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Guy Mullins 19 June 2014 14:50

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Originally Posted by Ole crusty bastard (Post 1058400626)
Keeping the Trumpets together, this was mine for several years. My back and age influenced me to sell a few months ago.

Over 50 years of riding dirt and street and I never got hurt. Although a couple of burns from the pipes did leave nice round memories.

1979 Triumph 750 Bonneville Special. Sprocket size and braided Stainless brake lines are to only mods I ever made. Once the clutch broke free, it took one kick to start.

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My Bonnie 750 has the wire spoked wheels and I had it re-painted in the classic candy-apple red with black base.I have just fe-fitted petrol taps imported from the UK but find the throttle cable into the new Amals is jammed somewhere. Otherwise, it is in fine fettle and ready to ride once my so-called leg can kick it over.

bmbsqd 19 June 2014 14:56

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Harley is producing an electic motorcycle, the Livewire. If it doesn't rumble, it aint a Harley.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/...ic-motorcycle/


Like loud pipes? Better get them while you can.

Harley-Davidson today revealed its first electric motorcycle, called Project LiveWire.

It’s the most radical departure in the 111-year history of the brand, best known for building rolling thunder on two wheels. A vision for a possible future production bike, Project LiveWire features more of a sporty touring look than the company’s classic cruisers.

The prototype is powered by a longitudinally-mounted electric motor rated at 74 hp and 52 lb-ft of torque, on par with H-D’s 833 cc internal combustion engine. The battery-powered unit was developed with help from electric powertrain specialist Mission Motors. Harley-Davidson says the belt-driven bike can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under four seconds, and has an electronically restricted top speed of 92 mph.

A teaser video of the bike in action reveals a sound that’s the sort of futuristic combination of whine and whoosh familiar to fans of electric motorcycle racing.

The current range of the development version of Project LiveWire is 53 miles per charge, but Chief Engineer Jeff Richlen says H-D will be soliciting feedback from current and potential customers to find out the sort of performance they’d expect from this type of motorcycle if it makes it to production.

To that end, starting next week in New York, he’s sending the bikes on a tour of H-D dealerships across the country, where test rides will be available. As for when something like Project LiveWire may be on sale in those stores, H-D hasn’t announced a timeline just yet.

Harley-Davidson sold over 260,000 motorcycles last year and is aggressively pursuing new markets around the world. It recently introduced a new lineup of small, low-priced motorcycles, the Street 500 and Street 750, that it builds in the U.S. and India and targets at new and urban riders. Richlen expects it's new rolling lightning to appeal to overseas customers, as well.

Kalanis 19 June 2014 15:03

Saw that on HD site today. Its the first thing that comes up on https://www.harley-davidson.com/cont...n_US/home.html. Speaking of these, someone in my building rode a Zero in today.

Hoepoe 19 June 2014 15:43

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Originally Posted by Guy Mullins (Post 1058400720)
When I saw the name Hoepoe, I suspected a Saffa. We probably rode in some of the runs you mention. I bought my 650 Bonnie from Rubes on Main St in 69 new for R650 and the 750 Bonnie at Jacks in about 80. There were tons of Triumphs in the old days together with Nortons, Matchless, AJS and a few Enfields. That was before the Honda 4 changed the world. The CBX was a beast and the brakes were not really up to the task, but I love it.

Funny that, Hoepoe, African Hoepoe actually is the symbol of the unit i served in in the IDF. Coincidence.

It's a shame there aren't more of those old classics around; although i see Triumph and Norton are being sold in SA again.

I don' recall those stores as i'm a lightie and only started riding circa '85. I worked at Mosskays if you remember it?

CBX was a joy to ride...in a straight line!

Guy Mullins 19 June 2014 16:30

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Originally Posted by Hoepoe (Post 1058400734)
Funny that, Hoepoe, African Hoepoe actually is the symbol of the unit i served in in the IDF. Coincidence.

It's a shame there aren't more of those old classics around; although i see Triumph and Norton are being sold in SA again.

I don' recall those stores as i'm a lightie and only started riding circa '85. I worked at Mosskays if you remember it?

CBX was a joy to ride...in a straight line!

Mosskays are now in Randburg, I bought my leather jerkin from them a couple of years ago. Isn't that a coincidence about the Hoepoe? I would have expected the Lurie, not the Hoepoe as an IDF symbol.The later CBXs handled a lot better than the first ones. The front forks were considerably strengthened and the whole rear suspension was changed to a mono shock system. It is a heavy beast though but the best feature is its sound at 9000 rpm.

JoeArmyNCO 19 June 2014 17:14

IMO, an electric motorcycle would be about the equivalent of banging a blow up doll versus real poonanny....

We ride because we want to feel that engine. Not that George Jetson sounding shit....

In regards to the CBX that Hoepoe was talking about.....you better have that thing pointed where you want it to go as long as it's straight ahead....

Lou Steel 19 June 2014 18:42

Make mine a gas burnin' V-Twin
 
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An electric Harley? That's heresy! Harleys are supposed to drink high octane fuel, smell like burned rubber, grease and raw exhaust, sound like thunder, and look like Hercules unchained, exuding muscle, power, defiance, class and coolness. You can't get that from a wall socket.

Colonel Flagg 19 June 2014 21:52

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Originally Posted by Lou Steel (Post 1058400784)
An electric Harley? That's heresy! Harleys are supposed to drink high octane fuel, smell like burned rubber, grease and raw exhaust, sound like thunder, and look like Hercules unchained, exuding muscle, power, defiance, class and coolness. You can't get that from a wall socket.

I've ridden electrics before(Zero).

Reasonably impressive performance.

Instant torque….I mean instant…and flat power/torque curve.

I reckon they're easier to ride and ride hard than anything else I've ever been on…..and I've ridden a shit-ton of different bikes.

Electrics have their strengths and weaknesses……just another slice of 2 wheel riding.

Something to keep an eye on is the success of electric race bikes as Isle of Man.

I'm withholding judgement on this new Harley until I ride it in 2 months time.

bmbsqd 20 June 2014 03:21

Here is one of the HD LiveWire commercials:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6F8O5A__Ds

Hoepoe 20 June 2014 04:41

I absolutely love the sound, and smell of motorcycles but would without hesitation, buy an electric bike/car if the opportunity arose.

xxlranger 20 June 2014 14:16

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I'm late to this, but this is mine...2004 Honda VTX1300.
LOVE IT!

bmbsqd 20 June 2014 14:24

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Originally Posted by Hoepoe (Post 1058400870)
I absolutely love the sound, and smell of motorcycles but would without hesitation, buy an electric bike/car if the opportunity arose.

I think I am also starting to come around. Oddly enough, one of my issues with electrics is the potential of accidents due to their quietness. My daughter was hit by a Club Car on a golf course once because the driver was drunk, and because she couldnt hear it coming around the club house. But the LiveWire has a loud presence from what I can tell.

Semp 20 June 2014 14:51

An electric Harley? Not for me. Harley doesn't do well when it strays from its v-twin heavy weight bikes. I remember the SX250 (I owned one, a piece of junk), the Hummer, the Buell Blast and the current, less than stellar, V-Rod.

Harley should be focusing on liquid cooling its engines (not just the heads) and developing a marketing strategy to sell them. Eventually the EPA will regulate air cooled engines to the grave yard. Once that happens, Harley will collapse if not prepared. There are much better and cheaper bikes out there that they will have to compete with. BMW, Honda and Kawasaki to name three.

bmbsqd 20 June 2014 14:59

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Originally Posted by Semp (Post 1058400991)
An electric Harley? Not for me. Harley doesn't do well when it strays from its v-twin heavy weight bikes.

Now wouldn't it be cool if they included a 700-lb version of the LiveWire that had a sound unit attached to mimic a gas HOG?! :biggrin: Sort of like the sound generator on a nuclear simulator!!

37F5V 20 June 2014 15:17

Gratuitous pic
 
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Here's a shot from the tail end of this month's trip as I came back via Highway 129. Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina have some spectacular riding.

Hoepoe 21 June 2014 00:48

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Originally Posted by 37F5V (Post 1058400999)
Here's a shot from the tail end of this month's trip as I came back via Highway 129. Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina have some spectacular riding.

Nice bike, what is that?

H

Fox33C1 21 June 2014 01:04

I like the Electric Harley, I think it breathes life into the product line.

See Harley shits on guys that like bikes to turn, brake, and accelerate and full of cutting edge technology. Harley has not been cutting edge on that wave length since the early 1960's.

Do not get me wrong I rent harleys all the time. But I own ducatis and hondas. Harley has let a whole generation of riders just slide right down the tubes IMO. It started the day they stopped roadracing.

I think they realize that in this market a global market that a bike has to perform. This means racing ability or mileage and cheap costs, this electric bike reflects going after the cheap costs. They have the distance and couldnt give a shit about the sport aspect.

While harley continues to shit on the performance market, its good to know they have to adapt.

37F5V 21 June 2014 06:34

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Originally Posted by Hoepoe (Post 1058401098)
Nice bike, what is that?

H

Triumph Tiger 800.

JoeArmyNCO 21 June 2014 11:04

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Father's Day on the Dragon. :biggrin::biggrin:

Lou Steel 21 June 2014 15:58

400 hp V-Twin
 
Opinions are like "Adam Henrys" everyone's got one. I'm glad there are so many choices out there, we can ride what we want. We'll almost, I wanna ride a reliable 400 hp Harley!:biggrin:

CAP MARINE 21 June 2014 17:10

Bikes
 
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Bikes
07 1200L

CAP MARINE 21 June 2014 17:13

Bike
 
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FLD 2012

Lou Steel 22 June 2014 02:30

Nice sled. I'm on my 4th HD. I bought a 2012 RGC CVO new. Just love that bike. Waxing way less, riding way more, lol. Worlds greatest mental therapy.

Hoepoe 22 June 2014 02:53

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Originally Posted by Lou Steel (Post 1058401286)
Worlds greatest mental therapy.

^ This! Spot on! The wind, the open road, the (perceived) control, the noise (unless on an electric! :-) ). Yes, something indeed liberating and plain damn fun about bikes!

Hoepoe

tooslow 25 August 2014 16:40

A couple of days ago, my sister sent some old photos, to me.
One of them reminded me of a story that I shared, with her, in an e-mail.
With your permission:

Driving to Woodstock;
I got pretty close to Bethel, New York, on the Northway Interstate when traffic suddenly STOPPED.
Nothing was going anywhere. I was stuck in the passing lane, with my engine shut down, waiting for… something to happen.
Well…. something DID happen; something VERY special.
From out of the corner of my eye, I could see a New York State Trooper on the other side of the interstate pointing at me and gesturing for me to come to him.
Huh? Me? What? Down the median and up to where he was? What?????
He gestured, again, and I kick-started my bike, drove down and back up the median and asked him “What’d I do?”
He…. no, shit… said; “There is NO traffic coming down the Interstate from Bethel, north. Just drive north on THIS side of the interstate and get off on the ON-RAMP!”
“Are you setting me up?”
“Nope; go have a good time.”
THAT’S when I first realized that we were in for something VERY special.

slo

(This could just as well be in the 'Good Officer' thread.)

Shadow 25 August 2014 17:06

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Originally Posted by tooslow (Post 1058417958)

A couple of days ago, my sister sent some old photos, to me.
One of them reminded me of a story that I shared, with her, in an e-mail.
With your permission:

Driving to Woodstock;
I got pretty close to Bethel, New York, on the Northway Interstate when traffic suddenly STOPPED.
Nothing was going anywhere. I was stuck in the passing lane, with my engine shut down, waiting for… something to happen.
Well…. something DID happen; something VERY special.
From out of the corner of my eye, I could see a New York State Trooper on the other side of the interstate pointing at me and gesturing for me to come to him.
Huh? Me? What? Down the median and up to where he was? What?????
He gestured, again, and I kick-started my bike, drove down and back up the median and asked him “What’d I do?”
He…. no, shit… said; “There is NO traffic coming down the Interstate from Bethel, north. Just drive north on THIS side of the interstate and get off on the ON-RAMP!”
“Are you setting me up?”
“Nope; go have a good time.”
THAT’S when I first realized that we were in for something VERY special...

Did you show him some cleavage? :biggrin:

tooslow 25 August 2014 17:29

SOMEHOW....
I knew that would pop in here... somehow.

Okay; cross-thread points granted (begrudgingly)!

tooslow 28 August 2014 10:53

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This surprised the heck out of me as I was driving to work this morning; it was NOT there yesterday evening.
I'd say it stands about 5 1/2 feet at the handlebars.

SATCOM 28 August 2014 11:03

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Originally Posted by tooslow (Post 1058418785)
it was NOT there yesterday evening.

That's cool, but they need to paint or stain it.

Guy Mullins 28 August 2014 12:43

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Originally Posted by tooslow (Post 1058418785)
This surprised the heck out of me as I was driving to work this morning; it was NOT there yesterday evening.
I'd say it stands about 5 1/2 feet at the handlebars.

That looks like an improvement on the existing Harley.

Guy Mullins 28 August 2014 13:01

One of my bikes. The sound at 9000rpm is simply ear-boggling.https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/...bb&oe=546602C4

JoeArmyNCO 28 August 2014 13:45

Don't see those anywhere anymore. Hang on to that one.

Guy Mullins 28 August 2014 14:04

Not too many of these either.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...ze=1280%2C1280

tooslow 28 August 2014 19:13

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Just HAD to stop and meet the artist... and that was fortuitous.
This is 'performance art'. Tomorrow, it will be trucked to the Killington, Vermont motorcycle rally.
It will be... torched. Everything opens up and he's filling it with fireworks in the rear and middle... and an accelerant in the front wheel. His wife will be in costume and they'll 'put on a show'.
It is, in fact, almost SEVEN feet at the handlebars.
Chris Cleary - www.ontherocksVT.com and VermontSteamPunk.com
Allow me;

SATCOM 29 August 2014 06:38

Old and New
 
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Old ride: crotch rocket, Kawi '98 ZX6R (left) New ride: cruiser, 2007 Suzuki Boulevard (right)

Matchanu 29 August 2014 09:54

This years ride.

Not as long as I wanted but I just couldn't adjust my schedule.

Anyway, 3 days, 4 states, 2K miles.

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leopardprey 29 August 2014 10:28

Great video! Beautiful scenery, looks like one epic ride you had there.

Matchanu 29 August 2014 11:22

It was pretty epic, Utah is an amazing place.

Janitor 29 August 2014 12:26

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Originally Posted by Matchanu (Post 1058419130)
Utah is an amazing place.

Did you try buying beer at a grocery store on Sunday while in Utah?

Very cool ride. I know some of the roads you took very well.

Kalanis 29 August 2014 13:21

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Originally Posted by Azatty (Post 1058419153)
Did you try buying beer at a grocery store on Sunday while in Utah?

Very cool ride. I know some of the roads you took very well.

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