• Jun 11, 2008
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First we heard ruminations that India's Tata Motors was considering a purchase of Italian bike manufacturer MV Agusta, followed shortly thereafter by similar rumors regarding Mahindra, another huge Indian automaker. The latest company rumored to be keeping tabs on a possible purchase of MV Agusta is none other than Harley-Davidson, which would provide some rather interesting storylines to consider. For one, HD already owns one sportbike manufacturer in Buell, which even uses Harley V-Twin engines in the majority of its bikes. Therefore, one might question the logic of snatching up another boutique maker of bikes with outwardly sporty intentions. Still, it is a well known fact that Harley-Davidson would like nothing more than to bring younger buyers into its showrooms, which is something that MV Agusta's stunning range of machinery would surely do. For fans of the Italian marque, the idea of Harley infusing some much-needed cash flow into MV should more than offset the shock that the purchase would likely make.

[Source: Cyril Huze Blog]


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      • 6 Years Ago

      Also if Harley buys MV Augusta it can get better access to the European market. So the line up could be something like

      Harley Cruisers
      MV Augusta Premium sports bikes
      Buell Entry level sports bikes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nothing entry level about Buell but I get your point. Maybe they could use the MV brand to produce Scooters and stuff that they do not currently produce. Cant brand a Scooter with HD or Buell. The only cheap bike that Buell makes is the Blast at (I think) 5k.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i own an MV F4 1000. Top of the top in sporting bikes: quality, design......well as they say around there "the most beautifull bike ever designed".....for others the "sexiest".....not for many due to a starting price of +25k.
      I can understand HD point of view: they need a supersport division with a similar concept of bike: personality, quality, tradition: in other words, MV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My bad, I did not know that MV Augusta made super duper $25K+ sport bikes. No scooter maker. Duh. Yes Buell would be the entry level in comparision.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ""Today's bikes completley own HD in terms of reliability, power, handling ,and braking.""

      What crap. HD makes, far and away, the highest quality and most reliable motorcycle bar none.

      And, please explan how HD clone motorcycles like Yamaha's Star line, or similar crusier bikes from Kawasaki, Honda, and Suzuki, "own" HD. They're knockoffs of HD products.

      As for you "fat people" crap, explain how HD is far and away the most popular motorcycle with women if they're only built for fat people.

      Your argument in a nutshell: "Duh...it's American, it must be crap..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        "HD makes, far and away, the highest quality and most reliable motorcycle bar none"

        Bahahahahahaha. Right. And all those puddles of oil and leaks are to add 'aroma' to the experience of a Harley. Give me a break. The engine was designed in the freakin 1930s. It's not that it's American that makes it bad, it's that it's 1930s technology that makes it bad. The V-rod is cool, but the rest of HD is a complete joke.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "They're knockoffs of HD products."

        By that argument the classic Harley Davidson design is just a knock off of early BMW motorcycles. Before that HDs looked like bicycles with an engine.

        HDs are designed around the cruriser style. Honda, Triumph, Star all make crusiers too. It doesn't mean they copied eachother, they are all targeting the same demographic. Like Audi, BMW and MB all having a compact executive car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GOD NO! NO!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fat people love HD, because HD builds bikes just as fat and heavy as they are.
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      That right!
      They (HD) even have a machine named "The Fat Boy"!

      This year they came out with a model called "The Cross Bones." This motorcycle looks as though it is from 1948 and not 2008. (In the Hollywood vernacular "this is going straight to DVD" or better yet; a museum)
      The Cross Bones shows that Harley isn't just standing still; they are regressing to a lost forgotten era of motorcycling, yet still preserving a machine that reaches its peak performance while parked in front of some bar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To Pacman who said they cant brand a scooter with HD or Buell, it's already happened. HD did make a scooter. I believe it was in the 1960s. It was called the Topper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ""Bahahahahahaha. Right. And all those puddles of oil and leaks are to add 'aroma' to the experience of a Harley""


      LOL. Thanks for proving so convincingly that you haven't had any experience whatsoever with any HD built in the past 20 years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The bike looks like a carbon copy of a Yamaha or Kawasaki. I wonder whose doing the copying now?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So long as they don't try to convert them to forward peg, under-cooled, obnoxiously loud, unsteerable pieces of rolling crap, i'm all for it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And they've been building them the same way since about 1903 too. So yeah, they handle, brake, and accelerate great... and they're reliable.

        All by the standards of over 75 years ago.

        Today's bikes completley own HD in terms of reliability, power, handling ,and braking.

        The reason people keep buying them is because they're lameasses like dentists and lawyers who want to feel like a badass on the weekends. Or fat people. Fat people love HD, because HD builds bikes just as fat and heavy as they are.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Own? No. Ridden? Yes. I rented a V-Rod while i was down in Arizona for a week and a Road King in California. I didn't like either one. They were over-weight, under-powered, they built up more heat than a rocket engine, and the ride was uncomfortbale at best. I have also been out on a Triumph Rocket III and a Honda VTX. Both were far more agile, powerful and comfortable.

        Call me names if it makes you feel better, but it doesn't change my opinion on HD.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wave the flag...after all, that's the reason some people choose (or have chosen) certain automobiles over others, even in the light of quality or reliability issues, isn't it? Be honest.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude do you know anyhting about HD. The racing heritage? (not so much anymore) Anything about Buell and the great bikes they produce? Your a jackass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeeeeaaaaa...that why they have been making them since 1903.....and people keep buying them...and the people who buy them love them. Im sure thats all because they are pieces of crap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you ever owned a HD? Crap hardly. Compare a HD Cruiser to a Metric Cruiser and honestly the quality of HD is evident. The Metris cruisers are good bikes but they are not HD and never can be. HD is the Apple of motorcycles.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, it would be much better if HD started making bikes like MV Agusta. Those rear-sets are so comfortable.

        And with it's enviable reputation for reliability...well, it's no wonder that MV Agusta has been such a sales success.

        Yep, HD could sure learn a lot from those successful folks at MV Agusta.

        Seriously though, why is HD wasting money on this crap Italian loser of a company?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fat people love HD, because HD builds bikes just as fat and heavy as they are.
      /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
      That right!
      They (HD) even have a machine named "The Fat Boy"!

      This year they came out with a model called "The Cross Bones." This motorcycle looks as though it is from 1948 and not 2008. (In the Hollywood vernacular "this is going straight to DVD" or better yet; a museum)
      The Cross Bones shows that Harley isn't just standing still, they are regressing to a lost forgotten era of motorcycling, yet still preserving a machine that reaches its peak performance while parked in front of some bar.
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