harley worries about brand as its bike sales sputter

Full story: Monterey County Herald

Owning a chromed or custom Harley-Davidson is "not about transportation; it's about an experience," says the company's chief executive, James L. Ziemer.
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Irover

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Why_I_OUGHTA what a incoherent post ?? Veterans being gone ?? I am sure with the wars in Iraq &
Afganistan, not to mention Desert Storm 1&2, there
will be plenty of Vets to take your place. And guess what, most are riding metric SPORT bikes not overpriced out-of-date overheating harleys. And in
fact overall rider numbers in the US are rising not falling! The fact is that Harley is at a cross road,either design a modern motorcycle and compete with the metrics on the technology and price level or disappear like to old VW bettle. And just for the record, spent a year in Nam.
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Dec 19, 2008
 
Cycle world (I think?) had an issue w/ spy photos of a 1200 WATERCOOLED sporty a couple years back from a hanger in the AZ desert. W/ CATS etc, I believe ALL bikes will be watercooled by 2010. Every bike maker besides HD has 1-2 a/cooled machines left on the mkt. The rest of their line is W/cooled. The 1200 Sporty didnt look bad @all- a small F/G shroud around the radiator. I think they need to set a new STD for "Cruising Machines" & USA made! Out w/ the old & in w/ the new! There is plenty of older HD's around to keep the windows rattling for some time to come! Will be refreshing to see a NEW GENERATION of HD's if the economy will let it happen? I got my 04 Bonneville & it will be my last bike! I may have a problem getting "real gas" in the years to come tho? Oh my Bonne has stock pipes on her.
andIthoughtIwass tupid

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Irover wrote:
Why_I_OUGHTA what a incoherent post ??[are you asking me or telling me] Veterans being gone ?? I am sure with the wars in Iraq &
Afganistan, not to mention Desert Storm 1&2, there
will be plenty of Vets to take your place. And guess what, most are riding metric SPORT bikes not overpriced out-of-date overheating harleys. And in
fact overall rider numbers in the US are rising not falling! The fact is that Harley is at a cross road,either design a modern motorcycle and compete with the metrics on the technology and price level or disappear like to old VW bettle. And just for the record, spent a year in Nam.
What do you mean "take my place". I never said I was a vet.

Look, the only reason there is such a spike in motorcycle registrations is because of all of the baby boomers and nam vets (ok) are out there riding. Have you ever been to a bike rally, you know ,Sturgis,Daytona or maybe Laconia. Well check out what age group dominates those rallies.
Have you ever heard of the Rolling Thunder run on Veterans Day? You don't get pal, It's your kind of mentality and big mouth that screws up a really cool thing. I'll bet your one of those guys nobody likes to ride with. I just know it!
Irover

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andIthoughtIwass tupid you are! Yes, many of the
riders at those rallies are my age, but I have never been to them. Yes a lot of Nam vets ride,
maybe we enjoy the freedom we fought for and our
comrades died for that allowed folks like you to grow up to be what your are. As to riding, we where
out on New Years Day for our annual ride to welcome the new year. Finally, I am a motorcyclist not a
"biker". I restore antique bikes and love riding new. For the record, my new ride this year is a
90 cubic inch metric. Your foolish posts only show you as nothing but a poser, you probably don't even own a bycycle........
TKM

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Jan 14, 2009
 
Irover wrote:
Thats right, put your head in the sand or maybe up your a** and ignore that your
customer base is aging out, that you have a great product in buell that you have
done nothing to promote (most sport bikers wouldn't get caught dead in a Harley
"Store", and keep building over-weight, overheating, over priced "customer experience". The generational shift is here and leaving Harley behind.
Sounds like a nother wat to be rider taht can't afford it.. ha ha
Irover

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TKM The common retort, Oh he cant affor a Harley. But sadly, not true. I could have walked into any dealership and paid cash for anything I wanted, just as I did when I bought my 04 Sportster. What I don't want is a overheating, overpriced, 1980's designed
bike. Thats why I paid cash for my new ride, a metric that is water cooled, shaft driven, and less
thatn 1/2 the price of your over priced hog.
Joe

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I owned 3 Harleys nothing but junk, bought a new Honda best bike I ever owned.
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May 21, 2009
 
When AARP is hyping going to Sturgis you know where the demographic is going.

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