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Old 02-13-2003, 05:37 AM   #11
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Default Harley Gets Second Place @ Willow Springs

Harley recently got another second place -- this time on the road race track, specifically the big track at Willow Springs.



Jody Hendley, on a Harley (Not a Buell) nailed second place in the BOTT Heavyweight race on January 19, behind a Suzuki, and ahead of Honda, Buell, Suzuki and Ducati. Just to prove this is not a fluke, he finished 3rd in the Formula Twins race that same day, and in case there is still doubt, he finished third in points for both classes for 2002.



Not bad for an obsolete, oil-spewing, parts throwing peice of crap!



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Old 02-13-2003, 05:43 AM   #12
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What exactly does a cam bearing knock sound like? How would I distinguish this noise from others the engine makes? I own a Harley and would certainly need to know how this sounds in case my cam bearings decide to make noise. How many people had this dreaded "cam bearing knock" and were turned away into the cold by the mean old Harley Corporation? What was the rate of failure from the cam bearings in the first place? Do you know?
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Old 02-13-2003, 05:47 AM   #13
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What the heck was he riding?
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Old 02-13-2003, 05:54 AM   #14
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I think I've got a good trailer story for you. Several years ago a friend and I rode to Palm Springs for a bike weekend. That's about 90 miles or so from where I live.



We were sitting in a bar having a beer when we ran into an old high school friend. We started talking and then asked him what day he rode out (he lived in Anaheim, about 75 miles from Palm Springs). He then looked at us and said he trailered it! We just stared at him for a minute and then started laughing. He looked embarrassed at that point and said see you guys later. We didn't see him again the rest of the weekend.



Maybe he had to polish up the trailer for the ride home.
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Old 02-13-2003, 06:29 AM   #15
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What I wnat to know is: Who the hell did they ask these questions to? From the description in the article, it seems like they just randomly called people.



Wouldn't it make sense to ask: 1. Harley owners 2. Harley employees 3. Harley dealers (ie. people who might actually KNOW something about the company)

Admitedly, many of THESE people are brainwashed by the 'harley image' but it's a start.



Have you guys seen this commercial:



"If I'd done one thing different, I would'a got me that harley davidson".....kum-quat

kum-quat kum-quat.....ride on (snicker)



*Disclaimer: the snicker was mine and is not in the actual commercial, nor is it the property of the Harley Davidson Motor Company; but I'm currently trying to patent it*
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Old 02-13-2003, 06:37 AM   #16
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The Motor company also was honored with number 51 out of fortune magazines 100 best companies to work for. This seems to be an even greater honor given that they don't only focus on high profile companies. I guess they are doing some really good things over there.

Here's a link

http://www.fortune.com/fortune/bestcompanies
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Old 02-13-2003, 06:43 AM   #17
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Wouldn't it make sense to ask: 1. Harley owners 2. Harley employees 3. Harley dealers (ie. people who might actually KNOW something about the company)

Admitedly, many of THESE people are brainwashed by the 'harley image' but it's a start"



I guess it would depend on what the purpose of the survey was. If they wanted to judge Harley's reputation among the general public, then this format would make perfect sense. If they wanted to judge their reputation among their current customer base, then your suggestion would be best.
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Old 02-13-2003, 06:49 AM   #18
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Rules from willow springs for a middle weight or heavy weight BOTT:



B.O.T.T. Middleweight



a) 501cc to 750cc displacement air or water-cooled, two or four valve head 4-stroke twins.



b) 501cc to 905cc displacement air-cooled, two-valve head 4-stroke twins.



c) 501cc to 1200cc air-cooled pushrod 4-stroke twins.



3. B.O.T.T. Heavyweight



a) Heavyweight twins are 751cc to unlimited displacement 4-stroke.



Sounds like it was a air-cooled pushrod twins.
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Old 02-13-2003, 06:51 AM   #19
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I was just wondering what chassis it was. Dyna or what? Perhaps an aftermarket frame with a H-D motor?
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Old 02-13-2003, 07:03 AM   #20
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Harley-Davison, Inc. also posted their 17th straight year of record profits. While other big American companies (GM, Ford, GE, etc..) are sending their jobs out of the U.S. as quick as they can, HDI is expanding their facilities and hiring more Amercans. They know their customers, and meet or exceed expectations.

Sounds like a wonderful success story to me.
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