Just read an article about Harley s being the best selling road /cruisers in oz.
The street 500 was the highest at 1605 units and the break out second at 1550 odd who would have thought.
Harley sales up by 14 % .
Correct, street glide best selling touring bike 395 units Ultra next 239 CVO Streetie 154 units. Five out of top 7 bikes were Harley.
Overall Harley winner of top roadbike sales beating Honda by around 2100 units
Lots of people want a Harley and they found one they can afford. Plus they are a great zip aorund (I'm told) and great to get your woman interested in bikes. It appeals to a lot of new markets for Harley.
All true but I think if they really want to give the market a shake they need to bring in the 750 version.
You buy one so you can wear the clothes, not actually ride the thing.
Why shouldn't that 2nd bike be a Street 750?
I reckon we should get the entire HD range, not just part of it like we do.
Geoff with you but the reallity is that we are a big bike nation. Plenty of people would be far more competent on a 600 but their mates talk them into 1000, same here people will want to go straight to a 1200 or 103/110.
I am not disagreeing with you. However if HD are only going to bother with compliance on either the Street 500 or 750 for now, it was always going to be the 500. The popularity of the 500 may change that.
. Who in your opinion would buy a 750 bearing in mind my prior comment...
Or some one down sizing
Have to agree ...
Am getting bored with my 103.
( my previous bike - a 'worked' XR 650 had more 'get up and go'. )
My missus likes the look of the 500 but doesn't want a 'LAMS' bike (shes got a full license).
I can see her on a 750 (she's not a fan of the retro styling most of the sportsters have) and the big twins are a bit heavy for her.
I reckon HD would sell a few of them to shorter (and maybe older) riders who were off their LAMS limits who wanted a lighter bike.
Hey, why not bring back the XR 750...
Scramblers are all the rage from other manufacturers, the XR might just be the ticket.
I still think that if harley made a specific 750 adventure bike with a new frame, ect sort of similar to the KLR650, would be a seller around the world.
I base this on the fact that the KLR650 is a low reving, low HP, high torque bike. A hugely popular adventure bike used by many to ride through countries around the world. The other thing is if harley made a good sized cataloge of adventure bike accessories for it, theyd sell shit loads of gear. Adventure bike accessories for most other brands are hugely expensive for what they are and comparing some adventure bike accessory prices make comparable harley road bike accessories look cheap by comparison. Ect: racks, hard cases.
Therse a huge world wide adventure bike market out there just waiting for something a little different to come along with a reasonable priced accessory catologe to match. A HD watercooled 750 in a road trail frame, set up, would do well providing is wasnt priced way over the top. Whist theres many larger adventure/road/trail bikes out there like the Honda Africa twin, Beemers ect, Not everone wants a larger and heavier Honda 1000cc, BMW ect.
With the KLR650 being $8500, and other brands rising to $15000 and more in the 750 and smaller bikes, Theres a spot between those prices for a 750 road trail just waiting to be filled. And even non adventure bikers would buy them just for around town and going to work bikes like many by the KLR650 for.
I never bought one at the time but I did like those Honda XLV 750s they bought out years ago and I used to see lots of them around back in the day.