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Old 11-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #16
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Probably. Considering that the 883 is around $10k and the 750 is coming in at 7500 it's probably going to be pretty weak. Which sucks, because a liquid cooled 750 could be pretty fun, but I imagine it'll be pretty neutered.
Why? Sportsters smoked big twins in performance for many years.
Sportys weigh a Lot, just being lighter will work wonders.
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #17
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Hey, it's not a "real Harley" after all.
Jerry, is that you? Or is that the toad?

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Old 11-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #18
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I'm pretty shocked.

One, that Harley can keep a secret so well.

Two, that it's a clean-sheet engine design.

Three, that it's a pretty big change from the usual aircooled stuff (vrod not included).

Four, that they're going to make the thing in the U.S. Or at least assemble it here.

When was the last time there was a "smaller" motorcycle built in the US?? (Other than the Buell Blast).

Harley's new CEO seems to be keeping his word that they're going to move a lot faster into product design.

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Old 11-04-2013, 04:02 PM   #19
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I'm pretty shocked.

One, that Harley can keep a secret so well.

Two, that it's a clean-sheet engine design.

Three, that it's a pretty big change from the usual aircooled stuff (vrod not included).

Four, that they're going to make the thing in the U.S. Or at least assemble it here.

When was the last time there was a "smaller" motorcycle built in the US?? (Other than the Buell Blast).

Harley's new CEO seems to be keeping his word that they're going to move a lot faster into product design.

Cakeeater
It makes a lot of sense from a business sense. They are going to open themselves up to a completely new market in the U.S. (younger and first time buyers.) The biggest moneymaker for them will be the asian markets, where I assume they don't sell many current model Harleys.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:02 PM   #20
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Nice lookin' Bolt ;) ... seriously though, it's a cool lookin' motorcycle ... and according to a pal of mine whom I was talking to not 10 mins ago, who works for our local H.D. dealership, the new Street 500-750cc models are coming to the U.S. and Canada ...
I'm sticking with a Shadow copy because that's a liquid cooled 750.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:05 PM   #21
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It makes a lot of sense from a business sense. They are going to open themselves up to a completely new market in the U.S. (younger and first time buyers.) The biggest moneymaker for them will be the asian markets, where I assume they don't sell many current model Harleys.

I stole this from Businessweek:

The Street, Harley’s first new bike platform in 13 years, reflects the customer feedback. Harley tweaked the frame, lowered the seat to 25.4 inches (64.5 centimeters) and changed the handlebar sweep. At 480 pounds (218 kilograms), the bike is Harley’s smallest and easiest to maneuver, Levatich said.

Harley, which received 25 percent of revenue outside the U.S. in 2006, forecasts 40 percent of sales from international markets by next year. More than half of its dealerships are outside the U.S. as the company tries to broaden its traditional customer base to new buyers: women, younger drivers, blacks, first-time riders and customers outside the U.S.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #22
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:07 PM   #23
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Yeah Buddy. Glad to see this. Go Harley Go!
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:10 PM   #24
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I stole this from Businessweek:


Harley, which received 25 percent of revenue outside the U.S. in 2006, forecasts 40 percent of sales from international markets by next year. More than half of its dealerships are outside the U.S. as the company tries to broaden its traditional customer base to new buyers: women, younger drivers, blacks, first-time riders and customers outside the U.S.
blacks?
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:10 PM   #25
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:12 PM   #26
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:12 PM   #27
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:14 PM   #28
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I love the looks. Just hoping the motor isn't completely gutless.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #29
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Jerry, is that you? Or is that the toad?

Well, that's just mean, GB.

(Note that the new piglets do have cast wheels with tubeless tires. JerryH approved, they are.)
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #30
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First impression from the one pic (so far) is it looks like a V-Rod engine stuffed in a Sportster frame. This could get interesting..............
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