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Old 11-16-2006, 02:09 PM   #1
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:09 PM   #2
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cool goings-on at Aprilia. imagine how cool those RX bikes would be with like a Sportster motor to keep them from flying off the trail.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:10 PM   #3
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Looks nice. I like the Pegaso Strada. When you click on the USA site, neither the Shiver or the Strada appear to be available. I suppose I should call the dealer.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:26 PM   #4
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Yep you nailed it Like KTM just because you are small doesn't mean you can't create and market innovative bikes. I would argue it's because they are small they can do it. Our buddy, longride has this notion that you can't compete with the Japanese and do it right i.e. it's his justification for Buell using the inferior engine. HD chooses not because they are short sighted like the rest of American Business. Thank God for passionate Italians, Germans, Brits etc. These guys say hey we can build a new engine... American MBA types would rather outsource an engine from overseas and assemble it here or in HD's case continue to use inferior technology. After awhile all you have left is just a brand name, no engineering talent etc.



By the way longride felt that this wasn't newsworthy. I posted this yesterday...

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Old 11-16-2006, 02:41 PM   #5
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O is Longride the lone remaining keeper of the key? knock knock anybody home?
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:02 PM   #6
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I thought longride was your friend. He just seemed to be so keen to visit



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Old 11-16-2006, 04:34 PM   #7
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I haven't heard conversation this riveting since I heard 3 school girls crying over their boyfriends 30 years ago. Thanks for the memories.
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:11 PM   #8
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Way, way off base, but forgot to mention to you LR...I was at school in the Loop a few weeks ago when the Printer's Row fire broke out. Watched the live footage online and got a good glimpse from the Brown line on the way home. Wow. I've not seen a fire like that in person before and much respect to the boys from the CFD. That looked like a doozie and how they keep the whole damn city from catching on fire again is beyond me.
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:47 PM   #9
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I'm not sure about your characterization of H-D. It seems to me that the boys in Milwaukee know a thing or two about making money. It is, however, quite confusing why they seem not to want to cater to the segment of the market that would prefer to buy a 100% US-made sport bike.



I mean, it's not as if H-D *couldn't* build a sport bike (besides a Buell) that could sell well. The technology involved is not really all that complex.



I think that the bikes that Harley really needs to watch out for are the Ducati SportClassics. The GT1000, at $10K, is everything that H-D doesn't make (but could), and is encroaching on H-D's pricing territory and mystique. If Harley-Davidson could make something competitive, I'd consider it before I'd buy an Italian bike.



Still, it's a shame, that as it is, it'll be a GT1000 or Thruxton 900 for me long before it will ever be even a Sporty 883.
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:52 PM   #10
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Sucking up to longride will get your post in front of the line.. Good move kid.. Yep those city fireman, especially NYFD, I have a lot respect for as well as my fellow ex-forest fire fighters.
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