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Old 03-15-2006, 05:22 AM   #21
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Default Re: Red velvet lines the black box...

...HD's marketing is dead...



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Old 03-15-2006, 05:22 AM   #22
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Default Re: Harley and The Baby Boomers.

I'm not sure I agree with you Brine: I think if HD just sits back and lets Status Quo dictate their marketing, they'll sell fewer and fewer motorcycles untill they close the doors in Milwaulkee and York, and just sell t-shirts. I disagree with your assessment that age will force the bulk of today's riders onto cruisers-in fact, I suspect their are almost as many people who find the standard cruiser riding position just a painful for their backs as others find the classic sportbike knee position. Furthermore, should they decide that a cruiser is indeed the way to go, why would this aging demographic shift enmass from imported sportbikes and standards to American made cruisers when their current brand favorites also make a cruiser model?



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Old 03-15-2006, 05:22 AM   #23
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Don't know about the States, but the V-rod is pretty well discounted here. Makes it hard to pass up!
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Old 03-15-2006, 05:28 AM   #24
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Don't know about the States, but the V-rod is pretty well discounted here (Canada). Makes it hard to pass up!
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Old 03-15-2006, 05:29 AM   #25
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Default Re: Do you really equate race bikes to street bikes?

Well, that's kind of the point: This was a "race only' version of a streetbike, and they couldn't compete in a race with international level riders on board. Will they get better? I'm hoping so, but I won't hold my breath...I heard they (the Buells) got their butts kicked in the twin classes this year by the BMW guys who rode in the PowerCup series last year: any truth to this, guys?



Bryan...and lastly, that fairing is butt-ugly...
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Old 03-15-2006, 05:55 AM   #26
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Default Re: Do you really equate race bikes to street bikes?

You're half right...



Rico Penzkofer won the BMW Cup last year and he won the Daytona Supertwins a week ago.



riding the Buell XBRR in its first race.



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Old 03-15-2006, 06:04 AM   #27
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Default Re: Harley and The Baby Boomers.

H-D has nothing to worry about, for every hour of motorcycle road racing on TV these days there's about 10 hours of chopper related crap and everywhere you look there's kids wearing OCC t-shirts.



Harley has a whole new generation of customers coming up.

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Old 03-15-2006, 06:06 AM   #28
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Default Re: Do you really equate race bikes to street bikes?

Far be it for aerodynamic efficiencies to get in the way of fashion. Ya know, according to Kevin Cameron, the most efficient fairingings would cover the entire front wheel? Not very sexy, but apparently helped win races back in the day when victory was of equal importance to looking good.
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Old 03-15-2006, 06:27 AM   #29
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Default Re: just another marketing opportunity for Harley

HAHAHAHA! I just saw those "Biker Caskets" on Speed TV the other night. Funny as hell.
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Old 03-15-2006, 06:27 AM   #30
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Default Re: Harley and The Baby Boomers.

I concur here being in my mid twenties and owning a Harley most of my friends are sportbike riders and they have a strong alliances to their respective brands.



The ones who are looking into cruisers are mostly considering the Warrior/Boulevard. (that's until I got them on the Street Rod : )



However I think that as the market ages they will creep towards bikes like the K1200S, and adventourers if they want to travel, or naked bikes if they do not tour.)



The cruiser is 99% image (I don't intend to insult anyone as I one with this as I have a cruiser with Apes, however I don't think any cruiser rider could argue that the BMW's, Interceptors and adventourers of this world world are as, if not, more comfortable, faster, and better handling for half the price) and the naked scene is begining to fill that void.
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