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Re: Could we see a Harley Davidson sport touring bike?
« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2018, 08:26:59 pm »
That Harley ADV bike looks cool! So does the black sport bike. Are these concepts or bikes that are coming? The ADV market is big, big, big now, everyone is making one and the aging riders are looking to them more and more. Younger riders? I don't know.

concept bikes... no physical resemblence to a production run.
which was said to be at least 2 years away from production..
wishful thinking on their part..
Harley is just "ad-porn fishing people", watching to read the comments actual ADV owners and others toss out, and sort out a reason to attempt to progress further, or completely ashcan the idea.

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Re: Could we see a Harley Davidson sport touring bike?
« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2018, 12:57:51 am »
They way I look at Harley, perhaps it is a stereotype, but I would hate to see a Pan American on the side of the trail with an overheated engine.

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Re: Could we see a Harley Davidson sport touring bike?
« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2018, 04:14:18 pm »
Just going to leave this here. https://youtu.be/OTk-gVu45Uw

 Don't get me wrong I love my Connies my C-10 was my introduction to sport touring and I liked it so much I bought a new C-14 but the fact is if the American market offered a comparable bike I would have bought it.
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Re: Could we see a Harley Davidson sport touring bike?
« Reply #28 on: August 07, 2018, 01:18:58 pm »
I highly doubt it. The sport-touring market is a relatively small niche to begin with. Harley needs to attract more youthful customers, and the ST market is not going to do that for them.   

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Re: Could we see a Harley Davidson sport touring bike?
« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2018, 01:34:22 am »
Adv bike, yes, ST, don't think so.
It seems H-D got caught a little flat-footed with the demographics changes, and are suffering more than the motorcycle industry in general, but they are a capable engineering organization.
We often make lots of jokes about H-Ds, and they earned that, but their new bikes are pretty well made. Reliable, fuel efficient, and with each new engine, more performance.
I think they will be making an ADV bike, and I expect it will be a capable bike.

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Re: Could we see a Harley Davidson sport touring bike?
« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2018, 09:23:43 pm »
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I highly doubt it. The sport-touring market is a relatively small niche to begin with. Harley needs to attract more youthful customers, and the ST market is not going to do that for them.
HD had lost its chance to attract younger riders when they severed ties with Buell motorcycles in 2009.

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Re: Could we see a Harley Davidson sport touring bike?
« Reply #31 on: August 16, 2018, 11:49:17 pm »
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I highly doubt it. The sport-touring market is a relatively small niche to begin with. Harley needs to attract more youthful customers, and the ST market is not going to do that for them.
HD had lost its chance to attract younger riders when they severed ties with Buell motorcycles in 2009.

I'm sure that played a part. However, they had some success with the XR1200, and then failed to build on it. They could have stuck the V-Rod engine in something resembling the XR1200, and taken it to another level.

They have had opportunities, and I think still do if they put enough focus into breaking into new markets. A Harley competitor to the Ducati Monster would be where I would start.

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Re: Could we see a Harley Davidson sport touring bike?
« Reply #32 on: August 17, 2018, 01:55:33 am »
Hey, now that Harleys will be built in Thailand, maybe they will get some Asian influence. Or a 1200 Buell bagger might do the job.