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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by limeymike, Aug 22, 2012.
This entire thread is worthless keyboard vomit.
And yet you feel compelled to participate.
Woo Hoo!!! Another Harley bash on ADV. These all-original threads are what keep me coming back....
Every now and then I get this urge to try a new "primary" motorbike. Then I ride my crossbones and the urge passes. After 4.5 years it still makes me grin like crazy when I go for a ride. Thanks for the reminder, I am stopping at the local HD shop and I don't want to do something I would regret later.
Love it. But you're just scratching the surface of extinct brands! I have an Encyclopedia of Historical Motorcycles (or something like that) reference book and there are probably well over 300 extinct British brands. Let alone American, Italian, German, etc.
Crazy. I spent just a few seconds looking up defunct brands and found so much more than I thought. I started with ones I could think off the top of my head....and added to them.
There's been so many brands that went belly up it's a tribute to any and all existing motorcycle companies. Everyone likes to bitch, but there's a hundred dead companies that failed for every one that survived.
Yet H-D sold 85,714 motorcycles during the 2nd quarter of 2012. Guess their formula is working ok.
Yeah, nearly a thousand bikes a day isn't shabby. But...but...think how many MORE they could sell if they listened to all of us! They might sell 85,715 bikes in a quarter.
Don't like em? don't buy em!
I'm all for teasing harley riders, but come on. They build classic style/design bikes, and do very well for themselves. Don't need to start a thread just to bash em.
H-D does come up with some nice paint schemes for the most part. But i'll stick with my 76 Super Glide.
I'd have a Road King now, but got a much better deal on a Cross Roads.
They're not called Road King for nuthin.
If you don't like HD then just keep on goin down the road till you find the Hondasakiyamazuki dealer.
Bashing a brand is pointless
so what do you know about the '14s? Inquiring minds want to know...
btw, metal flake paint? really? :eek1
I actually think they might be going in the right direction with some of these. First thought I had on looking at the 2013s was, 'oh great, bold new colours'. But the new custom programme looks as if it might be interesting.
The choice of different types of wheels, bars and colour combinations could bring in a lot of people that otherwise objected to buying a new bike and throwing half of it away to replace parts. Look how much you can add to the price of a GS with options, must make BMW a pretty penny.
Now all I need is a 2014 Street Glide with black spoke rims and Anakees, twin floating discs at the front (à la V-Road) and a touch more length in the suspension at both ends. And the s to pay for it
And seats! WOOT!!!!
I'll admit, even after working in the H-D world for a couple years, I thought the bikes were lackluster at best.
It wasn't until recently that I figured out it wasn't really the bikes that were the problem. 1) I don't care for the "lifestyle image" marketing they spew out. 2) The bikes didn't do what I wanted a bike to do.
That being said, some things in my life have changed, and I may be changing my tune. Well, on #2 anyhow. I could really see myself buying one to sit next to the z1000 in my garage, for riding with the kids 2-up and tooling around with family.
The bikes themselves are actually well built and fantastic to ride, if you ride them in the way they were designed. My father in law's '05 Road King is amazing at eating up the miles comfortably. I also demo'd several new models last week. I could see myself being quite happy with a Street Glide or Switchback. Oh man, that Dyna Switchback is sweet!!
I actually went to check out the XR1200X. I REALLY like it, but my z1000 just does everything BETTER. If I didn't already have the z1000, I'd be tempted.
I've got a love affair with the VROD that goes back to the original model, but the current bikes all have forward controls that my short little legs can't handle. Finding a Street Rod used is nearly impossible.
I guess the Kool Aid found it's way into my mug. I can honestly say I won't ever be a "lifestyle" guy, but I could see myself buying one. I'll probably be the only guy in Wisconsin on a Harley with a full face helmet and good textile riding gear.But, the z1000 stays!
I've been dreaming of a VROD for a long time, too - I was 14/15 when the first rumors started to make the rounds, and I was blown away. Now...I know a lot more about motorcycles, but I still love them. The 2012+ bikes have not so forward forward controls, and this year they reintroduced a mid control kit - so they're a lot more rideable. They look better now, too.
And how disgusted with the Japanese manufacturers and their "Bold new graphics"
what about the years they didn't even have certain models because they had so many of last year's left.
I'm not arguing with you, and I'm not picking on you, it's seems to me that the motorcycle industry is very very hard to do right. Every manufacturer get's chewed up and spit out every year when they intro new models, or don't. If they intro new, people chew them up for what they intro. If they don't come up with something revolutionary, they get chewed up! Seems to be a NO WIN situation......
Good grief that is a beautiful bike.
Welcome to the internet!
I think Harley has the formulas for selling motorcycle and I appaud them for it. They jsut need to stant up like a real American and fess up to when they mess up.
The 2013 HD bikes are some of the worst quality bikes ever built and HD refuse to stand up the to warranty claims.