What is Harley doing?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by btcn, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    my sears lawn tractor has a 24HP briggs and stratton on it and it does sound impressive. I have to resist modifying the muffler! :lol3 I made the mistake of looking at some youtube videos of the racing versions. They sound great.
  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Been here awhile

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    I saw a post on anther forum with pics of a Harley Hummer powered by a V-twin Briggs Vanguard with a Comet CVT. I hate to see the originality of a vintage Harley lost, but I bet the straight pipes on that V-twin Briggs sounded a lot better than the original 2 stroke mill.
  3. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    Harley closed at $64.79 last night, compared to $40.28 when this thread started in Jan 11.

    That is a gain of 60.8% not including dividends.

    That is all that matters.
  4. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    thats impressive. but it is only because *I* don't own any. :D
  5. Navy Chief

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    Impressive, that is a lot of lifestyle accessories..... :deal
  6. LowInSlo

    LowInSlo Been here awhile

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    Well, I don't think that's ALL that matters, but it does show they're good at their job. Good for them. It's a tough business.
  7. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    http://www.ducati.com/cms-web/upl/doc/News/pdf/Motorrad_eng.pdf

    Why a Ducati link in a Harley thread? No, Audi did not buy HD. The German Motorrad magazine does very thorough long-term tests on motorcycles. They ride them for 50,000 km (31,000 mi) and then tear them apart and perform a detailed inspection for wear and tear. This Multistrada did quite well. On the the last page of the report they provide a table showing all the bikes they have tested this way. Looky where the Road King shows up. Who woulda thunk it?
  8. operose

    operose Mama tried

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    Where do I apply for THAT job!? :eek1

    "OK Honey I'm off to work for the day!"
    *kisses wife*
    *rides free Ducati 50k km then gives back*
  9. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    So I had the opportunity to ride a 2013 Street Glide the other day. I am not a cruiser guy, but have ridden a couple of cruisers, a Buell, and a Sportster, but the Street Glide was better than any of them. It was a joy to ride, easy to balance, and the 103 sounded great with OEM pipes.

    It wouldn't fit in my garage, and I couldn't afford the $20,000 price, but I have to say it was a fun ride.
  10. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    One bike is not a great sample size, but interesting none the less.

    Not a good look for ktm.
  11. windmill

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    I talked to the MOCO rep at the Seattle MC show a couple of years ago.

    I explained to him I had a Sportster, liked the engine but found the rest of the bike wanting, and had a FLT which I simply found to be "too much" for my needs and desires, and ended up on a V-Star 650 classic.

    I said that I would like to see the Sportster engine used for scaled down versions of the Roadking or Electra Glide, how about a Sportking or a Sport Glide?

    I swear he just had the "deer in the headlights" look.

    Its like he couldn't even comprehend the concept of a mid size, full feature Harley.

    Instead of trying to do things outside of their niche and inevitably failing once again, why not simply expand on what they do so well, rather than handing it to the metric manufacturers?
  12. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Not as small as the sportster but they did make the Dyna Switchback... So you got part of your wish in a smaller but still very capable touring configuration.
  13. windmill

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    I just don't like the feel of the big twins with the engine, primary, and transmission spreading out in all directions, I much prefer the look, feel, and compactness of the unit construction Sportster engine.

    To me, the Dyna Switchback is still a big, clunky motorcycle at 718 lbs, compaired to 565 lbs for the Sportster or 518 lbs of the V-star.

    I'm not a member of the "bigger is better" club. Not really interested in touring, most of my riding is commuting, occasional weekend trips, lots of back roads, and some unpaved roads once in a while where smaller and lighter count.
  14. El Pescador

    El Pescador Been here awhile

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    Why not try a Switchback? It definitely feels more compact than a touring model, without being cramped. I'm enamored with how versatile they are.
  15. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    I'm in the same boat. I simply do not want a bike that is over 600lbs. The new stock Sportsters just aren't set up the way I want a bike to be set up. The things is that they are so easy and inexpensive to modify that I don't see the need for HD to make "my" bike. If you like Sportys why not just get one, drop a few hundred bucks on it and make it fit your needs? I added 2 inches of travel to the rear, a seat with +2in of foam, a small fairing with a windshield extension and a set of bags. I have a 32in inseam and long orangutan arms and it fits me fine now. It's my daily commuter and touring bike.

    Here it is overloaded for a mountain biking trip to NC.

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    Are you carrying somone else's gear too :huh

    What's interesting to me is that the 2" of travel you added to the rear used to come standard on a sportster, along with the "extra" foam in the seat. Lowering the ride height to make sportys more accessable to shorter women was a great idea on HD's part, but it would have been nice if they had kept the (old) standard version around as well.
  17. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    yes, and MC gear. You can see the extra FF helmet stuffed in there. :lol3
  18. windmill

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    I did exactly that,
    New fat bob tank, fenders, wheels, exhaust, suspension, floor boards, bags, seat, rack, bars, lights, it looked the part, but it wasn't. I ended up spending a lot of money, but it just wasn't there.
    The V-Star 650 Classic was exactly what I wanted right out of the box for only $100 more than a Sportster, and it would cost thousands more to get the Sportster up to the V-Stars standard.





    I like the Sportsters engine, its the rest of the bike...............
  19. windmill

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    I sat on one,
    Just standing it up off the side stand told me its way more bike than I would ever want. It weighs as much as my Ural.
    I'm 6', 220 lbs, but prefer mid size bikes.
  20. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    Great idea. I bet it would sell well. I mean, the Sportster is either 883 or 1200. That is plenty of engine. Even if you limit the full dress Midster to the 1200, the MoCo could still charge a decent amount for it compared to the customer buying a 1200 sportster and buying side cases, top box, front fairing with radio/CD player, mid controls....