What is Harley doing?

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

  1. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    I havent read all of this thread, but:

    To whoever suggested Harley could make dirtbikes which would not conflict with their current market, I agree 100% and have wondered this myself. Most Harley riders get snobby when I mention I own a Bandit, but the few ive spoke with about my DR immediately become friendly when they find out its a dirtbike (well, thats what I tell them, haha).

    Also, I agree with the idea that Harley has an identity crisis- they have to sell the culture and introducing an HD sportbike would kill their image. Im sure many in this thread have come up with ideas how they could do this, but it seems tough to me. Maybe they will just wait until their demographic is dying off, then do one huge hail mary attempt to get established in the sportbike world?

    Fascinating thread...
  2. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    What is Harley doing???

    How about dealers that don't actually sell motorcycles.:huh

    the Cherohala Harley "dealer"

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    It's basically a T shirt shop. I'm pretty sure the Harley "dealers in Cherokee and near Deal's Gap are the same but I haven't been in them.

    They did have one old Harley on display.

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  3. UnsureFooting

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    Whatever. They just don't do sport bikes. Why does that matter? Why do they need to "get into" other markets? They are doing just fine with cruisers.
  4. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    Wonder if my Airhead will do all that???
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    waveydavey happy times!!

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    If a harley can do it, an airhead can too. Go gadget go.
  7. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Sales reports through the first 3 quarters of 2012.... http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...quarter-and-nine-month-results-175379331.html

    "Retail Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Sales
    Through nine months, retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles grew 6.0 percent overall, 6.2 percent in the U.S. and 5.4 percent internationally compared to the year-ago period."


    Like it or not, HD and their demographic, isnt going away anytime in the near future.
  8. KaHOnas

    KaHOnas One big piston

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    I'm still a bit chapped about how they did Erik Buell. Poor guy can't even use his name anymore.
  9. UnsureFooting

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    I thought he was selling race bikes under his name?
  10. KaHOnas

    KaHOnas One big piston

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    Well, yeah, Erik Buell Racing. It's just that H-D owns and won't let go of the "Buell" name. At least, that's the way I understand it.

    But, on the other hand, he can do whatever he wants now without H-D getting involved.
  11. UnsureFooting

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    Yeah, I keep hoping he'll get involved with motus.
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    Why? Do you want him to fail?
  13. dwoodward

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    +1
    The Motus project is... interesting. Even if price were no object, I don't think I'd ever want one.
  14. High Country Herb

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    The bronze 110th Anniversary Road King looks classy to me.

    My favorite HD right now is the V-Rod, because I'm not really into cruisers. I heard one the other day with Supertrapp exhaust that sounded amazing. To me, that is as far into the sportbike market as HD needs to go to get my attention. I'm 40, ride a supermoto, and could easily see myself on this machine:

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    If Buell were involved in it, he could probably use his connections and experience to help them develop a product line with more than cult appeal, and at less than an occult price. ;)
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    RMZMZM Not adventurous

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    Hmmm -- interesting statements.

    I guess you have a different definition for "cult appeal" than I do. EBRs initial bikes for sale had a base price of 40K, although the new production line has a target retail of around 25K.
  17. dwoodward

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    I'd love Erik to build a SPORT touring bike around one of those Rotax V-Twins.
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    I think the motus has little more than cult appeal, partially due to price. Ebr could help with that, I think.
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