Harley-Davidson Halts Electric Motorcycle Production

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  1. WT

    WT Millennium Member

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    The LiveWire is targeted at young RICH, urban riders … not your typical kid living in his mom's basement.

    HD is said that repeatedly but nobody seems to take notice. A Failure to Communicate.

    Anyway, I just got back from the local HD dealer. There is WAITING LIST for LiveWires. The dealer is allocated 10 and they have all been sold.

    The little HD electric bicycles are also gone … I suspect as Christmas presents.

    Yes, he has a charging station ready for the LiveWires.
     
  2. berto62

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    If you would get out of the house and ride you would realize that Harley riders are no longer just old white guys. The last 15 years have brought big numbers of women and minorities into the group. Lot of differences in the crowd at Daytona Bikeweek now than when I first went 30+ years ago.
    The worst case I see for Harley is they scale back production to 30- 50 thousand bikes a year like they have done for most of the 116 years they have been in business
     

  3. sombunya

    sombunya Use it up, throw it away

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    I watched that show until i just couldn’t take it anymore. They demonstrate lots of skill but the finished products look like circus attractions. Then we have Paul Sr., the epitome of cool.
     
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    I am one of the few males in my rather large social circle, comprised of early 20's to early 40's, who does not own a Harley - and many of my friends own multiple. I don't get the old guy notion - but maybe my area is an anomaly.
     
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    That Sons of Anarchy show did something too - but mostly among older guys who really didn't have anything else going on, so it certainly didn't last. Man did I get tired of hearing the war stories by the 55 year old single guys during that phase. Phil, you work at the water treatment plant and your daily driver is a Camry...I know you didn't get into a brawl down at that biker bar last weekend.
     
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    I have spinal injuries, i cant ride much anymore. Even a simple 10 mile ride would kill me today. And i`ve probably rode longer than most have been alive in here. Started on a minibike at the age of 4yrs old. Many years motocross racing, 1/4 mile pro gas bike drag racing, street racing, touring. I rode to all the bikeweeks i`ve been to, i`m no poser, i ride, i dont trailer my bikes. I`ve likely seen AND done, more than the most average rider. You aren`t telling anything i dont already know. Over 60+yrs of riding under my belt... how much do you think i learned along the way.
     
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  7. LinuxLover

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    Hey! I didnt mean to be insulting HD about oil leaks...it was just an elbow in the ribs for an era ,long gone. It was a proud thing for a Hog to mark it's territory when the Hog could back it up, that is was.

    I haven't seen the ability to back up it's King of The Highways stature for a few decades now. Even biker bars lost out to the Cafe Crowd.

    When I owned my shop in Costa Mesa, there'd be the occasional "Ride". I'd be wearing brown chinos, a red puffy Michelin-man type coat, a full Bell Magnum on my KZ650 Kawi, picking up pieces and running for hardware as a group of 30 or 40 choppers would slowly grind down the Ventura Freeway toward Santa Barbara, and me generally herding the cattle along.

    Once we got "escorted" down an offramp for VIN & engine case-serial number and Pink Slip-insurance-registration checks. After the weeded-out questionable players and bikes, one of the CHiPs asked me how I was riding herd on a bunch of outlaws.

    I guess a guy on a Jap bike didn't usually associate with such people. I told him that they were mostly my customers in my Just Putz Shoppe and I was there to keep them in line. He just got back on his KZ1000C Dan Gurney and drove off.. .. still wonderin'.

    Come to say, I haven't ever seen a bike cop in Montana. I guess snow chains on bikes never really worked out so good.
     
  8. Just Glocks

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    Jesse James finally got smart building guns and bullets instead of bikes !
    Guns will always be in demand !
     
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    For most of the 116 years HD has been in business, the bikes were sold out of greasy garages and not the theme parks the dealer network has become. The house of cards would collapse long before the annual production numbers dipped to even close to 100K units. HH
     
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    Harley sales are down, younger riders don’t seem to buy into the Harley mystique. I can see why Harley tried to stay relevant with younger buyers with an electric bike, but it had a very limited range and did not seem competitive with other electric bikes.

    The way Harley dumped Buell it’s not like Harley’s name meant the bike would be supported in the long run


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    Gun sales have plummeted since the gun industry has become addicted to the bust and boom cycle of panic buying.


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  12. EdTracker

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    Quoted for truth
     
  13. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    It’s not old white guys who buy harleys but old guys in general. In SoCal there were plenty of old Asian guys riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
     
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    Like every other business, the well managed ones will survive.
     
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    Only if corporate allows them to cut overhead by downsizing. HH
     
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    The reason for low sales in America is greed there's no control now on any market it's just completely out of control there's just a certain amount of buyers for any product but our greed caused by cost of production makes us build 10 times the amount needed the warehouses and dealers get stuck with expensive surplus and profits end up on dealers shelves just came back from a guitar show why would China build and ship millions of guitars just to kill the market seems no one now is smart enough to control inventory just build to the markets dead !
     
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    And they will be worth alot more when the democrats & liberals ban them. Smart move, indeed!
     
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