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Old 11-16-2004, 07:05 AM   #31
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I think there are a lot of us who don't fit the "Johnny Doo Rag" or "Three Weeker (Sturgis, Daytona, and 5 nights at Quaker Steak)" stereotype- we simply have liked the motorcycles for a long time.

There's a lot to be said for HDs, IMO. Loads of available parts (that, contrary to popular opinion, are typically less expensive than for other motorcycles due to the fact that one part fits so many bikes), ease of maintenance (belt drive, self-adjusting valves, air-cooled, spin-on oil filter), plenty of usable power that can be upgraded- I think my buddy ratt from cycleworld put it best: "Harleys are the most fun you can have riding the speed limit". Not to say that they cannot exceed that limit- but you get the idea. So many people have bikes capable of riding balls to the wall- but the realities of their skill, or local law enforcement make it more likely to see them cruising down the same roads as a Harley rider, at similar speeds.

I had a Superglide (1997 FXD), and loved it. I toured on it, took it on road, even on some "off-road" fire trails- it was a blast. The summer after I bought it (1998) I had put about 12k miles on it, and some guy offered me far more than I paid for it- so it went away... ...but it remains a favorite of the bikes I've owned.

As for how I obtained more power out of the Road King- Andrews TW26 gear-drive cams, a high-flow air cleaner, and a set of Samson rolled-thunder slip-ons. I could have gotten more torque with a Thunderheader, but I wanted the traditional look, and I wanted the bike to be a bit less loud.

Harleys are not the "best bikes in the world", but if you are into 'em, they are the best at being Harley.

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Old 11-16-2004, 08:13 AM   #32
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My latest "Harley"







After a little over 1000 miles on it I sent it away for 2.5 months to be used as a prototype in the development of adjustable clip-ons and rear sets. I'm supposed to go pick it up today, but of course it's raining

I've had 2 Sportsters and 1 Wide-Glide in my past. This coming spring I hope to put together a H-D based hack setup, as soon as I've gotten rid of 2 BMW's and a Moto-Guzzi
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Old 11-16-2004, 08:30 AM   #33
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Ya know, Bueller. Those Buells have a cool futuristic, Blade Runner look to them, don't you think?

I look at that bike and wonder if this is 2004 or 2024.

Cool.
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Old 11-16-2004, 10:06 AM   #34
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Ya know, Bueller. Those Buells have a cool futuristic, Blade Runner look to them, don't you think?

I look at that bike and wonder if this is 2004 or 2024.

Cool.
I guess you could say it looks futuristic. Definitely different from anything else out there. I would never suggest it is a great looking bike or anything like that, but it's not bad. Besides, since I own a V-Strom and a R1150 GS its pretty obvious I buy more for function than looks
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Old 11-16-2004, 12:29 PM   #35
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2003 883 XLH Hugger, did my own 1200 conversion, SE .497 bolt cams, Thunderheader 2 in 1 exhaust system, lot's of other crap. All on my web site, all of it is documented. Here's a pic:

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Old 11-16-2004, 04:08 PM   #36
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Bueller, that Firebolt looks sweet. I especially have a weakness for those wheels.
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Old 11-16-2004, 07:11 PM   #37
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2003 883 XLH Hugger, did my own 1200 conversion, SE .497 bolt cams,
Was that hard to do?

HD now has a Sportster 883L, that's more "scrunched up" so more petite folks (ladies) can fit in it better. But if we get one, I'd rather she had a 1200.
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Old 11-16-2004, 08:09 PM   #38
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Was that hard to do?
I got step by step instructions on my web site.
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Old 11-16-2004, 08:58 PM   #39
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I guess you could say it looks futuristic. Definitely different from anything else out there. I would never suggest it is a great looking bike or anything like that, but it's not bad. Besides, since I own a V-Strom and a R1150 GS its pretty obvious I buy more for function than looks
Gotta say when I see those Firebolts I think of the creature from Alien--I still like em though.

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Old 11-17-2004, 12:25 AM   #40
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2003 883 XLH Hugger, did my own 1200 conversion, SE .497 bolt cams, Thunderheader 2 in 1 exhaust system, lot's of other crap. All on my web site, all of it is documented. Here's a pic:

Whoa, nice work with the XLH JDT. I'd hang on to that thing. Although the saddlebag straps look a little long .

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Thanks SFarson.

Yeah, I didn't notice that until you pointed it out. I don't know why they are long like that. Hell, they really don't even buckle, they've got a plastic snap clip thingie for quick release. They are good bags, though. www.bossbags.com

I contemplated selling the Sporty, but my wife likes it, my mom likes it, and it is still a lot of fun to ride, and dagnabit I like the way it looks. Classic looking bike the Sportster model. So I will keep it and my GS, but I know I will be riding my GS a loooot more.
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Old 11-17-2004, 10:25 AM   #42
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Well, it is one of the finest XLH's I've seen. I would hang onto it. I think having more than one in the stable adds extra appreciation for the different rides. Kinda like getting on a new (but familiar) bike after having been on another one... like the GS more because I have the H-D, and vice versa.
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Old 11-17-2004, 11:30 AM   #43
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I got nuthin'

... but I do want to say, I would add a Motor Company product to the stable - a bagger would be my preference. Nice pics boys - P

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Old 11-17-2004, 04:24 PM   #44
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While I ride a ducati monster 900, I love the look of a naked road king and if I could afford one, would add it to the stable.
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Old 11-17-2004, 09:52 PM   #45
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... but I do want to say, I would add a Motor Company product to the stable - a bagger would be my preference. Nice pics boys - P

Drifting Fate photo by Jurgen



That is a sweet bike.
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