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Old 02-18-2004, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default What's the Appeal of a Harley??

Tried as I have, I really don't understand the appeal of a HD.

They're big, clumsy, sucks gas, slow (comparatively, stock), high-maintenance........

Would someone (owner or fan) please enlighten me??
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:32 PM   #2
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:33 PM   #3
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This is the only way to explain it:

If you have to ask, you can never understand.

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Old 02-18-2004, 03:34 PM   #4
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I'm not trying to stir stuff up, but rather this is an honest attempt to try to understand the market for a HD.

Have it give it to them to have marketed the brand and image so successfully.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:34 PM   #5
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1) Attention whoring.
2) Very easy to get a woman to ride on the back of one. (Think gigantic vibrator)
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:34 PM   #6
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They vibrate. And trailer-dwelling honeys like things that vibrate.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:35 PM   #7
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This is the only way to explain it:

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steal that from Louis Armstrong?? How've you been? coming out to a rallycross sometime?? i haven't been able to make it since i got back.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:36 PM   #8
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They vibrate. And trailer-dwelling honeys like things that vibrate.
Actually, all women like things that vibrate.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:37 PM   #9
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But it would have been a boring quote, had I not added "trailer-dwelling honeys"
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:38 PM   #10
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steal that from Louis Armstrong?? How've you been? coming out to a rallycross sometime?? i haven't been able to make it since i got back.
Louis Armstrong? Maybe indirectly, but that's how a Harly guy once explained it to a friend of mine. Made sense... sorta... in that I don't understand, and probably never will

Things going well, gettin' married this summer. Still haven't made it to a rally cross out your way, but did get to an ice race a couple weeks back
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:38 PM   #11
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But it would have been a boring quote, had I not added "trailer-dwelling honeys"
Good point.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:38 PM   #12
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I just get annoyed by the harley owners that don't even know why they picked the bike they have.. other than they wanted a harley.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:41 PM   #13
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Big, Loud, and pretty.

Just like the Imports v/s dommestic's, there's the cruisers v/s crotch rockets. There are some import people that will say "A camaro is too big and clumsy" the domestic people would say "A civic ain't got no power and it's too small"...

Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:41 PM   #14
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The vibration

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Old 02-18-2004, 03:43 PM   #15
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In a lot of cases, choppers are a last ditch attempt by middle aged married men to rescue the masculinity that their wives have leached out of them over the last 10 to 20 years of their lives.

Or just another image that some people think is cool.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:45 PM   #16
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Image thing.

For the people who can't afford new ones, its that whole open road, no care in the world, rebel thing. Its a kind of icon of America in some sense. (Partially, the same reason that so many people buy American cars, when most seem to be inferior to Japanese or german counterparts)

For other people who can afford them, its all these business men who are looking to emulate that image. They think it makes them look tough, etc. It more of a status/image thing. So their golf buddies think he got some sort of "wild" streak in him.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:45 PM   #17
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Big, Loud, and pretty.

so that's their definition of motorcycling??

can't you do the same with a lawn-mower?
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:48 PM   #18
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I just get annoyed by the harley owners that don't even know why they picked the bike they have.. other than they wanted a harley.
They know they just don't want to tell you.

Ask any Harley dealer and they'll tell you the vast majority of sales are based on folks wanting to 'look' like they live the Harley 'lifestyle'. Same goes for the imports such as the Goldwing, Valkyrie, and many supposed sportbikers. Its all about looking cool and thus being cool.

Nothing wrong with that though. Most of the folks you see on the road are poseur wannbe 'Bad' generally law abiding middle Americans with alot of disposable income and/or credit. Same goes for those folks you see riding around at BikeWeek flashing their TT's and asses hangin out the back of their chaps.

How many sportbikers actually go to the track?
For that matter how many sports car owners go to a track or autocross or do anything sporty withtheir cars? And what about all those Jeep, RangeRover/LandRover, Toyota Landcruiser and Hummer (H1 & H2) owners who have _never_ had one tire muddied and stay home when it snows. Poseur life stylists.

Its everywhere. People that own super nice $3K+ bicycles and full body suit outfits that don't know how to pedal/cadence correctly, have incorrectly setup seat & handlebars or those riding full on DH moutain bikes on paved black top along inner city trails. Its dumb and its everywhere.

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the true enthusiasts buy them for the same reason i like old british sports car... i don't know why. they aren't the fastest, best handling, or even reliable cars. There's just something about them that makes them fun... they look dead sexy too, the british cars that is. You can interperet the harley fasination the same way.

Then there's the yuppies who just want to be seen.
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the true enthusiasts buy them for the same reason i like old british sports car... i don't know why. they aren't the fastest, best handling, or even reliable cars. There's just something about them that makes them fun... they look dead sexy too, the british cars that is. You can interperet the harley fasination the same way.

Then there's the yuppies who just want to be seen.
Yep.

I want a Harley someday but I'm not willing to spend $40K+ on a custom. My dream Harley would bea low slung hardtail like Mickey Rourke's bike in 'Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man'. Otherwise a '60's vintage BMW K series with a side car would be nice too.









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Old 02-18-2004, 04:20 PM   #21
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This thread reminded me of a joke from waay back.....Harley lovers please read next thread.....

What's the difference between a Harley and a Hoover???























The position of the dirtbag.
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Old 02-18-2004, 04:23 PM   #22
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Louis Armstrong? Maybe indirectly, but that's how a Harly guy once explained it to a friend of mine. Made sense... sorta... in that I don't understand, and probably never will

Things going well, gettin' married this summer. Still haven't made it to a rally cross out your way, but did get to an ice race a couple weeks back
If you are out this way let me know.

My dad is looking into gettin a harley, part of it is that he wants a cruiser to take on a cross country trip, the other thing is that with the right set of pipes nothing sounds better then a HD.
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Old 02-18-2004, 04:38 PM   #23
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At one time Harleys were like tattoos: only "bad boys" had them.

Now they are procured by anyone that thinks pretending to be bad is trendy.

GP-style bikes used to be considered gay by Americans.
Now it's the Harleys that seem self-indulgently gay.
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Now the new cool in the city are Vespa scooters and other such get abouts with mopeds being the thing in the suburbs. They used to be considered gay but now that gay is okay they're cool now.

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Old 02-18-2004, 04:45 PM   #25
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Now the new cool in the city are Vespa scooters and other such get abouts with mopeds being the thing in the suburbs. They used to be considered gay but now that gay is okay they're cool now.

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Vespas used to be cool in a non-sexually oriented way, too. Think Ska.
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