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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Oct 28, 2012.
Post a pic of the root beer/black. I like the way she's got that bike setup.
Got to love the Dyna's.
My FXDWG along with my bro's 883 sportie also a killer bike!
What's in my garage at the moment...
love that color.
Been itching for a HD, so went today and test road a softail heritage and a Switchback. Liked the power on the SB, not forward controls, shakes like a paint mixer, both scraped bottom on a test ride, hard to lean over. Smoother motor on the softail. Seems they're great going down the freeway at 75 but ride is rough, vibrates so much you can't see the road steady. Like from over hard tires. I dunno.
I think I'm just not a harley guy, much as I wanted to like one. I've been riding 40+ years and never tried one, so got that out of my system. Oh well. I'll keep the Tiger XC. Getting back on it to ride home, it was like silky smooth, more comfortable, and way easier to ride.
Beautiful bike! Are those mid mount pegs?
Yes - I ordered them as part of the H-D1 customization process. I'm not a fan of forwards for a number of reasons.
I have an '09 Street Bob. Yes, it vibrates and rides rough. It doesn't handle, corner, or brake as good as my BMW GSA. I get a lot of enjoyment from riding it though. I put Ohlins shocks on the rear but it will never have a cushy ride like a big Adv bike but it rides much better than stock. I manage to corner pretty good and can drag the pegs or not. You have to bend it into a corner instead of snapping it over and squaring off the apex like a sportier bike. It works very good at the speed limit or + 10 mph over the limit. Maintenance is easy and next to nonexistent. I 'm glad you actually went and rode one. I respect your opinion because your had your own and didn't' just repeat something you read on the Internet.
Not everybody likes the same thing. The ones I think are funny are the ones that will not consider an HD because they think it's federal law that you have to dress like a pirate and wear a leather vest with some sort of bird or other animal on the back. They think the dealer forces you to put loud pipes on and you can only own one if you can't ride. They think there is a law that you can not wear a helmet especially a full face. They think you are forced to wear assess chaps.
I like riding my Harley to BMW rallies. They talk to you like someone is holding a cat turd under their nose. I chuckle because I have two BMW's And have been riding for 44 years. They think I just do not know better. They always comment on my stock pipes like they didn't know Harley's were quiet. So, if you ride a Harley not all but a lot of other riders will treat you like a retarted person. Maybe that is some of the appeal for me and knowing it is cheap and easy to operate compared to more sophisticated bikes.
Ha...laughed my ass off. I can see myself doing that, riding to a BMW meet on a harley. Too funny. The BMW guys tend to be even more snooty than the harley guys.
I did feel kind of funny test riding them with a full-face road helmet and my tourmaster mesh jacket. I thought I at least should'a had a half-helmet and a black leather jacket or vest.
I'm still drawn to them. Will probably end up with a dyna of some sort, or a 'king, just to have one, be part of the history of them. I still ride pretty aggressively so riding one would definitely slow me down. If I had a bunch of riding buddies with them then I'd be compelled to get one sooner rather than later. We'll have to see over time. I would have to find new buddies to ride with LOL. I do like the look and sound, and they have a unique feel to them. Definitely more laid back. When we do tour rides with the adventure bikes we pass them like they're standing still.
EDIT: BTW, Towjam has a great looking bike there. Exactly what I had in mind. I really like the alloys so you can run tubeless tires.
Those of you that know firsthand: how's a dyna compare to a sportster (04 up) for ride quality? Is it any cushier or more relaxed at 60? I guess it probably is at 75. Any input on this?
Ohlins on a Harley? Wow. First person I know who's done that.
I rode my Goldwing to a BMWMOA national rally a few years ago. I overheard two yahoos talking badly about it to a friend of mine; who defended me quite well, too.
Went to a switchback after a couple years on an '06 R.
Much cushier and relaxed at all speeds.
The 103 has a six speed.
At 80 I'm at about 3k.
Feels like 35 mph.
Assuming totally stock, no contest. Any Dyna will be more relaxed and at least on paper, will be more flickable with higher lean angles (with the exception of the XR1200).
I know firsthand.
Most guys spend $2000 on pipes, tuner, and air cleaner and have the stock shocks. I spent $500 on shocks and improved the ride and handling. When I tell them the stock shocks are crap they are surprised and say " really? The stock shocks are crap?"
I remember going to Daytona Bikeweek a few years ago and stopping at the Progressive Suspension booth. Perhaps the knowledgeable guys weren't there, but when I asked what made their shocks so good, the guy replied, "they're made of billet aluminum."
The Harley community for the most part hasn't yet come to the understanding of the importance of suspension to a good, safe ride. Heck, most of those guys are slamming their bikes. For the look. Jeez.
One more plus Harley has is their engine re manufacturing plant. They will totally rebuild your motor or transmission and give you a factory warranty . I think they will go back to an Evo series. No other OEM offers this that I'm aware of.
I have bought a lot of parts off the HD forum for about half price. I am putting on a set of cast wheels that were take offs from a super glide. Like new, they cost me $300 shipped. Other new accessories I bought from Internet HD dealers that sell for 20% off.
It's already been discussed about the unlimited aftermarket support and low easy routine maintenance, and prolific dealer support with usually speedy support for the traveling rider they provide. I still laugh at all the threads started where the OP ask for suggestions for bikes that meet this criteria but then exempt Harley from the list because they don't want to be associated with the
" lifestyle" or be seen in a Harley dealership.
What type of Ohlins did you go with on the rear? I've got an '11 Fat Bob and have been tinkering with the adjusments on the stock shocks, so far no joy on the ride. Weight loss may help too, but it's easier to buy the shocks than go without beer.
Because too many damn people
use the internet to create their version of the world.
And if all I knew of HDs and their owners
was created from what I've seen on
any number of harley forums,
I'd want nothing to do with that shit either.
You know, around here,
in real life that is;
if it's rainy, or 32 degrees,
or there's salt on the roads,
or if it's a Tuesday...
if not the only,
bikes I see on the road
That's my story too. Did exactly the same thing you mention here a month ago, wasn't quite convinced and have been trying to think it thru ever since.
My conclusion is that I may at some point in time get a HD - but not just yet. I can hopefully squeeze in a couple of other bikes before I really get to the point where it is now or never for a Harley. So instead I'm now contemplating a sporty tourer of some sorts, perhaps a Suzuki GSX 1250FA or maybe a Guzzi Norge.
Or just stick with the Wee but that wouldn't cure the itch. Easier on the wallet though
Enjoy your Dyna's and see you guys on another thread
I have the HD 216 12" stock length. There was a discount for HD Forum members. I can't remember where I bought them. They are worlds better than stock but if I had it to do over I would have bought 13" and a better model. 3" of travel will not compare to 8" on an Adv bike. Where good shocks shine is making good use of the limited travel. The stockers would stack up at speed on a rough road and just quit working like riding a rigid. They would send sharp jolts straight to your spine on the smallest bump.