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Old 06-06-2009, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default Love the Bike, Hate the Brand

Harley's Iron 883 is just about the sexiest piece of machinery I have ever seen . . . but with the greatest respect to those older than myself, I don't want to be associated with the aging boomers that typify the brand. The corporate video that launched this bike, which was until recently available on youtube but has since been yanked for one reason or another, seemed an attempt by HD to reposition itself as a younger, hipper brand - and yet I have seen no marketing effort to sustain this rebranding. When telling friends I'm buying a Harley, I don't want to have to go on to explain that is not some ridiculous contraption weighed down by saddlebags, windshields and cup-holders, but is instead something raw, stripped down, devoid of pretense. HD should be bad-ass, but they've become fat-ass. Yes, I'm a novice biker, but I do know this: brand is key and image is everything. My question then is this: can this bike transcend the brand, or will it doom me to public ridicule?
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:21 PM   #2
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What? The Sporster is one of the most iconic machines ever built. Fun to ride, and you have 50 years of hop up experience if you want to build a 105 cu.in. fire breathing, ground shaking, tire smoking monster.

Of course if you do that to a Sporty it will blow up every few weeks, but no one will accuse you of riding a saddlebag laden porker.

You're not trying to start one of those Harley flame threads are you?
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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Yes, I'm a novice biker, but I do know this: brand is key and image is everything. My question then is this: can this bike transcend the brand, or will it doom me to public ridicule?
If you don't mind riding a "girls bike".............
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:05 PM   #4
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If you think they will ridicule you for buying a Harley, just think what they will do if you buy a Honda.

Anyhow, in all seriousness, you buy what you want and if the cagers don't like it you laugh in their faces. They're the pissant wussies.

I've been riding 45 years and I know this: You ride what you like. You're the one riding it. If you are buying a bike because of what other people think, you are doomed to be disappointed.
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Old 06-07-2009, 05:14 AM   #5
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"Yes, I'm a novice biker,...."

Then quit making dumb, pointless generalizations, and go buy a bike and ride it.
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:33 AM   #6
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If you don't mind riding a "girls bike".............

Heheheh, couldn't have said it better. Maybe at 105ci they "used" to be firebreathers.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:39 AM   #7
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Heheheh, couldn't have said it better. Maybe at 105ci they "used" to be firebreathers.
The joke is that the "T!tster 883" isn't a "Real Bike" according to the full-on Faithful. Nor the 1200. Or any Buell. Or the Night Rod, or ANY other of them "Jep bikes" (which lumps Italian, Austrian, German, British, Korean, Chinese AND Japanese bikes into that category, with some even lumping Victory in there as well)........
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:43 PM   #8
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Default This has to be a joke.

When telling friends I'm buying a Harley, I don't want to have to go on to explain

What a dipstick. You're so concerned about what other people think, or even more pathetic, what some marketing weenie tells you to think, that you'd pass on a motorcycle you really like.

I'm a novice biker, but I do know this: brand is key and image is everything.

The most utterly shallow life perspective I've heard in years. And then this:

can this bike transcend the brand, or will it doom me to public ridicule?

No. It's not for you. Go buy what all your friends and the marketing agencies tell you to buy. If you want to avoid public ridicule, stop sharing your thoughts and values in public.
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:41 PM   #9
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I'm a novice biker, but I do know this: brand is key and image is everything.

The most utterly shallow life perspective I've heard in years. And then this:

can this bike transcend the brand, or will it doom me to public ridicule?

No. It's not for you. Go buy what all your friends and the marketing agencies tell you to buy. If you want to avoid public ridicule, stop sharing your thoughts and values in public.
Sheesh! Did someone get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:42 PM   #10
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"Yes, I'm a novice biker,...."

Then quit making dumb, pointless generalizations, and go buy a bike and ride it.
Best post all day!
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