Is it just me or does it seem like Harley is stuck between a rock and a hard place with this series of bike. The performance is wasted on a cruiser, and the cruiser buyers don't seem to want it.
The Street rod looks like a commitee decision on how best to use existing resources to try to make something that isn't profitable, profitable. It looks like a cruiser that's been raised up, and some rearsets tacked on.
Buell is where this technology should have gone, but Buell isn't Harley.
I think Harley is going to need something else with the V-Rod engine in it.
I just don't see the point of the V-Rod. Nice bike, but unfocused, and over priced.
"Chicago riding doesn't really include many of those scenic roads and racetrack corners. It's more about seeing and being seen in the Windy City. "
Does this mean that the average 120 miles/weekend that KPaul does on the curvy winding roads of the Pacific NW equal 12,000 miles of longrides Chicago poser boulevards.. Anytime you want to race big guy let me know. I'll let you use your Busa even... Sport Bike Pilot knows the roads I ride on... Now Now I am just kidding you.. longride I know you could smoke me....
Great honest review you guys-worth at least 50% of the MO subscription rate. You answered all of my questions. Good work! Thanks and yes I am jealous
Seems to me to be very focused, causing a limited market. It is the only HD that has caught my eye enough to consider ownership. (Eventually, that is. Lottery, anyone?)
I believe (my out-take, of course) the whole point was to be different than everything else they currently were marketing. It seems that the dragster look has devolped a market, al-be-it small, since there are a couple companies that have the style now.
Over priced? Isn't that the definition of Harley-Davidson?
Excellent Points. Especially about the Street Rod. As longride said it doesn't have the bling factor of the V-Rod.... Maybe Harley will make a tourer/dresser next using this platform.. I agree with you about Buell is where the new engine tech should go. You have to grow the next gen of Harley riders from the Buell riders of today IMHO... Good post fireworks
I loved riding the Street Rod on a demo ride so I bought one. It is one of the best all-around motorcycles I have ever owned. It can do a slow relaxing cruise or a spirited sport ride with equal talent. I no longer have to go home and switch motorcycles when I want to change riding styles.
Hey Harley finally sells a bike with balls right out of the box. Is that bad? You would rather pay Harley taxes to turn a sloppy 88 into something that can get out of it's own way? The price is about 40% too high, but if you buy an HD you should expect to get raped. At least with this one when you twist the throttle something happens!