Wait a second, the NHRA V&H "V-Rod" and Muzzy "Buell" are using S&S race motors. Now H-D is suing them? Yes, the lawsuits are about production motors, but it's kind of funny that H-D is financing the racing efforts, using S&S motors, and suing them at the same time. Oh, the irony!
I've wondered for years how companies like S&S and Delkron got away with copying Harley designs. Harley has always sold complete engines so really they are giving away a percentage of their market, specialy now that they have the Screaming Eagle line of cams and valves and carbs. I'd have sued them a long time ago.
I've wondered that myself. I guess Harley makes subtle changes and then gets new patents, kind of like the pharmaceuticals add extras to cut down on previous side effects and then get new patents so they can continue to charge big bucks. It's all about greed. If the big 4 metrics could do it they would too.
HA! Great comment that points out the very problem I have with the current HD craze; the companies "success" was built on the backs (and wallets) of US motorcylists. IMO, the company should have died the death it deserved (at that time) instead of being propped up by Mr. Forbes and Ronnie. I have respect for what they have done since (evolution to TC88 to revolution, improvements in manufacturing, engineering and QA, etc) but so few people know the truth about the "American Motor Company" and how it made it's rise to glory.
"American Motor Company" which for years now can no longer claim "Made in USA", but a recent look at a local HD store I found USA by the company name on the tank. What that really means is USA division of HD, not made in USA. I'm sure it fools many though. Also there at the "American Motor Company" store, I noticed many chrome add ons and accessories made in Taiwan and China.
Don't misunderstand me. I've always wondered how the Evo/Big-Twin clone manufacturers and H-D have coexisted. I figured it was mutually beneficial to both parties. I sense that now H-D is starting to feel the whole small manufacturer/custom cadre inching in on their business, so they're taking action.
In the meantime, they're buying/financing race engines (based on the basic H-D design) from the same third party supplier that they're suing and tagging them as H-Ds and Buells. Don't you see a bit of a mixed message here?
If S&S had a licencing agreement that they're not living up to, I could understand a bit more. But that doesn't seem to be the case.
SPECIFICS: Companies position on previous technological advancements, and current statements of self-aggrandizement and delusion.
Harleys got some big balls! In the past thirty-years, Harleys total development of new technology would amount to a slow-month in Japan. And, having a company representative crowing about it borders on downright surreal. Considering you would be hard-pressed to find anything on one of todays Japanese bikes that was around 15 years ago, Harleys statement about carrying-over only a hand-full of engine parts, from a previous engne, is blatantly silly!
After this, Id hope that S&S has the good sense to move-on and strike-out on their own, leaving Harley and its "advanced" technology behind.