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Old 04-10-2012, 04:56 PM   #46
Robert OK
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Got my first Harley, a RKC, at 60. Great bike, tons of fun. Am glad I've still got my other bikes though.

I don't get all the stress about pirates and posers. Big deal. It's not like you have to join their club. At any rate, I'll take them over life threatening cagers any day.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:21 PM   #47
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Get the fat bob and don't look back. Got my first Harley , a 2008 fat bob in feb last year w 192 miles on it. soon to turn over 10,000. The more I ride it the more I like it.
dressing like pirate douche is optional I don't even own a Harley T-shirt.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:54 PM   #48
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Haven't read anything but the first post....

I've ridden everything. I went from a ZX6-R to a Night Train, then to an Ultra Limited, then to an R12RT. Modern Harleys are dead-nuts reliable, get reasonable gas mileage, can be entertaining to ride (though not like a Ninja), and are supremely comfortable. Plus, trashy women dig them.

I'll always own at least one, as there's nothing quite as elemental as a Harley. Except a Norton Commando, which will kill you with its reversed controls.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:02 PM   #49
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Get the Fat Bob, but try to keep your existing bike if you can. I have a BMW now and I am looking to get a Fat Bob myself. I would NEVER get rid of the beemer, but I would add to my collection. I just rode a new 2012 Fat Bob and I loved it!
I'm 58 and riding a crotch rocket just doesn't work for me but, a Fat Bob fits me just fine. I have no tatoos or a huge beard so I don't fit the Harley genre, but that wouldn't stop me from owning one. I say buy it.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:05 PM   #50
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Awesome responses. I thought I was really going to take it in the rear from both sides, but what I got was some really great support. I love you guys!

I think I am going to get the Fat Bob. No pirate suits though. I'll stick to my my trusty (& crusty) Aerostich for multi-day trips & my Vanson's for day rides. Hopefully the R1200r will be able to stay in the garage. If I can find a nice used Fat Bob for under 11k, it will. The 990 KTM SMT is the one that's been getting me in trouble... it is is just so unbelievably easy to ride fast on just about any surface. It's bad, bad, bad.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:44 PM   #51
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Awesome responses. I thought I was really going to take it in the rear from both sides, but what I got was some really great support. I love you guys!

I think I am going to get the Fat Bob. No pirate suits though. I'll stick to my my trusty (& crusty) Aerostich for multi-day trips & my Vanson's for day rides. Hopefully the R1200r will be able to stay in the garage. If I can find a nice used Fat Bob for under 11k, it will. The 990 KTM SMT is the one that's been getting me in trouble... it is is just so unbelievably easy to ride fast on just about any surface. It's bad, bad, bad.
Watch the aerostich pants on the exhaust. Under the right (or wrong) conditions it'll melt right through a pair of Darien pants
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:53 PM   #52
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Plus, trashy women dig them.
Bingo.

My wife doesn't generally dig motorcycles. She likes the Harley. She went to the Harley dealership and bought some leather pants. Not chaps, but fdrx-whatevertheycallthem leather pants. Does that make her trashy? Dunno. But they're very hot.

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Old 04-10-2012, 06:56 PM   #53
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Cool2 I don't want to be like everyone else...

Moto, you like your BMW seat comfort the panniers etc. and like the twin sound and Torque, like corners? I sold my Gs BMW now own a Buell Xt 2010. Good on Tracks or in Bends has comfort, side cases and top box. More Individual. It 's a Beast. You need to be a Rider to own one or it will own you! Adjusting suspenion so take it easy...at first, Lols.
I changed the ECM to 1200 Harley Sportster. Now it has useable torque 1000rpm lower than factory. Hey just try one low on the revs and high on the speed, ok? Don't thrash it you don't have too. Resist the urge be an Individual... jim .
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:40 PM   #54
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Ok, I've owned just about every bike out there. My current bikes are a KTM 990 SMT & a BMW R1200r, but never a Harley. I'm thinking about selling both of them and getting a Dyna Fat Bob. I rented a Fat Bob recently, did 262 miles through out local mountains and deserts and had a great time. At 51 I'm kind of tired of strafing apexes. Many of my sport riding buddies have quit due numerous stays in hospital, died or ride so they can smoke weed, get away from their miserable work / family lives, and bench race over way too many beers at day's end.

Any Harley riders out there who made the switch from sport bikes??? Traded in the peg scraping and 2100 mile tire changes cause they are trying to get back to something elemental? I'm chasing that joy I used to have for riding that has now turned into a love /hate relationship. I want to get back to riding for riding's sake, and I think the Fat Bob just might be my ticket back.
I started riding sportbikes at age 18 with a Ninja 600 and progressed my skills over the next 14 years upgrading bikes once or twice a year ending with a GSXR1000. I bought an 06 Street Bob 2 years ago and put 20 k miles on it the first year I owned it (something I hadnt done in the last several years of owning sport bikes) During that first year I sold the GSXR1000 and the following year sold the Harley Street Bob to get a Harley FXDX since it had the carb, triple discs, and upgraded suspension. If I ever go back to sport bikes it will be a big one like a Busa or Big Ninja that fits my 6ft frame with high handlebars. I dont see it happening at the moment since I dont really miss the sport bikes anymore.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:48 AM   #55
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check these out

i searched the phoenix craigs list under "harley davidson fat bob" and foud 2 or 3 in the 11-14k range. you might check Las Vegas too.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:12 AM   #56
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Anti - HD times 2

Having been on bikes for the last 50 years, just about every mark in the book, I found myself drawn to the HD's. My first one was a new 07 RK. Sorry to say, it only lasted 8 months; just would not handle the way I was accustomed to. Then the XR came to the states! It is my first "Anti - HD". After a few ergo changes it has toured, commuted and been my general "put a smile on my face" ride. Then I laid eyes on the 2012 Nightrod! With the changed ergos the bike spoke to me; a slug of change later I had my second "Anti - HD" and really smiled.

Having said all that, it simply boils down to what one likes. Let us be honest, every mark pushes their "style". BMW pushes the rugged Teutonic images, Honda and most other Japanese marks push the road warrior and HD pushes the pirate image. It is simply a matter of what advertising ploy one falls pray to - trust me on that I was in the game. Worst thing for any mark is a independent thinker who chooses in accordance with the needs not the eye-candy pushed on him/her.

So, sally forth and choose what speaks to you, not what is pushed on you!
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:19 AM   #57
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MotoADHD,you are getting old...
Don't forget that HOG patch on your Aerostich if you want fellow "bikers" wave to you;you bad bad boy...
What's next;Viagra...
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:24 PM   #58
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I am 23, and when I was 20 I traded up to a StreetGlide from a Yamaha V-star and fell in love. I am not saying I will never own anything but a Harley. I am just saying I will always have at least 1 Harley; just something there about the sound and experience that makes me crave the next mile.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:01 AM   #59
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I am 23, and when I was 20 I traded up to a StreetGlide from a Yamaha V-star and fell in love. I am not saying I will never own anything but a Harley. I am just saying I will always have at least 1 Harley; just something there about the sound and experience that makes me crave the next mile.

If you ever get rid of your HD, you will think about it for years and likely buy another one. I bought my first HD in 95, broke down all the time, front break didn't really work, handled like shit, but a kick in the pants to ride, sold it a few years later. It's the one bike at of all the bikes I've owned that I truely enjoyed riding and always thought about. I bought another one a little over a year ago.

I like all bikes, for me the HD's tourque and visceral experience is intoxicating.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:59 AM   #60
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Since we're talking Fat Bobs, may as well show them off!
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