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Old 10-22-2002, 03:17 AM   #11
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No doubt, lots of folks worked on the design, not just the Ness crew. That's a good idea to keep it generic.



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Old 10-22-2002, 03:19 AM   #12
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Old 10-22-2002, 03:43 AM   #13
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There's a year old test here:



http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/bikereviews.asp?ID=5
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Old 10-22-2002, 03:45 AM   #14
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One advantage to keeping all that manufacturing data on record is that it reduces the possiblilty of some disgruntled employee sabotaging the product.
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Old 10-22-2002, 04:03 AM   #15
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Any idea on price $$$?

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Old 10-22-2002, 04:10 AM   #16
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A very nice, fresh design. It is nice to see Harley Davidson have some American competition that is not simply assembling clone evo engines and aftermarket parts. The level of technology employed in the design and manufacture of this motorcycle is impressive as well. I look forward to seeing this design in the flesh.
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Old 10-22-2002, 04:52 AM   #17
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Yet another victim of the California Is The Center of The Universe Syndrome (CITCTUS) wherein sufferers become geographically impaired outside of a triangle defined by San Diego-Las Vegas-San Francisco.



Great write-up and an attractive ride. Interesting stray thought -- major US cruiser manufacturers are located far, far above the snow line. Causation or correlation? At least the Vegas would be interesting eye candy for solitary sojourns in a cold garage in Minnetonka waiting for resumption of riding season.



When you test this, and we know you will, be kind and order some representative accessories so we can: 1) see them; and, 2) get an evaluation.
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Old 10-22-2002, 04:54 AM   #18
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I thought it was a little interesting that after saying one of their design considerations was a well-performing bike, that they de-tuned the power of the front brakes, and compensated for weak springs with high damping.



If you want to add a little performance, you're going to sacrifice a little bit of ease of use (crappy brakes don't lock up), and riding comfort (do the forks bottom out on heavy braking, or are the brakes just so weak you can't do it?)...



I'm not anti-cruiser, but if your goal is performance, don't tie your hands behind your back out of the starting blocks...



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Old 10-22-2002, 05:10 AM   #19
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Aw crap, I totally forgot to put that it. Uh... see the thing is, I don't have the number in front of me now, but it's priced below the H-D's and above the Japanese cruisers. I think 14,999 is the number.
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Old 10-22-2002, 05:15 AM   #20
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Honestly, when I was sitting in the briefing and listening to the chassis engineer talking about using damping the way they did and de-tuning the front brakes, I thought they were crazy. But after riding around and spending some time and after some Q&A with the engineers, I came away feeling satisfied that they did the right thing. This is still a cruiser after all.
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