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Old 08-20-2003, 04:02 AM   #31
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Default Re: What's wrong with the Rune???

I'm with you, the Rune paves new ground and is stiking (in a good way).
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Old 08-20-2003, 04:06 AM   #32
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Serious-fast cruiser idea: A+



Engine styling from John Deere: F



You can fix performance problems, you can monkey with looks, but you can't make that square lump look good. No amount of money will fix that thing's looks.



Of course, it seems that no amount of money will cause Harley to actually engineer a good motor for Buell..........
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Old 08-20-2003, 04:07 AM   #33
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Do you have a cruiser?
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Old 08-20-2003, 04:26 AM   #34
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Everyone can argue all day about if it's ugly, overpriced, good or bad, but it's who's gonna plunk down 17 large for it that will answer all the questions. Just by looking at it, I don't think it will sell all that well. The engine looks like a Wankel knockoff, and those punchbowl scallops on the sides aren't winning any points. The Brits, like the Germans, just don't really "get" the cruiser thing. If it doesn't appeal to the eyes, it probably won't sell no matter what the power.
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Old 08-20-2003, 05:11 AM   #35
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No, going after the segment ruled by Harley is the smartest thing they could do, because that's where 95% of the customers are at. Creating their own completely new segment is extremely difficult, slow, and costly.
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Old 08-20-2003, 05:11 AM   #36
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Most Harleys look ok before they are customized. Most get worse after. The Rocket could only get better.
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Old 08-20-2003, 05:12 AM   #37
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Finally, another voice of reason.
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Old 08-20-2003, 05:32 AM   #38
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Default Re: What's wrong with the Rune???

Yes, the Rune will probably be striking lots of pavement, I'm sure.



This reminds me of the Detroit panic of '58. If you can't think up something new, think up something completly looney. Startle the consumer.



I'd hate to have a Rune fall over in a parking lot, impale innocent passerbys on all that sharp pointy stuff hanging off it.



I'm thinking BSA Rocket Three molested by a '58 Buick Roadmaster.
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Old 08-20-2003, 05:44 AM   #39
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Default Why the Triumph Rocket will do Well

Many are overlooking a new trend growing subtlety, but surely and it is the motorcycle owner who has multiple motorcycles both of brand and purpose. I see it in Rune owners, I see it in other brand and make owners, I see it in multiple facets. Motorcycling is become popular in many ways. I own several motorcycles and each provide a different style and intent of riding. There are many demanding motorcyclists who will pay the price of the Rocket III's admission for various reasons and the main reason is variety. I greatly respect Triumph for what it is now and for what it is becoming



The Rocket III will do well. Very well.
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Old 08-20-2003, 05:53 AM   #40
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I think you may be referring to the Triumph Sprint 'RS.S': RSS1.jpg.



Here's the rest of the article:
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What a stunning bike! Unfortunately, I seem to recall that the Italian designer has since died in an accident...



Earlier this year I traded in my Yamaha FZS600 for a damaged RS, and put a Yamaha '02 FZS600 fairing on it (very similar to the FZ1 fairing). I'd like to think it actually looks a bit like this bike (although I have a '00 RS, so it doesn't have the single-sided swingarm the '02 RS's have...)

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