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How to Attain a Decent Exhaust note

This would work better for the convertible owners than we coupe owners.

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Good one, that's funny ****!!!!
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Do you think that is what Harley-Davidson is going to do for their electric bike?

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Do you think that is what Harley-Davidson is going to do for their electric bike?
Harley owners are an interesting lot, generally divided into two camps. One, the hard core bikers, belong to gangs, not clubs, and would never buy anything that didn't make antisocial loud noises.

The other group consists of doctors, lawyers, accountants etc., who would never seek to join (nor would they be accepted) a traditional motorcycle gang. They organize into touring clubs and spend their vacation going to retro music festivals and such. When you look at the HD site and see them touting some of the features of the new bikes in an 'Infotainment' section, you know where that is going.

I think the latter group is the target buyer for the electrocycles and will be just fine without making butch noises all the time.

Still, it is quite a switch for HD. No noise, no gear shifting....I guess their stock was struggling and they were looking for a new market. For the sake of tradition, I hope they find it, although my interest in biking was always in the British, Japanese and Italian stuff.

With a range of only 95 miles in stop and go riding (best case 146 miles), and a price of $30K, I think it may be a hard sell.

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dating myself, but how many of you remember these.... or had one?

OOPS, can't get this to load. The Mattel V-rroom


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I think HD has recognized that the traditional bike market is made up of baby boomers who turned their home equity into two wheels and that the passage of time is immutable. So far.

The people who are willing and able to pay 50K for a toy is a quickly shrinking demographic.

They are facing a wave of "next generation" issues.

"I will live with mommie till I'm 40 or she dies and leaves me her house"
"I should not have to work for a living. It is my right"
"Don't look at me harshly or I will be offended and either cry or hit you with a baseball bat"

How do you sell a very expensive, loud, "obnoxious" and many say dangerous toy to a bunch of "Ms" ?

You sell them something that is:
1) Green! Save the planet!
2) Quiet but powerful in a non-threatning way
3) Since they live with mommie and ride the bus to work, the range is not an issue.
4) Expensive because everyone KNOWS that quality is tied to cost!


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Yeah, like a $1k i-Phone that is built for dirt cheap in China.

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As a trombone player and father of a trombone player, I emphatically agree!
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dating myself, but how many of you remember these.... or had one?

OOPS, can't get this to load. The Mattel V-rroom


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