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Interesting. It's about time they redesigned something. Just kidding. Seriously, if they do it right they could get a whole bunch of us young kids into the H-D clan. If. On the other hand, if they change it up too much, they could end up alienating the old people who are always crying about tradition and so forth. Then again, I didin't hear of too many people whining and selling their motorcycles and vowing to never buy a Harley again when they introduced the V-Rod.

What really has me interested is the new VRSC family bike. I'm sure the redesigned sportsters will be nice enough, but I kind of have a bit of a personal bias against a Harley with the word "sport" in the name. That's not what the bikes are supposed to be about. They're supposed to be about cruising around and stuff, not carving the canyons like the psycho sportbikes.

Whatever happens, I'm sure the old people who always talk about traditions will be happy enough with the new bikes.

P.S. - Was there a point to this post, or did I just want first post for once?

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New Sportster=Old rusted bicycle with a Home Depot paint shaker bolted to it.



V-Rod model=Same as the old bike, but the engine is mounted upside-down so you can adjust the valves without taking it out of the frame.



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Well good for you Harley, 100 years, while shy of Triumph's 101 years, is still a milestone any company can be proud of

After 46 years the Sporty is due for a re-design, Hopefully they won't ***** it up too bad

My expert prediction is that the V-rod will spin off into a complete line up of cruising, touring and standard type bikes, running concurrant with the TC88,

However beanie-arm-chap-boy's will bail to Yamaha after getting spanked for trying to be 1%.

Harley's will go back to being outlaw bikes, while posers will move on to Warriors and Road Stars.

Those staying with Harley will see that Sporty's are (next to Triumph and Ducati) about the funnest thing you can do with your drawers on and leave heritige softtails in the garage and actually learn to ride without stopping every 15 feet for a beer.

Trailer sales and DWI's will drop, while miles ridden will rise. Harley's will be seen in a new light by sportbike types and global warming will extend the riding season for all

Thats what the bones tell me.
 

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Re: Can a real person buy one now?

I can't afford a VRSC model, since I'm not a doctor or lawyer or willing to spend every red cent on American Iron (much as I'd like to, wife won't let me), so I'm really banking (so to speak) on these new Sportsters to get my foot in the door and still like the bike I get.

Maybe if Harley makes a "Sportster" look like something designed in the last couple years instead of a paint-shaker lead-sled done up in late 40s garb with a peanut tank tacked on, they'll actually attract new buyers. We all know the Blast! just don't cut the mustard for most.

Can't wait ...
 

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New Sporties

Most credible rumor I heard was that the Sporty would get rubber mounts and Buell heads.

Least credible rumors - Softail-type suspension, Buell engine.

How do you start a rumor, anyway? Just say you heard it? I heard the new Sportsters will have a rotary rear damper (Harley engineers ironed out the kinks in the Suzuki setup on the TL1000), RADD front suspension (Harley bought the rights from James Parker), and a fork-mounted streetfighter fairing with projector-beam headlights. Obviously, it's a sign they're going to phase out Buell.

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Having just read through my copy of Fast Bikes, the original 883 Sporster was actual a fast sports bike in its time. A Sporster with a Vrod motor may restore some respect to the name Sporster.



But I suppose they can't alenate their current market.



 

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Actually...

... the Sportster has already been re-designed. It's called the Buell XB12 Firebolt. That's the philosophical descendent of the original Sportster. Badge it as a Harley Sportster and call it a day.

Then take the new "Sportster" and market it as a "little twin" cruiser. Re-name it the "Astro Glide", since it will ease new Harley purchasers into the experience of taking it up the a$$ from dealers.
 

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I reckon the new Sportster will look just like the old one, as the TC88 looked just like the late Evo's. But it will have rubber mounts and a balanced engine (like the TC88B) and probably injection, though it'll still have a big oval air cleaner. The heads and other engine internals will be similar to, but not the same as, the Buell Firebolt - but you'll still have pushrods to appease the faithful and to get The Look...
 

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Re: New Sporties

I second the rumor. The HD will benefit from the Buell development, but not the heads per se. Remember the intake architecture of the Buells is very different -- vertical versus right side of the engine.
 

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Re: New Sporties

Third... Definately rubber mounts, styling is "freshened up" but it's still clearly a sportster.

Not sure about V-rods, although some new colors would be cool. Not sure if that would count as a "new model" though.
 

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I can see the V-Rod motor put in a more practical package like the Super Glide. The Sporty will probably move closer to Buell. How much, I hve no idea, but Buell parts will more than likely show on the Sporty. Should be interesting. Ashely, tell Mr. Bass to show at the Harley 100th.
 

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Sad to say I agree with you and I own HD bikes. I hope HD takes thier initive from the launch of the vrod and runs with it.



If all they can come up with is different colours and a 45hp vibration free sportster, then I'm done with HD. I may as well buy old shovels and fix 'em up, at least it would seperate me from grey ponytail crowd with thier 100 anniversary Roadkings.
 

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Well I just ordered a 2003 883...what should I do ? Cancel or change it to a 2004 model. I don't like the idea of purchasing something that is being introduced for the first year unless it's just some simple changes. I'm looking for a go slow and somewhat comfortable bike. I put money down on a 2003 883c. Now what ???
 

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You can quit speculating and see the first pics and read the real scoop on Motorcyclist at http://motorcyclecruiser.com/newsandupdates/2004HD/ I still think the real reason so many hypercycle riders spend so much time on this forum is because their overpowered and uncomfortable bikes make it safer and more comfortable for them to spend their time sitting at a computer raving about how wonderful their bikes are...
 
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