A lighter, cheaper Harley

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by kaput13, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. BadKarma

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    I wonder how m/c emissions in this country are rated. If it's on a grams/mile basis then that means the 250 Suzy can put out as many emissions as a 1600cc H-D, giving Suzuki quite a bit more wiggle room.:deal
    The only personal experience I have with this was smogging a 1997 Cow-Glide when I was in school. It was 100% stock and put out 0.5% CO.:eek1
    I prefer my bikes to put out around 2%. The EPA can suck it. :lol3
  3. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    From the "Dragon Thread":

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    ^^^ I prefer the "mom jeans" :lol3
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    If only I could get my GF to ride with me like that :wink:
  6. kaput13

    kaput13 motophilosopher

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    Yup that's the sad disappointing lowdown. Those rumors about that smaller cheaper Harley have faded too. Screw it. I'll settle for a faster, lighter, cheaper used sportster.:1drink
  7. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Yep. Recently bought this. Really diggin' it!....[​IMG]
  8. kaput13

    kaput13 motophilosopher

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    sweet! Love that setup and fairing:freaky. Any more pics?
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    They already make a girls bike
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  13. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    Yes! Please!

    The Sportster has been unit construction since before it was Sportster, are you talking big twins now. Oh, wait, i should read the entire thread before replying... I'm guessing this already been addressed...
  14. Flynch

    Flynch Been here awhile

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    This.

    If they build will they come? NO. Harley keeps trying, how about the Dyna Sport? Great bike, but doesn't sell. I've been looking at the Switchback as a light two up touring bike.

    I've owned a solid mount 883 converted to 1200 converted to S&S 89' stroker, I've owned a Buell S1 Lightning, a FXRP, a KLR650, a DR650, a XL600, a SV650 and currently own a 2004 XL1200C, (and no DR650 is going to beat any of the above in a drag race, maybe, maybe my old 500,000 mile AMF Shovelhead) and they have all been fine bikes that would have served anybody not wanting a typical cruiser, something with good power and ability to tour or go fast cheaply.

    The 2004 1200C has forward controls and pull back bars which sucks ergonomically, which is a shame because the bike will run 90 all day long on the interstate all day long without missing a beat. BUT as pointed out, I can (and have) change all of that for pennies on the dollar. The aftermarket is crawling with exactly what you want. Even Harley offers great accessories for the bikes. While I don't want to pay what the dealer wants for a set of Hard bags for my bike, I at least know they offer a really high quality set. A better seat, (a buddy who builds custom seats for choppers is building me one) A windshield, a set of Led Sled floorboards (cheap too) and the bike is a better tourer than my FXRP was which was a far better touring bike than the Electra Glide or Gold Wing even. The 1200C's are cheap too. AND the amount of customizing information for the XL is amazing.

    My little brother owns a bone stock FI 883, no performance upgrades at all and I can't believe how great a bike it is. 130 miles on the smaller tank and comfortable with mid mounts and taller shocks. He literally has ridden coast to coast with no complaints, probably because somebody who doesn't own and ride his bike daily hasn't informed him what it can't do.
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    :clap

    Thank you. That pretty well sums it up.
  16. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Absolutely.

    The beer guts astride big twins want to mock the sportster riders too, but people have been criss crossing the world on small sporty bikes that didn't have a radio, barn door fairing, or 100+ lbs of torque for longer than big touring rigs have been around.
    If you don't listen to people trying to reinforce the status quo, especially the people who don't ride more than a few miles a year, you can do a lot of cool things you're not supposed to do.

    This is the market Harley seems largely unable to capture with all their black sheep marketing.

    But a few like your brother just buy what they like and do what they want. That's legit. :deal
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    The fairing and bags were on it when I bought it. I changed out the FLH bars for XLX's. Added the Mustang vintage touring seat. Also put on Street Glide airshocks and PS springs in front. Removed the sissy bar. and some extra chrome junk. Much better ride and control now. An HD hating, vintage BMW riding friend rode it yesterday. Came back afterwards, allowing it's a real motorcycle now.......As I got it.....[​IMG][​IMG]
  18. JerryH

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    IMO Harley messed up by messing up the Sportsters. I loved the look of the old Ironhead bikes, and even the '80s and early '90s models. The 1200 is way to expensive for an entry level bike. The only 883s currently left are the Iron and SUPER low. Both are way too small. I seriously considered one, but it is like sitting on the ground. A midget could flat foot these bikes.

    Harley builds v-twins. That is all they are known for. That is what buyers want, including beginners. I wish they would build a 250cc sized bike, similar to a Virago 250, only make it a real Harley. Give it a long stroke and single crankpin 45 degree engine, so it would still make the iconic Harley sound, and sell it for about $5000.

    Everybody seems to want Harley to build a sport bike, except their actual customers. They tried that with Buell, and lost money. I think they need to stick with v-twin cruisers, just build a smaller one. Of course it would have to be built in China to keep the price down, but many Harley parts are already built in China.
  19. MHaz01

    MHaz01 I Used To Be Faster

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    Harley Davidson is in business to earn a profit for its shareholders. If it believed that it could increase its profit by building a smaller motorcycle, an adventure-tourer, or a sportbike, it would be building any or all of those by now.

    A manufacturing and assembly plant for a small cc motorcycle costs as much as one for a larger motorcycle. The wage/benefit rates are the same. Corporate burden costs for engineering and marketing and capital are the same. And profit per unit is less, as percentage of sales price.

    So no, don't expect HD to offer a bike any smaller than the 883. Or any bike that would need everything other than the engine to be newly designed, engineered, tested and assembled.
  20. Paebr332

    Paebr332 Good news everyone!

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    You're no manufacturing executive. :huh