Author Topic: Harley finally enters the 19th century!  (Read 14455 times)

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Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« on: June 21, 2011, 06:12:27 pm »
http://thekneeslider.com/archives/2011/06/20/harley-davidson-water-cooled-heads-patent/

If they have this stuff, why don't they just make it already? Jeez!

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 06:28:17 pm »
No sense rushing into anything.  Start off slow, then taper off... :stirpot:
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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011, 06:30:44 pm »
Because they will loose their targeted lemmings who will only own & ride the traditional dated HD bike.
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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2011, 07:10:36 pm »
I think they should be extremely cautious with these new fangled, water cooled engines. :o

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2011, 08:35:17 pm »
So does this mean they will blow hot air on the rider's legs? And the lowers won't be removable. Fail.

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2011, 08:54:19 pm »
I think they should be extremely cautious with these new fangled, water cooled engines. :o

I had a Harley guy that I work with say to me "I would never buy a water cooled bike, what if you blow a hose when you are miles from home?".  I asked him if he worried about his car or truck "blowing a hose" lately, and would he rather have an air cooled car.  He just looked at me like a deer in the headlights.  I don't think he ever actually thought about that!  I do believe I may have made some progress toward making another HD rider actually think logically.

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2011, 09:14:38 pm »
There's not much contact in the heads there...  I hope they're just trying to boil tea with this thing.
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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2011, 09:33:39 pm »
Because they will loose their targeted lemmings who will only own & ride the traditional dated HD bike.

Hence the reason the V-Rod never really took off. Its the only Harley that I would even consider riding, and the only one with a water cooled engine. But for some reason I have heard diehards say "it ain't a real Harley".
Of course its not a real Harley, the V-Rod actually has some 20th century technology in it.
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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2011, 05:13:01 am »
I think this is going to be like HD mufflers: it meets legal and EPA rules as sold and then the owners take them off to do their thing and make their tractors sound like they actually have power.

It appears to be a system that's easily removed, hence it doesn't actually have to offer much in the way of cooling. Just enough to help the tractor motor meet new clean-air restrictions.

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2011, 06:07:59 am »
Eventually they will probably have to make all their engines water cooled, but this one says it is currently only for their touring models.

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2011, 06:14:18 am »
The V Rod isn't really a Harley because it's a Porsche!
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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2011, 08:49:51 am »
I have an 03 Vrod, it's a GREAT bike, however I call it the "purgatory bike", not in heaven- not in hell.  The Harley group doesn't except you cause your on a "liquid cooled bike designed by Porsche" the Jap group doesn't except you cause your on a "Harley"...  Therefore not in heaven or hell...kinda stuck in the middle.  Like I've said here earlier, don't care.  It is a GREAT bike though, and I just love pissing off all those narrow minded dolts.

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2011, 09:23:11 am »
Harley is in the business of selling tradition and image. The air cooled, push rod, single pin crank V twin engine is their signature. They should never stop building that.

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2011, 09:24:23 am »
Yeah the diehards are ALL freaking out because liquid cool is going to be mandatory to meet regulations...then to top it off Poliaris bought Indian!!! You know liquid cool is also coming to the sacred Indian as well.

Like I always say...I would buy a Harley or even an Indian...IF they had a decent engineer.

I have seen a few diehard’s heads explode when you say that….LOL it’s also funny how they act like "ohh it was the older Harleys that had issues, you know last years models…my brand-new Harley is just fine"…keep on telling yourself that lol