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Old 01-26-2007, 05:22 AM   #31
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Default Re: This Buell new-engine thread just won't die...

I'm thinking a lightweight, 60 degree air-cooled DOHC twin would be about perfect.



It's hopefully narrow enough to keep the current wheelbase but a new design would be lighter and have some overrev.



It would be lighter than the current motor and if it stayed air-cooled the bike would be awesome.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:24 AM   #32
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Ford didn't rake in massive profit during the "SUV boom"



The most profits for Ford came from their financial division.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:24 AM   #33
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Default Re: Ducati 1098 Engine in my new 2009 Buell

"But Tom, you don't want Buell to just build another Ducati, do you?"



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Old 01-26-2007, 05:25 AM   #34
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Default Re: This Buell new-engine thread just won't die...

The answer to the Buell question is- drum-roll please................................... Rotax 60 degree v-twin. With just minor adjustments to mounting point a Rotax v-twin could get the job done. Problem is that HD is too proud to let it happen.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:30 AM   #35
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Default Re: This Buell new-engine thread just won't die...

And, the entire Harley line got an engine upgrade but the Sportsters.



Reason dictates that the sportster will be next for an upgrade. There is also that funky sportster that is floating around the shows right now.



So would anyone be surprised if a new sportster engine pops up in the next 24 months? I wouldn't be.



And if the sportster engine gets a revamp/new design I would also wager that the Buell would have something new to go with it.

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Old 01-26-2007, 05:31 AM   #36
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Default Re: Ducati 1098 Engine in my new 2009 Buell

I do believe that the readily available and easy to get HD water-cooled "new generation" Buell would be in the neighborhood of around $12k. It's worth that if it's worth $10-11k now. Remember, Ducati is a "boutique" brand. I know I work at a Ducati shop. We cater to the guy that makes a little more than the average GSXR buyer. Buell can posisition themselves in much the same way.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:33 AM   #37
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Default Re: HOG: Please Fund Buell's New Engine

Buell is a step-child that will be permitted to do anything it wants to, so long as it doesn't jeopardize HD's marketing strategy. While not an exact analogy, look at HD's carefully measured approach to marketing the " prototype" XR1200 in Europe and not the USA. This is all about protecting robust Sportster sales here at home. Runaway Buell sales potentially resulting from the introduction of a new engine, VROD-derived, or not, can only hurt Sportster sales.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:36 AM   #38
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Default Re: HOG: Please Fund Buell's New Engine

Not if HD puts the motor in the next generation Sporty. It's inevitable that a watercooled bike is in the works. It just a matter of time before the "works" people leak the news.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:40 AM   #39
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Well said... I think you said it best "Harley needs to be aggressive about having somewhere to go if they want to remain in the game."
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This is a complete paraphrase, but

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