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    Motorcycle of the year

    The September issue of rider arrived in the mail today and the motorcycle of the year is
    Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight Touring Family

    Any comments?

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    American!

    I'm proud, as an American, that a US company is as successful as HD. They're customers are like way loyal, and it's almost like a cult they're so successful. I don't think I'd every buy a Harley, and I've never owned one. Too big, too heavy, to, well, bulborous (sp?) and too noisy (I've lost a bit of hearing so I use earplugs to hold on to what's left). I know there is polarization with the different styles/types of bikes. I rev my RT and it sounds like a lawnmower, but when I'm in the zone between 3000-6000 rpm, it is a very nice sound. Most times my interaction is either in a gas station, or motel parking lot (I only vacation on the bike, on the backroads of America, where I live is not conducive to a sport touring bike) and I usually try to break the ice and find common ground. We're all bikers.

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    I think its great, they've worked hard and they deserve the recognition. I wish them continued sucess.

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    I am NOT a "biker", I am a motorcyclist.
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    The immediate future for HD is looking glum.
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    With Stump as president our future looking glum

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    Quote Originally Posted by 179212 View Post
    With Stump as president our future looking glum
    What has that got to do with HD?
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    I am NOT a "biker", I am a motorcyclist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    What has that got to do with HD?
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    Continuing down the political road?
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    Be kind to Harley, their sales are doing poorly. National Powersports, a huge used bike dealer, generally has about 300 Harleys for sale, more than any two other brands. It may be that they have started to reach the saturation point. Since Harley doesn't have planned obsolescence as part of their marketing plan, that will be a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Continuing down the political road?
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    US 30 the Lincoln highway big fight between Henry Ford and Carl G. Fisher government vs private goes through Iowa little north of Des Moines

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    Quote Originally Posted by 179212 View Post
    US 30 the Lincoln highway big fight between Henry Ford and Carl G. Fisher government vs private goes through Iowa little north of Des Moines
    Any number of roads lead to "Banned Camp"........Some make a stop at "Infraction City". Some even take the advice of other passengers on the trip trip and get off the bus and take a break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Any number of roads lead to "Banned Camp"........Some make a stop at "Infraction City". Some even take the advice of other passengers on the trip trip and get off the bus and take a break.
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    Well put.

    Confine the discussion to H-D and leave the poli-rhetoric outside.

    Not sure I'd of picked the 'Milwaukee 8 Line' as the MOTY - other brands offer some new models of interest.

    Since they rarely retire a model-line, and baby boomers are aging out, the market is glutted and they are obviously struggling.

    They will always be around, but they're hitting more balls than home runs lately.
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