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Old 12-16-2006, 03:10 AM   #1
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A V-Rod Buell would canibalize V-Rod sales and put Harley even further behind in their efforts to move to a modern powerplant in their regular line-up. I think that we'll see a V-Rod motored Fat Boy before too long...



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Old 12-16-2006, 03:23 AM   #2
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Its too big and too heavy. It would not be a good Buell motor.



I don't feel like it needs a new motor, but that one has been brought up numerous times over on badweatherbikers.com with same result - not a good sportbike motor.
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Old 12-16-2006, 04:05 AM   #3
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Why do people keep asking this? Because Mr. Buell likes his bike the way it is. I've ridden one, and so do I. So have lots of other people. If all those people wanted such a bike, they could just buy a Japanese or Italian sportbike.
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Old 12-16-2006, 04:25 AM   #4
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I'll ask him if I see him at the IMS today and get back to you later.
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Old 12-16-2006, 04:30 AM   #5
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As has been said already, it is purely a size and weight limitation. The V-Rod Motor is simply too large for Buell's tiny motorcycles.
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Old 12-16-2006, 05:07 AM   #6
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It was good enough for the superbike they fielded in AMA competition. Well almost good enough, they bombed. I will never forget DuHamel's face every time the piece of crap died, or Chandler's, or Russell's, or.....
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Old 12-16-2006, 05:14 AM   #7
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I missed this year's LB IMS cuz I was in FL drinking with my mates.



I wanted to compliment Burns on his attractive new soul patch.
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Old 12-16-2006, 05:23 AM   #8
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No it wasn't. The superbike motor was developed here by a third party (that is right now helping another American motorcycle company). The design in the V-Rod was developed by Porshe. Both Buell and HD know that the motor is too heavy to be a true competitive sport motor. But they could (HD that is) develop a new breed of sport-tour oriented dressers for the "new" generation of riders coming up with the V-Rod motor.
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Old 12-16-2006, 05:31 AM   #9
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Because the Buell was designed around the Sporty motor. Part of the attraction of the XB line is the tiny 52 inch wheelbase. The narrow angle air-cooled Vtwin allows for this. A twin with a wider V and a radiator would need a longer wheelbase.



Even the tiny MV Agusta Brutale wheelbase is 3 1/2 inches longer than the Buell.



There are plenty of unique products out there. If you don't like the Buell buy something else.
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Old 12-16-2006, 05:50 AM   #10
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HD is going to make a v-rod powered dresser in the sometime-distant future. They have to do something to meet emmision regulations. They will not put that engine in a Buell. When the time comes that the draconian legislators make it so the Buell needs water cooling then that is when we will see it come out with the engine that the naysayers want.

THIS IS WHAT THR GREAT CLPROPHET PREDICTS. And yes, I know this is an excellent post due to the facts/data. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
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