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Old 02-10-2013, 05:23 PM   #16
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It's simple.

Hap, get the best bike in the world.

It's the bike that you love to look at and go riding on.

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I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful. --Oscar Wilde

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Old 02-10-2013, 05:33 PM   #17
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Harley's have soul.

They are okay in the city, but really shine on trips. The one's from '09 are very nice, and especially the 103 engine. Runs down the road so effortlessly and relaxed. They truly have all-day comfort. If those things are not important to you, than H-D may not be for you. But, as you are thinking of one, you'll probably love it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:53 PM   #18
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Hell I'm 31 and really appreciate the comfort of the road king. The weight is up there, but it really really makes going down the road easy. I kept coming back to hd for a few reasons.

1) the feel. They are heavy, and you know it. They are solid bikes. They shift solidly, the switchgear is the best in the business, and the torque is all there.

2) simplicity. My Sportsters were very simple. An engine, wheels, and a seat. Then I'd add bags to make them useful. My road king is the same. A engine, wheels, and bags. Cold weather brings out the windshield. Wife adds a sissy bar. Weekends add sissy bar bags. It's still just the essence of a motorcycle.

3) value. My first sportster put 2k$ in my pocket on its sale. My second about $750. The road king stands to be even better, but I see no reason to sell. If you look for a deal (believe it or not some harley riders aren't the best with their money ) you can make somebody's day buying it from them, then make yours when you sell it.

4) my wife really loves it. Need I say more?
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:12 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by hapbob View Post
Talk me into why I should buy a Electra Glide?
Could be last real motorcycle.....may stay with scooter next or trike of some kind
I'm getting old.
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You say you are "getting old" So I would say you should NOT buy a bagger. They are nice bikes but they are big and heavy. Buy a Dyna Fat Bob instead and put some bags on it.
“Watch out for everything bigger than you, they have the "right of weight"
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:38 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by hapbob View Post
Talk me into why I should buy a Electra Glide?
Could be last real motorcycle.....may stay with scooter next or trike of some kind
I'm getting old.
I'm listening
My dad visited a Harley dealer last year. Met a guy in his late 80s who bought a new Electraglide. The guy said he wanted new, not used, because "he needed it to last a long time."

I don't think you're THAT old.

Weight isn't that much of an issue. Just keep it pointed upright and you're all good. Worst that happens is you fall over. They you get a couple young fellas to help.

If you're wanting to do something before it gets too late, do it.

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Old 02-11-2013, 03:51 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by nbsdave View Post
They are not all bad.
The Road Glide is arguably the best for long trips
As said, they are built pretty well. You won't get 100k plus mile on one (like a Wing) without major expense.
They are fun and recognizeable anywhere.
Get one, ride for a while and get something else.
i'd argue that point. my 95 had 90,000+ miles on it when i sold it. i was the second owner. ran like a top, burned no oil, or any other issues. electronic cruise control, am-fm/cass(!), and all other electrics still functioned perfectly. paint, chrome, aluminum, seat, backrest, etc looked like it had 15,000 miles on it. great bike, wife said most comfortable passenger accommodations of the 50+ bikes i've owned where she was a passenger.

I only ride 'em. I don't know what makes 'em work.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:19 AM   #22
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What kind of riding do you want to do?
Do you ride alone or with a pillion?
Have you rode one before?

The harleys are great if you want to pick a direction and see what is out there.
Not so great if your travels involve gravel, belts and gravel so not mix.
You can do it and you will get away with it for a while. Not a big issue
if you are aware of it.

As a couple of others have already mentioned they went through a frame
redesign and the new frames are MUCH better. You can rack up
a scarey amount of miles in a short time with one.

Your looking to get one Im looking to get off one.

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:35 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by DAKEZ View Post
You say you are "getting old" So I would say you should NOT buy a bagger. They are nice bikes but they are big and heavy. Buy a Dyna Fat Bob instead and put some bags on it.
I have a good friend who's starting to get messed up pretty good with arthritis. When he gets on his electraglide, he turns the handlebars all the way to the right, which stands the bike upright.....and he's good to go.

Probably everyone else knew that, but I didn't.

My wife rides a super glide. With backrest luggage, a quick detachable backrest and a screen, she's got a bike for trips, that takes 2 minutes to convert back.

I like my EG.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:52 AM   #24
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There is something about a Harley

I have loved everyone I have owned. I have a Ultra Classic now but have had a Road King and a Road Glide. The Road Glide is lighter in the front end because the fairing is mounted to the frame, makes for a more stable ride IMHO. I added a GSA because I wanted to do some riding where I will not take the Harley. By the way, I will be 67 next month. Ride safe and enjoy.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:06 AM   #25
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To the OP.. why buy a Harley, more opinions here:
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:24 AM   #26
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Simply because you want one. There are no other reasons.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:24 AM   #27
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my 2 cents, there is a bike for every type of riding, and for a relaxed cruise there just isn't anything that rides or 'feels' like the new hd's.
i've owned just about every brand of bike in almost every type of riding discipline and I recently got a's extremely well balanced and 'holding' it up is far easier than almost any sport tourer out there because of the low seat height and low weight distribution.

honestly, just go out and ride a bunch of bikes and decide that way. i was a huge harley hater and wanted so badly not to like them, but i absolutely love my dyna fat bob, and for cruising with my wife, there is nothing better then jumping on on a sunny day and just chilling and enjoying the scenery.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:29 AM   #28
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I bought mine because it looked so old. It's a '99 Road King, but it still looks like Elvis' bike. Plus, it's got F.I., which I really like, and is nearly maintenance free. I'm a day tripper, not a long distance guy and I use it to go exploring. Wonder where that road goes? I'll just see. It's the Plugger of the motorcycle world... steady as she goes...
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:00 AM   #29
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If you have trouble on the road there are more people that are going to stop to help than you will need in a lifetime. Been there.

And some of them will show you their tits.
Say what you will about the South but no one retires and moves up North.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:08 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Zanotti View Post
1. They are better built than people say.
2. You can choose to adapt or spurn the lifestyle.
3. Dealers are everywhere - my BMW dealer is 90 miles away, my Triumph 23 miles away.
4. About 15 Harley dealers in this range.
5. You dont have to run straight pipes, you can keep the mufflers.
6. EFI: They start and dont leak oil.
7. The switchgear is well made, fit and finish exceptional.
8. I kind of like the sound and feel.

Add yours......

All of this, and...
I've ridden sport bikes on long trips (500 miles+) and at the end of the day I'm beat. I borrowed a Ultra Classic and rode it for a 4000 mile trip and at the end of each day I never felt fatigued.

When I bought mine last year an atlas showed up in the mail, along with a HOG patch and pin. The atlas covers, the States, Canada, and Latin America. It also contains a dealer directory.
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When I was growing up we didn't wear seatbelts, bicycle helmets, and didn't have nerf playgrounds. We learned that stupid hurts at a young age. How did we survive without the nanny state?
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When I was a kid you probably would have gotten beaten up for showing up with a helmet.
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