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Old 08-18-2003, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lawsuit by HD against Honda or other *** Mfr?

I had heard that there was some lawsuit because Honda was making their bikes look almost exactly like a harley. Is that true at all? Thanks.

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Old 08-18-2003, 12:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No, it's not true. Besides, they'd have to sue Indian first. Most of their bikes look a lot more like a Harley than any Honda.
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Old 08-18-2003, 12:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What would the sue them for?

The Harley-Davidson looks isn't copyrighted or patented, is it?

They tried to sue over the exhaust sound, but dropped that one. Is that maybe what you're thinking of?

As to the "Harley look" it either stems from bikes made in the 1930s-1950s or from the influence of custom bikes (choppers).

The only new H-D "look" is the V-Rod and that's probably debateable too...
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Old 08-18-2003, 12:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Actually, when you go back in time, you'll see that Harley-Davidson copied the looks of other bikes too. They didn't drop those old "square" tanks until 1925. Both Indian and Excelsior had sleeker styling before Harley-Davidson did.

That said, when is Harley-Davidson going to bring those "square" tanks back?
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Old 08-18-2003, 12:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I figured it was a rumor. The only reason I wasn't sure was because many Hondas look so much like Harleys that at least I can't tell sometimes until I see the tank.

Thanks for the responses.

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Old 08-18-2003, 01:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. if you build it they will come. a bird in the hand.....sorry. i got caught up in the moment.
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Old 08-18-2003, 01:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't think anyone will be rushing out to copy the look of the V-ROD.
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They don't have to copy the look, most *** bikes already look like that.
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Old 08-18-2003, 09:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Could it be... maybe...just maybe...HD copied the Yamahondas and Kaws water cooled concept?
Could it be...maybe...just maybe...that HD copied Kaw's counterbalanced engine concept?

Now everybody go outside and look at Mars.
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