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Let me summerize: Since the toughening of the emissions rules the custom bike business is falling off like a Monty Python Holy Gail skit. There is no more market and by the summer of 2010 we will all be working the ABATE swapmeets to survive. The days of ignorant RUBs buying over-priced cloned motorcycles are over. BTW- anyone interested in buying a motorcycle factory?
You are so wrong. With the introduction of the new Avon 640 Slidewinder rear tire, new life awaits the Custom Mass Production Sort of Like a Motorcycle industry. With the savings in kickstands alone, the average MSRP will plummet to $85,000.
 

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When I worked at HD, they sold Big Dog, Ironhorse, and Thunder Mountain choppers. Big Dog and Ironhorse were atrocious to ride. They couldn't corner without sliding as those fata$s tires came up on edge, they barely had brakes, and the hardtails were all over the road. The Thunder Mountains were rideable, but that was because they were basically a heavily customized HD Softail. My guess would be the average time of ownership of those POS machines was less than a year, 1/3 to 1/2 of which was spent with the bike in the shop. The only good thing I'd say about them is you could make some serious change selling them...the commission could be as much as 10X what you'd make selling a standard HD.
 
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