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Old 05-11-2014, 11:50 AM   #1
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To HD Purists. New Street 750. KID's BIKE after CHICK's BIKE?

What are your thoughts about the new Street Series? Some says, it might punch a hole in Jap cruiser's sales... Some says it will punch a hole in Harley Davidson's image...
Me? Well, considering that HD have made a scooter, and few 125cc motorcycles; I don't think it'll affect HD's image... Its a nice move IMO to attract young people towards the brand and I see no problem in that... Besides who hates to say: "Yo! I've got a Harley!"
Anyhow, Its a nice looking bike albeit a bit small physically for anyone over 5'10... And since I'm 6'2; I'll prefer The Vulcan 900 or a clean looking air cooled V-Star 950 cause they've got the dimensions and presence of an HD Softail and costs well under $10k! Cruisers are all about "BIG" and The Kawasaki & Yamaha ticks just that!!! Can't say that for The Street....
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Old 05-11-2014, 12:28 PM   #2
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I'm not an HD owner or purist, but IMO, HD missed an opportunity to start positioning themselves to expand beyond their cruiser/bagger base by offering a practical, mid-displacement standard with a lightweight, responsive chassis to compete against the Bonneville and its derivations, something that evoked their dirt trackers of the past but went beyond being merely image bikes to offer a truly competent platform for future variants. The current faithful wouldn't touch it, but they won't have much use for a 750 cc cruiser either.
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Old 05-11-2014, 01:21 PM   #3
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That's exactly mine opinion. Imagane a 500/750 cc road king, switch back or softail heritage classic That would be spot on for me!
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Old 05-11-2014, 01:36 PM   #4
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I'm not an HD owner or purist, but IMO, HD missed an opportunity to start positioning themselves to expand beyond their cruiser/bagger base by offering a practical, mid-displacement standard with a lightweight, responsive chassis to compete against the Bonneville and its derivations, something that evoked their dirt trackers of the past but went beyond being merely image bikes to offer a truly competent platform for future variants. The current faithful wouldn't touch it, but they won't have much use for a 750 cc cruiser either.
Yup. Something like this, IMO.

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Old 05-11-2014, 02:23 PM   #5
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Yup. Something like this, IMO.

I dunno...Ascot and Street looks pretty close to me. I never thought that until you posted the picture of the Ascot. I think HD came pretty close to what PalePhase said they should have done.

Correct if I missed the point.
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Old 05-11-2014, 02:45 PM   #6
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LOL @ "Jap"
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:03 PM   #7
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I don't think a lot of people remember or care about Aermacchi or HD scooters nowadays. I know about them and I barely care at all.

Otherwise, I'm waiting to ride one so I can write it up and flesh out my thoughts.
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:11 PM   #8
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I'm a HD owner not a purist, I thinks it's good when a MOCO makes a new model even if I don't buy one. I sort of like the new HD's except what I've read about the lack of ground clearance. Chicks bike well to me any bike that a chick owns is a chick bike. Kids bike, any kid that can afford a new bike I'll take my hat off to them, I certainly couldn't afford a new bike when I was kid.
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:30 PM   #9
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I have had Harley's in the past, and they make nothing I want now.
The new bikes are a good thing I would think, lots of power for the motor size, lower prices.

They have not made a good standard motorcycle in a long time though, and still don't, and likely never will.

Lighter weight, low center of gravity, 5 inches of suspension travel, frame size to fit a 6 foot person with mid pegs.

I think the solid mounts were the last good bikes in the sportster range, then they turned into mini big twin semi chopper looking things, low, low seat, forward controls, goofy handlebar setup, heavy, very little suspension and heavy. And low.

The new bikes have more power, and are cheaper, but they are still heavy, small and low.
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:31 PM   #10
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LOL @ "Jap"
Don't like Jap bikes?
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:51 PM   #11
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The VT500 Ascot is so far ahead of it's time. 35 degree v-twin 500, lots of smooth power to 8k, shaft drive, liquid cooled, and 6 speed, along with dirt track styling similar to the XR750.

My lovely wife has one and loves it. It is near bullet proof.
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:57 PM   #12
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It will be fun to test ride one of the 500's or 750's , you just never know ,they could turn-out to be the next big thing for HD .
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:15 PM   #13
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I'm not an HD owner or purist, but IMO, HD missed an opportunity to start positioning themselves to expand beyond their cruiser/bagger base by offering a practical, mid-displacement standard with a lightweight, responsive chassis
Why would they do that?



They made a standard in 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012... GREAT bikes but They didn't sell very well.
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:25 PM   #14
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Why would they do that?



They made a standard in 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012... GREAT bikes but They didn't sell very well.
Yeah…but if HD is reading this, I'm one customer who only owns a Harley because they built a STANDARD.

First time I ever walked into a Harley shop was to look at the new XR1200. It appealed to me.

Came close to buying one, but bought a touring bike instead, which has turned into a bike a really really like.

I like the possibilities of the Street 750, and I really like some of the pics of modded ones I've seen.

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Old 05-11-2014, 08:03 PM   #15
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Don't we already have this thread somewhere else?
Just sayin'.
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