Did Harley Davidson Pioneer Adventure Touring?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by squallywally, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. davidbeinct

    davidbeinct Been here awhile

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    Nope, sorry:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Roads_Movement

    (Let's see how many old arguments we can squeeze into one resurrected thread!)

    David B.
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  2. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    Im envious of that seat , wish my super sherpa came with a cushion like that .
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  3. Big Bamboo

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  4. mrphotoman

    mrphotoman Long timer

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    Typical harley "adventure" rider:

    400+lbs (each) of pure flabby adventure, riding from fast food restaurant to bar.

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    If anyone knows anything about hog anus it would be you BS. :1drink
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  6. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    So you are saying that the HD riders on this forum are atyipcal? We're all very flattered sweety...:nomystery
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  7. windmill

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    Well dang,

    Back when I had my Harleys I weighed about 180......................:gdog



    Now I'm around 230 :slurp..................Guess I need to get another Harley.






    But I don't really want to be 'typical"................. :nah
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  9. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    In regards to the question, these pictures help answer the question.


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  10. Mark Manley

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    I haven't looked to see if this is mentioned elsewhere in this thread but a Harley-Davidson was the first bike to do an around the world motorcycle trip in 1928. These were real pioneers of motorcycle travel who had no backup or idea of what obstacles lay ahead let alone the internet to tell them how to overcome them.
    They deserve our full respect.

    http://www.godofthunder.co.uk/zoltan-sulkowsky.html

    Incidently a Harley is also the first bike to be recognised as having travelled to every country by the Guiness book of records.

    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/forwood/
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  11. Long Trail

    Long Trail adv dreamer

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    Apparently by your logic I'm about 270 lbs. short of the weight requirement. You must be another typical "adventure" close minded know it all.
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  12. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    It was done over a decade earlier on a Henderson.
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  13. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley On my way

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    I'd be interested to hear about that trip, any information out there?
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  14. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley On my way

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    This is Robert Fulton who rode this bike, a Douglas, around the world on it in the mid 1930s, He wrote a book about the trip, One man caravan and the film he took came out on DVD titled twice upon a caravan with his own commentary in the 1990s.
    He owned the bike until his death in 2004 at the age of 95.

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  15. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    This is about as good a starting point as I know of on the web for it.
    http://accelerate.presspublisher.us/issue/mar11/article/girdling

    There may well have been others and other bikes before him that have gotten lost in history.
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  16. Mark Manley

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  17. Stan_R80/7

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    I remember the AMF Harley Davidson brand - AMF nearly destroyed that part of the motorcycle industry. Trying to compete with Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda or Yamaha on their turf (i.e. Dual Sport < 250 cc) was about the worst decision the company could make. Also, to make matters worse, AMF did not make a very good product. There were even rumors that time that Honda may purchase HD.

    The 'standard' HD engine was unreliable and under powered. That was the period in time when 'CHIPS' came on TV with their Honda inline four's for the highway patrol bikes. Fortunately, AMF dropped the business and HD was bought by their employees, the engine was redesigned, and they now make a fine bike. Although, to be fair, the engine redesign was started (I think) why HD was part of AMF.

    No, (AMF) HD did not pioneer adventure touring with the SX175. It is a good ad though.

    Edit: AMC->AMF (I get the two confused sometimes). My bad.
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  18. El Pescador

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    amc?
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  19. Long Gone

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    A small tent in the middle of an arroyo. Hope he sleeps with water wings on. One medium thunderstorm upstream during the night and he'll already be wrapped for burial. If they ever find the body. Major desert rule, don't sleep where the water runs.
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  20. Zerk

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    AMF got a bad rep. They were saddled with the Harley design. But lots of new stuff came out from them. Rubber mounted motor, I believe 5 speed, sharknose fairing. Not sure if the belt did.

    Some say alot of the Evo design was done under AMF.
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