Yep, when you build a $1,500 bike and sell it for $17,000 to a line a mile long of nonvalue concerned individuals one would expect record profits. I have to hand it to Harleys Marketing folks, they did one [email protected] good job. Possibly the best Marketing in the world. Well at least in the USA.
I think I just figured out what it is about a Harley that appeals to so many. It appeals to our animalistic nature, the feeling of raw power closely related to an earthquake. The rumble, the shaking, all ready to unleash with a twist of the wrist. Top that off with a large dose of shiny bobbles and trinkets for the eyes to catch and presto, Moths to a flame. Take away the chrome, the vibes and the volume and I dont think anyone would care for them at all. Performance certainly isnt there, definitely no handling, scary brakes, frame flex and under sprung suspension. But they call to the soul, making its rider feel like the most powerful being ever to grace this earth. The sound, the shake and the wind all give the allusion of going faster and quicker than you are. With that Harley has produced what no other more refined bike can match. Ride On
It's nice to see that Danny and Al are happy going to Honda. It's a bit sad because the three of them (Joey) seemed to make a great team. The kawasaki team got things done and were the coolest to hang out with.
I must be cool to have competition that builds a better product than you, sell it for less than yours and yet....... You still have a monopoly??? Go figure! HD's Marketing folks had as easy a job as Bush did in making a coalition against terrorism! It just plain fell in their laps.
I don't ride a Harley and don't really want one, but...
There is something to be said for making the rider experience a certain way, as long as performance is adequate and brakes are not outright dangerous. I can probably outrun a Harley on my commuting appliance Bandit 600, but the Harley rider is having as much fun as I am. We both can outrun nearly all cars on the road, and enjoy doing it.
I got no problem with Harley's popularity, even if I my next bike is a Gixxer instead of a Fxxer.
Just to save you from having to go into a hissy fit to reply to this, I want to precurse my reply with... I DON'T RIDE A HOG. I will repeat this after the post as well as we all know you guys only save room in your noggin for little harley one-liners.
It's easy, just don't buy the clunky things. It's just like any other pop culture, you can question any of them -
"why do punk rockers where big heeled boots and chains through their nose? Doesn't that seem distracting and non-functional?"
"why do teenage girls buy all of this horrible boy-band music - it has no musical originality, and it all sounds the same?"
"why do the young urbanites listen to guys yell about beating eachother up and driving big cadillacs? wouldn't it be a better if they got along around a campfire and sang christian haikus?"
"why do us americans insist on driving big ugly SUV's and harley davidson's - they aren't functional and their handling is laughable?"
Honda has also hired a punk kid with bad acne to sneak around the pits at night pouring sugar into other teams' gas tanks. The punk kid has not been named, but sources inside Honda say that he'll be wearing a Yamaha T-shirt.
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