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Old 12-10-2004, 05:54 AM   #21
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I've go it! How about Eric B. for CEO?
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:01 AM   #22
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thank goodness that 20+ inch dubs went into style.
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:37 AM   #23
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It does not need to work on a powerplant, it needs a powerplant.



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Old 12-10-2004, 10:21 AM   #24
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WHIPIDY DOO!
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Old 12-10-2004, 11:01 AM   #25
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At the risk of beating a dead horse silly, the V-ROD engine won't fit in an XB chassis. It's too long and too heavy. Someone did say they heard a far-from-confirmed rumor that a few water-cooled, new-engined, XB test mules were roaming around some track somewhere. But again, just a rumor.
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Old 12-10-2004, 03:55 PM   #26
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I know HD most likley wouldn't risk it's cruiser edge, but might Buell come out with a Sport Tourer to compliment it's streetfighters? With a longer bike, and shave some weight from the Revolution (How much steel v. Al & Ti is there?) then it might be a future possibility.



Then again, I could just be smokin' something...
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Old 12-10-2004, 04:06 PM   #27
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Let me guess...



You want something that has to be revved to 7K+ to get a decent amount of power? That's great for a track, but will you really cruise the streets and highways in that range?



I'd rather have my bulk of power nice and low where I normally ride so I don't have to downshift a bunch just to pass Auntie B in the motorhome.
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Old 12-10-2004, 05:15 PM   #28
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A possibility. But I too dreamed of a V-Rod powered Buell, that is until the day I first saw my buddy's new V-ROD. That engine is freakin' big. The bottom end alone looks like a tank. Then again, it is sitting on a 70+ inch wheelbased, raked out chassis. So that might have given the impression that it was even bigger than it is.



I guess a new Buell ST? could happen. But I'm not sure it fits with their strategy.
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Old 12-11-2004, 02:51 AM   #29
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Aprilia 450 please. and the Rotax mill used in the Mille
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Old 12-11-2004, 03:09 AM   #30
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Default The problem with this idea is that....

...Harley Davidson isn't in business to make motorcycles, they are in business to make money. There's nothing distinctive about that as far as Harley is concerned, since that is what all corporations do.



But...because their particular customer base has demonstrated a consistent willingness to pay inflated prices for motorcycles no other manufacturer would be able to sell purely on the strength of their qualities as motorcycles absent the Harley image (i.e., there's a sucker or at least a poser born every minute) Harley has no incentive to build a better bike.



Add to that the fact that sports touring as a market niche is relatively small and would require LOTS of promotion to expand, and Harley has absolutely no reason to build bikes for that market.



And anyway, even if they did build a V-Rod engined sports tourer bikes like FJR 1300's would still blow them into the weeds in every category of sports-touring performance, and for considerably less coin...and it ends up being a losing proposition for the Clothing/Posing company no matter how you slice it...
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