http://www.cycleconnections.com/articledetail.asp?TypeID=18&ID=1005 Harley-Davidson to Abandon Motorcycles Due to a higher volume in the sale of clothing, accessories and other Harley-Davidson paraphernalia, coupled with a further squeeze on overpriced, underperforming machinery, Harley-Davidson has partnered with Proptronics Ltd. to produce a specialty motorcycle called 'Stylin' Iron'. Proptronics is the company known for making fake appliances that are used in model homes for purposes of show only. In a brilliant management decision, Harley-Davidson decided to face the fact that the only reason most people buy their equipment is indeed as a fashion accessory. By building a prop motorcycle, costs can be dramatically cut and the new Stylin' Iron will have the look and feel of a real Harley motorcycle, which equipped with a recorded potato-potato synthesizer, smoky air pump to simulate exhaust, and even an adjustable rate oil leak. The bike is priced at under $1,200 and is available immediately. Sales are expected to soar as the new model will allow Harley enthusiasts to spend more money on leather, hats, sunglasses and jewelry due to no longer having to be concerned about keeping the machinery in actual running and riding condition. The expected surge in accessory sales has prompted the Milwaukee Company to begin talks with the American clothing designer Dickies to help supply genuine Harley-Davidson clothing, and K-Mart will feature the new Stylin' Irons in their sporting goods department. A spokesman for Harley-Davidson commented: 'We expect Stylin' Iron to be a huge success and relieve the company of having to deal with complaints from the minority of customers who understand motorcycling, and can turn full time attention to the fashion conscious customers who buys our product to function equally as well as the rest of the Harley-Davidson line of motorcycles, in a fashion sense. Some of our engineers who have tested the new machine claim it actually performs just as well on the road also, given a suitable downhill grade and tailwind.'