ARE HARLEYS WHAT THEY ARE CRACKED UP TO BE?

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Unread post by RC DAVE » Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:14 pm

Isn't it great that we are all so pasionate about what we ride. I think alot of us forget about just being on two wheels. there are so many people out HERE that have no idea what it's like to take off on a sunday morning to go riding! not to model there bikes on the corner or to show off there new 500$ hog club jacket or the turbo huyabusa that does 190. I find myself riding alone alot because i dont stop at the local SPOT to show off and blow smoke up others a$$ about how nice the newest bike is. It kills me to see people at daytona every year looking for a place to park there trailers. I get the fact that riding to fl from 1000 miles away in march isn't always fun but even here in tampa 150 miles away it's like a train going acoss I-4 to daytona unload bike ride to main street and polish the bike! not just harleys but deffinatley the majority. If ya really are into riding than ride! I have an 8 year old son thats been riding for 4 years now probably longer than alot of people i know, and when we load up the bikes and head for the track his eyes are just glowing ! and has no idea what bike is what just wants to ride. he's got a polaris 4 wheeler a ktm 50 and an xr 70 the XR50 is mine!! and when i ask him what he wants to ride tonight the answer is lets take em all dad. what i'm trying to say is we forget about the joy of riding and worry about this medial bullshit. will it ever stop no, but what a waste of time. HD versys everyone else c'mon> and i have never met a true RIDER that hasn't owned a jap or brit bike before and if there first bike is a harley they made a mistake because there not ready for it (blast maybe). Oh well all done for now Gentleman have a great day relax and ride YOUR bike BECAUSE IT IS YOURS. And just how good are ya really. Have ya ever gone into a first turn with 41 other bikes wide open! it's pretty cool
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Unread post by dayll » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:12 pm

I don't do the racing or touring thing anymore now I just like cruising around town on warm summer nights and brisk dawn rides for breakfast. I have owned over twenty bikes over the years - everything from MXers to big inch Japanese bikes. My favorite was a new '69 BSA Lightning ( I loved sitting at red lights and looking down at the front wheel and watch it vibrate.) Never owned a Harley - never even rode one! And now, at this late date (I'm geologically old.) I find myself champing-at-the-bit to sell my big Honda and buy a new Sportster. (WTF?) Note: In my life I have committed a PLETHORA of sins but none greater than back in the early Seventies I took that sacred BSA Lightning and made a desert sled out of it. I know I will never be forgiven for that - ever! -dayll

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Unread post by RC DAVE » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:27 pm

Day if you have owened that many bikes and never a harley u owe it to your self to get one and with the expierience u have go for a fat boy or a street glide i think u will like it very much, my dad just was saying the same thing abaout age and getting THERE, Came home with a new Screaming Eagle Ultra Classic and wow what a bike it does everything but steer itself. not my bag at this point but i owned a fatboy (97) and it was fun just to different of a crowd for me at the time.
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Unread post by XB08 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:31 pm

Is harley worth it , yes and no. it you always wanted on yes. if you want to save some bucks no.

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Unread post by joolz » Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:06 pm

Test rode a couple of Harleys- 1st was the 883- ended up getting the Bonnie cos the salesman was willing to deal Then last year took a Fat Bob out- Got the Rocket cos it was, for me, better
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Unread post by Amdonim » Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:33 pm

You know, it comes from both sides. I have friends that can't stand anything American made, bikes or cars (with a look at government motors company there seems to be some truth, but I digress). And I've also had people yell stuff like "Get a Harley" or "Upgrade to a Harley" when riding my Shadow. Honestly I don't care one way or the other, I ride what gets my rocks off and so does everyone else. Only thing that really REALLY bugs me about Harley is all those freaking acronyms! Do they confuse the hell out of anyone else?

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Unread post by Gummiente » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:05 pm

Amdonim wrote:Only thing that really REALLY bugs me about Harley is all those freaking acronyms!
They're model designations, not acronyms. Acronyms are abbreviations formed by using the first letters of phrases or names. HOG, for example, which is short for Harley Owners Group.

Model designations are an entirely different animal... my Road Glide is known as the FLTR, while a V-Rod falls under the VRSC family and a Super Glide is an FXD. They may be confusing to some people, at least until they become more familiar with the make, but Harley isn't the only one that uses model designations as well as catchy names. Ever hear of the GSXR? The M109? How about an R80/GS? And so on. :wink:
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Unread post by HYPERR » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:33 pm

Gummiente wrote:
Model designations are an entirely different animal... my Road Glide is known as the FLTR, while a V-Rod falls under the VRSC family and a Super Glide is an FXD. They may be confusing to some people, at least until they become more familiar with the make, but Harley isn't the only one that uses model designations as well as catchy names. Ever hear of the GSXR? The M109? How about an R80/GS? And so on. :wink:
You gotta admit, some of the model designations are quite long; such as the FLHTCUI designation for the Electra Glide Ultra Classic.

However, unlike Suzuki which got rid of great model names like the Intruder, Savage, Marauder, etc and went to stupid model designations like M109, Harley at least kept all the model names......and they have some of the most clever ones, like Softail, Sportster, VRod, any of the ....Glides, etc.
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Unread post by koji52 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:38 pm

I love my VRSCDXA

(except for scraping the exhaust and pegs)
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Unread post by HYPERR » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:45 pm

koji52 wrote:I love my VRSCDXA

(except for scraping the exhaust and pegs)
Does it have the stock rear shock and if so where do you have it set at? My friend had the same bike and the stock shock is a POS and it definitely got a little better when we set it at full stiff.
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Unread post by koji52 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:52 pm

it's set at the softest setting but it's an aftermarket shock...i have the box for it (which holds the stock shocks) but that's in another box with the rest of the stock parts. I don't remember the brand. The suspension is fine (major upgrade from the stock shocks of the xl). It's the limited lean clearance that is kind of annoying me. I'll probably get used to it and lean less into turns as time goes on.

The lean clearance was great on the sporty. I have scraped my pipe and pegs before but that's at a much sharper angle than the vrod allows.
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Unread post by HYPERR » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:55 pm

koji52 wrote:it's set at the softest setting but it's an aftermarket shock...i have the box for it (which holds the stock shocks) but that's in another box with the rest of the stock parts. I don't remember the brand. The suspension is fine (major upgrade from the stock shocks of the xl). It's the limited lean clearance that is kind of annoying me. I'll probably get used to it and lean less into turns as time goes on.

The lean clearance was great on the sporty. I have scraped my pipe and pegs before but that's at a much sharper angle than the vrod allows.
That's good as the stock shock is a piece of sh!t, and an aftermarket shock would have been an mandatory upgrade so the previous owner saved you some money right there.

Yes agreed on the very limited lean clearance but actually you would be surprised how much less scraping you would do by stiffening the rear shock.
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Unread post by koji52 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:01 pm

Interesting, thanks for the tip...i'll knock the setting up to the top notch then and let you know how it works. I was out yesterday and was about to tear around a curve like I usually do on the sporty then decided not to. All I heard was a scraping sound and a part of my soul withering away. :crybaby: :frusty:

I got a great great deal on the bike though either way. 12,000 for a vrod with less than 700 miles and a bunch of aftermarket stuff? YOu can beat that right?
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Unread post by HYPERR » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:04 pm

koji52 wrote:Interesting, thanks for the tip...i'll knock the setting up to the top notch then and let you know how it works. I was out yesterday and was about to tear around a curve like I usually do on the sporty then decided not to. All I heard was a scraping sound and a part of my soul withering away. :crybaby: :frusty:

I got a great great deal on the bike though either way. 12,000 for a vrod with less than 700 miles and a bunch of aftermarket stuff? YOu can beat that right?
I just noticed that you said you have it in the softest setting. How much do you weight?
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Unread post by koji52 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:06 pm

160lbs of steel and thunder.

Or just the 160lbs part.
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Unread post by HYPERR » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:13 pm

koji52 wrote:160lbs of steel and thunder.

Or just the 160lbs part.
You are no heavyweight but certainly probably waaay too heavy for the softest setting. I don't recall the VRod scraping the pegs that easily..... and especially with aftermarket shocks.

You should see a noticeable difference once you set it stiffer. Just don't expect the cornering clearance of a Racer Replica. :laughing:
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Unread post by Gummiente » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:15 pm

HYPERR wrote:You gotta admit, some of the model designations are quite long; such as the FLHTCUI designation for the Electra Glide Ultra Classic.
FLHTCU, actually... the "I" was dropped when fuel injection was installed on all FL models and no longer an optional choice.

Pop quiz... what is an IMZ-8.1037?
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Unread post by HYPERR » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:16 pm

Gummiente wrote:
HYPERR wrote:You gotta admit, some of the model designations are quite long; such as the FLHTCUI designation for the Electra Glide Ultra Classic.
FLHTCU, actually... the "I" was dropped when fuel injection was installed on all FL models and no longer an optional choice.

Pop quiz... what is an IMZ-8.1037?
not a clue...... :wacko:
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Unread post by Gummiente » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:19 pm

HYPERR wrote:not a clue...... :wacko:
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Unread post by koji52 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:23 pm

haha...yea i'll change it tomorrow and see how what happens. Thanks man and thumbs up to ya.
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