It seems to me that Harley is still trying to market to the more mature riding audience, but now to folks who have had sport bikes but can't bring themselves to plunk down $20,000 for a 60 HP motorcycle that handles like bad snowblower.
Of course Harley is going to start their marketing with the badest cruiser on the planet, they have a loyal following of cruiser heads to keep happy and they don't want to upset that crowd.
Part of the reason Harley has had success is because they have gone after the 40 plus market, most demographics show that is where the money is for toys. So it stands to reason that they will be introducing a line of touring or perhaps sport-touring machines with this new motor aimed at the BMW and ST1100 crowd.
But what I want to see is what Buell is going to do with a water cooled motor.
Somehow, I don't think the Harley folks are going to slit their own throats by not making air-cooled twins anymore. The traditionalists will likely always have something to spend too much money on at their local Harley dealer.
As for the new bike, I like it. And I'll bet handles like a REALLY GOOD snowblower.
A minor little concern like respecting a news embargo would be my idea. The Brits that published the story prematurely don't respect The Motor Company. Nor did they respect the contract they had to sign. Just a guess...
Look again, dude. The story is still there, it's just not the "top news" any more. At this moment, it's in the lower left corner of the "News" page. Go to and click on the "News" link in the top left (I get the impression that direct links to MCN stories don't work very well).
The softail? Ha ha ha ha ha. The die hard Yanni fans' favorite maybe. My idea of a "die hard" harley fan would be someone that knows and appreciates why the softail is such a cheesey model and concept (and is more likely to ride some variation of the superglide).
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