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    Mankato, MN
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    Really? It's the LCUSA so yeah, my interests are in Lambrettas but more specifically in bastard Lambrettas made under license (except NSU's; NSU's can suck it)
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    1955 D150
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  1. I can't agree with you more Stu. To further complicate things, here is how I see it: The previous CEO had a great vision for the company. The prototypes and new models they have coming down the chute are fantastic. The biggest error as I see it with those bikes is that I wait on bated breadth to see the price the will sell for and once they release that number, I am constantly disappointed. The Livewire ticks all the boxes for me. Looks good, good riding position and lots and lots of power. My only caveat is it's an automatic but when it can do 0-60 in under 3 seconds, I can get over it. They priced it at $30k so only a few will actually ever buy one or get a chance to ride it. They call it a halo product and promise to release more affordable electric models down the road, so time will tell what that means. They designed a new motor based on the old V Rod engine and have been teasing it in new designs like the Pan America and Bronx. Still waiting on a price but all of these models look fantastic. They also have been teasing small electric bikes and even a scooter that looks great so clearly they have been working hard to diversify their product line up. Hopefully they deliver this stuff at a price that a normal human can stomach. The other major hurdle is the dealer network. Obviously they are independently owned and have the right to do whatever they want but what they want does not align with what the MoCo wants. They want to continue selling $30k+ baggers to rich people, they just want to sell more of them. They are resisting the long term vision of the company and vocalizing their concerns constantly. People love to blame the MoCo for Buell's demise and although there us no question that they shoulder some of that blame, it was the dealers that treated Buell like the red headed step child and relegated them to the farthest corners of the showroom. What Harley should have done was allow non-HD dealers to sell Buell as any other type of dealer would have given the brand the respect it deserved and sold it proudly alongside their Italian and Japanese cohorts. The dealers are doing the same thing with the Harley Street and Streetrod models right now and will do it to the Pan America, Bronx and anything else that's not a $30k+ bagger. They have been doing it to the Sportster for years as well. If you come in looking for any of these bikes, they will try and talk you out of them. They call them learner bikes and promise you'll be back in a year to get a real bike if you buy one. The MoCo should just stop selling these bikes in their current dealer network and start opening new franchises. They can let the old guard die while they clutch their baggers and rich boomer customers to their shriveled hearts. So fast forward to firing the prior CEO. The new strategy is to focus on their core strengths (selling $30k baggers to boomers) and to shed any of the vision that the prior CEO had for the future. It's too late to pull the plug on the Livewire, Bronx and Pan America so they will happen but they will be quietly swept into the corner of showrooms after they feign a big release. I'm sure they will be priced prohibitively as well so when everything shakes out they can say "we tried that but it didn't work". So to answer your question, they were on the right track but not anymore.
  2. Glad you got it Pete! I know you've been hot for a lammy up in Alaska for a long time. Tall
  3. Members get their spouses at members rate, I think kids under 12 would be free. (This only applies if they attend rally events and the dinners. If they are going to come with and freestyle, then no need to register) This is a family friendly event in an area they will love to visit so we encourage you to bring them along. They will have a great time for sure! My family brought me when I was about 8 and I still remember riding horses through Custer State Park, going through the tunnels on Needles Highway and feeding burrows on the Custer Wildlife Loop. Plan a few extra days and if the kids are old enough, go to Evan's Plunge in Hot Springs.
  4. So does the premium Indian kickstart. We don't want no inferior Italian job doing the work only a manly Indian part should be trusted to do. Seat is correct actually. I'd even go so far as to assume it's original.
  5. Yep, I'd chuck it and replace the whole shootn' match. Then you'll know what you have and won't have to worry about taking the whole thing apart just because it's still failing after the repair.
  6. Well the jigs up, we are giving away a genuine eyetalian DL125 at this years Jamboree. Super special shout out to Denver James for the hook up and transport of this extra special machine. We sent out feelers to members trying to find the right machine to raffle and recieved a ton of generous offers so thanks everyone for that. We ended up settling on the DL because we got a good price, free transport from our sponsor Denver James, the official Transporter of the LCUSA, and seriously it's a DL. That's just wicked cool and the icing on the cake of what promises to be a seriously incredible experience for everyone that attends. Look out world!
  7. Ding ding ding ding! You sir are the winner! Pick a t shirt out from the club store and everyone else grab a hold of your seats because this year's raffle scooter is a genuine DL125! Benji was close with an early 150. It's an early 125 and features the cast aluminum rear grill in color matched paint. Missing a few bits that we are getting but I cleaned the tank and carb, installed a new fuel tap and it runs choice. A real special machine that I'm sure any enthusiast would be head over heals to win:
  8. Alright teaser images are out and about all over the interwebs so let's lift the veil on this mystery. I can tell you it's in my garage, it's stock and it runs. First person to guess the model wins a free short sleeve t-shirt from the club store. You can't win by just saying Series 2 LI, you will need to be specific as an LI125 is considered a different model from an LI150 even if they share the same family model prefix. So saying Series 3 TV isn't going to cut the mustard. You must be a member of the LCUSA in good standing to win. One entry per person so make it count! Go!
  9. Here are a few teaser shots of next year's raffle scooter: Enjoy folks!
  10. You'd be surprised at what a giveaway our short list of parts is. ?
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