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400,000 bikes! That really is impressive. Great take on the market and the HD brand.

Thanks.



I guess Ford could take a lesson from Harley after slipping to third behind Toyota.
 

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The $623,896 Question

This doesn't just apply to Harley's CEO but other as well. Is this guys opinion and time really worth that much compared to the other guy's? (12X someone who is making $50,000).
 

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"Why are Harleys louder....?"

What a GREAT way to be politicaly correct about saying "We build em so specs, but some of the customers are a$$#oles!"

With that said, I'm a future a$$#ole. I rode my Lightning past a group of small children and not one of them started to cry and run away......

Definetely not loud enough......

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Is there something new in this article that hasn't been said dozens of times in other articles (both here and elsewhere) over the past several years? If so, I can't find it.



You must be following Stephen Colbert's maxim that good journalism is a well-rewritten press release (or even easier, a link to a story somebody else wrote).



That leaves more time to test yet another crotch rocket.
 

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Re: "That leaves more time to test yet another crotch rocket."

That's a bad thing?

I suppose we could test harleys. But, what's to test? They make lot's of noise and haul drunken fat people around in slow wobbling formation. That pretty much cover them?

I know, we could do a report on riding from bar to bar and then falling into a huge ditch after a botched pass of an RV?

www.twistedlimit.com/cbr/Twistedlimit317.WMV
 

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Harleys haul fat drunks from bar to bar. Sportbikes haul half-wits from crash site to impound lot.



Different strokes I guess.
 

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Actually, I think it would make for a pretty funny feature to get one Harley from each of the 5 "families" (Dyna, Sportster, etc) and take them to a track to grind the floorboards to dust. Maybe add in a cruiser from each of the big 4, and a Victory and see who can get the best lap times.
 

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Totally unrelated

Not to get all angsty but I agree... it's always sickened me that people justify these huge salaries based on what "they" might do.

A. It's not just them

B. If it fails, they don't give the salary back

Regarding the article... not really news... I was happy to see the anti-loud pipe sentiment. Though he should have taken time out of the brand propaganda to mention proper training.
 

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I agree that Harley tests can't hurt. I would definitely prefer a Harley if I were to jet off with my wife on a month-long western tour of the USA versus using my 599cc Triumph, even if I feel quite the opposite about general use: a smaller, more nimble bike is superior to a Harley for commuting, weekend rides, and track days.



I think XR750 inspired Sportsters could compare well with Monsters and other nekkid bikes for general use. I got absolutely smoked by one back in '99 up on Skyline. The guy was hauling.



Also, Buell tests could be used as platforms from which to broadcast our appeals to HD for a new Buell engine made specifically to match the engineering excellence of their chassis. If HD took the risk to create the V-rod engine, why not create a new engine purpose built for Buells?



 

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In September, Sportbiketacktime.com is hosting a cruiser only day at Mid Ohio. Go figure. Even the instuctors aren't sure how this is going to play out. A series of parade laps around the track? Long slices into the asphalt with spetacular dispays of sparks as floor boards grind away in the Keyhole? Might be fun to go and watch. Does Sharkskins make body work for a Softail?
 

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Harley doesn't get the key to future success is one word.

That one word is Buell.. I read an article in Bike magazine (UK) that said if I a youg rider has a great experience with their first bike they become loyal buyers of that brand more times than not. In order to get the next generation to buy V-Rods you better get them on Buells first.....That means spending more money on Buell...
 
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