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Harley-Davidson Announces End Of EVO Sportster Production

TwistedKestrel

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So Harley's entry level bikes are gonna be water cooled parallel twins in the near future? Like I guess everyone else is doing it, so fine, but doesn't that mean they're going to be directly competing with Japanese models then? Something they have more or less avoided for very good reason?

Sportster S has flown mostly under my radar. It starts at $18.5K CDN? Who is it for? That's definitely not entry level anything
 

BigEvilDoer

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I for one say good riddance. I'm still p*ssed that they cut the Street 500 and 750s loose - they could have upgraded them at minimal expense but instead sank them.

Did you ever ride one of them?
The 750’s motor was surprisingly peppy… but everything else was useless.

The brakes were the absolute worst of any bike I have ever ridden, including those with drum brakes.

The quality of the welds and fit and finish were something that a 7 year old would do with a model car kit. Just terrible.
 

TK4

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Did you ever ride one of them?
The 750’s motor was surprisingly peppy… but everything else was useless.

The brakes were the absolute worst of any bike I have ever ridden, including those with drum brakes.

The quality of the welds and fit and finish were something that a 7 year old would do with a model car kit. Just terrible.
I rode the 750 Street and wasn't overly impressed except compared to an 883 Sportster.
I think the Street Rod was going in the right direction but by then it was too late.
Quality control was always something that could be improved upon, they just gave up.
 

TK4

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So Harley's entry level bikes are gonna be water cooled parallel twins in the near future? Like I guess everyone else is doing it, so fine, but doesn't that mean they're going to be directly competing with Japanese models then? Something they have more or less avoided for very good reason?

Sportster S has flown mostly under my radar. It starts at $18.5K CDN? Who is it for? That's definitely not entry level anything
Made in China sub 500ccs if they ever show up (which I doubt).
 

ToSlow

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I'm sure alot of the HD faithful will loose their minds. There is much love for the EVO engine which is one of the best HD made.
It was probably the EVO that pulled Harley from the point of extinction
 

ReSTored

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No real loss, a terrible bike meant for local cruising to the coffee shop, short 50km hops around town and not much else. The new "Sportster" really just carries the famed model name forward and is a better bike, albeit one that is significantly more expensive.
 

hdsomeday

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I'm part of some HD groups and what I see sometimes is bizarre. I really don't get it. Some riders will have different model years of the same touring bike..... it's exactly the same bike...🤦‍♂️
All credit to @tmas from the Jokes thread......

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timtune

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I've done a bunch of HD demo rides at Ride4Sight over the years but never been tempted. That said I still have a soft spot for a 883.
 

xrljoel

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I've done a bunch of HD demo rides at Ride4Sight over the years but never been tempted. That said I still have a soft spot for a 883.
Me too. I remember when HD released the XLX-61 in 82 or 83 (?) and I thought it was particularly good looking. The 883 was released in 1984 and was very similar and good looking. The original 4 speed, chain driven model was a simple, stripped-down, old-fashioned motorcycle, long before "retro" was a thing.

I recall Alan Girdler rode one for quite a while and thinking if it was good enough for him it's worth a look.
 

TwistedKestrel

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TwistedKestrel

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It'd have to pass emissions compliance to be sold here, which is why H-D discontinued it. Crate motors on the other hand...
Is that the reason though? US emissions standards for bikes haven't changed since 2010
 

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