Does the new Harley ADV bike interest you?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by canoeguy, Jul 30, 2018.

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Does the new Harley ADV bike interest you?

Poll closed Aug 8, 2018.
  1. I will buy one

    6 vote(s)
    1.6%
  2. I am very interested

    82 vote(s)
    21.8%
  3. I dont care either way

    47 vote(s)
    12.5%
  4. Its interesting but not for me

    160 vote(s)
    42.4%
  5. I will never buy a Harley for whatever reason.

    82 vote(s)
    21.8%
  1. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    This is what we know. We have a prototype that appears pretty finished but could change. It is a water cooled 1250cc V-twin power plant. It appears to have a low seat height, nice ground clearance, and the bits appear to be well protected. As well Harley has a huge footprint with massive dealer support.

    But I also realize that ADV riders harbor more brand hate than any other group I have ever seen. Go on a Harley forum and they almost never bash other brands and many have other brands as well. Mention Harley on here and the hate flows.

    So I am curious to see where we stand on this. For the record I currently ride a GSA but I am very interested in this bike and await further revelations.

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  2. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    Shouldn't this be in beasts?
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  3. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    What's the point of the perfect line if not for general BS?

    ETA: A quick scan through this forum shows tons a specific brand and even bike discussions.
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  4. BetterLateThanNever

    BetterLateThanNever Long timer

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    Pretty cool. Not my jam, but I really want Harley to succeed.

    I recently rode a friend’s Fat Bob. That thing could pull an Airstream, if torque matters to a big ADV.
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  5. Railrocker

    Railrocker Adventurer

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    As a former Harley guy (86 FXR) I think the Pan Am could bring me back if it checks all the boxes. Current ride 2005 DL650 and still really enjoying it!


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  6. old scoot

    old scoot Been here awhile

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    I'm anxious to see one in person, sounds very interesting. I wouldn't worry to much about the Harley bashers. They think it makes them look special, they're special alright.
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  7. windmill

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    I'm not interested in monster adventure bikes of any brand. Something based on the Street line would be interesting to me.

    I disagree about your comments regarding brand loyalty and bias. I've experienced good and bad in all user groups, but have only experienced overt hostility and insults from one in real life, and it wasn't the adventure rider group.
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  8. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    I can only go off of observations on the forums as far as the bashing is concerned.

    In real life I have never had anyone say anything negative to me other than in obvious jest and that comes from all groups. I have been personally and obviously snubbed by BMW riders while on a KLR and strangely enough I was snubbed by dual sport riders for having a BMW. It never bothers me I just find it strange as I have never held negative feelings for another's choice in motorcycles. But that's not what this thread is about.

    I wanted to see if Harley has a chance to overcome some preconceived notions in the ADV crowd if they are able to deliver.
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  9. WesF

    WesF Been here awhile

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    Did Sears produce the headlamp unit???

    Poor try HD, I think you can do better, stay behind after school!
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  10. redneckK20

    redneckK20 Been here awhile

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    I'd take a spin on it. Liquid cooled v-twin, tubeless wheels and more dealers than any other brand? Might be a winner. Will probably be heavy but at least they're doing something.
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  11. SRTie4k

    SRTie4k Northeast Explorer

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    I applaud the effort and really do hope they succeed with these latest bikes. I'm glad to see Harley finally getting their head out of their ass and building non-cruisers.

    That said, that bike is fucking ugly.
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  12. outdoorsman

    outdoorsman Lets Ride!

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    It looks cool to me. Although I suspect it'll be heavy and not dirt worthy.
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  13. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    If you think Harleys get no respect, try reading discussions about Urals!!!
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  14. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    Kind of like all big ADV bikes ;)

    Seriously though the bike need to be north of 125 HP and be 550 +/- 20 pounds. If Harley is going to do this they have to come out swinging for the fences and I suspect they know that. I am very anxious to see the tech specs.
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  15. WesF

    WesF Been here awhile

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    Or KLR's/scooters/etc!

    PS, 15 votes so far.....ZERO people would buy one!
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  16. canoeguy

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    Yea, but in all fairness most like me aren't willing to buy one sight unseen. It could be a home run or it could be a 700 pounds and 50hp. SO I didn't expect too much in the way of commitment on day one. That would be fanatical brand loyalty for sure.

    Plus the cowling leaves a lot to be desired to me. This is a prototype so it might change but it sure looks like a pretty complete prototype to me. But you have to admit it stands out and looks different to everyone else.
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  17. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    Does it come with "Adventure" chaps?
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  18. eddie bolted

    eddie bolted BOING!!!

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    Can’t wait to get one and put Drag Pipes on it!!!!!
    Seriously though this is Great and hope it turns out to be a good bike!
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  19. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    Cull the fat down to 500cc, redesign the headlight, narrow the tires/wheels and I'd consider it after I test rode it.
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  20. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    Can you clarify a few things?

    Is this something you have designed? Or HD? You state "We" - are you an employee of HD?

    Is this a prototype from HD, or from someone else?

    I would think that the adv bike market is pretty well saturated, and a smallish market to begin with. Why would HD want to enter this small market? Most ADV Bike manufacturers sell in a year what HD sells in a few weeks. Why would HD invest development dollars in such a small payback?

    It's not as if the market for large, two up total comfort, Touring bikes has disappeared, it's just reduced from the zenith of the mid 2000's. Electric Bikes, and smaller cc offerings, as well as a wide range of new offerings from the Softail Line are performing well, so I don't see a need to invest in nor enter a totally different area.
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