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Old 11-07-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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Harley Softail Slim

Looked at one of these and was pleasantly surprised. I like the old school look, and it looks easy to ride.

I recently sold a Triumph Bonneville and am looking for an easy to ride kind of mini bike for around the neighborhood.

I dont plan on going far on this just simple trips. I dont really buy into the whole Harley culture, but I am not opposed to the machine either.

Any thoughts for a day triper?
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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Softails are the best looking harleys and the slim is a really kool bar hopper. Very kool local rider good for some weekend (or longer) rides.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #3
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I really want to get one and lace up some an 19f/18R wheel set to fit some TKCs. A bike that long and low would be a blast to drift down dirt roads, and it would look mad max and mean with some dirt on it, in denim black.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:23 PM   #4
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Keep in mind the bike only leans 24 degrees to the right and 24.9 to the left. Coming off a Bonniville you will likely grind the primary before you even leave the parking lot.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:46 PM   #5
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Nope not the primary but floorboards/pegs will touch long before the primary does.

I have an 08 Heritage Softail and it is an excellent all around bike. Seeing as the Slim is even more stripped down it would work fine in the city or short hops.

I like the HD bikes, but don't even own one of their T Shirts and never really bought into their whole culture thing. I ride in the rain & where full ATGATT, including a full face helmet so I don't really fit the mold.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:56 PM   #6
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I recently sold a Triumph Bonneville and am looking for an easy to ride kind of mini bike for around the neighborhood.
A 700 pound mini bike?

I grant you that it looks very nice, but I'm working on a 2000 Softail standard, and it's the most unwieldy thing I've ever had in my garage.

How about a Triumph Speedmaster or America?
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:09 PM   #7
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Speedmaster/America bikes are so very good and there as so few who even consider them. A real riders cruiser.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:17 PM   #8
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I went to the dealer to buy one in May but just didn't find myself liking it better than the Fat Bob I rode in on. Then I made the mistake of testing a new Road King. 10K miles on the RK since May
The "Slim" would be good for the use you described.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:29 PM   #9
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2013 harley softail slim

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the 2013 harley softail slim is the best all around street bike ever designed . i will be buying one soon ( january or february ) . the softail slim has a great modern engine excellent handling and will last forever with proper maintenance . i could take the 2013 harley softail slim across the country or just down the street for groceries . i am looking into installing foot controls and floor boards at the middle of the bike instead of too far forward . i believe this can be done even on the 2013 softail slim . this bike is what harley is all about in my humble opinion .

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Old 11-08-2012, 12:14 AM   #10
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The slim is great looking bike and would make a good starting point for a comfortable bar hopper. On the other hand it's a softail so you could put many miles on it comfortably. I have been into Harley's my adult life but caught the Adv bug about 5 years ago. I understand the Harley culture comment but like anything there are a lot of great people riding every bike out there. Yes some of us watch too much Sons of Anarchy! Take the slim for a good test ride and see what you think.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:35 AM   #11
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Keep in mind the bike only leans 24 degrees to the right and 24.9 to the left. Coming off a Bonniville you will likely grind the primary before you even leave the parking lot.


.......24? Thats it?
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:13 AM   #12
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A 700 pound mini bike?

I grant you that it looks very nice, but I'm working on a 2000 Softail standard, and it's the most unwieldy thing I've ever had in my garage.

How about a Triumph Speedmaster or America?
Funny how all things like this change. Yes, my early bikes were little things like a Yamaha 125 enduro. Now to me even the 700 cc BMW's seem small.

When I was a highschooler, I rememeber getting a ride on a Honda 750 four. I was amazed how fast it would go and how large it was. Today, they seem small.

What's with Harley and these huge primaries? My BMW (R1150R) is wide on the top and narrow down near my feet. All the Harleys have a huge primary, right where your feet go and make a wider stance necessary.

I sat on a Road King, liked it, but between the total weight and the splayed legs when stopped, I thought I wouldnt like it much.

This Softtial Slim is low enough that it doesnt matter, but its still a nusinece.

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Old 11-08-2012, 05:49 AM   #13
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What's with Harley and these huge primaries? My BMW (R1150R) is wide on the top and narrow down near my feet. All the Harleys have a huge primary, right where your feet go and make a wider stance necessary.
Big twin Harleys aren't unit construction, the transmission is separate, and a 3.37:1 ratio.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:10 AM   #14
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I dont plan on going far on this just simple trips. I dont really buy into the whole Harley culture, but I am not opposed to the machine either.

Any thoughts for a day triper?
I'd see if you could rent one for a day and do a day trip to try it out. You may really dig it but you may think what the hell was I thinking.
My touring bike is a big HD and it's a fabulous for what it is. I too don't subscribe to the HD culture and could really care less about the ideology they sell but the bike is pretty good.
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dear forum

the 2013 harley softail slim is the best all around street bike ever designed . i will be buying one soon ( january or february ) . the softail slim has a great modern engine excellent handling and will last forever with proper maintenance . i could take the 2013 harley softail slim across the country or just down the street for groceries . i am looking into installing foot controls and floor boards at the middle of the bike instead of too far forward . i believe this can be done even on the 2013 softail slim . this bike is what harley is all about in my humble opinion .

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p.s. Nope sorry no mid-control option.
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