Web­slinger ...................................................... 92


For the past few months I have been rid­ing and test­ing a plethora of new bikes from var­i­ous man­u­fac­tur­ers—yes, even non-amer­i­can brands, as I am also the on­line ed­i­tor for our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Street Chop­per, which will fea­ture a sprin­kling of Ja­panese and Euro brands. All have been di­verse but re­ally su­perb motorcycles. New mod­els from Har­ley-david­son and In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle are ap­pear­ing at a faster rate than in the past hand­ful of years. These new mod­els have been de­signed with some­thing that seemed to be lack­ing in pre­vi­ous years.

What was that? The com­mon miss­ing theme in my opinion was a mo­tor­cy­cle built for what the consumer ac­tu­ally wanted and needed. Now the man­u­fac­tur­ers have lis­tened to and ob­served the consumer and im­ple­mented that into new mod­els. In­stead of try­ing to sell you on an an­swer to a ques­tion that was never asked, they are now con­struct­ing bikes with much more pur­pose. That pur­pose? Motorcycles that you want to ride.

Af­ter rid­ing a hand­ful of the lat­est and great­est ma­chines from sev­eral man­u­fac­tur­ers, I was left with one com­mon theme across the board. All the lat­est mod­els are just plain-great-func­tion­ing motorcycles with amaz­ing qual­ity com­pared to bikes of even just a decade ago. What­ever type of rid­ing you are into, you re­ally can’t go wrong with any of these new mod­els from the mo­tor­cy­cle com­pa­nies. There re­ally are no duds or just weird bikes any­more. The man­u­fac­tur­ers have put a lot of fun back into motorcycles with bikes that just ride fan­tas­ti­cally.

Har­ley-david­son plans 50 new mod­els in the next five years, and I per­son­ally know that In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle has very ag­gres­sive fu­ture model plans.

Both man­u­fac­tur­ers are set to shake up the in­dus­try a bit with all this new ma­chin­ery. Some of these bikes will be a lit­tle bit of a de­par­ture from the norm for both brands, and some will be more tra­di­tional. I can’t wait to see what rolls off the pro­duc­tion line next for the two!

It’s an ex­cep­tional and ex­cit­ing time to be a mo­tor­cy­cle consumer. There re­ally is no time like the present! HB


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