Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Drumbo, Ontario, Canada
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
I have to admit that I'm looking forward to this. I like that HD is breaking out of their self-designed 'bad-a$$ biker/cruiser' mould of the past decades. Like it or not, one has to admit that the people at HD have been doing a pretty good job of marketing and merchandising to this point. That said, they are starting to loose market share and need a new angle. The 'Adventure' segment is growing at an ever increasing rate.
Having looked closely at the pictures of the pre-production prototype, I'm liking what I see. That bike will compare well to the big $ ADV touring bikes from Europe. Spoked wheels, radial calipers, big windshield and hand guards, big displacement multi-cam V-Twin, and no doubt features like ABS, cruise control, navigation system, etc. And a massive established dealer / service network across North America that knows how to treat their clients very well while maxing out their credit cards...
I figure the 50+ ADV touring market segment will be seriously considering this bike along with the big BMW's and KTM's that are currently selling well.
2011 V650 in Black, well accessorized.