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(LA Times)   Because a company with no R&D department for the majority of its existence is ill equipped to update their antiquated design, why not skip that step and leapfrog to the new hotness?   ( latimes.com) divider line
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2018-03-01 11:10:38 PM  
How are they going to make an electric too loud though?
 
2018-03-01 11:41:04 PM  
Harley riders -- a bunch of proctologists with no weekend hobbies.
 
2018-03-02 01:50:31 AM  

Ken S.: How are they going to make an electric too loud though?


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2018-03-02 04:04:53 AM  

Ken S.: How are they going to make an electric too loud though?


Make the first hybrid motorcycle?
 
2018-03-02 04:12:23 AM  
This will not end well.

They chose......poorly.
 
2018-03-02 04:59:22 AM  
They've gone full potato.
 
2018-03-02 05:59:50 AM  
May I say,

"Oh, this thread again."
 
2018-03-02 06:09:33 AM  

JulieAzel626: May I say,

"Oh, this thread again."


"Harley's are dumb and loud."

"Motorcycles are dangerous."

"Stop defining yourself by a brand."

"Those things are for retired dentists."

"Here's a pic of my bike.  I don't get to ride it enough."
 
2018-03-02 06:47:04 AM  

riot_kid: JulieAzel626: May I say,

"Oh, this thread again."

"Harley's are dumb and loud."

"Motorcycles are dangerous."

"Stop defining yourself by a brand."

"Those things are for retired dentists."

"Here's a pic of my bike.  I don't get to ride it enough."


Dammit - my son's going for his motorcycle licence tomorrow - so we went for a quick spin today, just to get his head "in the mood".

Looking forward to tomorrow night. Gonna drink some beer.

/ heh heh heh
// got another one initiated to the cause
/// three
 
2018-03-02 07:11:43 AM  
An electric motorcycle?  Wouldn't that be a Vespa scooter?
 
2018-03-02 08:11:47 AM  
"Its machines have the benefit, especially for new riders, of having no clutch or gears to master."

That's a drawback not a benefit.
 
2018-03-02 08:37:50 AM  

cherryl taggart: An electric motorcycle?  Wouldn't that be a Vespa scooter?


Vespas are not electric.

/ They may have one now. Don't care enough to Google
 
2018-03-02 08:38:01 AM  

ol' gormsby: riot_kid: JulieAzel626: May I say,

"Oh, this thread again."

"Harley's are dumb and loud."

"Motorcycles are dangerous."

"Stop defining yourself by a brand."

"Those things are for retired dentists."

"Here's a pic of my bike.  I don't get to ride it enough."

Dammit - my son's going for his motorcycle licence tomorrow - so we went for a quick spin today, just to get his head "in the mood".

Looking forward to tomorrow night. Gonna drink some beer.

/ heh heh heh
// got another one initiated to the cause
/// three


colleague at work told me about her husband buying a Harley (or some heavy bike, pretty sure Harley) shortly after retirement.  never was a rider before that.  somehow the bike fell over in the garage and pinned his hand under it.  he lost a few fingers.

So the statement "hit by a parked car" does have some merit

/whata moran
 
2018-03-02 08:38:54 AM  

grokca: "Its machines have the benefit, especially for new riders, of having no clutch or gears to master."

That's a drawback not a benefit.


If your goal is playing with gears instead of traveling
 
2018-03-02 09:04:26 AM  

Ken S.: How are they going to make an electric too loud though?


If only someone would invent a device to turn electricity into noise...

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/Why is it not surprising that BMW is at the forefront of this tech?
 
2018-03-02 09:08:09 AM  

riot_kid: JulieAzel626: May I say,

"Oh, this thread again."

"Harley's are dumb and loud."

"Motorcycles are dangerous."

"Stop defining yourself by a brand."

"Those things are for retired dentists."

"Here's a pic of my bike.  I don't get to ride it enough."


I sold my motorcycle, bought an old Porsche for approximately the price of a nice motorcycle, and it should be about as lethal in a crash - but it doesn't fall over as easily.
 
2018-03-02 09:12:36 AM  

jaytkay: grokca: "Its machines have the benefit, especially for new riders, of having no clutch or gears to master."

That's a drawback not a benefit.

If your goal is playing with gears instead of traveling


The goal is to have fun, shifting is part of that fun.
 
2018-03-02 09:14:29 AM  
Change the name to Harley Davison Blockchain and they will be fine.
 
2018-03-02 09:31:59 AM  

itcamefromschenectady: Ken S.: How are they going to make an electric too loud though?

If only someone would invent a device to turn electricity into noise...

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/Why is it not surprising that BMW is at the forefront of this tech?


Don't new BMW's have Bluetooth so you can play Harley Davidson engine noises thru your speakers instead?
 
2018-03-02 09:55:16 AM  
An electric Harley? An electric Harley. An electric Harley! That sounds incredibly anachronistic and is jarring to the ear. I can't imagine a Sparky Hardly-Ableson being a light weight bike. I know  there are electric motorcycles right now that are lighter than an 883, pretty much everything from Zero Motorcycles. That is sad. Sad because HD has such a following and it's an American company; it would be nice if HD went away from the faux bad boy meth dealing image they have embraced for the past fifty years.

I am not a gangster, a criminal or a bad ass so you won't get me to ride any of the current crop of HDs until they change their attitude and image.

If the took production bikes away from old heavy and not toward Power Ranger Plastic Fantastic Japanese Rockets and designed something new, with sophistication, with subtle design cues to their roots and a little bit of an edge. While updating mechanics and shedding nearly half the weight.

I can't tell if these motor companies are deliberately self-sabotaging electric vehicles so they can say tried and no one bought them to say  "that's why we don't try."
 
2018-03-02 10:17:33 AM  

grokca: jaytkay: grokca: "Its machines have the benefit, especially for new riders, of having no clutch or gears to master."

That's a drawback not a benefit.

If your goal is playing with gears instead of traveling

The goal is to have fun, shifting is part of that fun.


The goal is to get from point A to point B.  And as an owner of an 100% electric motorcycle (Zero) they are a hell of lot more fun than loud Harley bike that spends 75% of its time in the shop.

/leaving Harley owners in the dust is also fun
 
2018-03-02 11:00:36 AM  

gingerjet: The goal is to get from point A to point B.


wrong

/leaving Harley owners in the dust is also fun

user name checks out
 
2018-03-02 11:04:41 AM  

gingerjet: The goal is to get from point A to point B.


That is the goal of a car, not the goal of a motorcycle.
If you don't understand that then I cannot explain it to you.
 
2018-03-02 11:10:02 AM  

grokca: gingerjet: The goal is to get from point A to point B.

That is the goal of a car, not the goal of a motorcycle.
If you don't understand that then I cannot explain it to you.


Pickup biker chicks??

👯♀👯♂👯♀👯♂👯♀👯♂👯♀👯♂
 
2018-03-02 11:21:10 AM  

grokca: gingerjet: The goal is to get from point A to point B.

That is the goal of a car, not the goal of a motorcycle.
If you don't understand that then I cannot explain it to you.


Warriors code?
 
2018-03-02 11:31:40 AM  

H31N0US: grokca: gingerjet: The goal is to get from point A to point B.

That is the goal of a car, not the goal of a motorcycle.
If you don't understand that then I cannot explain it to you.

Warriors code?


No.  It has something to do with there being much safer, comfortable, and efficient ways of traveling from point A to point B than a motorcycle.   The point of a motorcycle is to travel from point A.  There is no B.

Someone choosing a bike as a "point A to point B" mode of transport has made a poor decision, particularly if they've removed the fun out of even that.
 
2018-03-02 12:29:46 PM  

Rent Party: H31N0US: grokca: gingerjet: The goal is to get from point A to point B.

That is the goal of a car, not the goal of a motorcycle.
If you don't understand that then I cannot explain it to you.

Warriors code?

No.  It has something to do with there being much safer, comfortable, and efficient ways of traveling from point A to point B than a motorcycle.   The point of a motorcycle is to travel from point A.  There is no B.

Someone choosing a bike as a "point A to point B" mode of transport has made a poor decision, particularly if they've removed the fun out of even that.


Ever been to Asia?
 
2018-03-02 01:03:58 PM  

H31N0US: Rent Party: H31N0US: grokca: gingerjet: The goal is to get from point A to point B.

That is the goal of a car, not the goal of a motorcycle.
If you don't understand that then I cannot explain it to you.

Warriors code?

No.  It has something to do with there being much safer, comfortable, and efficient ways of traveling from point A to point B than a motorcycle.   The point of a motorcycle is to travel from point A.  There is no B.

Someone choosing a bike as a "point A to point B" mode of transport has made a poor decision, particularly if they've removed the fun out of even that.

Ever been to Asia?


I spent the better part of two days on an FZ-750 in Thailand.  Ever owned a bike?
 
2018-03-02 01:52:02 PM  

Rent Party: The point of a motorcycle is to travel from point A.  There is no B.


FAR OUT, MAAAAAAN

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2018-03-02 01:58:06 PM  

grokca: jaytkay: grokca: "Its machines have the benefit, especially for new riders, of having no clutch or gears to master."

That's a drawback not a benefit.

If your goal is playing with gears instead of traveling

The goal is to have fun, shifting is part of that fun.


I understand, I've never owned a car with an automatic transmission.
 
2018-03-02 05:17:50 PM  

Diego Dominguez: An electric Harley? An electric Harley. An electric Harley! That sounds incredibly anachronistic and is jarring to the ear.


What about an electric Morgan three wheeler?

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2018-03-02 06:22:18 PM  

Rent Party: H31N0US: grokca: gingerjet: The goal is to get from point A to point B.

That is the goal of a car, not the goal of a motorcycle.
If you don't understand that then I cannot explain it to you.

Warriors code?

No.  It has something to do with there being much safer, comfortable, and efficient ways of traveling from point A to point B than a motorcycle.   The point of a motorcycle is to travel from point A.  There is no B.

Someone choosing a bike as a "point A to point B" mode of transport has made a poor decision, particularly if they've removed the fun out of even that.


I dunno.  In Southern Californian traffic, the ability to lane split sounds useful in a pure point A to point B mode.

/of course, there's always the ability to split your head open on the freeway's tarmac as well
 
2018-03-02 07:39:04 PM  

Ken S.: How are they going to make an electric too loud though?


Maybe they'll figure out a way to make an electric motorcycle using tech from the 1930's.
 
2018-03-02 10:31:07 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Ken S.: How are they going to make an electric too loud though?

Maybe they'll figure out a way to make an electric motorcycle using tech from the 1930's.


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2018-03-03 06:06:47 AM  
A quiet motorcycle that doesn't spew oil everywhere? It won't be popular among the hardly riders.
 
2018-03-03 10:17:36 AM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Diego Dominguez: An electric Harley? An electric Harley. An electric Harley! That sounds incredibly anachronistic and is jarring to the ear.

What about an electric Morgan three wheeler?

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Ooooohhhh, that looks awesome. Not a motorcycle. That goes for all trike nonsense: Can Am Spyder, T-rex, Polaris Slingshot and the sad HD Trike. All require a motorcycle license because states weren't going to invent and regulate a platypus vehicle endorsement.

Hate to get teary eyed about bugs in the teeth freedom but there is something insanely satisfying about countersteering and tipping into a corner while saying,  "there is no spoon."  It's nice to have your faith instantly rewarded like that.

/Thanks, that's one more weird vehicle I will buy,  if becoming a trophy husband works out.
 
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