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From Motorcycle Daily:

Apparently, there are actual bikes in actual Dealerships.



If you squint, you might not see all the Harley parts...

'Starting at $30,999.'
 

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Actually the old 1500 Drifter looked a lot more like a classic Indian. Although I'd hope to see this company survive it's gonna be a tough sell. You'd have a hard time finding a worse time to offer an extremely expensive V-twin cruiser. If the upper class buyers go for them then that might work. The home credit line market is pretty much t1ts-up which leaves out the middle-class buyers.

Since this bike looks exactly like the recently defunct models one has to hope that they improved the reliability drastically.
 

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It's too raked-out, and the rear fender looks too "mashed" in.

It sucks.
 

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Actually the old 1500 Drifter looked a lot more like a classic Indian. Although I'd hope to see this company survive it's gonna be a tough sell. You'd have a hard time finding a worse time to offer an extremely expensive V-twin cruiser. If the upper class buyers go for them then that might work. The home credit line market is pretty much t1ts-up which leaves out the middle-class buyers.

Since this bike looks exactly like the recently defunct models one has to hope that they improved the reliability drastically.
I really liked the Drifters. It would be nice to see Kawasaki bring them back at some point.
 

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Words fail me, at least that Victory Vision is looking better and better

.......+1 on the Drifter, a pretty nice looking bike. One of the few cruisers the Japanese have actually done right IMO
 

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Not to mention the greatest teevee ad campaign for a bike in history: the Drifter rider dropping the farmer's daughter off at dawn as her Dad runs out to reclaim her honor. "You boink the nicest people on a Drifter!"
That was a rare good one, most Kawi ads are real steamers.
 

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Actually I think the lack of chrome and better use of black paint gave the old Drifter a better classic look.
I was referring to this bike. The Drifter was a cheap plastic copy, but a "good" cheap plastic copy. This bike is a parody, not a copy.
 
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