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Hold up... Is this for real??

I might have to sell my Versys in 2020!

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Where have you been? This along with a streetfighter and a power cruiser and an electric bike are coming. Liquid cooled powerful twin evolution of the vrod engine.
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It will be TOO heavy and WAAAAAY too expensive when it finally makes it to production....
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that seat doesn't look very comfortable for a long ride :O

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We will wait and see what HD brings out and what will be the $$$$.
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Yeah... Some of the details look pretty scary.

Like the front turn signals. I like the way they look, but what happens the first time they get bashed on a trail or lane splitting? I bet they cost upward of $350 apiece after Harley tax.

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Keep in mind that there are many different levels of Adventure bikes.

Street oriented like the Versys 1000, Honda Crosstour, cast wheel versions of the GS, Tiger, etc.

Dirt road oriented like the Versys 650, etc.

True Adventure like the 800GS adventure, Tiger 800 XC, KTM690, etc.

I'm thinking the Harley will fall in the first category with dirt roads for the brave.

Although I have ridden my Concours 1400 and Triumph Trophy SE and Voyager 1700 on forest service roads at 30 mph and under.
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We will wait and see what HD brings out and what will be the $$$$.
The price will likely be crazy.
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It will be TOO heavy and WAAAAAY too expensive when it finally makes it to production....
Jeff - yah, but there will be some VERY nice tee-shirts and jackets, available at your H-D "Retailer"....

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Gonna look funny riding one of those, what, with a leather vest, skid lid, goatee and "mean face"!!!
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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.

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Jeff - yah, but there will be some VERY nice tee-shirts and jackets, available at your H-D "Retailer"....

Have you priced Kawasaki tee-shirts and jackets?
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Have you priced Kawasaki tee-shirts and jackets?
Yes. Even as a retired airline pilot WAY more than I can afford...., but CHEAPER than the H-D ones.
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Yes. Even as a retired airline pilot WAY more than I can afford...., but CHEAPER than the H-D ones.
That's because you have only seen retail. I get HD T-shirts for under $10 and Polo shirts for $15 - $20 at a dealer that discounts their items at the end of the season just like the mall stores do.

Harley T-shirts at retail are no more expensive than buying T-shirts at most souvineer locations.

Oh, and retired airline pilot who has two homes and a bike in each home. Doesn't sound like you are hurting too bad.

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...Oh, and retired airline pilot who has two homes and a bike in each home. Doesn't sound like you are hurting too bad.
You need to understand that THAT is why I can't afford "factory" tees, for Kawi OR Harley....
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Keep in mind that there are many different levels of Adventure bikes.

I'm thinking the Harley will fall in the first category with dirt roads for the brave.
I feel like 'ADV Cruiser' is the category where Pan-Am Harley and some other bikes fit. Some is based on bike design, some is based on how they are used.

Ill admit, I use my KLR like an ADV Cruiser. Taking easy back and gravel roads is 90% of what we do, trails and passes rarely just to prove its still a KLR. Its value to me as an ADV Cruiser is in its 'beat-up-ability', which my Versys 650 does not posses and this HD is for sure going to be devoid of.

So I agree its going to be a brave man who takes this HD down loads of dirt roads.

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Most butt ugly bike I think I've ever seen, and this coming from someone that has owned Vstroms and Moto Guzzis.

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Most butt ugly bike I think I've ever seen, and this coming from someone that has owned Vstroms and Moto Guzzis.
Don't even dare put Moto Guzzi in the same category as the Vstrom!
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