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post #71 of 127 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 10:37 PM
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What's this place you folks are talking about? I'm around Parsippany and never seen it =(

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post #72 of 127 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 11:41 PM
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What's this place you folks are talking about? I'm around Parsippany and never seen it =(
Ancient history. Guessing it might be where JR Cigar is on Rt. 10 today or very near there. Haven't been past there in 15 years but was a large building occupied by a garden furniture place. Overhead was probably too high along there. Found this old NYT archive. Scroll down. https://www.nytimes.com/1971/11/13/a...de-it-pay.html

After Forbes left the partnership, Slegers moved farther west around Wharton. Long gone too I'd imagine.
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Must be you and the way you dress cause when I am on Rose I get waved at.
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Must be you and the way you dress cause when I am on Rose I get waved at.


No, nothing so complicated. It’s simple, really. Every Harley rider knows what a Harley looks like. If you are riding anything other than a cruiser style bike, they will know you are not riding a Harley. Hence the non acknowledgement from them.

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post #75 of 127 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 01:12 PM
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maybe the number of bikes out there now has something to do with it - riders were few and far between in the day.

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While I never got a wave from HD riders on my FJ1200 (or my other Yamahas), I've noticed that I occasionally get a wave on my new T100. If they knew my T100 was assembled in Thailand, I imagine they'd ignore me.

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Apparently most Harleys are going to be manufactured in Thailand very soon!
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Apparently most Harleys are going to be manufactured in Thailand very soon!
Not exactly. Most of the "lead" sold here will be made and assembled here. For decades though, same as Triumph, wheels, gauges, some electronics and chrome items have been imported from the orient. Shhh...

For tariff/trade reasons even more than labor costs, Triumph built factories there long ago. Ducati followed suit ~ 5 years ago. Can't compete out there for tariff reasons unless your assembly is local.

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maybe the number of bikes out there now has something to do with it - riders were few and far between in the day.
There’s actually less bikes on the road then there was 15 years ago.
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There’s actually less bikes on the road then there was 15 years ago.
It seems I remembered in the late 60's through early 80's there were bikes everywhere. Mostly UJM's with still plenty of Triumphs, Nortons, and even some BSAs. Hell, my buddy rode me to look at a prospective bike purchase (would have been my first) on his Norton Commando. I ended up getting a CB750F off a guy unloading it due to an impending divorce. Back then they are more "just transportation", especially for high school and college students - like me in the late 70's early 80's.

There might be more total bikes registered now, but maybe the per licensed driver ratio is down? Maybe Japan, Inc hurt themselves by going away from the UJM and trying to carve the market into niches? Maybe it was something else? Are many of the bikes we are seeing more of today the reincarnation of the UJM? I very much consider my Street Triple a "UBM".

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