BMW and Hardleys

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by mwood7800, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Nadgett

    Nadgett Been here awhile

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    HD make little ones for girly girls, though.
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  2. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer

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    Beautiful bike, I'll bet it handles the curve very well. :wink:I can only imagine riding that thing down main street Lake Wobegone... what must the neighbors think?:lol3
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  3. scootrboi

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    There is no accounting for it.
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  4. rudolf35

    rudolf35 Warped & Twisted Mind

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    Just to stirr up this thread, let me throw in the riders age factor. Having been on two wheels for 50 years, ridden just about every major brand, I find myself drawn to BMW and H-D.

    The airhead I own is my time machine. Back to the days of simpler bikes; less performance but a ton of smiles per miles. The two H-D's I own are my daily riders and touring bikes. Each mark has never given me issues and each has a charm/flaw of it's own. Personally I think that each mark gives what seasoned ( OK, old ) riders look for. Dependability, reasonable performance and each mark can be easily setup for the individual's needs.

    I personally think, that once a rider gets over the "having to be fastes and biggest" reliable and comfortable gives way to all other considerations.

    :hide
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  5. pmelby

    pmelby Home Brew Adventurer

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    Thanks.

    The bike does stand out a bit as the majority of bikes here are cruiser & H-D touring types. I tell the Harley boys at work that the Duc is a v-twin, but doesn't need to be rubber mounted, etc. About all I get are blank looks, motorcycling to them means H-D, or cruiser type bikes. I don't understand the mentality, but I guess that I am just as closed minded but in the opposite sense in that I cannot understand the appeal of the feet forward, low slung, cruiser design.

    I got the chance to put a couple thousand miles on it last fall with a trip out to the Black Hills and a two day run over the passes of the Big Horns, great fun. Am currently working up a plan for a trip to the west coast in the spring.

    cheers, melby
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  6. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    says the ducati fan in the BMW/Hardly thread....:norton
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  7. ka5ysy

    ka5ysy Doug

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    I agree, however, I do like the fact that my RT is pretty quick and big to go with the "comfort" part . Especially the cruise and heated seats and grips. And the adjustable windscreen. And satellite radio. All while chasing crotch rockets with the cases onboard. Life is great !! :clap
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  8. steveWFL

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    5 pages of Hardly-Ableson debate? Must be too cold to ride in some places, boredom is h*ll [​IMG]
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  9. Clint Taurus

    Clint Taurus Been here awhile

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    Harley this, BMW that. my dick is bigger than yours, I can piss farther than you, my dad can whip your dad.
    How many times does this horse have to be beaten into glue?
    I had BMW's then HD's, both are good depending what your use is I.E. right tool for the job.
    speaking of tools...you tools can resume the discussion now!
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  10. zataomm

    zataomm Been here awhile

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    And to think this thread started 5 pages ago with a drunken incoherent ramble typed in from a phone.
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  11. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    At the core of the rant is an interesting thought. What is it that makes a bike right for someone? Rational thought is a process that occurs after a decision is made. Just an attempt to make sense of something that makes a different kind of sense. Perhaps it isn't speed, handling, comfort, ease of maintenance, crisp response or attention getting ability that makes a motorcycle right for someone. I wonder if sound and rhythm, percussion, the right vibration, or just the quality of the machine are as important. I have never owned a BMW, although I have wanted one since I was a teenager. I can tell without riding a HD that the long legged, low slung, slow turning engine would have a strong physical appeal. Some bikes just have it, and when I get to this point I can only refer to Robert Pirsig. Quality. Awesomeness.Different aspects and different riders.
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  12. BadKarma

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    Give me a shout if you come thru Colorado Melby, I'll show you over one or two of our favorite roads... :ear
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  13. BadKarma

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    Magic words, BMW, Harley Davidson...:deal
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  14. JerryH

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    To me rational thought has nothing to do with motorcycling. It is a purely emotional thing. And for me it needs to be a very visceral, primitive experience. Smooth and quiet are not what I think motorcycles should be (yes my Goldwing is smooth and quiet, and drop dead boring. But I use it as part of another activity I like. Traveling. An Electra Glide would make travel way more fun, but you cannot get one, especially in really nice condition, for $5500. If I could buy new, I would absolutely take the Harley over the Goldwing. Fortunately I have a couple of other bikes that satisfy what I need and want a motorcycle for. And they are the ones I'm always playing and tinkering with. The GW is just one huge piece of plastic with a really comfortable seat. I do not plan to keep it forever, but it beats traveling in a car.
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  15. MOGWA

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    I put a bunch of miles on seven different BMW's. Three of them were R90S's. After taking a year off from riding to let the lower back fusion heal I went looking for a new bike. I wanted simplicity,air cooling,comfort,something not too heavy and just modern enough to be reliable. The 2007 Harley Superglide worked for me. Put on a Mustang seat,a set of detachable bags and a Sportech 14" detachable windscreen and ended up with a versatile street/touring bike. I don't love it the way I did my 76 R90S(best bike ever made IMHO),but I like it a LOT!
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  16. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Did you enter some type of 12 step program? :lol3
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  17. pmelby

    pmelby Home Brew Adventurer

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    Dang, I totally missed that reference to our only curve.:lol3

    Just getting a bit more tolerant in my old age (52 in a couple of weeks:deal). I might be joing the aftermarket exhaust crowd with a MIVV setup for the Mutly. I'll probably leave the dB killer in as I don't enjoy annoying the public.

    cheers,
    melby
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  18. BadKarma

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    :lol3 I didn't KNOW that, just guessed. I think those old timers threw in a curve every so often out of boredom as much as anything... :rofl

    I can see it now, run thru the curve, u-turn, run thru the curve... I guess flickable bikes aren't really in demand?
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  19. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Cool, well here's an early happy birthday to you man !! :freaky
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  20. E N Arizona

    E N Arizona n00b

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    I like just about any motorcycle. I currently own an Ultra Classic Electra Glide and it is great for 1,000 mile days. I plan to add a BMW and do some adventure riding. You can't go wrong either way. The main thing is to get out and ride what ever you own.
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