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Old 04-12-2006, 05:35 AM   #1
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Old 04-12-2006, 05:43 AM   #2
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What's up?? We got a bunch of people on this site expecting Harley to crash and burn any day now. Grossly inferior products, no new designs - the bane of vehicle manufacturers.
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:29 AM   #3
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Harley sux, they're going out of buisness next week, Honda bought them out, they make more money off t-shirts than motorcycles, only aging boomers buy Harleys and they're all to fat to ride, good thing because the bikes are so unreliable they can't make it past the mailbox anyway.......Let's see...Oh yeah loud pipes save lives, full face helmets are gay, you should never use car oil, Bush is the best president we've had and Iraq blew up the dikes in New Orleans and blamed it on a Hurricane, UN troops are sneaking in from Canada in black helicopters and Hillery Clinton runs the Tri-Lateral Commision which in turn runs the country from it's base in Cuba......



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Old 04-12-2006, 06:32 AM   #4
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It's always great when people just set out looking to start an argument. It's always Japanese v. Harley or Japanese v. Ducati or something similar. Check out the Suzuki recall posts.



But I think the argument about Harley "crashing and burning" is related to the fact that their target demographic is aging and eventually won't be buying new motorcycles. The company clearly doesn't market toward younger buyers, and even if they did, the price on most of their models is prohibitive for the vast majority of younger buyers.



I am 21 years old, and most of my friends my age are interested in Japanese sport bikes because of the performance/$ you get with them. Harleys are nice, but I know very few people my age actually intent on purchasing one.



Also, no one ever said that inferior products don't sell. Harley may be "inferior" in some ways engineering wise, but they clearly are not inferior in terms of marketing and giving their customers what they want. It seems that most of their customers are willing to pay high dollar for the image and the entire brand experience, rather than worrying about performance and value as much as Japanese bike buyers.



I think the Rod series is a step in the right direction in terms of appealing to younger buyers. If the company were willing to give Buell the liquid cooled motor, possibly in smaller displacements, they may make that brand much more appealing.
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:33 AM   #5
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:36 AM   #6
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Anything below 100hp is underpowered.



The new VMax has to push out 200hp, minimum!



V-twins suck...or what ever that argument is supposed to be.



Buell's can't out run a 50cc scooter.



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Old 04-12-2006, 07:11 AM   #7
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It was a pre-emptive rant, trotting out all the usual dogma when any kind of positive report about Harley Davidson is printed, an apparantly failed (in your case anyway) attempt at humor on my part.
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:14 AM   #8
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"Did I miss anything? "



Yeah. Anybody that rides a huckin Farley SUCKS!
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:19 AM   #9
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"But I think the argument about Harley "crashing and burning" is related to the fact that their target demographic is aging and eventually won't be buying new motorcycles"



The theory is that the Harley boom is due to baby boomers all riding Harleys. The average Harley rider is in his 40Â’s, baby boomers are late 50 to 60 y/o. So the theory that baby boomers are carrying Harley is largely bogus. (When the boomer were in their forties the whole motorcycling industry was in a slump)



In 20 to 30 years when the current HD owners are too old to ride, you and your friends will be in your 40Â’s and 50Â’s. Will you still be racing around at top speed on a ricer then? Maybe, but it is more likely you wont. More than likely youÂ’ll prefer going for a more sedate cruise (on a big bore v-twin?) YouÂ’ll also (hopefully) be in a position where paying either 10K or 20K for a bike be of little consequence, both being totally affordable.



HD is not worried. Believe me, the Japs are not falling over themselves to build cruisers because they think the market for cruisers is going to disappear.

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Old 04-12-2006, 07:26 AM   #10
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The funny part of your argument is that you think you are never going to get old. You are 21. Think you might make it to 61? 81? Think you might still be riding that 600cc backbreaker at 61? 81? Doubt it. Still gonna speed around town doin those horn mono's at 60? Doubt it. Think you might ride slower and more relaxed as you get older? Most likely. As the Harley base gets older, so do you, unless you assume you won't make it that far. Harley dosen't court the 21-year-old's for a reason. They are fickle. They will buy the cheapest, lightest, fastest bike no matter what brand it is. How many guys are Suzuki/Honda/Yamaha fans for life and would never buy a competitors product no matter what? I haven't met any. The Japanese have to chase each other for sales. Harley is a completely different bike that they will be never be able to duplicate. I doubt Harley will ever appeal to younger riders. It isn't their market niche.
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