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Old 02-08-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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Vintage HD Dealerships

This collection of photos shows what Harley dealerships used to be like when they made their money off motorcycles and parts instead of T-shirts...

Early Harley-Davidson Dealerships
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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Pre-HD zombie phase

Great stuff. Nice to see evidence that HD was once an actual motorcycle company rather than a marketing gimmick pusher. Kid Rock Model, anyone?
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:38 AM   #3
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Great stuff. Nice to see evidence that HD was once an actual motorcycle company rather than a marketing gimmick pusher. Kid Rock Model, anyone?
Yes, a couple of hundred thousand people buy a new Harley every year just so they can wear Harley t shirts. I bet your smart enough not to fall for that stuff.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:02 AM   #4
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Glad you noticed

Hardly David's Son is a modern marketing machine with a dinosaur soul.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:26 AM   #5
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Hardly David's Son is a modern marketing machine with a dinosaur soul.

Wasn't it Willie G's daughter that was the marketing genius that helped float the company on the "lifestyle"?
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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It's nice to see that ADV can still turn a thread in Old's Cool about vintage H-D into a modern H-D bashfest. Well done!
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:18 PM   #7
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It's nice to see that ADV can still turn a thread in Old's Cool about vintage H-D into a modern H-D bashfest. Well done!
Bashing Harleys? That's maintenance, isn't it? :)

(It's ok for me to comment - I've owned 4 of them - but all you Injun owners aren't allowed)
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:59 PM   #8
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Granted, they can be rather, um, agricultural when it's time to get the wrenches out but I suppose what I enjoy about them. And if someone is having fun with their bike and is out there riding, then who gives a shit? Ride around the block, ride to work, ride around the world...If you ride a bike, you're a friend of mine
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:25 AM   #9
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Granted, they can be rather, um, agricultural when it's time to get the wrenches out but I suppose what I enjoy about them. And if someone is having fun with their bike and is out there riding, then who gives a shit? Ride around the block, ride to work, ride around the world...If you ride a bike, you're a friend of mine
LOL most of these fucks don't even ride but rather post about airhead driveshaft issues and look at adv pics all day.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:21 AM   #10
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LOL most of these fucks don't even ride but rather post about airhead driveshaft issues and look at adv pics all day.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=603979

Wish I had his nerves to do this.

To the op, thanks for the link, we have one of the oldest dealerships around, Dudley Perkins. 1914.

http://www.dpchd.com/
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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Well yeah he is out riding on a Harley (the original adventure bike) not sitting at Starbucks admiring his beemer & lime green suit.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:10 AM   #12
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Eh? Missing the old style m/c shops

I think that we all miss the point of the OP. That is the old style m/c shop. A place where one could get the bike, parts, maintenance and hang out talking trash. Personally I have not seen a shop like this in years. Most any marks dealership now is a clean, elevator music enhanced boutique. Gone are the days of walking around a line of new bikes, to get to the parts counter so one could the ear of the mechanic. It seems that all the marks have taken, albeit sucessful, the H-D model to push a "style".
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:58 PM   #13
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I think that we all miss the point of the OP. That is the old style m/c shop. A place where one could get the bike, parts, maintenance and hang out talking trash. Personally I have not seen a shop like this in years. Most any marks dealership now is a clean, elevator music enhanced boutique. Gone are the days of walking around a line of new bikes, to get to the parts counter so one could the ear of the mechanic. It seems that all the marks have taken, albeit sucessful, the H-D model to push a "style".
Eh, that's not so true if you step outside of a big town harley or jap bike shop. There's still a few brands out there that maintain what you miss. This isn't meant to bash any bike brand at all, more so to say that kind of stuff does still exist.
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