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  • catman Posts: 36
    Melbourne
    Stock Poster catman
    14 Feb 2016 10:59 PM

    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 % .

     

     

  • paulybronco Posts: 12324
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    14 Feb 2016 11:11 PM

    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

  • adadrian Posts: 440
    Australia,brisbane
    Stage 1 Poster adadrian
    21 Feb 2016 07:35 PM
    I'm surprised the street is the highest sales but I'm impressed harley need this in the learner market for greater exposure
  • Bonkerz Posts: 3445
    Forum Legend Bonkerz
    21 Feb 2016 11:12 PM
    Posted By adadrian on 21 Feb 2016 6:05 PM
    I'm surprised the street is the highest sales but I'm impressed harley need this in the learner market for greater exposure

     

    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.

     

  • Geoff3DMN Posts: 1532
    Castlemaine
    Motor Head Geoff3DMN
    22 Feb 2016 09:51 AM
    Posted By Bonkerz on 21 Feb 2016 9:42 PM
    Posted By adadrian on 21 Feb 2016 6:05 PM
    I'm surprised the street is the highest sales but I'm impressed harley need this in the learner market for greater exposure

     

    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.

     

  • Bonkerz Posts: 3445
    Forum Legend Bonkerz
    07 Mar 2016 11:32 AM
    Posted By robbo57 on 07 Mar 2016 5:26 AM
    And even though thry are the biggest seller im yet to see one in transit.

    Where are these Street 500s you speak of?

     

    You buy one so you can wear the clothes, not actually ride the thing.

     

  • Surly Posts: 568
    Perth
    Performance Poster Surly
    07 Mar 2016 01:20 PM
    Being LAMS legal the 500 is a lot more important here than the 750. More chance of the second bike being a HD if the first one was too.

    Cheers
    Surly
  • Geoff3DMN Posts: 1532
    Castlemaine
    Motor Head Geoff3DMN
    07 Mar 2016 05:37 PM
    Posted By Surly on 07 Mar 2016 11:50 AM
    Being LAMS legal the 500 is a lot more important here than the 750. More chance of the second bike being a HD if the first one was too.

    Cheers
    Surly

     

    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.

     

     

     

  • paulybronco Posts: 12324
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    07 Mar 2016 05:44 PM
    Posted By Geoff3DMN on 07 Mar 2016 4:07 PM
    Posted By Surly on 07 Mar 2016 11:50 AM
    Being LAMS legal the 500 is a lot more important here than the 750. More chance of the second bike being a HD if the first one was too.

    Cheers
    Surly

     

    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. 

     

     

  • Surly Posts: 568
    Perth
    Performance Poster Surly
    07 Mar 2016 07:37 PM
    Posted By Geoff3DMN on 07 Mar 2016 4:07 PM
    Posted By Surly on 07 Mar 2016 11:50 AM
    Being LAMS legal the 500 is a lot more important here than the 750. More chance of the second bike being a HD if the first one was too.

    Cheers
    Surly

     

    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.

     

     

     

    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.

    Cheers,
    Surly

     

     

  • Krackers60 Posts: 1539
    Melbourne
    Motor Head Krackers60
    08 Mar 2016 06:05 PM
    We'll never know how good or bad the 750 is until it is available here and tested.

    In my opinion I think that they are missing out on a market winner.
  • paulybronco Posts: 12324
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    08 Mar 2016 06:38 PM
    Posted By Krackers60 on 08 Mar 2016 4:35 PM
    We'll never know how good or bad the 750 is until it is available here and tested.

    In my opinion I think that they are missing out on a market winner.

    . Who in your opinion would buy a 750 bearing in mind my prior comment...

     

  • mickle Posts: 2035
    Meadow Heights Victoria
    Motor Head mickle
    08 Mar 2016 06:55 PM
    The 500 puts Harley right where they need to be in the market, the missus is currently riding one on her Ls and its ideal for her size and skills
    I am sure when she can ride a more powerful bike it wont be the 750, more like a 1200 Sporty or there abouts, I am not sure where the 750
    would fit in the Oz market but I doubt it would be for someone coming up to an open class bike.
  • paulybronco Posts: 12324
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    08 Mar 2016 07:04 PM
    Posted By mickle on 08 Mar 2016 5:25 PM
    The 500 puts Harley right where they need to be in the market, the missus is currently riding one on her Ls and its ideal for her size and skills
    I am sure when she can ride a more powerful bike it wont be the 750, more like a 1200 Sporty or there abouts, I am not sure where the 750
    would fit in the Oz market but I doubt it would be for someone coming up to an open class bike.

    Or some one down sizing

     

     

  • Speedy Posts: 593
    N.S.W Hunter Valley
    Performance Poster Speedy
    08 Mar 2016 07:20 PM
    Posted By mickle on 08 Mar 2016 5:25 PM
    The 500 puts Harley right where they need to be in the market, the missus is currently riding one on her Ls and its ideal for her size and skills
    I am sure when she can ride a more powerful bike it wont be the 750, more like a 1200 Sporty or there abouts, I am not sure where the 750
    would fit in the Oz market but I doubt it would be for someone coming up to an open class bike.

     

    Have to agree ...

     

    Am getting bored with my 103.

     

    ( my previous bike - a 'worked' XR 650 had more 'get up and go'. )

     

     

  • Geoff3DMN Posts: 1532
    Castlemaine
    Motor Head Geoff3DMN
    09 Mar 2016 11:28 AM
    Posted By mickle on 08 Mar 2016 5:25 PM
    The 500 puts Harley right where they need to be in the market, the missus is currently riding one on her Ls and its ideal for her size and skills
    I am sure when she can ride a more powerful bike it wont be the 750, more like a 1200 Sporty or there abouts, I am not sure where the 750
    would fit in the Oz market but I doubt it would be for someone coming up to an open class bike.

     

    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.

     

     

     

  • Marz Posts: 134
    Stock Poster Marz
    09 Mar 2016 04:22 PM

    FWIW

    Hey, why not bring back the XR 750...

    Scramblers are all the rage from other manufacturers, the XR might just be the ticket.

  • mick44 Posts: 2685
    Forum Legend mick44
    15 Apr 2016 10:57 AM

    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.

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