100% false.Fun fact. Erik Buell designed the V-Rod engine in the late 80's when working for Harley. Harley shelved it. Porsche designed the liquid cooling system.
According to Erik, he started working on that engine in the late 80's.100% false.
How many here attended the 1 school in the world that teaches future Harley techs how the product operates and even had an entirec6 week course just for learning the brands history? How many of you have ever been into a vrod engine? Spent time on the dyno testing a vrod destroyer and several other vrods?
Harley claims it was a "joint engineering effort". Porshe redesigned the entire engine. Its glaringly obvious who designed them once you get into them.
People will never stop buying them. They've built a lifestyle around them. Made them a status symbol.Slow, old tech bikes can be cool. But Harley has outlived their relevance. There are no new Harleys out there that are genuinely BETTER than its competition. Everything they currently do is done better somewhere else, and usually for cheaper. Even the vintage looking Indian Chief is way ahead of a comparable Harley in comfort, performance, and technology, and in my opinion aesthetics as well. At what point will people stop buying inferior machines in the name of an image?
Full disclosure, I know that my vehicles aren't the best in the market, but they are relevant, simple, reliable and affordable. Harley is none of these, except maybe simple, mechanically speaking.
Yea he worked for harley when the vr1000 engine was designed by harley, and it sucked, and they took it to porshe, which re-engineered it. Truthfully, the v-rod engines are a major departure from what harley had going.According to Erik, he started working on that engine in the late 80's.
Quote from Erik.
"We were actually supposed to have a water-cooled bike out by 1998, but that became the motor, Harley Davidson decided to take the motor and changed it into a cruiser motor and that became the V-Rod."
Harley has been building liquid cooled big twins since 2014.Dude it's not like Harley can't fail based on their shitty product. They've been on the brink multiple times, and if not for some extreme political measures would not be in existence today.
However, I believe the Twin Cam platform is ultimately what has saved them for now. If they start building water cooled big twins, i'm not sure how the fans will respond. Time will tell.
I like the 750s. I was very excited to hear bout them in 2012.