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Old 07-20-2014, 06:35 PM   #1
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Thoughts on a Harley?

Let me preface this by saying I had never thought of getting a Harley before. No real reason, just was not something I thought about. I went last Thursday to look at a Honda, and I told a guy I did business with that I was going to look at a motorcycle. He asked if it was a Harley and I said no, a Honda.
"You gotta get a Harley."
"What's wrong with a Honda?"
"Man, I go cruising through town on my Harley and no one f#@%$ with me. They give me respect when I ride by."
"And I won't get that on a Honda?"
"Hell no!"
And then Lisa shows up. I do business with Lisa because I consider her one of the smartest people in the industry, she's a hard worker and she's honest. I have a lot of respect for her business acumen. She also tops the scales at something over 300 lbs and is engaged in what appears to be a quasi-incestuous relationship with her son but I don't judge.
She pipes in "Yeah, I'm a Harley girl myself. I won't get on nuthin' that don't say Harley. So if you plan on taking me for a ride, then it better be a Harley."
My plan at this point is to stick with the Honda. Like I said, I don't know anything about Harley's and until Thursday I never considered buying one, but I figure I'm 45 years old, have a family and am fairly settled so I don't need anyone to respect me based on the bike.
And Lord knows, though I respect her, I never, ever plan on giving Lisa a ride.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:44 PM   #2
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Some people only know Harley. They will tell you to buy one.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:48 PM   #3
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I wouldn't touch one with a ten foot pole. Walked in a Harley dealership after swearing off the things for 15 years, Looked at a few bikes and prices, immediately I was surrounded by Pirates and a chrome consultant. I just can't deal with that circus..
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:49 PM   #4
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Take one for a test drive and find out for yourself.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:49 PM   #5
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Cool story, Bro.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:51 PM   #6
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Post more information on Lisa and her son.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:56 PM   #7
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Love mine, but nothing wrong with a Honda.

Ride what you like.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:02 PM   #8
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riding for respect...so that's a thing. man, with my vespa, i got that one ALL wrong.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:12 PM   #9
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You owe yourself at least a test ride. Something that is pleasing to your eyes. The riding for respect thing seems ludicrous to me, but what do I know? I own/have owned Italian, German, Japanese, Austrian, and American. I've loved them all, for variousquantifiable andnon-quantifiable reasons. All motorcycles have their charms. ;)
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:16 PM   #10
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Take one out for a test ride if they interest you. Don't if they don't interest you. You don't need to buy into the lifestyle game, be it harley, Honda, BMW, whatever.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:25 PM   #11
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Really enjoy Harley's, but am amused/embarrassed/ bewildered by the stereotypical Harley rider. I also like most all motorcycles, and if Honda works for you, please go enjoy one. They make a good product.

BTW, what kind of Honda are you considering?
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:27 PM   #12
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Really enjoy Harley's, but am amused/embarrassed/ bewildered by the stereotypical Harley rider. I also like most all motorcycles, and if Honda works for you, please go enjoy one. They make a good product.

BTW, what kind of Honda are you considering?
I was looking at a 2001 Nighthawk 750. Just wanted something reliable to ride out my midlife crisis.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:32 PM   #13
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I own two Harley's. I'm putting both up for sale and going to buy a jap bike. I'm tired of working on them. I would rather be out riding.


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Old 07-20-2014, 07:34 PM   #14
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I enjoy my Electra Glide, and have owned German and Japanese bikes as well. I would not mind having a Night Hawk in the current stable as well. They seem like great bikes. Ride what you like.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:37 PM   #15
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