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  • If Loud Pipes Can Save Lives, Can High Voltage Save the Company?

    As Harley-Davidson (HOG) continues to lose market share, the company has embarked on another pivot. This pivot is a pretty substantial change for HD, who has often been known for their loud-piped “hogs.” Harley “is a victim of it’s own success,” states Motley Fool - “today’s motorcycle buyer doesn’t fit the image of the traditional Harley customer.” People are less interested in the outlaw rebel biker image that has been the focus of Harley’s marketing pitch for a very long time, and they’re less inclined to foot the bill when it comes to the high price tag of the traditional hog.
    https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/03/07/harley-davidson-is-a-victim-of-its-own-success.aspx

    For the most recent change du jour, Harley revealed 2019 plans for an all-electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, at EICMA in Milan, Italy this last Tuesday.

    The question that remains is: “Is this too little, too late?” For a long time, Harley has struggled with change from the days of the constant line-up of push-rod V-twins in the flavor of N-Head to Evolution engines, to Erik Buell, to the Porsche-assisted overhead-cam VRSCA V-Rod, and up to today’s market where the public seems to be clamoring more and more for high performing environmentally-conscious Electric Vehicles. With a continually aging demographic, Harley is looking to get new audiences excited again about motorcycles for different reasons than they have traditionally. Does the company have enough marketing clout and engineering muscle to pull this venture off in a profitable way?

    The new LiveWire motorcycle’s price should be revealed in January, with select US and European dealerships offering the bike through the end of 2019.

    posted in Latest News
  • RE: 2004 CBR 1000RR - Deep Clean

    Well that took long enough! Good grief! 🙂 Good on the local shop for replacing the scratched rear wheel and getting the front wheel re-anodized to match.

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    posted in Honda
  • RE: Group Ride 7/14/18

    @nicegy525 Dang - will thanks for the info. Been a long time since I’ve been up that direction.

    posted in Local Gatherings
  • RE: 2004 CBR 1000RR - Deep Clean

    New fairings came in over the weekend. Jazzed to get them put on (was out of town all weekend)!

    Stay tuned!

    posted in Honda
  • RE: Group Ride 7/14/18

    @nicegy525 Dang - well aside from the bruised foot, I’m glad the ride was fairly uneventful! I haven’t been up to Windy Ridge yet this year … just got the new fairing in for my 1000RR … might have to break it in with a proper ride up that direction! 🙂

    posted in Local Gatherings
  • RE: Robots!

    Thanks! Banned! 🙂

    posted in Help and Suggestions
  • RE: MAKING A COMEBACK!

    Where did you do the track day and through which org?

    posted in Oregon
  • RE: Group Ride 7/14/18

    @nicegy525 dang I would totally take you up on this except I’m out of town this weekend.

    Maybe another group ride next weekend? 🙂

    posted in Local Gatherings
  • 2004 CBR 1000RR - Deep Clean

    Well, after 14 years of regular riding, when a local motorcycle shop dinged one of my Carrozzeria rims while trying to mount a tire - I decided the time had come to tear down the CBR 1000RR and give it a deep cleaning while I was waiting 6-8 weeks for my wheels to show back up.

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    Tore all the plastic off, tank, airbox, shower injectors, tail, etc. and started in with a sponge and some dish-washing detergent (like for your dishwashing machine - works great to cut the grease) and parts-cleaner.

    Cleaned up the tail first and reassembled the tail:

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    Then cleaned up the exhaust system:
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    Repaired some of the broken/burnt LEDs in my tail light as well. Also glued the tach faceplate down where it had bubbled up a little, causing the needle to rub.

    Cleaned up the airbox, fresh K&N filters, and reassembled all of that.

    Next will be the front-end cleanup, forks, calipers, etc.

    I ordered new matte-black fairings for it - birthday present from my wifey ♥ . Should have those in hand in the next couple of weeks. Also got new grips and bar-ends that some nice accents. Bike should be all black, gold and silver.

    I’ll post more pics as I reassemble - shoud look pretty dang sweet when I’m done.

    Stay tuned!

    posted in Honda
  • RE: MAKING A COMEBACK!

    @nicegy525 Did ya get out and enjoy the nice weather today? 🙂

    posted in Oregon