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What is Harley Davidsons Situation Analysis?

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Like all the other motorcycle makers.
technology and innovation ? maybe their quick release windshield, thats all I can think of.

  1. floridaman39us Jan 13th, 2013 @ 12:38 | #1

    Competition = Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Polaris
    Market served = Purchasers of motorcycles

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  2. Realtorbiker Jan 13th, 2013 @ 13:03 | #2

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    Manufacturing.
    Like
    The World
    Like all the other motorcycle makers.
    technology and innovation ? maybe their quick release windshield, thats all I can think of.
    References :
    50 years a bike-a-holic.

  3. CNC Guy Jan 13th, 2013 @ 13:17 | #3

    They serve the poser market, they have ancient technology and their stock price is down 70% year to date. That about says it all. The analysis is they are screwed.
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  4. bikinkawboy Jan 13th, 2013 @ 14:04 | #4

    One neat innovation Harley had was their anti-dive used on air forks on the early evo bikes. The forks had a line connecting to the crash bars and air was stored in both the fork and crash bar. When the front brake was applied, a valve between the crash bar and fork was activated and with only the small amount of air contained in the fork, the spring resistance was increased.

    Harley has used hydraulic valve adjusters for decades, way ahead of other bike manufacturers.

    Harley was the first to use belt drive. After that, Kawasaki used it on their KZ440 for a bit, but Harley was first.

    Whereas most manufactures have their trunks hinge forward, for ages Harley has had theirs hinge to the side so the passenger doesn’t have to get off the bike before opening the trunk. Bike reviewers love it. That idea isn’t really that innovative, it’s just that no one else is smart enough to use it.

    Harley was the first to market the softtail, rear axle suspension that looks like a hard tail. There are plenty of others that have copied that idea.

    Harley’s fork design on dressers that has the triple clamps reversed so that they are behind the fork crown. This gives great straight line stability but still makes for easy low speed steering.

    That’s just a few things off the top of my head.

    ADDITIONAL: The toothed belt final drive came out on both the 1980 Harley Sturgis and the 1980 Kawasaki KZ440D1. I can’t say which one was actually the first to put it on their bike, but I do remember reading cycle magazines back then and the Harley model was released before the Kawasaki was. I remember that Harley worked with Gates Rubber Co on the motorcycle application.
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    I ride Kawasakis.

  5. Deckard2020 Jan 13th, 2013 @ 14:09 | #5

    HD did use belt drive 100 years ago, as did many others, yet it was actually riveted pieces of leather. The first modern belt drive was the kz 440,
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