What's all this got to do with Harry Ricardo?

Years ago this guy designed a flathead(sidevalve) combustion chamber which created a turbulence suitable for improved mixing of gasoline and air.  It's referred to as the "Ricardo" head design . . . and it's basic design was used by all the manufacturers - and it works. 

Last night I was talking to a friend on the phone about the new 2017-18 Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  Their sales are down, etc.

I got this idea:
It appears H-D kinda missed their chance a bit on a market for sales to these "new kid" riders I call 'em.  The big FXR craze is back, and they dropped the Dynas (which is ok) but maybe design your new bike to be FXR like, and promote handling !   Design a model of XG similar to Brawny Built's flat track bike.  Why can't they build a new "rigid frame" chopper-type model?  Sounds funny, but I think they'd sell.  Willie G. did a lot of these same things, and his models are now prized and still popular.  No matter what the reason the buyer has for choosing the new H-D Rigid (HDR), or the XGFT "Flat Track" or possibly a FXRCH (Competition Handling) model . . . Sales would be directed to the (35% and growing) hard-working "new kids" who work for America, in America, and ride AMERICAN !  

The baby boomers will get a new "hot rod" trike - The "T", The Double T and/or The Triple T (all based on performance upgrades . . . and for a small, around town, fuel efficient, lower cost ride - the Side Valve Returns !  An air cooled miniature flat head with about 20 cubic inches, low compression - can run on 20% ethanol fuel, so easy your grandma can start it . . .
The HDFH "Flat Head" . . . with the Ricardo head.

Maybe take a step back to what worked in the past?

What would Harry do ?

They probably don't need me working in their Marketing Dept. . . . ?

3 comments:

Richard Ostrander said...

No, maybe they do need you working in their marketing department. Remember though all the new D.O.T. and EPA and who knows what regulations that make the past a lot harder to achieve today.

Bastard said...

In 1966 I was working in the garage @ LAPD... Just a kid..That year the CHP was taking over freeway jurisdiction and they had a big ceremony.. They pulled out of storage a 1935 VL for display... How I remember drueling over that bike and how great it looked compared to the obese panheads and new shovelheads... Yep, Harley needs a better path... Let's hope they find it...

Oh, by the way, Charles Franklin was designing and building flatheads with a similar design BEFORE Recardo..But he didn't patent the design... His flatheads did kick major ass on the track and street....

I dig your blog.. I check it out daily...

Richard Ostrander said...

Bastard, that 1935 VL is on display today at the CHP museum at their academy here in Sacramento along side their H-D trike our local AMCA chapter completed for them a few years ago.