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Old 07-30-2018, 11:20 AM
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H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

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Old 07-30-2018, 11:24 AM
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

I don't see that as a big stretch. After all, HD has been in the dirt flat track business for some time now (albeit not very good).


https://www.cycleworld.com/harley-da...t-look#page-12
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:01 AM
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

Not based on the old XG frame..

https://www.cycleworld.com/harley-da...src=SOC&dom=ig
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:54 AM
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

Bottom line HD is working hard to stay alive and make money for it's investors. Sure they are still trying to keep with their tradition but slowly they will get further away from it.
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

Better carry a full toolkit!
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

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Better carry a full toolkit!
In all the miles I ever rode HD I can honestly say they were as reliable as any other bikes I've owned.

In fact sad to say much more reliable than any BMW I've owned excluding my RR's they have been bullet proof.
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

Looks like they're also planning on a sport bike.


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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

The HD "adventure" bike looks very typical HD, and predictably hideous, IMHO...

https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bik...0/#more-156029

All these new HD models seem like damage control to me. I can't understand who their market will be... HD faithful, no way. And who is going to trade their GS, Multistrada, or Super Duke for this monstrosity?? It seems like an exercise in futility to me...
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

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I don't see that as a big stretch. After all, HD has been in the dirt flat track business for some time now (albeit not very good).


https://www.cycleworld.com/harley-da...t-look#page-12

Better check your facts: A number of national flat track championships. Even had a bit in "on any Sunday".
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

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Bottom line HD is working hard to stay alive and make money for it's investors. Sure they are still trying to keep with their tradition but slowly they will get further away from it.

I think it's a smart move by HD to try and expand their model line up beyond just cruisers. They just have to be smart and aggressively market these new bikes to a different demographic while not alienating their current customer base. I'm not a HD fan but I would like to see them succeed with these new models
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

Regardless of how well this bike is designed and functions if HD does not market it properly it will not sell. Honest marketing would be nice so there is not a great deal of back lash. Then there is the current stigma of the HD brand to overcome too even create a wide appeal for such a bike.

Example, when the BMW S1000XR came out as andventure bike it did not really fit that marketing bill and it seemed to be stuck in limbo with negative press about buzzy and looks appeal. Immediately the consenous was its a BMW so its a off road bike but that was not the case. Several years later the S1000XR has taken on a diiferent view now that people understand the true capabilities of the design.

My point is any brand is already stamped in most people's minds and to shift their interest in a bike that does generally follow that branding will be risky for HD.
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

Harley is coming out with a new line of off road gear to go with the new bike.

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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

I got to say that these new model might actually persuade me to at least go into a Harley
showroom. If the dealers treat these new models like they did Buell I'll have to go all the way to the back of the showroom and bring a feather duster to have a good look though.
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

I reserve full judgment till I see some specs. I’m betting heavier than shit and under powered though beside being fugly
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

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Looks like they're also planning on a sport bike.



This really isn't a stretch (or new entry) since Harley bought Buell some years ago. Their V-Rod was a failed attempt to enter the market with a hybrid "sport-cruiser". Unfortunately, I believe Harley's days are numbered.
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

I find it odd that so many die hard HD fans are now bitching about Harley making stuff over seas. They been doing it since right after WW2. And have been using import parts on the big bikes for decades. Most of their Screaming Eagle stuff is import. It is the way of the world today. When was the last Harley made entirely in the USA?
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

I had a friend with a mildly modified XR1200R. That bike was sweet. Fast, handled well and importantly, was a lot of fun to ride. Plus, he had no reliability problems, and if he had, there are lots of HD and independent shops around that can fix what is essentially a Sportster.
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

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Harley is coming out with a new line of off road gear to go with the new bike.



The Buffalo hide full jackets are optional. That's a kind of stereotypical impression people have of HD owners. Funny as hell tho.
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Re: H-D to build an Adventure bike..?

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And more than likely over priced!
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