Author Topic: Harley finally enters the 19th century!  (Read 14496 times)

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #30 on: June 23, 2011, 05:07:42 am »
I personally think it is pretty brilliant.......and HD has plenty of tech and engineering behind them, they just build "exactly" what their buyers tend to want. My neighbor just bought a new 2011 Street Glide, and it is a seriously seriously nice bike!


They are beautiful bikes. And like Pokey said, it's what the people want. Most Harley riders don't care about going 200 miles per hour, or how fast you can get through the turns. For most Harley riders, it's a slower riding where you enjoy the scenery and smells of nature. (and of course "the lifestyle") The bikes are way more solidly built than what we ride. So they hold up very well when they don't make the turn!  :D

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #31 on: June 23, 2011, 06:35:30 am »
I remember when the Evo engine came out the Faithful said it wasn't a real Harley. Now you can't even get them to look at a Shovel-they are considered to be junk. heck, most HD dealers won't even work on a Shovel engined HD.
Yup local yuppie HD dealer won't even change my oil- not that I would let them. I asked the question to their service manager in front of a bunch of their lemmings just to show their"history" and "legend" crap is BS.  She's comming up on 325K

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« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2011, 06:39:43 am »
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 think with most Harley riders, that's still walking distance.   ;D
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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #33 on: June 23, 2011, 06:47:51 am »
Good one Jon.  Here in yuppieville you should see all the 1-6 y/o HD's for sale w/less than 3k.  I think most never got warmed up. I did a trans fluid change on my neighbors 08 HD, the oil had a lot of condensation/ water in it because the trans never got to operating temp. 

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« Reply #34 on: June 23, 2011, 06:57:12 am »
I think with most Harley riders, that's still walking distance.   ;D

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« Reply #35 on: June 23, 2011, 08:46:50 am »
I always liked the V-Rod myself. I almost pulled the trigger couple times. But I am glad I did not. Else I would not have a C14. At one time, I almost traded in my 1999 Fatboy for a V-Rod. But wife liked the Fatboy better because of its seat/sitting position. Well, gotta keep her happy.

But yes, the V-Rod is an awesome bike coming out from HD factory. Shame some of the die hard folks just do not realize that.
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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #36 on: June 23, 2011, 09:45:12 am »
Yup local yuppie HD dealer won't even change my oil- not that I would let them. I asked the question to their service manager in front of a bunch of their lemmings just to show their"history" and "legend" crap is BS.  She's comming up on 325K

I like your bike......looks like new.

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« Reply #37 on: June 23, 2011, 09:54:12 am »
Before the VROD was introduced, there were lots of prototype "mystery" pictures that were "accidently" leaked.   It looked like they were actually going to use a frame, suspension and brakes thay were more race inspired, or at least muscle bike designed.  My interest was somewhat peaked.  Then the cartoon designer wille g got his hands on it and made the chopper styled version with forward mounted controls and took cornering capability out of it.  That lost my interest.  With todays far more technical generation, can that many new buyers be interested in their grandpa's motorbike?  People quit buying their "fathers oldsmobile" years ago. 
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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #38 on: June 23, 2011, 10:42:30 am »
I like your bike......looks like new.
Its taken a few dollars to keep it that way. Gotta give props to S+S -most things inside motor have been replaced w/their excellent products. Whatever wore out I always tried to replace w/something better.

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« Reply #39 on: June 23, 2011, 02:21:53 pm »
Its taken a few dollars to keep it that way. Gotta give props to S+S -most things inside motor have been replaced w/their excellent products. Whatever wore out I always tried to replace w/something better.

Technically, it's hardly a HD anymore!

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« Reply #40 on: June 23, 2011, 04:44:37 pm »
The Nova was a V2, V4, and V6... if they would have stuck with that engine, they would have had a winner!  They didn't have enough $$$ to support 2 engine platforms, so they are where they are now...

http://www.bikerenews.com/AntiqueBikes/CodeNameNova.htm
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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #41 on: June 23, 2011, 10:12:20 pm »
I would like to see a vrod engine in a touring bike.

Funny you mention that! Now, of course, you can only see it. It, sadly, doesn't exist.

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #42 on: June 24, 2011, 05:04:26 am »
The Nova was a V2, V4, and V6... if they would have stuck with that engine, they would have had a winner!  They didn't have enough $$$ to support 2 engine platforms, so they are where they are now...

http://www.bikerenews.com/AntiqueBikes/CodeNameNova.htm


Great link, thanks! After seeing what Willie G (a genius in his own mind) did to the styling of the Nova, it's probably a good thing they didn't build it. Looks like a badly repaired Yamaha Virago that had been down a few times. Or like something outfitted in JC Whitney catalog specials. Fugly.

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« Reply #43 on: June 24, 2011, 06:55:16 am »
A member on ST-O converted his VROD into a tourer... turned out pretty sweet.

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Re: Harley finally enters the 19th century!
« Reply #44 on: June 24, 2011, 07:27:46 am »
Technically, it's hardly a HD anymore!
We've been down this road before on the old site. No it's still mostly it's original parts.
Even original starter but it's Hitachi ;D