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2009 Dirico Motorcycles First Ride

Monday, June 22, 2009
“One thing I can tell you is we got to be free” from Aerosmith’s rendition of 'Come Together'

Steven Tyler seeks freedom riding motorcycles. He confesses that it’s one of the few places the Aerosmith front man can find freedom – freedom from paparazzi sticking cameras in his face, fans clamoring for autographs, and unwanted adulation that waits around every corner. So what does he do to get away? Tyler finds his freedom riding motorcycles on the back roads of New Hampshire, a freedom he now
The three amigos who started up Dirico Motorcyles -  l to r  Mark Dirico  Steven Tyler  and Stephen Talarico. The last guy is long-time friend and former Boston motorcycle cop  Donnie Whiteman.
The three amigos who started up Dirico Motorcyles - (right to left) Mark Dirico, Steven Tyler, and Stephen Talarico. The last guy is long-time friend, test rider, and former Boston motorcycle cop, Donnie Whiteman.
finds in the saddle of a Dirico Motorcycle, a fledgling moto manufacturer he helped start up with a little help from his friends.

Those friends just happen to be Mark Dirico and Stephen Talarico. Dirico made his name in the printing biz and his 20 patents attest to his engineering prowess. Talarico is a savvy businessman who built his empire in corporate real estate, auto dealerships, and now runs two successful Harley-Davidson dealerships in New Hampshire. And what began as a friendship between three riding buddies has evolved into a little business venture originally known as Red Wing Motorcycles, but now flies the under the banner of Dirico Motorcycles. With a ticket to ride in our back pocket, Motorcycle USA recently packed its gearbag and headed to Boston for a first ride on the 2009 Dirico Motorcycles.
 
The company’s success hinges on its desire to be a small niche manufacturer. It doesn’t have its sights set on world domination, but instead is focused on small, specific goals. Dirico aims to build a bike that not only looks good, but also rides like a mutha, fires up every time you thumb the electric start, and is easily serviceable. Mark has taken on the task of combining the right parts to fit the bill. And though at the core of Dirico Motorcycles are parts like a Kraft-Tech frame, Harley-
Styling options like the Flyers Springer front end and H-D 88 c.i. engine were picked out by Tyler.  The 2009 Flyer has a cool retro look with its Springer front end and Art Deco paint and graphics.
The 2009 Flyer has a cool retro look with its Springer front end, deep-welled fenders, spoke wheels and Art Deco paint.
Davidson engines, and Baker transmissions, they didn’t just slap a bunch of H-D parts together and call it a motorcycle. That angle would negate all the time Mark spent at the drafting board designing the motorcycles, hours of engineering to ensure that engine and frame are mated together in a well-balanced bike that clings to the road and doesn’t rattle the teeth out of your head. It would also undermine Tyler’s artistic vision in helping to choose components, color schemes and graphics.

“The project is about passion and about the motorcycle itself,” said Dirico’s Chief Engineer and namesake, Mark Dirico.

But all the passion in the world doesn’t mean squat if the bikes don’t perform well. To test Dirico’s claims, we spent the day touring the history-filled New England countryside onboard two of the company’s models, the retro-styled Flyer and the contemporary Pro-Street. I got to hitch a ride primarily on the Flyer, a vintage-looking cruiser highlighted by a Springer front end, deep-welled fenders, spoke wheels, and wide pull-back handlebars.

Dirico has been sourcing three Harley-Davidson lumps in its motorcycles. The standard Flyer comes with an H-D 88 cubic inch Twin Cam B. Heading out of Manchester, New Hampshire, the home of Talarico’s Harley-Davidson dealership where the bikes are manufactured, it took a whole two minutes before we were pinning throttles and running through gears as we jumped on I-293. Despite its retro exterior, the Flyer’s performance is purely modern. Each twist of the right grip greets you with a burst of linear, progressive power. The Big
Mark Dirico and Steven Tyler of Dirico Motorcycles
Mark Dirico lends the brains and Steven Tyler brings the style that results in Dirico Motorcycles.
Twin doles out 1450cc of thrust throughout the broad powerband and doesn’t sign off until you hit the rev limiter. Fuel delivery is spot-on, evident by the snappy, grin-inducing throttle response, courtesy of H-D’s proprietary Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection. The surprisingly exhilarating ride was heightened by the boom coming out of the jet black Thunderheader 2-into-1 pipes. The engine delivers the goods but is well-balanced, with nominal vibes being felt in the seat or bars. Getting the power to the rear is no problem thanks to H-D’s 5-speed leftside drive tranny which shifted smoothly, reliably, and engaged without a bunch of clunkiness.

The words ‘well-balanced’ can also be used to describe the ride quality. The Flyer is easily manageable at low speeds and holds its line well at speed. The rural roads rolling through the New Hampshire countryside provided opportunities to test the Flyer’s generous lean angle. The Springer fork keeps the front end planted and has just enough travel to smooth the ride without being soft. The softail-style rear suspension is a tad stiff with no adjustments for preload or riders of different sizes. I held an inside line on many of the roads, deliberately seeking the worst the road had to offer, and being able to click out the rear a tad would have been a boon to my backside.

The Dirico Flyer has old-school chops combined with modern performance.
The Dirico Flyer has old-school chops combined with modern performance. Its 1450cc engine delivers plenty of pop.
Sixteen-inch spoke wheels front and back contribute to the Flyer’s retro feel. Metzeler rubber, 130mm fore and 150mm aft, maintains plenty of contact with the road and adds to the bike’s agile nature that belies its cruiser classification. The Flyer runs Harley-Davidson brakes with single discs front and back. The front unit lacked bite, no matter how hard I squeezed the lever. The back is much better, so I relied mainly on a few pumps of the rear pedal.

The Flyer’s vintage flair matches the air of nostalgia you get from riding through small New England towns, with white columned porches on big houses still standing since the Colonial period. It’s no wonder Dirico, Tyler, and Talarico used classic lines on their first motorcycle. The Springer front end establishes the throw back tone as the wide handlebars and casual upright riding position add to its old-school style. The earth-tone color of the Flyer I rode was splayed on the fork, fenders, Kraft-Tech frame, swingarm, fenders and tank. Art Deco pinstriping and Dirico graphics on the tank complement the look. Little choices like the struts and small light on the front fender and the small round air filter cover adds to its rustic charm, as did the boot-sized forward-mounted floorboards and H-D heel-toe shifter. The boards are up high enough to allow for plenty of clearance when you get the Flyer tipped into the turns.

After riding the Flyer for most of the afternoon, I came away impressed with the zeal of its engine, its ease of handling, and its comfortable ergonomics. Its classic chops turned a lot of heads and I heard them mistakenly identified as the new Indians on more than one occasion. And Dirico Motorcycles come with something no other motorcycle
Well see if perks like having Aerosmiths frontman Steven Tyler signing your fender is enough to sway sales in favor of Dirico Motorcycles.
Dirico Motorcycles and rock   roll! An extra  250 will get you a color-matching electric guitar signed by Aerosmiths Steven Tyler.
With Steven Tyler as one of your partners, why not use his celebrity to help sell bikes? Autographed fenders and an electric guitar color-matched to your motorcycle might be just the bait to get buyers to bite.
manufacturer can offer – rear fenders signed by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Maybe you’re not a fan of the band, but I’m sure there are plenty out there whose decision on their next big motorcycle purchase could be swayed by such a novelty. To sweeten the pot, for an extra $250 you can get a cool electric guitar color-matched to the Dirico Motorcycle you just bought which likewise bears Tyler’s autograph.

Shoving nostalgia aside, there’s nothing antiquated in the stance of Dirico’s Pro-Street motorcycle. Long, low, narrow up front, fat in back, the contemporary styling is full of custom credibility. While the H-D TC 88B engine fits the retro style of the Flyer, the Pro-Street brings on the beef via a Screamin’ Eagle 103 cubic inch Twin Cam B engine. With a claimed
Steven Tyler gives Hot Bike Editor Eric Ellis beard a good tug.
Eric, meet Steve!
output of almost 96 lb-ft of torque, the powerplant means that this ‘train kept a rollin’ all night long.’ Styling and performance gets a boost from a forward-facing Harley-Davidson ‘Heavy Breather’ intake system jutting off the right side. The Flyer’s Harley gearbox has been switched out for a Baker rightside drive 6-speed transmission to accommodate the higher revving, higher horsepower engine. Slash-cut Vance & Hines pipes run low down the right side as well, giving the bike a bark that matches its bite. The powertrain is cradled compactly within the twin downtubes of the Mark Dirico-designed frame that Rowe Machine hand-builds for them out of DOM mild steel.

The front end is set at a healthy rake, with a 21-inch tall custom billet wheel draped in a tire-hugging steel fender leading the charge. The front end geometry allows for an aggressive Pro-Street posture without totally sacrificing handling. The fat backside balances the bike’s lines, offsetting the tall front tire with a low-profile 240mm meat wrapped in plenty of ground-hugging Metzeler rubber. Dirico’s Pro-Street, like the Flyer, is well-balanced and handles better than you’d expect from a motorcycle with a 240mm wide tire, but it does require more work at the bars to ease into turns than its rockin’ retro brother.

Throttle action is lively. Give the stiff clutch lever a firm tug and rev it out to about 4K and you can easily leave a black streak on the pavement. A loose clutch cable did cause a little frustration when I couldn’t get Neutral engaged at stop lights unless I pulled it all the way to the bar, but otherwise the Baker tranny clicked reliably through the gears.

“The gearing’s right, the power’s right, it’s dialed in nicely,” said American Iron Editor, Chris Maida.

A softail-style setup took care of all road imperfections except the most heinous of potholes. Suspension duties are provided on the rear by twin shocks connected to an A-frame swingarm, while a telescopic fork sorts out the ride on the front. And while the intake pipe on the Screamin’ Eagle air filter is stubby, I still had to wrestle for leg room with it at times for solid footing on the forward-mounted foot controls.

2009 Dirico Pro-Street
The 2009 Dirico Pro-Street rips  courtesy of its H-D 103 ci. engine.
Dirico's idea of a power cruiser comes in the form of its 2009 Pro-Street motorcycle and its 1690cc, 103 ci. engine.
Riders are positioned low on Dirico’s Pro-Street motorcycle, with a seat height I’d estimate in the 24.5-inch range. The reach to the bars is up in comparison to the Flyer, with arms sitting about mid-shoulder. The stretch to the forward- mounted foot controls was comfortable for me but looked dialed in even better for American Iron’s Maida, who stands a few inches shorter than me. The black leather Corbin seat scoops down low, and for a six-foot guy like myself, it exerted numbing pressure in the small of my back after about an hour straight in the saddle. Noticeable vibes in the saddle at 70 mph didn’t make it any more comfortable, but the vibrations were centralized under the seat and not the bars and didn’t come on until you were past most legal speed limits.

The Pro-Street blends custom-quality styling with arm-stretching power. Granted, it’s no canyon carver, but it still holds its line when the roads get curvy. Top-notch components like its Baker transmission, Vance & Hines pipes, steel braided brake lines and a Dirico-designed frame will keep people guessing whether it’s a one-off custom or factory-produced motorcycle. Wicked paint combos applied by Steve Contos out of Pembrook, Massachusetts, ensures Dirico’s Pro-Street model won’t get confused with its competition.

The final bike in the 2009 Dirico lineup is the Speedster. I didn’t get sample the goods because there was only one Speedster available and we couldn’t pry American Iron’s Joe Knezevic out of its saddle. Which is a shame, because the Speedster sports Harley’s 110 cubic inch Twin Cam B engine. Though the Speedster and Flyer share many of the same styling traits, it runs a Baker RSD 6-speed tranny instead of a Harley unit to go along with its big jump in displacement. The fenders are also different, and a cool kick starter option gives it even more old school cred. Mark Dirico also mentioned that he increased the free length on the Speedster’s front end springs. I can’t attest to how the bike handles the more powerful engine, but the continuous smile on Joe’s face gives me a clue that it’s one fun ride.

And even though Dirico Motorcycles is a small player in a big market, it is already establishing an international presence, with distributors in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Tokyo, Japan. In accordance to its Russian ties, Dirico is in
Heres a peek at the custom Dirico Motorcycle and guitar that will soon be shipped to Diricos distributor in Russia.
With Vance & Hines Big Radius pipes, Arlen Ness controls, and some killer custom paint, this custom Dirico Pro-Street should make a great gift for the wife of the Russian Minister of Fishing Resources.
the process of building a custom motorcycle for the Russian Minister of Fishing Resources. Custom paint, Arlen Ness controls, and Vance & Hines Big Radius pipes give the customized Pro-Street motorcycle plenty of attitude. Seeing as how the motorcycle is said to be for the
Believe it or not  these stripper pole wheels are on the custom Dirico Motorcycle that is going to be a present for a Russian Ministers wife.
Stripper Pole Wheels
Fishing Minister’s wife, I got a chuckle out of the stripper pole custom wheels with a matching flywheel that features a silhouette of the hot-bodied chick you see on the mud flaps of American big rigs. His wife must be some type of woman!

Dirico has also been commissioned to build the official 2009 Black Hills Classic raffle motorcycle. The blacked-out bike has been outfitted with leather bags and special Sturgis badging and will be presented by the Chamber of Commerce with proceeds benefitting the city of Sturgis. For a new company still trying to make a name for themselves, it is a big-time
What better way to top off a great day of riding through the New Hampshire countryside than with an Aerosmith concert in front of a raucous Boston home crowd.
What better way to top off a great day of riding through the New Hampshire countryside than an Aerosmith concert in front of a raucous Boston home crowd?
commission that equates to exposure and potential sales. Riders that are headed to Sturgis who desire t o get a closer look at Dirico Motorcycles can catch them at the Buffalo Chip on Wednesday, August 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Consumer and Dealer Launch.

“We have invested a lot of time, money and energy into our bikes from conception through completion with a focus on integrity – integrity in design, engineering, and product. We believe that a Dirico truly is a bike which is ‘engineered to ride, and built to last,’” said Talarico.

I can vouch for Dirico’s ‘engineered to ride’ claim. The motorcycles’ performances exceeded expectations. But I’ll have to wait until ‘I’m back in the saddle again’ before I can comment on their longevity.
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Dirico Speedster Specs
The classic lines of the 2009 Dirico Speedster.
Chassis: Kraft-Tech Frame
Engine: 110 ci. Harley-Davidson Twin Cam B
Clutch: Hydraulic
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Exhaust: Vance & Hines Side Shots
Transmission: 6-speed transmission
Tires: (Front) Metzeler 130/90/16
 (Rear) Metzeler 150/80/16
Instrumentation/Wiring: Harley Davidson
Primary Drive: Chain
Secondary Drive: Belt
H-D Bawler Solo Seat
Warranty: Two-year, unlimited miles
MSRP: $39,900
Dirico Flyer Specs
2009 Flyer by Dirico Motorcycles
Chassis: Kraft-Tech Frame
Engine: 88 cubic inch Harley-Davidson Twin Cam B
Fueling: H-D ESPFI
Transmission: 5-speed H-D standard left side drive
Tires: Metzeler 130/90/16
Metzeler 150/80/16
Primary Drive: Chain
Secondary Drive: Belt
H-D Bawler Solo Seat 
Warranty: Two-year, unlimited miles
MSRP:  $31,900
Dirico Pro-Street Specs
This 2009 Dirico Pro-Street is Steven Tylers personal bike.
Chassis:  Rowe Machine handbuilt DOM Mild Steel 
Engine: 103 ci. Harley-Davidson Twin Cam B
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Transmission: Baker 6-Speed RSD
Tires: (Front) Metzeler 120/70/21
(Rear) Metzeler 240/40/VR18
Instrumentation/Wiring: Harley Davidson
Primary Drive: Chain
Secondary Drive: Belt
Corbin Seat
Warranty: Two-year, unlimited miles
MSRP: $38,900
Harley's Dirico Motorcycles Gearbag
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Einstein -Enough already!  October 2, 2009 03:19 PM
I see a few comments here asking the question why don't start up manufacturers like Dirico stop making grossly overweight, underpowered bling machines and start building bikes to compete with Japan or Italy. The answer to that is we are simply so far behind in race developed manufacturing technologies that those companies use we could not even clone one of their bikes if we wanted to. Ask Michael Czysz or Kenny Roberts how impossibly far behind the curve we are in motorcycle development and how difficult it was to build a bike capable of competing even on the smallest level with them. Czysz estimates it would cost 100 million for a ground level start up company capable of DEVELOPING a motorcycle approaching their quality and performance. Tack on another 20 years of race development to improve reliability for the street (something Harley gave up on because their road race machines were highly unreliable) and we might just scratch the surface. Until then we here in the US will just have to suffer through the Harley era and the boat anchor wannabees like Dirico.
TN -Harley bashers never will understand.  August 7, 2009 09:49 AM
All these harley bashers seem to like to ride sports bikes. Thats fine but don't bash cruisers for not performing like honda or ducati when it comes to speed and deep leaning turns. Cruisers are for cruising plain and simple and for that race bikes don't come close to harley. Me, I ride a Triumph bonniville for back road riding and its a great ride for that. I like the look of the Dirico bikes but if I would to go 40k on it, i would go with on of Russell Mitchell's bikes for an extra 10k.
Burt -Dirico bike  August 6, 2009 06:43 AM
Why not just buy a harley? or even better, a Motoguzzi!
benroe -bikes  July 1, 2009 10:06 PM
This bike is overpriced and underpowered. All one has to do is look at the new Indian line up for a bike that is more the real deal than these. And at a comparable price I would buy the indian all day long. They could have at least been somewhat origional and used the new S&S x wedge engine instead of the old twin cam harley. I mean c'mon guys, at this price point you should get something for your money, right? If the economy pics up they might have some buyers, but if not this company is going the way of the dodo..
benroe -bikes  July 1, 2009 10:06 PM
This bike is overpriced and underpowered. All one has to do is look at the new Indian line up for a bike that is more the real deal than these. And at a comparable price I would buy the indian all day long. They could have at least been somewhat origional and used the new S&S x wedge engine instead of the old twin cam harley. I mean c'mon guys, at this price point you should get something for your money, right? If the economy pics up they might have some buyers, but if not this company is going the way of the dodo..
RJ -Dirico Motorcycles  June 29, 2009 01:20 PM
Old school chops combined with modern performance on a springer front end - LMAO. Oh really? Designing a bike is now sourcing parts from multiple manufacturers and throwing them together in hodge-podge fashion to charge 30-40K. Hope he didn't spend too many hours at that drafting table... Yeah maybe that's okay if your real name is Sparky Numbnuts and you don't know anything about bikes, but hey, that's how OCC made it. Of course those were better days... Look around Yamaha's STAR line does it better and for a lot less but I guess it's motorcycling and also subjective. I'm not saying their the best bikes in the world just you're not doing your homework and knowing your competition. How about an American manufacturer actually putting together a design that outperforms their Jap competitors in handling, which might include an aluminium frame, progressive suspension and tires that are not overly wide and costly, plus hard parts way up high to assist in cornering? How about beating the Japs at their own game instead of throwing insults because it's not so called "old school" which gives you artistic freedom to create junk? When will people get it that a bike can be better and be affordable, until then, suck the exhaust of my Jap bike as I blow past you. I've got a family to feed in this economy and I happen to like a fast motorcycle that can take a corner.
Ken -N.H.  June 25, 2009 06:47 PM
Nice looking bikes next time you are in the red baron in Newport say hi to Kristi and I will be at the concert in FL. July 13 Mon KB
dumbw/money -Motorized artifacts  June 25, 2009 11:53 AM
As soon my car gets enough steam I`ll buy one of those things, will match perfect w/my carriages.
Dentist Dan -Wha Wha What?  June 25, 2009 09:13 AM
Good luck Steven, which boutique can I pick up one with the matching guitar? I'd love to show it off to my fellow dentist/make believe biker friends on saturday.
Bob M -Dirico - Why?  June 25, 2009 08:03 AM
I really don't see a viable market for Dirico Harley clones. There is nothing really new or fresh about them and the price of the motorcycles limits them to people who have throw-away money--most likely other rock stars, actors, and rich people in the entertainment industry. As far as I'm concerned, HD has already worn out the "retro" and v-twin cruiser market. Don't care about individuality and want to look like everyone else? Ride a Harley or a Harley clone like the Dirico. I can think of a lot better ways to waste my hard-earned money.
Paul C. -You have got to be kidding...  June 25, 2009 06:42 AM
Total amazement! I am baffled that "they" would put such over-priced junk out there. Using the 88 c.i. and 5-speed tranny means that they are helping HD out in using up all those old parts. For 40K, I could build a house and still have enough cash left over to buy a Harley too! Maybe if Steve Tyler put his big lips on those ugly fenders, he could suck some style into them, and get another $250.00 for the lip-o-graph...
antonio -rather have an indian  June 25, 2009 06:37 AM
i gotta agree with most of the stuff written here...i would rather spend that kind of money on a true american icon, the indian...the new indians are gorgeous with a history minus the rockstar...mind you i was a huge fan of aerosmiths in the 70's but i'm not that devoted...last summer at sturgis, there were a lot of people drooling over the new indians and i didn't notice the other bike builders receiving as much attention..
Christopher -Finally!  June 24, 2009 06:12 PM
I mean, haven't we all been waiting for someone to make a retro V-twin with a kick-ass paint job priced in the $30,000-$40,000 range? Dirico really has something here, catering to that "niche" market of rich suburban bikers is such a unique idea. Why hasn't anyone thought of this before? Certainly Steven Tyler gives the bike more credibility than some lame ass builder like Jesse James, Russell Mitchell, Billy Lane or Matt Hotch. (Am I reading the Onion here? This can't be a serious article.)
Robert B -Engineering?  June 24, 2009 05:49 PM
A Harley copy with bad brakes and poor suspension! That took some kind of engineering.
Gary -That much for a Harley clone?  June 24, 2009 04:20 PM
I used to own a Fat Boy for eight years when Harleys were in their peak of popularity. Now They don't even get a head turn very often. The clones and all just made me less excited and being a rider for over thirty years, the performance and handling deficiency just overpowered the "wow" factor. Now the "wow" factor has diminished so good luck guys with your overpriced machines.
JaimeB -Dirico  June 24, 2009 03:07 PM
Late to the party, but my two cents worth - someone please tell Mr. Dirico that the custom cruiser market dried-up three years ago. Even O.C.C. with all the TV exposure, is looking at foreign markets to move some bikes. Moreover, these are the ugliest ones of all the custom builders (IMHO). Just modified and uglyzised Harleys, but with "Tyler Bank" subsidizing this project, Mr. Dirico has no worries. Hey, but who knows - besides the russian diplomat as a customer, it may become an international brand. There is this dictator North of South Korea, with really bad taste in fashion - he may order two or three...and this guy that was just re-elected president and wants to cruise around Tehran to show-off along the long crowds of fellow citizens...
J. Sparks -Old name  June 24, 2009 12:17 PM
At least he quit calling it a Red Wing. Ask a biker how you earn your red wing patch.
Baffled -Smell Test  June 24, 2009 06:56 AM
So, I could get two brand new Fatboys for the same price as one Flyer - the least expensive model in the lineup? Another view: for $16K more than just buying a new Fatboy, buying a Flyer gets me an upgraded seat, different front end and a hood ornament? And I'm left with lower displacement, 5-speed instead of 6-speed, and less rubber on the wheels? Really?
Barry -Another GUTLESS Harley engine in an overpriced bike  June 24, 2009 04:52 AM
Get real , Harley cruiser motors are basically underpowered and overpriced .
Wayne -Not an image thing for me  June 23, 2009 09:35 PM
I think these are great looking bikes. Steven Tyler - well...but I like his taste in bikes. AND all-y'all...for me I love my FLHRCI. I tried other bikes and bought the HD because it rides nice, has power and looks great. For some of us, HD IS a valid, considered choice. Just ride what you like...and like to ride = happiness.
Devil Machine -yawn  June 23, 2009 09:31 PM
HEY LOOK!!!!! FREE CRAPPY MOTORCYCLE WITH $40000 PURCHASE OF STEVEN TYLER AUTOGRAPH!!! There really isn't anything about any of those bikes (excluding the $40000 signature) that couldn't be done by Joe Average in his garage for 1/3 of the price. They're all pretty much bikes built with parts out of some Harley accessory catalog with different paint. And I have to agree with the guy about the 2 year warranty. If they supposedly "designed" them to last, then how about more than 2 years? For crying out loud, even my 750 Ducati Monster, which I paid $7000 for new, came with a 2 year unlimited miles warranty. For 40 large, that mofo better not break...EVER.
Tom -BigDaddyHotSwap  June 23, 2009 09:07 PM
Couldn't have said it better myself! Sad thing is there are so many morons out there who value image over function, Harley will be in business for many years to come.
Mohn Keekund -Glad you Fixed it, Mullet Man  June 23, 2009 06:05 PM
Eric N - he CORRECTED the attribution after my post, and revised the attribution, so your pie hole = closed please
Mark -Harley clone  June 23, 2009 06:00 PM
just what the world needs another clone for the Harley-tards
Larry Johnson -Clean and crisp  June 23, 2009 02:43 PM
Take one into a harley dealer for repairs, Bring some lube and throw down your wallet AGIN!!!
BigDaddyHotSwap -Dirico  June 23, 2009 12:02 PM
Puhhhhleeasse. Harleys are overpriced, underperformers to begin with. So therefore, these must be . . . Bingo! Way overpriced and, correspondingly way underperforming. Jeez, this whole Harley thing is like a bad suit that won't go away. The whole damned "lifestyle" is so cheesy, so cliched. Grow up. You can buy a better bike from Kawi, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki for $8,000.
Eric N -Read the fine print!  June 23, 2009 09:36 AM
Mohn Keekund, You're right Aerosmith didn't write "Come Together" and don't you think the editor knows that as well? He quoted the revised lyrics ("...we got to be free") from Aerosmith's rendition of the song during their concert last Tues. night. You misunderstood the point by overlooking the word 'rendition' and on top of that you were rude. Same goes for irk.some Rendition - noun • a performance or interpretation.
cap'n -man...  June 23, 2009 09:30 AM
Sometimes I realize how tough this job must be. It's not like you can really be too critical when they flew you out and probably fed you. Still, there sure is a lot here to poke at. Even the guitar's over-priced.
Tom Q -Nice but...  June 23, 2009 05:25 AM
Rather have a new Ducati Street fighter...
Delta425 -Ancient Tech  June 23, 2009 04:58 AM
Yep, just what the world needs; more ugly, outdated designs using hundred year old technology. Might as well buy that Milwaukee junk or Orange County Choppers garbage! Hey, Stevie go sing a song, you're no mechanical engineer!
irk.some -credit.  June 22, 2009 08:23 PM
You lost me when you credited a Beatles song to Aerosmith. Anyone that careless shouldn't be allowed around anything sharper than a rubber ball. Put down the pencil and step way from the desk.
Mohn Keekund -Aerosh*t didn't write "Come Together", mullet man  June 22, 2009 08:16 PM
"Come Together" is a Beatles song, not an Aerosmith tune. Aerosmith just covered the song, John Lennon wrote it. For your attributional error, you should be forced to listen to Aerosh*t's last 3 albums for the rest of the summer.
Skank -Not a chance.  June 22, 2009 07:56 PM
Another Harley clone. One that is way overpriced. Good luck.
Johnny B Goode -Steven Motorcycle  June 22, 2009 04:29 PM
Since when does a singer suddenly become a motorcycle manufacturer? Just because he has a famous band doesn't qualify him to turn out motorcycles. And why doesn't he ask Eric Buell about using Harley engines?
carl d -gag  June 22, 2009 03:55 PM
if they are built to last...why only a two year warranty? hmmmmm.
milwaukee mike -Clones  June 22, 2009 02:19 PM
Sure is expensive for a Harley clone with a Harley motor. About as expensive as the new "Indian". Well at least it's not some metric jap crap.
Neil -It's a Harley!  June 22, 2009 11:40 AM
I am sure they are nice, but if we look at the U.S. economy these days, it is not ideas like this that are getting the economy moving again. We need mass manufacturing of single cylinder motorcycles with a nice modern overhead cam engine and gearing for the highway. Strip it down to cut costs and roll em out. Motorcycles keep coming out that are all bling and take a second mortgage to buy or money inherited from parents or stolen from Wall Street. Rubbish! Very nice art for the wealthy so they can ride em two blocks to the bar and come out drunk and talk about how nice it looks or take the pipes off and wake everyone up on a Saturday morning.
Eric N -Seeing is believing!  June 22, 2009 10:52 AM
These bikes are truly "Engineered to Ride. Built to Last". Tim B, the price is fair considering how well they are built and how beautiful they are in person. Pete P, clearly no one in your town. Sorry.
Tim B -I see bankruptcy in their future!  June 22, 2009 09:20 AM
$38,000 for a Harley Softail clone? Are you kidding me?! It's nice, but way overpriced.
Derek -That retro look is slammin  June 22, 2009 09:06 AM
saw another great write up in Robb reort last year. they had a military green flyer they tested and raved about. when the economy turns these guys should be sitting pretty.
Pete P -Is anybody still buying these things?  June 22, 2009 08:38 AM
Saw LOTS of Harleys for sale, cheap, this weekend. Who's buying stuff like this?