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Old 02-18-2014, 03:57 PM   #1
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Thumb Informative article from Gizmag about Hero Motors and Erik Buell.

This is a bit of a long read, but I found it to be very in depth and well written.

Hopefully, this might lead to a decent discussion.

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Old 02-18-2014, 10:19 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing that. Certainly, the world has not heard the last of the brilliant mind of Erik Buell.

Harley releasing him from his non compete clause is very good for all of us, wait and see.
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:03 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting that. An outstanding read.

I believe that Hero and Buell are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:38 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Revan View Post
This is a bit of a long read, but I found it to be very in depth and well written.

Hopefully, this might lead to a decent discussion.

While the article was extremely interesting, and the philosophy of Erik Buell is one that should be a model for American industry, what I found most interesting was some of the comments on the article from users of Hero products in India. Buell and Hero can partner to make truly great designs, but if the quality of the parts going into the manufacture of the bikes and the craftsmanship of the workers are both substandard, is Hero going to be able to compete with Honda?

Price is an important consideration in the markets that Hero intends to conquer, but durability is even more important. In Southeast Asia, you see tons of Japanese, mostly Honda, scoots that are taking a beating and still on the road. Most get driven at their maximum speed and weight capacity on all manner of surfaces and that is what Hero is up against.

In the end, it is just a matter of wait and see. If Hero is competing strongly with a strong reputation in 5 years or so, while continuing to innovate, then Honda should start to worry.
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