 PM   #882
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I hope they at least get sold to an American company that will do something with them. I like the designs, but vaporware sucks in traffic.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:05 PM   #883
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I hope they at least get sold to an American company that will do something with them. I like the designs, but vaporware sucks in traffic.
It'll be very interesting to see how the assets of the company are split and what is actually left to auction. I understand that the engine rights are in the hands of a Swedish company Rollox AB that seemed to have some tie up with the old Highland AB there too. It would seem that spares for the difficult parts (motor) will be still available. As other parts are from proprietry suppliers they are easy to come by (brakes, suspension, wheels etc) so users of the original Highlands will still be ok.

What is unclear to me is who owns the stainless steel frame technology from Okomtu(?), I suspect that will remain in Swedish hands too but who knows.

If reports are true that the laid off staff of US Highland have not been paid then I am particularly saddened. If there is a restart of the comapny those people must be paid first
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:14 AM   #884
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I hope this is helpful.. Kurt



Motorcycle manufacturer idles plant

MOUNDS, Jan 20, 2011 (Tulsa World - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Motorcycle manufacturer US Highland Inc. has idled its headquarters and plant here while it looks for new financing after a plane crash last year killed three top executives.

"Negotiations are in final stages for the funding," and manufacturing will resume after a deal is closed, company representative Ron Brewer said Wednesday in an e-mailed statement.
"Upon completing funding, US Highland will commence full operations in Tulsa (Mounds) again for the manufacturing and sale of their new product lines launching in 2011," said Brewer, managing director for Southbridge Advisory Group.
Southbridge was hired to help lead US Highland as it looked for new management.
A plane crash in July near Tulsa International Airport killed US Highland President Mats Malmberg, Chief Operating Officer Chase Bales and Chief Financial Officer Damian Riddoch. Their small plane ran out of fuel on a return trip from Michigan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The company started making motorcycles in Mounds early last year, and executives said they were planning to make cycles and engines for other companies.
A crew was brought in to lead the company after the plane crash, but interim COO J. Darin Long resigned in early December.
US Highland's board of directors hired Southbridge Advisory Group last month to take over daily operations. Southbridge is also charged with helping the company acquire financing to continue operations.
US Highland had about 30 employees before the accident.
"To date, an outstanding motorcycle
manufacturing management team has been procured and will come on board upon the completion of the funding desired by US Highland," Brewer said.



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Old 01-25-2011, 06:35 AM   #885
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Highland Closes

Just seen this at knee slider;

US Highland Closes Plant While Looking for Financing

That sucks Man! They have cool looken stuff. I love that street tracker.

Link; http://thekneeslider.com/archives/20...for-financing/
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