Author A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson  (Read 4585 times)

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    A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson
    on: March 11, 2021, 08:46:38 pm
    March 11, 2021, 08:46:38 pm
    Answer : No, I  never have, although I'm not unaware that their latest product line up is, in some ways, a long way removed from the 'traditional ' Harley.

    My question to you is, have you ever tried one or maybe owned one and if so what is your opinion ?

    H D have changed their models substantially  in recent times, even introducing Adventure and electric  bikes.
    KNOW FROM WHENCE YOU CAME ........

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    Re: A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson
    Reply #1 on: March 11, 2021, 10:05:41 pm
    March 11, 2021, 10:05:41 pm
    No. I donít think I would ever own one as they are not a style of bike I could ever see me riding.
    I do like the craftsmanship of some of them though. Some of them look amazing.
    My uncle used to own the 1200 Sportster and that is a nice bike. I was offered to ride it but I declined. I was happy to just look at it whenever I popped round or went for a ride with him.
    What if the whole world farted at once?

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    Re: A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson
    Reply #2 on: March 11, 2021, 11:55:54 pm
    March 11, 2021, 11:55:54 pm
    In 2009 I rented an Ultra Glide for a 3 day trip.  For a number of reasons I concluded HD was not a bike I had any interest in.
    The new ADV bike is, however, an interesting model, and if not for my having a real issue with spending nearly as much for a motorcycle as my first house, I would consider it. Yes, I know that makes me an out of touch fossil, but here we are. 😀
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    Re: A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson
    Reply #3 on: March 12, 2021, 12:12:46 am
    March 12, 2021, 12:12:46 am
    Ive owned several Sportsters, its the only Harley that I like...they are great bikes for just cruising around on...its a different experience, much more visceral... they are loud, they are shakey and they are obnoxious..but all in a good way.

    I would normaly ride 75-100 miles on it, ..if Im out for a long ride, thats not the bike I would choose...but I have nothing bad to say about them...
    This is my 2010..I no longer have it but it was a great bike and in 6 years of ownership  never once gave me any trouble


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    Re: A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson
    Reply #4 on: March 12, 2021, 10:21:08 am
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    Never considered buying one.  They are too heavy, too expensive, too slow and they don't corner anywhere near what other MCs do, BUT, they do look nice.

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    Re: A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson
    Reply #5 on: March 12, 2021, 11:06:38 am
    March 12, 2021, 11:06:38 am
    *Originally Posted by TallyRex [+]
    They are too heavy, too expensive, too slow and they don't corner anywhere near what other MCs do,

    None of that is true about the Sportsters

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    Re: A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson
    Reply #6 on: March 12, 2021, 11:46:57 am
    March 12, 2021, 11:46:57 am
    I'm looking after / maintaining my younger brothers 1995 Dyna Wideglide FXDWG over the winter period, as he has no garage at his B&B in Llandudno



    Having never ridden a HD before I have taken it out a couple of times to test it, as I have serviced the bike & front forks, put new Hagon 2810 shocks on the back and a mini engine oil catch-can, I can say it is NOT for Me :151:  because:

    1. Its a slow agricultural tractor of an bike  :033:
    2. No cornering clearance  :006:
    3. Brakes - WHAT brakes - even with a Nissin 4 pot upgrade on the front  :124:
    3. The riding position is not comfortable, as I am not built like the perceived typical Harley Rider is seen (my brother is)  :7:

    my 2d worth

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    Re: A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson
    Reply #7 on: March 12, 2021, 02:35:21 pm
    March 12, 2021, 02:35:21 pm
       I had one for a couple years. Didn't intend to, loaned a friend money to keep his house out of foreclosure... took him a while to redeem it. It was loud, somewhat shaky, handled ok for what it was. Dyna FXRS. Wife hated riding on it. However, when cruising down the road all the harmonics came together and it was actually pleasant around 60 to 65 mph. I do see why people who just want to cruise like them. I took the steel-toe factory tour at the Kansas City plant before it closed, some pretty modern equipment and methods.

    Two of my brothers had Sportsters, both the basic 883 and older with solid motor mounts, I considered them un-rideable and seriously under-powered. My Kaw ZL600 could literally run circles around them.

    The 89 FXRS:



    Last Edit: March 12, 2021, 02:47:55 pm by 9094

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    Re: A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson
    Reply #8 on: March 12, 2021, 03:15:35 pm
    March 12, 2021, 03:15:35 pm
    I like the look and sound, but have not considered spending my hard earned on one. Sportster is the model I would look at, but they're expensive and I don't feel it would do all that I want from my bikes.

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    Re: A pal asked me if I had ever considered a Harley Davidson
    Reply #9 on: March 12, 2021, 07:09:43 pm
    March 12, 2021, 07:09:43 pm
    I have ridden various models over the years as offered by friends or test rides at dealers.
    My favorite was the Sportster , it was lighter and had good middle power but did still not stir any need to buy.The others ranging from cruiser style to dressers were for me boring heavy motorcycle's that given the asking price were not of what i would consider worthwhile .

     


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