I hate too say it....but talk me into a Harley

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by hobo99, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer

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    In 1972... The sales guy/owner/service manager/part time mechanic gave me the keys to a shiny new sportster and told me to fill it up at 80 miles. I did. Twice. :D He didn't ride along or anything, but he did tell me to be careful.. :eek1 Didn't buy that bike but I did buy the '69 Sportster that he had setting in the corner.
  2. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    When I sold metrics, I lost a lot of business over the management's test ride policy. People would become agitated over it to the point they'd go buy a more expensive HD or Victory or BMW because the other guys would allow test rides.
    We even had models with built in "test rider" margin from the manufacturers that sat on the floor until someone bought them. That way the company sopped up more gravy and didn't worry about test rides.
    Poor decision to me too, but it wasn't my name on the building. :deal

    Test riding sells a bike more often than not.
  3. harfooz

    harfooz FJR1300 / FLHX

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    You can count me among those you described. I really liked the Stratoliner Deluxe (Roadliner, Strat,...) and the Venture. But nobody would even have a bike that could/would be test ridden. Okay. Took my dollars elsewhere. There are multiple Stars brand spankin' new that have been sitting under dust for years with the same price tag on them at those dealerships. Like they are a mantle piece or something.

    I did get to test ride a GWing and was really appreciative of that, since I learned that it just wasn't for me at that time.

    Still haven't ridden one of those Star bikes I like. Still hope to eventually.

    'fooz
  4. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

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    I test rode a new Stratoliner Delux, a used Raider, and a used Venture at our local Yamaha dealer in Dec. Went by the local HD dealer and sat on a few bikes, don't know if they allow test rides or not, none of the sales staff approched me. Didn't matter anyway as I didn't find anything that fit me well enough to want to test ride.
  5. Center-stand

    Center-stand Been here awhile

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    I'd keep a close eye on my girl after leaving her alone with a HD salesman for 35 minutes!!!:wink:
  6. lookatdirt

    lookatdirt Been here awhile

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    I was interested in the Triumphs but no dealers were offering test rides and the dealer where they were carried was a Yamaha, Victory, Ktm and Triumph dealership. The staff there was uninspired to sell bikes and so I left.

    No better luck at the Honda, Suzuki, Kawi dealership. No test rides, said the zitty kid with the flat-brimmed baseball cap and low riding pants. A real pro.

    Went to a BMW dealer and not only did they offer to let me test ride some bikes, they were worried that I had not ridden them far enough to get a real feel for them. Told me to come back when I had more time to go for a longer ride. Cool people.

    Went to a Harley dealer and when I expressed interest in a Street Glide, the salesman pushed it outside, gave me the keys and told me take it for a spin.

    Didn't intend to buy a Harley, but fell in love almost immediately. Fast foward three weeks and 1000 miles later and love it even more.

    It looks good next to my 2001 Suzuki Bandit S and my Honda CRF450R. My Bul Frontera, Montesa VR and CZ 250 are in an outbuilding.

    I think I'll pick up a BMW GS in the next couple years to round out the stable. Oh yeah, and a Gas Gas trials bike.

    I like motorcycles. period.
  7. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    You nailed it. That's been my experience at nearly every Japanese-make dealership I've been in the last few years.

    Cakeeater
  8. Stobie

    Stobie Mr. Motivated

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    This.:deal

    I have deliberately avoided test-riding a Harley, because I'm pretty sure I'll love it, and obsess over it until I have one.
  9. natez1

    natez1 Adventurer

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    That's what happened to me, had a Concours that was great, but had the itch for a big twin.One test ride and it was all over.Sadly the pipes that made the bike sound good on the test ride got ditched for something quieter.
  10. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Really, the stock pipes were too loud???

    During my test ride, both Bonnie and I commented that the Ultra seemed far quieter than my Buell with a stock pipe. We have full face helmets and for the whole ride, kept the shields up.
  11. Shooter1

    Shooter1 Been here awhile

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    LMAO!!!, I saw that comin'!!! :lol3:lol3
  12. Tilter

    Tilter Been here awhile

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    Umm, seriously? Maybe I'm misinterpreting this comment but a Valkyrie is an awesome blend of power and surprising agility - regardless of its size.



    What's funny is that since reading this thread I've decided to trade my 1900cc stratoliner s in On a fat bob. I'll be picking it up tomorrow. It's going to cost me a little bit to catch up to the strat in terms of power but no amount of money could have caught the strat up to the Harley in terms of "soul" for me. I would have really like to have gone with a thunderbird storm but the triumph dealers all offered me $3000 less on the strat while offering the same relative deal on their own used bikes.
  13. DAKEZ

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    Not as much as you might think. A Race tuner and mapping.

    Another few weeks I will have both available and this would not be an issue. :wink:
  14. Tilter

    Tilter Been here awhile

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    Yeah but it would cost me $1,600 to ship both ways, lol. Ad the truth is that in the end I'd love my Storm but still miss not having a Harley.

    But how do I get from 60ish and 90ish Torque to 80HP at the wheel and 108 TQ with a SERT and a good map? I really hope you are right lol!
  15. augiedog

    augiedog augie dog

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    I never had any intrest in harleys till 2008. I'm 64 tears old and have spent most of my 50 riding years on a few british and lots of jap bikes. loved every one of them. bought a dyna in 2008, liked it so much I wanted a bigger touring model so I bought road king classic in 2009. best bike I ever owned and most reliable . I do a lot of long distance touring. It now has over 90,000 miles on it and still rides and runs as good as it did new. Don't get sucked into the harley bashing, trash talking bull. They are fantastic bikes and and I have never meet a gal that didn't love to ride on one. I would not hesitate to leave out tomorrow on a trip anywhere in the country. The only thing I ever change is the seat and the detachable tour rack and backrest, depending on the ride. I like the sportier street glide look around town. 50 miles to the gallon and 15,000 miles on a set of tires is also nice. There is so much farkle stuff avaliable you can customize it to most anything you desire it to be. You won't go wrong buying a harley if you know anything about the true adventure of motorcycling and touring. [​IMG]
  16. augiedog

    augiedog augie dog

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    21,000 miles in 38 days. just me and the dog. spent 8 days with friends and family and camped the rest. this is all we carried the entire trip.[​IMG]
  17. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    My hat's off to you, sir. There's no way I could average >550 miles a day for 38 days.
  18. JerryH

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    If you want a Harley, GET it. I have never owned one, but a few hundred miles on a couple of Sportsters convinced me that I did indeed want one. But I kept putting it off, kept buying something more sensible. But no more. I just sold a Honda 2 wheeled car, and am going to get my Sportster. I'm pretty sure I won't regret it.
  19. toastmuncher

    toastmuncher I be new round here! Ello

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    Firstly, cakeeater, that a cool username you got there. :clap

    I have a few bikes, guzzis/ducati etc, Every few years I get the need for a big twin, Ive only had evo's, but I do really love them. I live in the wye valley, so twisty roads tend to mean that the limited cornering ability mean I own it for a matter of weeks before its gone. I had a 97 dyna superglide back in 2004, my wife was pregnant so I bought it to tour on two-up so the speeds were a little more sedate and she was a bit more comfortable. My wife rides a 1100 California, she ended up riding the dyna as it was low and VERY easy to handle, she rode it up to 7 1/2 moths when I got her a klr650 because she was beginning to worry about the weight, she rode right up to two weeks before 'calfing'.
    Anyway, dont have a pic of that but here is a couple of our evos.
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    1993 dyna custom, tooo low,great engine but for me...... fucking useless but great on the motorway.
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    1984 glide, some idiot had put a massive S&S on a stock motor, I tried to get a stock carb but couldnt find one at the time and she ran like crap, great bike though, my lad, 6 at the time I guess, loved it on the back, I got hard up and it had to go. :cry I really miss that bike.
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    This is my current harley, a 1993 dyna custom, its in great shape, 14000 miles from new, a few gremlins but no biggie. My wife said it looked gay when it arrived, hence the clear disgust. :lol3 But stripped it all off, god I HATE all that live to ride shit, and it looks good. It goes really well too.
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    My main issue is that Im a little big for harleys, I may get some longer shocks, 14'' maybe, which should help with cornering clearance too. Here I am looking a little cramped. Although the forwards help, this is usually the reason they dont hang around for long. I do feel I may spend a bit on this one though, it feels nice and worth the effort. How small does it look here though. :lol3
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  20. Weldman

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    a '99 for $3200 bucks. Now where else are you gonna get this much FUN for $3200? Besides a used DR650 I mean ... really, one needs both :D.[​IMG]