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Old 02-01-2003, 11:45 AM   #1
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Default Re: You know the saying ''If Harley made and airplane...

i think there is a fair bit of overlap between pilots and riders. and hey, at $52,000, the plane is not that much more expensive than a harley touring rig... i would like to learn to fly in that.
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Old 02-01-2003, 11:46 AM   #2
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Default Re: You know the saying ''If Harley made and airplane...

Well, at $52k, it's less than a lot of custom bikes. And hey, the engine is *in front* of you, so Man, can you ever hear the sweet song of those open pipes.



According to the FAA link, these planes fall under the 'sport-aircraft/sport-pilot designation' which limits the weight of the craft to 1,232 lbs. Which, again, is less than many custom bikes...
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Old 02-01-2003, 01:14 PM   #3
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Default Re: You know the saying ''If Harley made and airplane...

Stick the whole "Family" in a fleet of these reliable machines. I won't miss any of them!
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Old 02-01-2003, 01:25 PM   #4
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Default Re: You know the saying ''If Harley made and airplane...

This is a joke, right?



I mean, aircraft are all about power to weight. The HD V-Twin has many things going for it, but nobody has accused the Motor Company of a high specific output engine since they introduced the original Sportster!



Then again, motorcycles are all about power to weight too, and they still sell a gazillion Harleys every year. Maybe the RUBs will reflexively line up to buy this little plane once they extract the proven Rotax aviation mill and shoehorn in an all-American HD lump.



WouldnÂ’t surprise me.

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Old 02-01-2003, 01:45 PM   #5
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Default Re: You know the saying ''If Harley made and airplane...

Betcha somebody already makes drag pipes and a captain's chair smothered in leather and conchos for it...



"Tower Three this is Hog Air 883, show me your t*ts, over."



"Roger that Hog Air, love the whitewalls on your landing gear, over."



"Hog Air 883 requesting permission to make obscene gestures before heading to dealership to replenish concho supply, over."



"Permission granted Hog Air 883, don't forget to ask the dealership what oil your plane takes, looks like you're leaking out the rocker boxes..."









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Old 02-01-2003, 02:13 PM   #6
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Default Re: You know the saying ''If Harley made and airplane...

Actually this aint new......i remember reading years ago of a homemade plane in the 30's powered by a HD flathead motor
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Old 02-01-2003, 02:21 PM   #7
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Default Re: You know the saying ''If Harley made and airplane...

I read somewhere that as part of its diversification Harley builds bomb cases for the USAF.



I can just see the Highwayman in this contraption with an HD(tm) bomb under it buzzing his way to American Honda's headquarters..........



But, myself, I wouldn't put ANY motorcycle engine in an airplane and fly in it. Not Honda, Yammerhammer, Suzuki...no one's. Period.



I'll stick with actual aircraft designed engines, if you please.
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Old 02-01-2003, 02:54 PM   #8
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Default Peter Egan

It is a bit of a coincidence that Peter Egan's column in the new Cycle World is about the Harley myths (unreliable, overpriced, etc).



In his column he mentions that he's owned 5 H-Ds over the past 12 years and not had a problem with any of them.



And since we're talking about aircraft, God Bless the crew of the Space Shuttle.
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Old 02-01-2003, 03:48 PM   #9
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Default Re: You know the saying ''If Harley made and airplane...

Way back when .... didn't BMW pull an engine out of and airplane and make a motorcycle????
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Old 02-01-2003, 03:56 PM   #10
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Default Re: You know the saying ''If Harley made and airplane...

Er.. no. BMW were prohibited from making aero engines, so they decided to make motorcycles.

Besides which, aircraft reward high torque more than high horsepower, which is why all the heavier uses of Rotax use step-down gearing. Can a Harley big twin be any less reliable than a European two-stroke?

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