I understand Harley's hesitancy in committing to this bike. They tried similiar tacts in 77/78 with the XLCR and in 83/84 with the XR1000(a better analogy since it too was inspired by the XR750). Neither bike sold well,although they are now increasing in value as collectible classics. I truly like the new bike but I wonder if it would be well received;the HD cruiser rider wont be interested and folk interested in a more sporty ride would likely go for the Buell. I'm not sure who the targeted demographic would be.
Wow a Harley that looks almost modern. It's a retro right kind of like the new Mustang, Camaro, Barracuda, Challenger,, hey I see a trend here. Harley's during the 90's were the mid-life crisis toy of choice for Boomers. I think this Harley could be the last harrah for the Boomers.. I have to admit it looks cooler that the usual HD specially with those pipes. But I doubt Gen Y will buy it neither will young Europeans. Sorry GPTB i call I as I see them (Howard Cosell was mentor of mine)
SuperMotos look cool. Nice preview MO thanks good write up.
If H-D is still selling all the bikes they can build, I don't think dealers would want a bike that won't sell taking up floor space. Don't forget that the uber-cool Super Glide Sport - the only Big Twin I ever lusted for - has been discontinued. This Sportster would seem to be the same sort of bike. The marketing guys figure Americans don't want this kind of Harley, I guess.
Buell has nothing to do with it - Harley owns them. If Harley says jump, Eric gets airborne. Besides, nothing in the Buell lineup seems like a direct competitor. The Lightnings are hooligan bikes, the Firebolts are sportbikes, and this Sporty looks to be a roadster.
My question is, why do the marketing guys think Europeans would be interested in a bike that harkens to old American dirt-trackers?
"Harley's during the 90's were the mid-life crisis toy of choice for Boomers."
I wrote a lengthy post years ago on why "mid-life crisis machine" is bullsh!t. Short version - a 40-something guy gets that "toy" because he's wanted it all of his life but first had to buy the dinette set, mortgage, braces, college fund, minivan, etc etc etc. It's not a "mid-life crisis", it's a mid-life "now I can stop sacrificing myself for everyone else and finally spend some of my money on myself." He didn't suddenly get the urge for a sports car - he had to put it on hold.
Any wife who sneers that "mid-life crisis" crap at her husband should be given a lecture on being grateful. And quiet.