First, my disclaimer:
The author represents that this is a true and factual observation, and that he relates same here at this time as a point of discussion and not something intended to bash our Harley-riding brethren.
On the way back from Youngstown today (3 hours from home) we stopped at a very large, very nice HD dealership. I was greeted very warmly, had a nice (brief) talk with the sales guy, and after wandering around the floor for awhile something caught my: the Harley Bubble.
I first thought it was one of those large, new Christmas yard inflatables that are seen everywhere. You know -- Santa inside a snow globe, etc. Upon closer inspection I saw that there was an actual HD motorcycle inside a bubble; the bubble was kept inflated by a small electric motor. What is this product, you ask?
It's the Harley Bubble
! For $269 you get a sealed bubble to protect your nice clean bike. From the HD web site
"The Harley Bubble is designed to constantly flow filtered air over the bike, providing a dust-free, condensation-free environment that greatly decreases the chances of corrosion during storage. The bike stays clean, dry, and best of all, can be viewed even while it's being stored. For indoor use only. 110 volt only. View 1 photo at right shows Harley Bubble that fits Sport and Cruising models. View 2 photo at right shows Harley Bubble that fits bikes with windshields and Tour-Pakģ luggage carriers.
This product is available in multiple variations. Be sure to look for the one that fits the specific model and year of your motorcycle.
Fits Sport and Cruising models."
Don't know what to make of this, so I'll leave that up to you. Talking about it on the way home, I thought "Sure, this makes sense. If you're going to polish up the bike and store it for awhile, why not?" On the other hand, I think I'd prefer to keep dust off it by blowing real, natural, unfiltered air at it -- at highway speeds.