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Old 02-02-2012, 05:29 AM   #916
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The '72'



The one in back... The front one is the new Softail Slim.
Gee thanks, Dakez. My wife now officially loves the paint on the '72. Other than the bars, I think it's a great looking machine too. I get the whole aesthetic though.

I think it's a good looking machine and will be as big of a hit as the '48 is. Hope so anyway.
The wife is holding out for a blue hard candy.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:30 AM   #917
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When will Harley start making normal, good-looking, practical motorcycles again?

....Said the guy on the ugly square Concours.



I am with you in the want department But you and I are sadly in the minority. This Sportster and the Slim seem to be aimed at the Hispanic market which is growing and so it is likely a smart move for HD.

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Old 02-02-2012, 08:41 AM   #918
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When will Harley start making normal, good-looking, practical motorcycles again? Except for the Road King, none of the bikes in their current lineup fit those requirements. They've all gone "factory custom" or "low"...
need beaks......????

maybe they are making bikes that are similar to the ones they have been selling because they want to sell more bikes.


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Old 02-02-2012, 08:49 AM   #919
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....Said the guy on the ugly square Concours.



I am with you in the want department But you and I are sadly in the minority. This Sportster and the Slim seem to be aimed at the Hispanic market which is growing and so it is likely a smart move for HD.
lets hope the Afghani immigrant market doesn't expand then.....2013 HD ManyBobs

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Old 02-02-2012, 10:06 AM   #920
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....Said the guy on the ugly square Concours.

True that, but I didn't buy it for the looks

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need beaks......????

maybe they are making bikes that are similar to the ones they have been selling because they want to sell more bikes.


Beaks?

Maybe eventually people will step away from this idiotic notion of "factory custom" and good-looking standard well-performing motorcycles will become a fad.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:27 AM   #921
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That is some gorgeous paint there... I prefer black over anything else but I'd ride that bike...
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:51 AM   #922
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When will Harley start making normal, good-looking, practical motorcycles again? Except for the Road King, none of the bikes in their current lineup fit those requirements. They've all gone "factory custom" or "low"...
Agree that the factory custom BS has been played, however, this should fit your bill if you a looking for a normal, good-looking, practical motorcycle:
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:36 AM   #923
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I think the XR1200 is probably one of the best all arounder bikes on the market. It's a little spendy, compared to a strom, but you get a neutral riding position, better than parts bin suspenders, a good solid engine that can he hopped up or left alone, and the result is a bike that commutes, does track days, tours, or daytrips with only the addition of a couple of accessories.

And it's not bathed in chrome and leather. Just a good every day bike.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:42 AM   #924
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The 72 looks good except for the bars. But it's just another lowered Sportster that'll scrape going through the corners.
Wish I'da kept my 2006 XL883 and paid to ship it to Hawaii.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:18 PM   #925
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The 72 looks good except for the bars. But it's just another lowered Sportster that'll scrape going through the corners.

It isn't lowered. It has a 28.6 right / 29.8 left lean angle which is better than all but the Nightster. (29/30) Leaving the XR out of it of course.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:38 PM   #926
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Agree that the factory custom BS has been played, however, this should fit your bill if you a looking for a normal, good-looking, practical motorcycle:

Yeah, the Superglide is one of my favorite Harley motorcycles. If I'm not mistaken, though, that model is lowered. Correct me if I'm wrong. I also don't want spoked wheels. Also a bit too expensive for my taste.

I would prefer a Sportster to a Big Twin. And like I said, the Sportster line up is right now.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #927
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Yeah, the Superglide is one of my favorite Harley motorcycles. If I'm not mistaken, though, that model is lowered. Correct me if I'm wrong. I also don't want spoked wheels. Also a bit too expensive for my taste.

I would prefer a Sportster to a Big Twin. And like I said, the Sportster line up is right now.
It may be lowered, I'm not sure. My neighbor has an '09 Superglide and I took it around the block a few times. I thought it rode great, but I ride a Softail...

I don't really care for spokes either. Both my bikes have aluminum rims so I can fix on the road.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:32 PM   #928
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I think the XR1200 is probably one of the best all arounder bikes on the market. It's a little spendy, compared to a strom, but you get a neutral riding position, better than parts bin suspenders, a good solid engine that can he hopped up or left alone, and the result is a bike that commutes, does track days, tours, or daytrips with only the addition of a couple of accessories.

And it's not bathed in chrome and leather. Just a good every day bike.

If only it had a larger fuel tank.......... and one that did not expand over time.

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Old 02-02-2012, 03:22 PM   #929
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It isn't lowered. It has a 28.6 right / 29.8 left lean angle which is better than all but the Nightster. (29/30) Leaving the XR out of it of course.
And it's a set of Progressives from having as much ground clearance as a person wants...



edit: Went back and looked at the photos. The 72 appears to have "standard" Sportster suspension. The forward controls appear to be pretty low. A set of factory mids would bring the pegs up and back, providing some additional ground clearance.
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Yeah, the Superglide is one of my favorite Harley motorcycles. If I'm not mistaken, though, that model is lowered. Correct me if I'm wrong. I also don't want spoked wheels. Also a bit too expensive for my taste.

I would prefer a Sportster to a Big Twin. And like I said, the Sportster line up is right now.

Superglide is "standard" height.

Spoked wheels are an optional item. The bike comes with cast aluminum.
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