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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by sfarson, Nov 13, 2004.
Callin' BS! Where's the milk crate?
Wow, I can't believe it, but I get to play! Never thought I'd own a Harley, but it's funny how our tastes can change over time.
Just got this one as a surprise gift from my fiance this past Monday!
I need to get some better pics if the sun will ever come out!
65pan jockey shift and yes if you can't kick it over you are not going. Did a nice ride to cooks corner today
Enjoy the ride.
Congrats big time, Randy.
It's a great scooter.
Enjoy it big time.
Yeah, me too! Funny thing is, I never had any interest in Harley's at all before.
Then, I took three weeks vacation to visit my GF in Houston. One evening while there we went through a Luby's drive-thru to get some tea and there just happened to be a H-D dealership in the adjoining parking lot and for some reason I decided to drive by. I saw a red 48 sitting out front (customers bike) and it caught me eye, so I stopped to look at it. Then I decided to park and get a closer look. We got out and looked it over, and I asked if she wanted to go in. She said, "sure". We walked in and I felt like a complete foreigner as I walked past rows of bikes that had no appeal to me. Then I saw a gold 48 just like the one above, and it was ON! :eek1 I just fell in love with that bike. We were engaged by a rather nice salesman, and my excitement grew as we looked and talked about the bikes. Over the next little while my ideas about H-D just changed. The salesman told me that with a m/c endorsement on my DL and proof of m/c insurance I could take a test ride. Over the next couple of days I couldn't get the 48 out of my head so I went back a few days later and took a ride. Due to my preconceptions I fully expected to hate it. But, after a few minutes on the road I had to admit that, while different from what I was used to, I was actually enjoying it!
I wanted a new Harley!! :eek1
Long story short, with our upcoming wedding, and all of the associated expenses I knew that there was no way I could swing a new bike. So, I just put it on the back burner, thinking that one day, after the wedding, and my finances recovered, that maybe this would be my new bike. But, I did spend a lot of time online looking at 'em and researching. The 48 had became my knew bike obsession and T knew it.
I've been selling off some of my other bikes to help pay for the wedding and she knew that too. So, what does she do? A few weeks after I returned to GA, she contacted my local H-D dealership, had them locate a gold 48, and then arranged to have it delivered to me as a surprise! WOW! What a woman!
I've had it less than a week, but a funny thing has happened... I'm really starting to view Harleys differently and can definitely see myself getting another as a project bike in the future. But, yeah, there's just something about the 48 that pushed all the right buttons for me from a styling perspective.
Thanks to everyone for the compliment. I think it's a BEAUTIFUL machine too! And it's all the more beautiful because of the beautiful lady that gave it to me. I may sell other bikes, but this one has a permanent spot in my garage!
Terrific story, Randy.
You got a keeper of a lady. That is one heck of a surprise.
Yeah, there's something funny about Harleys. By all past experience I should have a big Kawa or Honda sport touring bike in my garage, but I have a Road Glide. It's more fun. Hard to quantify it, harder to explain it, but I just want to ride it more. Weird. And the sportsters have a very cool appeal. Fun to be able to change them into whatever style bike you want. Okay, except a trials bike.
No kidding what a woman and a very nice bike.
Yeah, well I do still have my R1150GS as my "sport" tourer, and while I like it for what it is, it was really lacking the character or "soul" that the H-D engine has in spades. That led me to buying a '96 Buell S1 last spring, and that in turn led me to begin to appreciate the H-D engines. One thing led to another and here I am, a new Harley owner!
And I won't pollute this thread with anymore of my story, even though it is much more special than I alluded to above. If anyone is interested in a true fairytale of a love story, more details can be found HERE. And yeah, it does contain motorcycles!
Nice story Randy, congrats on the bike and the wife!
Congrats, Randy! What a great story. Here's to happy days ahead.
Excellent story, thanks for sharing with us!
Nice! What's the plant behind you? I work at a refinery.
Nice clean little FXR. Still my all time favorite bike...
If we're posting up our 48s
That IS a great story! Congrats and thanks for sharing. Also took me a while to want a Harley.
Finally got my first one a year ago and loving it! Ride on, Mark H.
That's the Lorain, OH steel plant.
First post here.
I'm Blake, 28 years old, live in North Georgia. Last month I bought my second bike ever. I had an 883 Sportster back in college but it's been gone for a long time now, and I just got the itch to get back out on two wheels.
I wanted something pretty simple and utilitarian and I looked at several very different bikes from the V-Strom to the new Honda CRF250L to a Suzuki DR650SE. I wanted something that wasn't huge and that I could whip around wherever, but I also needed it to be comfortable at interstate speeds for my daily 15 mile commute, and most importantly my wife had to be comfortable.
I'm only 5'6" 150lb and she's about 5'0" 120, so we don't need a big bike. The V-Strom was just too big for me and the wife was not comfortable sitting on the dirt bike seats of the others. What I ended up with was this 2004 XL1200C with 12k miles. Check out those swanky grips, footpegs, mirrors, and smoked turn signal lenses.
It was clearly a weekend warrior and came with straight pipes that were unbaffleable (real word?), and a handful of "chopper" type trinkets. Over the last month of owning it I've been slowly ebaying stuff to make it what I want, along with putting about 2000 miles on the ticker already. I've ridden it every day to work regardless of the weather - from 36F mornings to 80F afternoons. I have two armored mesh jackets on the way for us, and we have HJC full face helmets, but I've just been riding in my old Carhartt jacket for now.
To start off with I had to get rid of the exhaust and I found rave reviews on this 2-1 pipe with an adjustable butterfly inside to tune the noise level. It's really cool, and a very high quality unit. It was less than $300 shipped brand new so I got it instead of factory take-offs but now I've decided I like the butterfly all the way closed so I'm after an OEM exhaust. No reason to have this if I'm not really "using" it and I can get some cash back out of it.
I also got OEM mid foot controls from ebay and free black OEM mirrors from my buddy. The foot controls are my favorite upgrade so far and I learned I can't stand forwards.
The bike came with a Harley-Davidson quick disconnect windshield, which I have yet to use, but I'm keeping because I know it's an expensive piece and I may want it one day. For now I just like watching the bugs splatter on my helmet visor.
I got this off-brand quick disconnect backrest off ebay for the wife and it actually works well. Eventually I need a luggage rack for the backside of it.
This week I got OEM footpegs, grips, shifter peg, and amber turn signal lenses in so that all got installed, along with the tank emblem. In these pics the bike is nasty and the exhaust is coated in grime from several rides home in the pouring rain. Oh yeah, jeans and a Carhartt jacket suck for a 45 min ride in steady downpour.
So, that's my bike. I'm not a "Harley dude" and you'd certainly not pin me for a Harley owner when meeting me. I absolutely love this bike though - it's so raw, primal, and classic. Nothing unnecessary other than too much chrome from the factory. Once I get the exhaust sorted out I'll be much happier. I guess wearing a full face helmet captures all the extra rumble and drone, and I hate how my ears ring after a long ride. It's not from the wind so I think the OEM stuff will fix me up.
I'm wondering if this is the only Harley project that looks like it's posted in reverse order. Lots of effort and thought to take a bike back to stock configuration.
Some sort of luggage/panniers that doesn't have chrome studs or "Live to Ride" on it is on the list too. Maybe I'll just make my own out of plastic waterproof containers.
My only gripe so far, and it's something that I've read as a common complaint, is that the OEM Dunlop tires are very uncertain in the wet. Right now I have a good set (front was brand new when I bought it) but when it's time to replace I plan to get something much better. I'd like to get a different set of wheels too, maybe 18"/19" lace, or OEM mags. Who knows. For now I just like riding the crap out of it and getting it dirtier and dirtier.
That's all for now! I'd like to thank a rainy Saturday morning and too much coffee for helping this post happen.