Harley Davidson Demo Day Experience

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by IrishCatholic, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Apparently so as many have been predicting the demise of HD for the last 30+ years, yet they continue to eck out a few bike sales every year.
  2. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    They are hoping for big things in India.

    From The Indian Express
    makers and bike manufacturers may be worried about falling sales, but the iconic Harley Davidson remains unperturbed and will add two more dealers this year, company's MD Anoop Prakash said today.
    "At Harley Davidson India, we are enthusiastic about this market. We are a lifestyle brand. Last thing you do is to cut down on your passion and Harley is all about passion. We have seen a steady growth here," Prakash told reporters here at the India Retail Forum.

    So it is true.
  3. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    It's only a matter of time...





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  4. Mat

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    I think that is an important point: HD is not a major player in most of the world. You won't sell bikes by waving an American flag there either. So they have it a bit tougher. Add to it the relative lack of long, straight roads and you have a stronger tendency to non-cruiser bikes than in the US.

    There is a lot they can do wrong, but I guess there is a good basis to increase sales world-wide. It's just that competition is much tougher for all the reasons already stated in the thread.

    I still would like to try out one. For the price I would probably buy something more high-tech though (I already have a rattlestick that I love to ride - from a company that only builds motorbikes as well), but who knows.
  5. HOT DAMN!

    HOT DAMN! ♪ ♪ ♪

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    Someone mentioned it earlier, "the right tool for the right job".

    I'm probably the farthest thing to represent the pirate crowd imaginable but I was recently told to ride an '09 or newer Ultra Classic to fill a void in my current line up and let the bike speak for itself. I did 7 hours of plush, 2-up, music filled, highway, backroads, and gravel road this past Saturday and could have easily done another 7 after a quick pee and a sandwich.

    Hate it or not, this bike just simply works for its intended purpose. :deal
  6. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Close to what? Indian is light-years away from producing and selling 250,000 units per year.

    :eek1
  7. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    This +1
  8. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Not even a puimple on the MoCo's ass.

    Don't get me wrong. I hope Indian does well but it will be years for them to scratch out 2% of the market. Victory has been at it for 15 years and has managed 1.6%
  9. Motor7

    Motor7 Been here awhile

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    This is why HD is successful. They are comfortable, they are reliable, they have a classic American iron look(because they invented it) and believe it or not they are affordable to the masses. HD does one thing and it does it well & in todays corporate America that is rare since most want to appeal to the masses.

    For me that big engine has ....well...a soul that I can feel. From other non HD bikes I get a different[good] feeling, & they are not the same. For most of us, whichever feeling pleases us, we choose that bike. What's really nice is that if we want both we can have them...parked next to each other in the garage.

    There are a lot of bikes to experience here on this rock flying around the sun & so little time..............
  10. windmill

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    They are simply the sole surviving American motorcycle manufacturer from the classic era, they did not "invent" the classic American standard, and their inability to successfully build anything else doesn't give them ownership of the genre.
  11. Wdwrkr

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    what in gods green earth does it matter who invented what look.... every manufacturer has made bike with an iconic look for their brand, and every brand has their own following... we could argue for months who invented the "classic american bike" (whatever the fuck that is) and no one would be right and no one would be wrong.... the bottom line here is HD is making some pretty damn good bikes right now, and they are making improvements every year.... Victory makes a good bike, the new Indians are getting great reviews, honda, guzi, bmw, ducati, aprilla, and on and on are all make some damn fine motorcycles... does that make one brand superior to the other.... yes sure it does the one you own is the best for you... in the end isnt the fact that there are so many good motorcycles on the market a high end problem and good for the sport??? I ride beemers right now.. does that mean i can't appreciate a harley???, or i can't wear my old leather jacket from time to time fuck no I'll wear what i choose, and ride what i want to ride, and i don't have enough time on this earth to look down my nose at someone just because they prefer a different bike to mine.. if you need to ride a specific brand of bike, and dress a specific way to feel like a motorcyclist then i suggest you have no idea what it is to ride.. not everyone wants to scrape pegs, or ride dirt,or break the sound barrier.. figure out what it is you want to do, and how you want to get there. then find a bike a bike that meets those needs and ride it.. if thats a HD great, but if it's not respect the fact that person didn't make their choice for your benefit and enjoy your own ride.... we will all be old be old and fed to the worms soon enough... i sure as fuck hope noone wries "he road xyz brand motorcycles" on my tombstone.. there are to many other more important things in life...

    end rant here
  12. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    ^ who are you talking to?

    we're all cool here man.

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  13. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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    even me???? awe shucks you are all right to bloodweiser :smooch
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    If everyone on God's green earth approached life this way Somalia and the Middle East would be peaceful places to live and US politicians would get some work done. ADVRider gives the world the key to life. Will they hear?

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    If they do they could at least spell it right, it's one thing to look like an idiot while you are alive, no need to take it to the grave...
  16. windmill

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    Problem is, there's an abundant supply of people who feel the need to judge the preferences of others.

    When I had a Harley someone always felt the need to point out they are "slow and heavy". Having a metric now, I get to hear comments like its "just a copy" or "jap crap".

    Its funny how some people feel superior because they purchased a certain brand or type.
  17. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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    what you don't ride and xyz dual sport????

    what a loser :rofl
  18. Handy

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    I guess you've got a point.:cry
  19. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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    i'm sorry that was mean of me
  20. FotoTEX

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    What does it matter what we ride, what matters to most on this site is, that WE RIDE. Ride what suits you best and who cares what others think. Ok????