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    Re: MoCo closes KCMO plant

    [...I have ridden the 750 Street, adequate power but the bike was intended for someone of small stature...]

    Probably true since it was designed for overseas sales where people still buy motorcycles!

    If you bought a 500 or 750 H-D to belong to "the Harley family," you'd probably be treated like you brought the plague. As it is, riders of 883 Sportsters were often looked down upon so I can't imagine how many bad words the faithful would use to describe a 500/750 rider! :-(

    ps. I saw where H-D operating profits dropped by 82% from the previous year which is truly staggering.
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    Re: MoCo closes KCMO plant

    Last night H-D made the national news. Not for the plant closure, or profits, but for the new electric Harley. The funny part was you would think no one had done an electric before....
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    Re: MoCo closes KCMO plant

    It's been their hallmark to introduce any new feature on their bikes while making it sound as if they were 1st: disc brakes, dual piston calipers, twin cams, liquid cooling, etc., all of those about 20-years behind the rest of the industry.


    ps. the Twin Cams didn't replace a single cam; it was to replace an engine that had four cams for decades. Each valve had its own cam and they were all driven by 4 gears with input coming in at one end of the long gear train. I often thought that last cam in the gear train was retarded by at least a full tooth!
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    Re: MoCo closes KCMO plant

    Actually, it was the newsies talking that way....

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    Re: MoCo closes KCMO plant

    I had concerns for H-D for more than 20 years. My first bike I owned that actual ran was a 250 Sprint. It was indestructible, but who actually built it? I rode a '95 Sportster with a factory jug kit in it and it was a great bike, that didn't ask anything of me other than routine maintenance. I rode a '92 Ultraglide for 14 years, and again no problem. I began hearing horror stories of the newer bikes and failing quality. It appeared to me that they were focusing on fashion, and various other dooberrys instead of zoning in on the development of the bikes.
    I believe the assembly floors had issues in house also. I worked for a supplier of manufacturing equipment supplied to the plant in Yorktown. As the service manager I had the answers to get their machine running, but their electrician would not speak to me because I was not in the union. As a rider and owner I had a reasonable allegiance to H-D, as they built a bike I could count on, but I did wonder where the team effort on their part was that day, and what the production numbers might have been? Was he just one bad apple, or the result of something spoiling?
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    Re: MoCo closes KCMO plant

    So last Thursday Sanford closed down its main street and held it monthly street fair/block party. They often have some good bands playing so I usually drift down to check out the scene. Well would you believe it there was the local HD dealer with a 500 on a trailer. The front tire was locked down and the back tire was on rollers and they were encouraging everybody to get on it and go through the gears. There was a lady HD staff trainer giving all the newbies instructions. I waited my turn and gave it a try myself. It sure didn't sound like a Harley, didn't look like a Harley but shifting up and down was very smooth. Who knows if that generated any business for them but at least they are trying or desperate. Unfortunately they didn't persuade me - my money is still on the CB500X.

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    Re: MoCo closes KCMO plant

    The CB500X is a great bike! My co-worker has one, and loves it. I have one in the back of my mind if and when Traveller becomes too much to handle. On a subject related to the thread, HD announced a recall of some 250K bikes that will cost 'em $29mil. Ouch! Couldn't have come at a worse time.

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