HD Guarantees Sportster Trade-Ins

I guess today has turned into Harley Davidson day here, but I came across this bit of news.  Frankly, considering the current economic conditions, I found it surprising.  But the MoCo is running a promotion from now until 31 Mar that will give Sportster riders the original MSRP of their bikes if they trade them in on a Big Twin.

Riders purchasing 2008 or 2009 model year Sportster 883 or 1200 motorcycles (excluding XR1200) at a participating Harley-Davidson dealership between Dec. 26, 2008 and Mar. 31, 2009 can trade that Sportster in within one year to receive original MSRP on trade-in for qualifying Harley-Davidson Big Twin or VRSC motorcycles.

Riders trading in a 2007-2009 model year Sportster 883 or 1200 motorcycle at a participating Harley-Davidson dealership between Dec. 26, 2008 and Mar. 31, 2009 will receive the original MSRP on that Sportster toward the purchase of qualifying Harley-Davidson Big Twin or VRSC motorcycles.

What is considered the MSRP value? Harley-Davidson defines it as the factory-delivered MSRP (including factory installed options) of the qualifying new motorcycle.

“Those are some sweet numbers, Wade.”

First Ride: 2009 Road Glide

Cycle World has gotten their hands on a 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide, and after a decently log trip, has written it up.  Apparently, they like the new changes.

In the end, the outside image remains quite traditional, but underneath is an ever-improving riding experience. The Road Glide is a very comfortable, easy-to-ride motorcycle in the Harley-Davidson touring tradition. But now it gives you a more solid position to make decisions about where you want to go, taking life’s curves with confidence and composure.

There’s not a lot of external change to the touring models, but there are big changes under the skin.The main change HD has made is to the frame.  That’s where the bit about taking curves with confidence and composure comes from.  The new frame apparently adds a signifigant amount of stability on the curvy bits, allowing you to ride with more confidence.  Additionally, the MoCo’s engineers have decoupled braking and steering, so adding in a little trail brake doesn’t break you out of your line.

If I were to get another Harley, the Road Glide is the bike at the very top of my list.

HD XR1200 First Ride

The new harley-Davidson XR1200 seems to be racking up the kudos.  Motorcycle Daily has a write up on it, and they conclude:

This is the ultimate Harley-Davidson Sportster, with performance and reliability completely unknown to the guys who owned a Sportster decades ago. Guys that dreamed (like Erik Buell) about what a Sportster might be or might become. That dream is finally a reality, with factory reliability and a factory warranty.

From what everyone is saying, this seems like the closest thing to a modern sportbike that  Harley has ever built.