If Harley made one of these would you buy it?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Thanantos, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    Saw this machine at a local Grand Rapids, MI area Harley dealer today. Badass bike for sure.

    I'd buy one...if it had a front fender.

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  2. mflora98ss

    mflora98ss Dual Sportin'

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    That front sprocket looks like it would eat the shit out of your right ankle and anything that gets close to it.
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  3. e rock

    e rock Been here awhile

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    I prefer my Tractors to have 4 tires. :1drink
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  4. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    That's neither here nor there
    Ersatz flat tracker? Meh. :nah

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    Actually they did. It was called the XR1000. I think they sold dozens of them.
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  5. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    I guess that's why the pentagonal guard is fitted over the sprocket. :deal
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  6. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    No, I would buy TWO. :D
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  7. the_sandman_454

    the_sandman_454 Been here awhile

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    Pegs look way too "feet forward", seat height too low vs pegs, bars too low, suspension doesn't appear to have much travel. If they could fix those things it would be pretty cool. As displayed though it just looks like a normal cruiser with some more aggressive looking footpegs, tires, and a chain drive.
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  8. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    It's just a non-functional design exercise like all cruisers. It's not intended to be an actual dual-sport. Roland Sands is an exterior- decorater.:lol3
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  9. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    That's neither here nor there
    Fixed at no charge. :D I know a few cruiser riders who get plenty of function out of theirs by riding tens of thousands of miles per year... each.

    But, yeah, I've got to agree with you, this one is just a lame look-at-me lump that is neither fish nor fowl. :puke2 Your exterior decorator comment is right on the money.
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  10. mrphotoman

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    no.............................
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  11. Geepn

    Geepn Been here awhile

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    Than' stick with the KLR, much less trouble in the long run:rofl
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  12. señormoto

    señormoto Supermoto Abuser

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    And yet it's still a HD, so it's just a HD with some slightly knobby tires. All other HD rules and exceptions regarding form over function still apply. Shiny paint and tacked on aftermarket parts do not change the underlying garbage.

    Sure, there are plenty of guys putting up big miles on HDs and other cruisers but so do long haul truckers - it doesn't mean those miles are as fun as a modern design made for performance.

    HD continues to make boring bikes, nothing new here.
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  13. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    Lol, I actually sold the KLR a few weeks ago. I am just going to use the DR350 I bought for the summer and then buy a touring bike next spring. I am thinking Tiger 1050.

    Anyway, It seems Sportsters being customized into scrambler/flat trackers is becoming even more popular that it has been. When I saw this one it made me wonder if Harley will ever put out a dual sport bike.

    That thing looks just about as off-road-worthy as 50% of the other DS or "Adventure Touring" bikes out there like the Versys, Multistrada, etc.
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  14. viverrid

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    BFD, it has knob-ish tires on it. Hardly a reason to buy the bike. Just put those same tires on your own cruiser.
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  15. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Hardly enough, chain could still too easily catch a flap of clothing and pull it right in behind that guard.

    I've owned dirt bikes with no chainguard. Substantially different layout putting the sprocket farther behind the rider, and the bike is normally ridden with high boots and inside-the-boot dirt pants.
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  16. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    WHY, Why, why do all the custom builders think that their bikes look cool without a front fender??

    Heavily modded or not, it seems like it is a killer custom if the fender is left off.

    The stylin' morons might think it is THE look.
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  17. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    Doesn't much matter. I doubt any of them are ridden in the rain or on any dirt.
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  18. Wlfman

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    Not even if I was using someone else's money would I buy that.
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  19. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

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    Nope, No way, Never.
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  20. PalePhase

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    That's neither here nor there
    I guess it depends on whose definition of fun we're using, though I've got to admit I don't have any burning desire to own one. But H-Ds are just the sort of bikes for people who like that sort of bike.
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