Grow into a Harley Heritage Softail - DR650 to ???

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Quarterbore, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Mr. G

    Mr. G Normal Dude

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    I'm 6' 4" and have had to modify almost every bike I've owned to fit comfortably. Harley touring models are some of the easiest to modify for big dudes. Kits to move the floorboards out or forward are cheap and available. Lots of different shifters and brake pedals available in many lengths. Probably the best ready made saddle selection from the MoCo and aftermarket suppliers. Huge handlebar selection and the MoCo has all the cables, wiring and hoses in stock to fit any set of bars.

    I never could get my Vulcan right, hence it went bye bye. I've never had a problem getting a Harley to fit comfortably. Here's my current Glide Limited with extended shifters, extended shift pegs and the floorboards kicked out 3/4". Fits my size 15's perfectly.

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  2. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    Bike for a tall rider, alternate take:

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    Or any of the Victory touring bikes for that matter. They really make a big guy feel normal. I ride my Vision, then I tried out my Dad's 2014 Street Glide and it actually felt small compared to my Vision
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  3. mwood7800

    mwood7800 Banned

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    I had a 05 heartage, great straight line bike. All softails have the softtail wobble. You won't notice it till your in a long sweeper. Mine scared me so bad once on trip I went straight to the dealer. Dealer said not to worry about it. I would never haver another bike with the shocks underneath.
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  4. Mr. G

    Mr. G Normal Dude

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    Way to futuristic and swoopy for my old luddite ass :rofl :rofl
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  5. lfmn

    lfmn Been here awhile

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    Actually, they don't . I have a 2007 fatboy and my brother has a 2009. I've never had anything that even resembles a wobble. I've ridden solo, two up, loaded for trips, all kinds of terrain and roads. Same deal with a 2004 Ultra.

    I'm not saying NO HARLEY has it, but they don't all have it.
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  6. lfmn

    lfmn Been here awhile

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    Those are cool bikes. I was riding out to Sturgis a couple of years back on a Softail, going about 90 and three of these went flying by me. They were going well over 100.
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  7. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    But Victory motorcycles aren't all starship looking:

    I have ridden with a big guy who has a Cross Country, and he loves it.

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  8. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    Yes. Not just the Vision, but all the Victory touring bikes have that "big bike" feel. I just bought the Vision because I wanted something with a full faring, adjustable windshield, cruise, excellent touring manners, and its different.

    Do yourself a favor and at least check one out.
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  9. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    I think the typical Heritage owner enjoys the Harley look. I think the typical Victory owner is looking for the non-Harley clone....something 'different', as you say.

    I don't think there are many cross shoppers.

    That will be left to the new Indian labeled bikes. For those who can get over the fenders.:lol3
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  10. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    The Harley Heritage is not a big guy bike. I bought one new off of the showroom floor back in '03 and I stand 6'-5".

    The bike was great and I kept it for eight years but my toilet had a higher seat height than my Heritage. Harley has been making bikes for over 100 years but they still don't seem to realize that bikes lean when they turn, my Heritage would scrape chrome bits off at very moderate lean angles.

    The BMW GS that I ride now is a much better fit for me with it's 36" seat height. As I did, you need to figure out what works for you. Good luck.






















    Me and my Heritage.:poser
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  11. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    to the OP, you're getting some fairly complex responses here, but I think the original question really went to how much different it would be jumping to a bike that weighs twice as much as your DR. my experience in riding a big twin the first time after riding small bikes was that it was REALLY heavy. it's intimidating until you get used to it. even a sportster will feel like a lead sled compared to the DR.

    that being said, as I learned how to ride them, I figured out that harleys are actually very forgiving bikes to ride. controlling a harley at low speeds is all about controlling the clutch, keeping your head up, and draggin the rear brake. i.e., the fundamentals. if you stick with the fundamentals, you'll be fine.
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  12. Mudboot

    Mudboot Adventurer

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    :clap:Hey guys
    My take. 6' 260 lbs. HondaValk,Fjr,XR 1200, 2008 Ultra, 2011 Ultra Limited,currently on 2012 Heritage. Lean angles tend to scrape floorboards . Mustang seat raised up 2" Bought higher adjustable bars.Did 760 mile day on 1 week old mustang seat. I' m more comfortable on this Softail vs touring models. Never had wobble ,been in sweepers @ 85+ I liked this better than Road King which I also considered. More responsive @ lower parking lot maneuvers . And a lot easier to shove around garage! Ymmv Softail with lower COG IMHO
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  13. Quarterbore

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    I have been looking and studying and I am moving towards a Victory now. I really like the looks of the 92c but I need to find a 2002 or newer to avoid the transmission issues of the first ones. My next choice at this time is a Victory vegas but its not as Harley Like but it it fits me nice and it seems like a nice weight compared to many of the Harley's I was looking at.

    For this next bike I will still buy used. This way I can learn to get comfortable and what I like in a big bike so the one I buy after it can be my informed dream bike.

    I am still looking at Harley's too. Good time to look when I don't have the cash to hand over :)
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  14. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    FYI, the Victory Kingpin has floorboards. Not Vision-sized, but a little smaller than the ones on an HD touring bike.
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  15. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    If a Harley is what you want, that is what you should buy. You will not be satisfied with anything else. Also I am not aware of a Vulcan 1100 of any vintage, but maybe I missed something.

    I am not a big HD fan, but I must admit occasionally I run across one I would like to own. Last week, just for grins, I stopped by one of the local HD dealerships. They had a 2014 Heritage Softail on the floor, and I was sefinitely drawn to it. Beautiful bike.
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