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Old 11-24-2009, 02:05 PM   #46
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knybanjo, very cool pics indeed, thanks for sharing!!! now THAT is adventure touring. guys like that back then had huevos grande! doing stuff like that today is nothing...gps, spot trackers, towing plans, motorcycle forums for info sharing, fuel injection, abs...

jeebus, jumping a hard tail?!
Those were from the Weber family....kind of ADV hall of fame, if you will.

I've got some more Adventure Harley pics around here somewhere...


Here's a fun sequence...I wish that I still had the link to the video.














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That isn't exactly ancient history. I am "only" 50 but when I was a kid hare scrambles was still mostly Triumphs, BSA's and a few Sportsters. Even MX was races were mostly stripped street bikes.
This was from another fun video...I'm gonna have to search for those links.
I think that this was an endurance race....Sporty against modern MXers.



He should have done a few more mods before that race!



...and my all time favorite Adventure Harley......


































































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Old 11-27-2009, 06:36 PM   #47
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From THIS ride report.



Another favorite would be THIS ONE. Hardtail Panhead Chopper 'Round the World!!




CaveBiker and his wife had an epic adventure on their Sportster HERE.



And there are many more examples right here on ADV.
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Old 11-27-2009, 09:55 PM   #48
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I think that's a neat ad! Too bad H-D doesn't see the long term future for their brand. Sooner or later all the die-hard cruiser guys are gonna be trading in their Street Glides for Rascals and Hover rounds and the replacement riders are gonna want more than a 1930s styled cruiser..

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indeed. My 650 is considered an underpowered lightweight these days....
Sadly it IS! Not that long ago a car that did 0-60 in 7 seconds was considered quick. These days the run of the mill family sedan gets that. In the 80s Civics and Golfs had 90hp or less today they make double that. In the 1970s the cars were even weaker a 76 Vette was barely putting out over 200hp.

So today with drivers more distracted than ever you need a bike that can out accelerate cars to get out of trouble. You also don't wanna get mowed down on the freeway by a SUV going 80mph. One of the first 2 wheelers I ever rode was a Yamaha GT1 an 80cc 2stroke street legal I could imagine using that thing anywhere but back roads
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:26 PM   #49
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Did Harley Davidson Pioneer Adventure Touring?

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Attached is Harley Ad from August 1974 Hot Rod Magazine.

I hope this post is in the right place!
I think it depends on whether the bike arrived at the filming location in the back of the film crew's truck.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:45 AM   #50
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Just an observation for those of you who never get out from behind the keyboard...when the summer sun turns to fall...late september...when the morning temps are 38 degrees...go out on a long distance motorcycle tour and observe whom is riding what. I hate to break the news to you all - but the majority of the motorcycles on tour this time of year are ....harleys with a few gold wings in the mix.

It's what you ride it's that you ride. It's a good thing Harley pioneered adv touring or we would not have the choices we have today.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:25 AM   #51
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what a load of hog anus.


I just went out on a 5,300 mile trip from Windsor, Ont across the Rockies to Death Valley. I rode in everything from 37 and rain (for 4 hours) to 15 degrees (across Wolf Creek Pass), a 101 mph wind gust from a nearby airport and 90 degree Death Valley sun.

I saw maybe 14 bikes total. And 3 of them were Harley-Davidsons, if you don't count the clown parade that leaves the Furnace Creek Inn every day on the rented Harleys. Actually I can't tell one cruiser bad ass from a another, so those may have been metric cruisers for all I know.

I did, however, see a lot of H-D stickers on trucks, shirts, and a couple of orange and black trailers.

I saw a DR 650 and WR, a Tenere, a GS 1200 and a GS 1150 out there in DV besides the euros on rentals.


I got a lot of 'you must be cold on that thing' and 'hit any rain' and 'must be tiring riding that 650 all those miles."

I suspect those were people with motorcycles who were trying to make themselves feel better about not being on their machines.

patented answers: "yes, I'm freezing my arse off. It's miserable," and "loads of rain. It was horrible," and finally, "I'm just sitting here, how tiring can it be?"

Not to bash the H-D crowd, I received some really nice directions to some great routes and shortcuts when I stopped to eat from a few people who were H-D riders. I don't know what an FLXTRDF is but they seemed to work that into the conversations. Funny, when I said, "I know what that is." they'd always come back with "Heritage Superglide Softail Custom" or some other model. "Oh, that clears things up."
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:55 PM   #52
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Cold weather you see more touring bikes. People get touring bikes to get out of the weather. Not everyone bundles up in electric clothes.

Hear they just hate different bikes, so they can't possibly be out riding. Around here I plenty of BMW guys with no helmet, and Harleys guys with full face helmets.

Someone goes the speed limit, and some people are dumb enough to think that is as fast as the bike goes.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:39 PM   #53
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Good old thread with some great photos!

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:46 PM   #54
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Harley + "Ural"

The Red Army used WLA's equipped with sidecars during the "great patriotic war".









The WLA's shortcomings were the reason for their decision to copy the BMW R71, which ultimately became todays IMZ-Ural. HD built the XA for the same reason, but the Jeep won that battle.

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Old 04-27-2013, 07:10 AM   #55
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It looks to me like an Aermacchi.
It is. Harley rebadged them and sold them as HDs through their dealer network for a few years. Seems like, if they had realized the boom dualsports were going to be, they'd have kept doing it or started actually building their own, but they missed that boat. Hey, what if you put an HD V-twin into a sport/racebike chassis? That would be effin' cool! They did it, with Eric Buell, and they flew out of dealerships until Harley pulled the plug (and really f#$%^d Eric).
IMHO, Harley is purposely restricting themselves to the pirate market. Not sure why.


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Old 04-27-2013, 10:45 AM   #56
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http://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-u.../timeline.aspx

http://theselvedgeyard.wordpress.com...ol-innovation/

http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/asp/...bike.asp?id=11

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Are there people who think that bikes didn't leave the pavement until the 70s or 80s?
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:53 AM   #58
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Are there people who think that bikes didn't leave the pavement until the 70s or 80s?
No, all motorcycles rode dirt until cars were invented and paved roads came into fashion...
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:58 PM   #59
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Oooooh great spirits of forum threads past....Bestow upon me the power to resurrect an ancient title which contains arguments both dead and beaten...



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Old 04-28-2013, 04:34 AM   #60
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I think the Conestoga wagon was the first adventurer tourer in the US.
That was a family truckster.

Adventure touring back then didn't include wheels...

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