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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by btcn, Jan 26, 2011.
I know a guy who races those things. He says the only thing "Harley" on the bike is the angle of the pushrods. I don't know if it's true or if he says it just because he thinks it sounds cool.
He doesn't really have to worry about going round any corners there, ya know?
Because it works?
Recumbant is just st00pit, despite some relatively high profile attempts at pushing it on motorcyclists.
Because its a pretty good position. If I wanted a recumbrent-style bike, I'd just buy a car.
Isn't that kinda what this is?
Well yeah, a three wheeled car... they made those before too you know... Messerschmitt.
Profit is up almost 10% due to increased sales.
Harley isnt going anywhere.
An invester would of made over 50% on their stocks since the OP.
Well that pretty much answers the question in the thread title..........
What is Harley doin'? Not much for the 2014 models, apart from new colours and "Project Rushmore"....????
2014 brings 3 touring bikes that will have water cooling. ( 2 small radiators to cool the exhaust valves in each cylinder head.)
The batwing farings are redesigned with a vent to reduce buffeting, larger speakers and a few options for the touch screen nav/radio/display unit. Touring bikes also get 49 mm forks and new sealed bearings for the triple trees to stiffen up the front end.
The saddle bags and tour pac have been redesigned and increased in capacity, plus they went with LED lighting upgrades.
Then the usual stuff of a bunch of new colors, wheels, and smaller changes. But - for 2014, the Moco did not just do a bold new graphics package and call it a day.
It's all out on the moco website today...
It's about time. I'm not sure I'll go back (have had 11 HDs), but I've thought they should have made these changes many moons back. There lack of desire to move into the modern times drove me to BMW bikes, and I honestly don't know that I really want to go back down that road..
love the company but there days of leading, have long since past... glad to see they know how to follow
What ?!? - theres a little water mixed in there somewhere !
They have a small water pump and radiators, all carefully hidden. The bulk of the engine is still air cooled. The water is around the exhaust valve and sparkplug, for consistent temperatures. The radiators are small and well hidden. It still idles Potato potato
"Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103 with integrated oil cooler"
BMW worldwide sales 2012 were less than half of HD's.
Somebody's following but it sure isn't HD.
I think price is the problem.
My first bike ever was a Harley. A 1981 XLH 1000cc, I bought it used when I was 17. I still own it, and will probably never sell it due to sentimental reasons, but I hardly ever ride it.
I bought it because my Dad rode a Harley and I thought it was cool. My uncle rode one too, and so did my grandfather... so I wanted one.
When I was a kid I had this big book, that was all about motorcycles. I guess it was a 'coffee table book', because it was really big had had huge color pictures on every page. There was this one page that had a big picture of the Ironhead Sportsters and XR750's flying around a dirt track. I looked at that page so much, that it got worn and fell out of the book. I have no idea what happened to the book, put I still have that one page. Its taped to one of the cabinets in my garage.
I only paid about $1500 for my Harley, used. It was rideable, but smoked a little bit, and needed some TLC... but the price was right. It was about as cheap as a Harley can get. Yeah, I could have gotten a relly nice Honda for that price, but I wanted a Harley, and that's all the money I had. I fixed it up nice, and rode the crap out of it. I even rode it to college, and it was my only form of transportation for a while. We had some good times.
Like I said, I don't ride it much any more. It lives in the basement. I have several bikes now, all of which are more comfortable, faster, better handling, lower maintenance, and leak less. I ride those. I'll always love that old Harley though. I keep thinking about taking it out and getting it going again... and I'm sure I will one day.
There is just something about the old Harleys... the classics. Everyone who grew up or lived around bikes back then has memories of them and I think those feelings and memories have driven Harley's sales for the last two decades, but its not enough. I'm not brand loyal enough to drop $20,000-30,000 for a new one.
They start at about $8k