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The Motor Company
« on: August 29, 2017, 06:34:28 PM »
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2017, 07:35:31 PM »
Damn!  A great power plant and a very cool frame. Just a shame it was too long and too much rake. With mid controls, a bench seat and more fuel I woulda bought one.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2017, 08:33:33 PM »
The 2006 v-rod was the only one with mid controls stock on the bike and the engine was always reported as extremely reliable through all the years. Low mileage ones are reasonable priced for a Harley. Some articles have said that it was too bad that they never built a touring bike around that engine.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 09:06:41 PM »
The 2006 v-rod was the only one with mid controls stock on the bike and the engine was always reported as extremely reliable through all the years. Low mileage ones are reasonable priced for a Harley. Some articles have said that it was too bad that they never built a touring bike around that engine.
I believe it was called the street rod, a name already reused. The mid controls were great but still too much rake and a horrible seat. A little extra gas resulted in a weird seat latch (Velcro?). At least it had shotgun exhaust. The later two side exhaust was even better. A cool design indeed but marketed to the wrong folk.
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 10:28:49 PM »
Harley is going to have to learn some new lessons or they will be history.  They are "evolving", but Indian is innovating.
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Re: The Motor Company
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2018, 06:41:00 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2018, 08:29:53 PM »
They saturated the market. They needed to keep it like it was back in the early 2000's when you got put on a waiting list to buy one.
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2018, 08:41:28 PM »
I read that earlier today and really wasnít surprised. Used prices appear to be dropping.
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2018, 12:59:24 PM »
They are already doing the right thing, new motor, new frame, eliminate models, eliminate factories, produce cheaper bike off-shore.

The problem is all those low mileage used bikes out there with dropping resale value.  No trade-in value!
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2018, 02:33:27 PM »
I think the age range of people that were drawn to them are to the point where they're giving up motorcycles as well. They need to attract younger riders to their brand and that's not going to happen with their archaic motorcycles. There are just too many options out there for some people to buy a Harley, you have to WANT one.
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Re: The Motor Company
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2018, 07:48:35 PM »
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2018, 08:14:08 PM »
I watched the VRod documentary again today.  It's really interesting.  Lotsa cool engineering to do things Harley never did before.  But now that the VRod is dead I had a new observation.  At every turn the bosses were tweaking or changing the design to make it appeal to the traditional Harley owner.  The traditional Harley owner was never gonna buy a VRod and all those design changes made it less appealing to the rest of us.  That first prototype with a VR motor shoved in a frame with all the plumbing out there to see was the one I liked the most.  All they had to do was not rake out the fork, not step & dish the seat and make it with a 5 gal. fuel tank and I might have bought one!
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2018, 08:43:17 PM »
The 2006 was the only one with the pulled back foot controls. Thatís the one that interested me most....if I were interested in a Harley. You can find the early ones with really low mileage for less then 7k
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2018, 08:21:25 AM »
Actually did some research.  The Street Rod V-rod had the mid-controls but the year after they made some other changes that made the motor better.  Somewhere in there they had a different rake, too.  The Street Rod V-rod had a bigger gas tank but the seat latch/lock was lost and it was held down with a strap!  If I could pick and choose from all the variants I could make a V-rod that would appeal to me AND probably a lot of people that would/will never buy a Harley.  Something like this with mid-controls and a flatter seat:
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2018, 08:37:31 AM »
My word, that thing looks nowhere near comfortable to me. Seems like you're trying to touch your toes in that riding position.
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