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Old 15th June 2019, 12:25   #421
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Why do you say this? Can you please elaborate? Have you or any friend been treated badly by HOG because you owned a street 750?. Thanks in advance. I'm planning to buy a 750 soon and have gone through other HOG threads and don't see any reason to form this opinion.It seems like a pretty welcoming group for all Harley riders.
It is well known that in India, Harley Davidson 750 owners were not considered to be "real HD owners" by other HD buyers since the 750 was an entry level motorcycle. One reason could be it drastically brought down the price of entry into the HD ownership groups. This is equivalent to S Cross owners frowning down on Alto owners for buying the cheapest car from a Maruti / Nexa showroom. It may not make sense to some of us but that's the way it was.

In Bombay, an old friend of mine who owns a HD (not the 750) has told me that owners group is very welcoming and friendly so its possible that things have changed for the better, at least in some cities.
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It is well known that in India, Harley Davidson 750 owners were not considered to be "real HD owners" by other HD buyers since the 750 was an entry level motorcycle.
Back in 2016 - When I was looking to purchase a bike and was doing my research on the HD 750 - had clearly noticed some of the unofficial HD groups clearly stating that only Iron 883 and above owners are allowed in the rides. Hopefully, things have changed ever since.

But to be fair - it's not official HOG groups, so not something HD has a control on! Plus such differentiation is seen outside as well - For example the Versys Group (Bangalore one at least, which I'm a part of) clearly differentiates against the Versys 300.
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Back in 2016 - When I was looking to purchase a bike and was doing my research on the HD 750 - had clearly noticed some of the unofficial HD groups clearly stating that only Iron 883 and above owners are allowed in the rides. Hopefully, things have changed ever since.

But to be fair - it's not official HOG groups, so not something HD has a control on! Plus such differentiation is seen outside as well - For example the Versys Group (Bangalore one at least, which I'm a part of) clearly differentiates against the Versys 300.
The issue was / is the mindset of the HD owners trying to conserve the exclusivity of the brand that they bought into. It must sound terribly petty to a non automobile enthusiast!

The ironic part is that by ostracizing the Street 750 owners (mostly first time buyers of the HD brand) they ensured they would drive the Street 650 owners away from the brand when it came time to upgrade. So Im sure the HD company wouldnt have liked that from a business perspective.

Its sad to see this exclusivity club mindset spreading to some Kawasaki groups as well. The same bikers will wax eloquent about the biking brotherhood and spirit of motorcycling etc.
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