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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2006, 4:39 pm Thread Starter
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Due to a higher volume of sales of clothing, accessories, and other Harley paraphernalia, and coupled with tight financial times that put a further squeeze on overpriced, underperforming machinery, Harley-Davidson has partnered with Proptronics Ltd. to produce a specialty motorcycle called "Stylin' Iron".
Proptronics is the company famous for making fake appliances that are used in model homes for purposes of show only.
In a brilliant management decision, Harley-Davidson decided to face the fact that the only reason most people buy their equipment is indeed as a fashion accessory. By building a prop motorcycle, costs can be dramatically cut. The new Stylin' Iron will have the look and feel of a real Harley motorcycle and comes equipped with a recorded potato-potato synthesizer, smoky air pump to simulate exhaust, and even an adjustable rate oil leak.
The bike is priced at under $1,200 and is available immediately. Sales are expected to soar as the new model will allow Harley enthusiasts to spend more money on leather, hats, sunglasses and jewelry due to no longer having to be concerned about keeping the machinery in actual running and riding condition.
The expected surge in accessory sales has prompted the Milwaukee company to begin talks with the American clothing designer K-Mart to help supply genuine Harley-Davidson clothing and K-Mart will feature the new Stylin' Irons in their sporting goods department.
A spokesman for Harley-Davidson commented: "We expect Stylin' Iron to be a huge success and relieve the company of having to deal with complaints from the minority of customers who understand motorcycling, and can turn full time attention to the fashion conscious customers who buys our product to function equally as well as the rest of the Harley-Davidson line of motorcycles, in a fashion sense. Some of our engineers who have tested the new machine claim it actually performs just as well on the road also, given a suitable downhill grade and tailwind."
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2006, 5:26 pm
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Can I stop laughing now?

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2006, 5:43 pm
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How do you get one to a bar?

This model would look pretty funny all lined up at some cheesy roadside bar.

Sidebar.... I have a bunch of HD friends who I will ride with occasionally (Largely when going slow in a pack seems like more fun then going solo.... which is not often) to the point.... you should hear what the say about "Beemer" riders. With all our wild colors and body armor. They think that pretty ridiculous as well.

Goes to show there is a bike made for anyone.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 3rd, 2006, 4:59 am
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Guess they'll put them in the back of a truck or on an open trailer when they go to a bike event so everyone can see their pride and joy. As long as they have their HD pants/shirts/shoes/socks/undies, they'll be happy!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 2006, 6:23 pm
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HD Riders...

Funny... Most of my friends are HD riders, they say I look like a Power Ranger in my "Get-up"... Perhaps I do, but I would rather replace armor than have to get skin grafts...
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I just fowarded this to a local HD Dealer looking for a mechanic. Told them I was an expert on this type of bike.
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