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Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Ken Hooligan, Jul 30, 2018.
If the ergo's work and it's not a total pig I'll probably be on it like a bad smell.
The word HOG will definitely bring a new meaning to those in the ADV world ..........
Not to be confused with H.O.G.
HD must be hurting pretty bad if they're trying to cut into the small market of ADV.
Not KTM, would not ride.
Oh wait, I don't ride one of those either.
Adv bikes have been the fastest growing segment of bikes in the past 10years, why wouldn't they want a piece of the pie
Imagine a Ulysses with 10 more years of refinement.
Several Harley riders I know are checking out adventure bikes after seeing mine. Who wouldn't want to ride without limits like ground clearance and clean pavement?
And better ergos for my largeness.
Several of my friends have recently sold their HDs and bought either a GS or a K1600. I sold my two HDs back in '14.
I rode one for about 15-25min and realized that if I ride 5min more I end up getting one. Good suspension, brakes, pulls like a tractor; you don't turn just look and bike goes where you want. The only thing did not like was how twitchy front was and lack of front tire options.
I hope its a decent bike. No valve adjustments would be nice. Great dealer support on US rides would be nice. Fingers crossed for a real US made ADV bike option.
I owned a 2007 for 3 years. I didn't find it twitchy on the street, but "off-road" it was a little.
I was pretty happy with the Pirelli Syncs or Dunlop 616s, plus Continental started making 17" TKC80 front tires at some point. I had my 950 Super Enduro after a couple years so I never went to a more aggressive tire on the Buell.
I will be interesting to see their final, production version. However, I suspect it will be in the BMW price range or possibly even higher considering their trend to price pretty high for their bikes.
I think HD did their homework on this one. They said it will be a direct competitor for the big bmw adv bike. We shall see
HD keeps making bigger engines with the same flexi steel frame. They should have gone to an aluminum FLH frame 20 years ago.
Now an adventure bike to save their sales? OK, weight please. Make it better than a Vee Strom. If they want to compete they have to shoot for 500 lbs. And a clutch that can be pulled with an arthritic wrists.
I owned a Ulysses. It was a mixed bag. I was treated extremely well by one dealer on the road, and like utter steaming garbage by another.
The local parts department was always helpful though (and I needed a LOT of parts).
I thought one of the articles I read on these new bikes (of course I can't find it now), talked about the dealer experience needing to improve - that the standard HD dealer isn't inviting to new riders or riders of other types of bikes, which is generally true. We'll see.
I do love the Pan American though. Very cool looking bike.
Holy crap, that thing is hideous. It's like they went back in time to 1990, bought a Honda Transalp, brought it back with them and managed to utterly fuck it up. I'd rather throw a saddle on Rosanne Barr and ride her than this thing.
You'd probably get better mileage on the Barr.
I’ve been on dirt or ADV bikes my entire life. I actually considered buying a road glide at some point just for fun but the old school style and chrome just didn’t work for me. The motor has some fun torque though.
But, this bike... I’ll probably be first in line to try it out. It’s like a road glide GS. Its blasphemy, I know, but the division among riding styles and bike types are starting to blur and people are just having fun on two wheels again what ever brand it may be.
I’m in and am so glad Harley Davidson is trying new things.
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The best selling bike in the segment, by a wide margin, is the 600lbs BMW. VeeStrom, SuperTen, Tiger Exploer, and Stelvio are all porkers too. 500 is a pipe dream
Why the buell ulysses was 496