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Old 01-06-2004, 08:27 AM   #71
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Default Stop it you two!

Did you guys come down with KPaulitis?



No more off subject posts! Do you think this is a free country or something?
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Old 01-06-2004, 08:33 AM   #72
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Default Re: Only standard truth

'scuse me I meant every two years. I think the CBRfs went 5 or 6 years before a major redesign.
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Old 01-06-2004, 08:50 AM   #73
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The biggest thing holding back American sport bike's is Buell's history of poor reliability and dealer support. With the new XB12 lightning and Firebolt they've got a good unique design that according to the press works very well. Both bikes generated a great deal of interest at the recent Seattle IMS

If HD inc. would throw some real support behind the brand they might have a fighting chance. My feeling is that to be succsessful they need a dealership willing to give them enough floor space and shop support to encourage some interest, even if it means a seperate shop somewhere on the property if possible.

The fact is alot of HD buyers aren't interested in sportbikes of any kind so it's pointless to try to market to them, however there is a market for performance oriented bikes that are not Japanese cookiecutters. Triumph, Ducati, Aprillia and Moto-Guzzi attest to this, while their numbers aren't anywhere as big as the Japanese, all sell at a profitable rate, in this area anyway.

Most of my friends and I fall into the motorcycle manufacturers dream demographic, IE; middle aged, long term riders and buyers with good incomes and excellent credit who buy new bikes every couple of years. When I buy my next new bike I'll definatly look at what Buell has to offer, as well as M-G Triumph and Ducati.

I can't say what I will buy now, but it won't be a Japanese race rep. or cruiser for the same reason I won't dress up like a pirate and buy a Road King, I like bikes that are unique, not something you see every time you're around other riders.

Harley is quite capable of turning out decent sport bikes and have proven it with the XB9 and XB12 series, thats where the American sport bike is. Now they just have to market it as well as they market their core products.
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Old 01-06-2004, 08:55 AM   #74
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Yeah Buzglyd, knock it off, you started it
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Old 01-06-2004, 09:02 AM   #75
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I was wondering when someone would mention the Glynn Kerr designed, Rotax powered (can you say Aprilia Mille?), Fischer as an example of a clean-sheet American sportbike. Here are a few more links:

http://www.motorcyclenewswire.com/news.cfm?newsid=2126

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/03dec...ermotorco.html

Does anyone have any more recent info on that bike? I can't view the Fischer website.
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Old 01-06-2004, 09:19 AM   #76
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I'm telling mom.
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Old 01-06-2004, 09:21 AM   #77
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I just wanna see you dress up like a pirate.
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Old 01-06-2004, 09:45 AM   #78
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Oh great, now were both gonna get it
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Old 01-06-2004, 09:48 AM   #79
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Old 01-06-2004, 10:52 AM   #80
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