Okay, so after reading about the guy who had a low HP reading on a dyno at a Hardley dealership, I just couldn't resist gettin' up on my soapbox. I am all for freedom of expression, but I just don't understand the whole Harley thing.
Two guys that I work with are big Harley fans - even though neither has a bike right now (one is lucky to be able to afford the roof over his head). Both want a Harley because they "want to be able to rattle windows and wake up the neighbors everytime the bike starts up". I don't get it.
Recently in Motorcyclist magazine, there was a two-page spread about the new Buell something-or-other. 1200cc v-twin, $11.5k, 104 or so HP, 84 lb. ft. of torque.... Ho-hum. Turn the page and there is the new Aprilia Tuono R Factory. 998cc v-twin, $13k, 130+ HP, 79 or so lb. ft. of torque in a much more attractive and aggressive package. One-third MORE horsepower and almost all the torque for only a few clams more.
Growing up, I was never a v-twin fan, but could now easily add one to my garage. What I don't understand is this: the technology is out there to produce a sporting v-twin (Honda, Suzuki, Ducati, Aprilia, KTM, etc.). Why does Harley insist on using decades-old technology to produce a hybrid sport bike? Is the Buell really only for young Harley die-hards who want something other than a cruiser? One look at that huge dinosaur lump of a motor in those things really turns me off. The machining doesn't even look modern!
Speaking of modern tech, big hoopla a while back with the new Harley engine (Revolution?). I think Harley finally broke the 100 hp barrier. Um, ever ride a Kawasaki Vulcan 2000? Talk about a freight train on steroids! Better running bike, more power, top-notch engineering, and less dough than HD.
Guess I just don't get it.