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Old 12-12-2013, 05:23 PM   #1276
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Thanks for that! I can't even begin to face lurking through the 883 threads. I would only start that gargantuan task when/if I become a fully badged Pirate!
You don't have to be a "pirate" to ride a Sportster (or any Harley) - just like you don't have to be a red flannel shirt wearing "hipster" to ride a Bolt.
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:14 PM   #1277
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Right. All those cartoon labels are for noobs. Most of the guys with some time on the road or trails tend to like anything with 2 wheels.
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:21 PM   #1278
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You don't have to be a "pirate" to ride a Sportster (or any Harley) - just like you don't have to be a red flannel shirt wearing "hipster" to ride a Bolt.

Ya gotta have fun in life, be it wearing the official pirate or flannel uniform. Pirate might edge out the flannel.... I have to admit, I only recently found out about the "pirate" reference to (some) Harley riders. I, personally, find it absolutely hilarious and IF I ever end up riding a Harley I will definitely refer to myself as a "Pirate". Mainly to annoy those crabby old riders!!

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Old 12-12-2013, 06:56 PM   #1279
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Ya gotta have fun in life, be it wearing the official pirate or flannel uniform. Pirate might edge out the flannel.... I have to admit, I only recently found out about the "pirate" reference to (some) Harley riders. I, personally, find it absolutely hilarious and IF I ever end up riding a Harley I will definitely refer to myself as a "Pirate". Mainly to annoy those crabby old riders!!
I pissed off a couple of HD guys one day... I jokingly called my Sportster "Pearl". One guy asked why I named it that. I replied " Because it's black and it's my pirate ship. Arrrrrrgh!! " I thought it was funny. Them? not so much.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:30 PM   #1280
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So has anybody done a long distance ride report on a Bolt yet? If you can ride an '06 Ninja 250 from coast to coast and then to Prudhoe Bay, it should certainly be possible on a Bolt.
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:52 AM   #1281
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I agree. It should certainly be feasible. Just a matter of whether or not someone wants to do it, I guess.
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:14 AM   #1282
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Ya gotta have fun in life, be it wearing the official pirate or flannel uniform. Pirate might edge out the flannel.... I have to admit, I only recently found out about the "pirate" reference to (some) Harley riders. I, personally, find it absolutely hilarious and IF I ever end up riding a Harley I will definitely refer to myself as a "Pirate". Mainly to annoy those crabby old riders!!

I just recently discovered someone on one of the boards was referring to BMW riders as "Armadillos" for all the armor we wear
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:42 AM   #1283
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Pirates

Are you guys sure about the Pirate description?,a think lot of my fellow Harley riders,look more like the the Guy out of the Village People than a pirate & most of them laugh when i mention it(the ones I know of Course)
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:16 AM   #1284
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Are you guys sure about the Pirate description?,a think lot of my fellow Harley riders,look more like the the Guy out of the Village People than a pirate & most of them laugh when i mention it(the ones I know of Course)
You mean they dress like Indians or construction workers?
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:44 PM   #1285
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You mean they dress like Indians or construction workers?
How about the guy in the Leather Chaps,Jacket,Cap etc.
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:48 PM   #1286
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How about the guy in the Leather Chaps,Jacket,Cap etc.
Ah! The cowboy!
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Old 12-14-2013, 02:29 PM   #1287
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Okay, I take back my comment about getting my pirate uniform!! I would rather be the Armadillo. ;) and --- I do believe this talk of harley pirates has pretty much killed this thread. Back on topic people!

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Old 12-16-2013, 07:22 AM   #1288
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so... I use my bike primarily as a commuter. I often find myself on the interstate running 80+ with the car traffic in the mornings. In the evenings, I try to take my time getting home, and I use the scenic route. Sometimes it takes me a couple of hours to get home.

On the weekends, I like to go riding on the two lane blacktops in the rolling hills of Tennessee. Sometimes I do the group ride thing with friends. Almost all of them ride BIG cruisers, and most of them Ride Harley FL's.

If I am lucky, I may get a couple of long weekends to spend in the mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. I like to pack a tent and sleeping bag, and stay at places like the Iron Horse Campground or TWO.

If I am REALLY lucky, I may get to do a long extended ride. It doesn't happen real often though. IN 2008, I rode from Tennessee to Maine, and spent a few days exploring New England. In 2010, I travelled to the Black Hills, Beartooth Pass, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons. The ride home across the Great Plains included a 900 mile day.

So why should I buy a Bolt? I love the way it looks, but I don't know if it would work for me. Oh, and something else. I'm a BIG guy. You might say I am under height for my weight.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:32 AM   #1289
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You should consider Bolt because of your primary usage being commute.
It's got the short wheelbase and all the stuff you need to commute like good brakes and reasonable steering geometry. And it holds plenty of fuel. By the time you burn through a tank you'll be ready to stretch your legs anyway. It's easy to park or lane split.

The stator outputs enough for you to run heated grips (which I use on commuters) and such.

It's easy to service. It's air cooled. The FI works well. You can install a slip on if you want to save lives, but still have room for bags (hard/soft).

There are plenty of suspension upgrades for your heft:height ratio.

Tires are a generic size, so there are plenty of rubber choices on the road or in hometown. No spokes, so no JerryH flat tire tales. But if you like spokes they're available through Star (nice ones too).

It's reasonably priced and you get a lot of bang for your buck, in terms of commuting.

If you have to haul it, it'll fit in the bed of a standard size pickup box without needing a trailer.

And if you read up on some owner reports, you'll see that the 950 mill is pretty solid with no real issues reported as chronic problems (like final drives or surging or whatever). Belt drive means no chain lube, which is nice.

TL;DR
Primary duty as a commuter is what Bolt was designed to do. So, this fits what you need and want. Anything can be used for trips, even a Trail 90. At this price, you'll be able to afford new suspenders and enjoy a bike dialed in for you, which is nice when you live in a place with curves.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:59 AM   #1290
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You should consider Bolt because of your primary usage being commute.
It's got the short wheelbase and all the stuff you need to commute like good brakes and reasonable steering geometry. And it holds plenty of fuel. By the time you burn through a tank you'll be ready to stretch your legs anyway. It's easy to park or lane split.

The stator outputs enough for you to run heated grips (which I use on commuters) and such.

It's easy to service. It's air cooled. The FI works well. You can install a slip on if you want to save lives, but still have room for bags (hard/soft).

There are plenty of suspension upgrades for your heft:height ratio.

Tires are a generic size, so there are plenty of rubber choices on the road or in hometown. No spokes, so no JerryH flat tire tales. But if you like spokes they're available through Star (nice ones too).

It's reasonably priced and you get a lot of bang for your buck, in terms of commuting.

If you have to haul it, it'll fit in the bed of a standard size pickup box without needing a trailer.

And if you read up on some owner reports, you'll see that the 950 mill is pretty solid with no real issues reported as chronic problems (like final drives or surging or whatever). Belt drive means no chain lube, which is nice.

TL;DR
Primary duty as a commuter is what Bolt was designed to do. So, this fits what you need and want. Anything can be used for trips, even a Trail 90. At this price, you'll be able to afford new suspenders and enjoy a bike dialed in for you, which is nice when you live in a place with curves.

oh you're good - real good. You must do this professionally?
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