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Old 06-17-2002, 10:48 AM   #11
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Compared to the LA Times' column one of a few weeks ago it's Pulitzer material.



I'm just sad they left out the ZX-12R of the side bar



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Old 06-17-2002, 11:05 AM   #12
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The average Harley customer, as well as buyers of expensive euro makes, tend to be older because they have the discretionary income to afford more expensive products.
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Old 06-17-2002, 11:07 AM   #13
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Not all motorcycle companies want to be like Honda. Why on earth would someone want to buy a HD sportbike? Some thinigs just aren't meant to be, like the current Cadillac sports sedan, the CTS (no matter how good it is).
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Old 06-17-2002, 11:14 AM   #14
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Its always amazing to me how posts can get so Harley oriented.Some folk are so preoccupied with Harley bashing or defending they cant see the big picture.Its interesting that this article was very well balanced(about 20 percent of the content concerned Harleys)but over 70 percent of the posts are about Harley.The big picture isnt Harley......the question is will the teenagers of today and the 20 somethings stay on motorcycles into their middle age to replace boomers(by the way all middle aged grey heads dont ride Harleys)as they inevitably leave the marketplace.Will the sportbike rider of today grow into the middle aged Gold Wing Rider of tomorrow?Are cruisers(of any make)a boomer phenomena or will younger folk go that route?Dont think we are smarter than the companies(including Harley)...which copanies thrive depends on how they read the future.Whether the motorcyckle industry as a whole continues to boom depends on economics and the general legal/social view of cyclists.
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Old 06-17-2002, 11:23 AM   #15
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Default Great Point Sparky: Re: ABC News reports on motorcycles

doubtful you look me up then OK
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Old 06-17-2002, 11:29 AM   #16
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That's all great, but what do YOU think?

Let's just say, you were H-D (or AS smart), what would you do for H-D to thrive?
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Old 06-17-2002, 12:15 PM   #17
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I 50 now, and my last bike was a ZX-11. My current ride a BMW R1100S, and would never fall for a 'no tech' bike like the big Harleys; Buell, well maybe. But doing something just because your friends think it cool; what a waste of time.
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Old 06-17-2002, 12:19 PM   #18
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Yea, I know. Hope I make it that long. But I'm 50 now and tell my friends to shoot me if they ever see me on a bike with streamers hanging from the bar ends.
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Old 06-17-2002, 12:26 PM   #19
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I think that's rather the point they were making.
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Old 06-17-2002, 12:30 PM   #20
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I agree; and would like to see HD move away from model 'T' technology and the V-Rod is a good start. Give us a bike that will not fall apart trying to keep up with any number of good sport touring rigs available now from Japan or Europe. Key words being 'lighter weight' 'handling' 'power' 'reliability' 'affordability' Until then, I refuse to buy HD.
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