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Old 07-27-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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If Harley made one of these would you buy it?

Saw this machine at a local Grand Rapids, MI area Harley dealer today. Badass bike for sure.

I'd buy one...if it had a front fender.







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Old 07-27-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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That front sprocket looks like it would eat the shit out of your right ankle and anything that gets close to it.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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I prefer my Tractors to have 4 tires.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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Ersatz flat tracker? Meh.

*** Edit ***

Actually they did. It was called the XR1000. I think they sold dozens of them.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:16 PM   #5
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That front sprocket looks like it would eat the shit out of your right ankle and anything that gets close to it.
I guess that's why the pentagonal guard is fitted over the sprocket.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:25 PM   #6
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No, I would buy TWO.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:43 PM   #7
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Pegs look way too "feet forward", seat height too low vs pegs, bars too low, suspension doesn't appear to have much travel. If they could fix those things it would be pretty cool. As displayed though it just looks like a normal cruiser with some more aggressive looking footpegs, tires, and a chain drive.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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It's just a non-functional design exercise like all cruisers. It's not intended to be an actual dual-sport. Roland Sands is an exterior- decorater.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:40 PM   #9
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It's just a non-functional design exercise like most cruisers. It's not intended to be an actual dual-sport. Roland Sands is an exterior- decorater.
Fixed at no charge. I know a few cruiser riders who get plenty of function out of theirs by riding tens of thousands of miles per year... each.

But, yeah, I've got to agree with you, this one is just a lame look-at-me lump that is neither fish nor fowl. Your exterior decorator comment is right on the money.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:54 PM   #10
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:44 PM   #11
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Than' stick with the KLR, much less trouble in the long run
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:02 PM   #12
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And yet it's still a HD, so it's just a HD with some slightly knobby tires. All other HD rules and exceptions regarding form over function still apply. Shiny paint and tacked on aftermarket parts do not change the underlying garbage.

Sure, there are plenty of guys putting up big miles on HDs and other cruisers but so do long haul truckers - it doesn't mean those miles are as fun as a modern design made for performance.

HD continues to make boring bikes, nothing new here.
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:39 PM   #13
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Than' stick with the KLR, much less trouble in the long run
Lol, I actually sold the KLR a few weeks ago. I am just going to use the DR350 I bought for the summer and then buy a touring bike next spring. I am thinking Tiger 1050.

Anyway, It seems Sportsters being customized into scrambler/flat trackers is becoming even more popular that it has been. When I saw this one it made me wonder if Harley will ever put out a dual sport bike.

That thing looks just about as off-road-worthy as 50% of the other DS or "Adventure Touring" bikes out there like the Versys, Multistrada, etc.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:21 PM   #14
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BFD, it has knob-ish tires on it. Hardly a reason to buy the bike. Just put those same tires on your own cruiser.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:24 PM   #15
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I guess that's why the pentagonal guard is fitted over the sprocket.
Hardly enough, chain could still too easily catch a flap of clothing and pull it right in behind that guard.

I've owned dirt bikes with no chainguard. Substantially different layout putting the sprocket farther behind the rider, and the bike is normally ridden with high boots and inside-the-boot dirt pants.
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