I'm pretty sure they don't sell it here because they think it won't sell well. I'm not sure if they are right, but I think they have experience with what sells and what doesn't.It's a shame too, they are one of the coolest looking Harley's going. I'm surprised that with Harley wanting to get into a younger demographic they're not selling the XR 1200 here, I would imagine it would sell pretty well.
I just don't get that, really. They're already building it - it's "Made in the U.S.A." right? How hard would it be to build a few-dozen extra, and put 'em in a couple of "volunteer" Dealerships instead of shipping overseas?I'm pretty sure they don't sell it here because they think it won't sell well. I'm not sure if they are right, but I think they have experience with what sells and what doesn't.
No doubt, they know their demographic very well. They've done an incredible job of marketing and upgrading the line-up to fit their niche and crank out some excellent machines. They also know they have an aging customer base and to appeal to a younger market they need performance and handling. The Buell is a step in the right direction but not everyone wants a full-on sportbike. I think the XR 1200 as well as the 1200 Roadster fill in the middle ground of Sportster style with decent performance at a reasonable price.......Just my opinion, worth what Harley paid for it but if I and a lot of other people can see it then they can too.I'm pretty sure they don't sell it here because they think it won't sell well. I'm not sure if they are right, but I think they have experience with what sells and what doesn't.
Ditto, that's too good an engine to waste on a cruiserMaybe they are waiting for that 'big outcry' to get that bike in the US market. I've been waiting for a V-Rod powered tourer for a few years now. Can't figure out why they won't make that one. I'd buy one the day they came out.
Actually Downtown Harley Davidson in Tukwila built one a few years ago, they fabbed and mounted a Road Glide fairing, seat, bags and trunk to a standard V-Rod. Looked excellent, certainly something I'd be interested in specially with B-BAR's global cooling articleI'm sorta surprised no one has done a FLHT/waterhead project, at least to my knowledge.
Take an older dresser, put a V-Rod motor in it. Couldn't be that hard.
Of course, it'd be of little benefit. The V-Rod motor is kinda ugly, and I don't think the road manners of the bike would change appreciably.