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Old 11-09-2013, 08:46 PM   #29
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If the OP would have been in Daytona last month he would not have ask such a sill question.

BTW, I ride a 2001 Kawa 1500 Nomad. Hasn't broken down on me yet.

But we don't want this thread to change to what it should be about.

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we have been to Daytona a couple times, I asked the question because it seems like a lot of harleys being hauled, I ride a Goldwing and have only hauled it in the winter, to Daytona.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:00 PM   #30
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I read an article recently (forget where, maybe Wall Street Journal?), where it said HD is struggling to attract younger riders. That they are worried when us Boomers quit riding or start dying off, the younger generations will not fill in the void. It went on to say that they are developing bikes aimed towards that market.
Anybody heard about this?
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:25 PM   #31
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They sure do around our neck of the woods! In October every year, Anacortes hosts a rally called "The Oyster Run". This year the weather was absolutely horrible - cold, windy and wet. The turn-out was only about half a typical Run, with about 15,000 bikes (maybe a third of them ridden two-up). The number of non-Harleys was probably around 15%, and a lot of them were Victory, Buell and other H-D clones.

Last year, with really good weather, the estimated attendance was between 30 and 40 thousand.

After riding for several years in the UK, including a 2-year stint as a test rider/develpoment engineer for Norton-Villiers, we emigrated to a job at Boeing.

I looked at all the little old ladies doing 45 on the freeway and looking through the steering wheel of their Olds 98 and decided I didn't want to run the risk of DW and our two young daughters opeming the door to a grim-faced State Trooper. I haven't owned a motorcycle since I sold my BSA A7 in 1963 and haven't ridden on the street since we came to the US in mid-1968.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:42 PM   #32
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Buell - with a Harley Heart!

Yup, a '01 Buell. The Sport Touring Child of almost 100 years of Harley History.

And here she is inside our Outlaw's garage getting a ride to another exciting location to ride

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There is nothing like a H-D air cooled V-Twin...and the feeling, knowing that you are riding a piece of American Pride.

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Old 11-09-2013, 09:51 PM   #33
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Does anybody ride Harley's anymore?
Looks like there are a few... Investor Relations | Harley-Davidson USA |*Motorcycle Shipments
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:09 PM   #34
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I read an article recently (forget where, maybe Wall Street Journal?), where it said HD is struggling to attract younger riders. That they are worried when us Boomers quit riding or start dying off, the younger generations will not fill in the void. It went on to say that they are developing bikes aimed towards that market. Anybody heard about this?
Just introduced, though not yet available... info on the Harley website. Called the Street, a 500cc and 750cc motorcycle using a liquid-cooled V-Twin motor.

Street 750 & 500 Motorcycles | Harley-Davidson USA
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:50 PM   #35
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:01 AM   #36
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I moved away from the brand for about 10 years. I just recently bought back in. The majority of riders I pass are riding a Harley so I would say yes. Most other brands serve a purpose but Harley is an American classic.

It's 34 degrees here this morning and I have my gear laid out for a nice crisp 300 mile loop.
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That just means they are buying them, not really riding them

My neighbor has a 2001 fatboy and say he rides, 25000 miles in 12 years that is a little over 2000 miles a year, I traded in my wing a couple years ago for a new one, my trade in had about 115,000 miles.
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We have a Harley and Thom usually rides his back and forth to work every day and we do runs and other trips on it. It gets ridden enough most times that he replaces the tires at least once it not twice a year.
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It was 34 degrees when I left the house this morning. It got up to about 45 and there was a little rain. I passed just a few other riders and what do you know? They were all on Harley's. Nope, no fair weather riders out today, just those of us that love to ride
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We ride with the Patriot Guard Riders - probably 95% Harleys. When we show up for a mission there can be over a million dollars' worth of HD bikes in the group and guess which bike gets the most attention:



That's right: our humble Ural sidecar!
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Nice Alan,,, and THANKYOU.... And yes I have an 04 Sportster....
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I have not been without multiple Harley's or other American built bikes since my 16th birthday! I am 50 now!! LOL
We originally bought our coach to go to bikes events across the US and now we use it to haul the bikes all over.....just to ride!
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