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    • I gotta say, I'm actually pretty excited about HD's new line, and I think I'm their target audience.

      I love the styling of their Streetfighter and Custom concepts, and I'm quite excited to see what happens with their electric bikes, because as far as I know, they're the only huge motorcycle manufacturer that actually has an EV bike scheduled to be released. I'd be reluctant to buy an electric bike from a company that wasn't well established, but I'm much more likely to buy it coming from a company as big as Harley, who I can be reasonably sure won't be going out of business in the next few years (as would be totally possible with a company like Zero).

      What I'm not sure about, though, is if they're going to release these new bikes at a competitive price point...from what I've seen, Harleys are far more expensive then comparable bikes from other brands, and I think young people are unlikely to want to/be able to spend $20k on a bike when they can spend $5k.

    • I have ridden that one. Harley had an 18-wheeler touring the country (and world?) a few years ago, giving demo rides as part of a lottery. I got chosen, and made my way to Petaluma HD for a ride.

      It was reasonably fast, and nimble. I really liked it, except for the 50 mile range of the lightweight battery they had installed for these rides. The touch screen even worked with my gloves on. I wasn't fond of the mirrors they had below the grip (it appears they've fixed them), and the seat pocket seemed a little small for my American sized butt (I'm 215 lbs). I think it would be perfect for my daily commute. I could make it to and from work on a single charge, or plug in at work for a longer ride home.

      I thought it was production ready 3-4 years ago, so I'm surprised it took this long to get it into the showrooms.

    • I like the Pan American. I would like to see the headlight replaced by a dual light unit like they have on the Road Glide, then it would be reasonably good looking.

      I could self buying one of those to make into a side car rig. I've seen side cars with similar grilles I think would match it well.

    • as a former motorcycle builder/ motorcycle shop ower, for around two decades, and having worked for Harley as well, I have yet to meet a person that was ever asked a question by their market reseach dept.

      They never seem to hit the nail squarely on the head and the potential buyers would help them with that...case in point their new 'adventure bike'.

      I would build around 100 one off bikes a year simply because of the above so people could have a bike that they felt Harley should have built.

      Jim Carducci's build from a fifteen year old sportser is very basic and simple with a bunch of catalog parts, and a wet weight of around 500lbs is something most riders could do in a weekend in their garage...but who wants an aircooled top heavy bike