Why buy a Harley

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by hapbob, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. studad

    studad Been here awhile

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    Yeah I've seen these. I kind of like it. Not enough to pay what they want, and I'd never buy a used CVO bike, as I bet the new tech is close to the same performance wise. But yeah, I don't think it's that bad at all.
  2. LoneTraveler

    LoneTraveler Captain Zoomtastic

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    See, this is exactly what I mean: this is a fuckin' gorgeous motorcycle. I would be scared shitless to ride this around too much though. Wouldn't want to scratch it or something...

    That new Candy paint they're doing is downright sexy.
  3. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    I like it...
  4. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    Originally Posted by LoneTraveler [​IMG]
    I've never understood Harley Hate. So you don't like it? Don't buy it!.
    Twice, on the Interstate Highway, while riding my Harley by myself, some ass on a sport bike doing triple digits speed, passed me in my OWN lane. No warning, very startling, dangerous, and pissed me off. One of the times I was doing about 80, passing a semi, and if I hadn't handled that unexpected situation properly, the results could have been horrible.

    But I'm smart enough to not blame the motorcycle brand for the rider, and you are too. Being petty and mis-guided gets one nowhere worthwhile.
  5. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    agree and agree and boy isnt that true. An asshat on a sportbike yesterday was trying to play racer-boy with me when I was on the Speed Triple in full leathers and on a mission. I could tell he was riding outside his limits (speed and strength jackets to me screem "THIS IS MY FIRST JACKET!!") so I got around him as quickly as I could but it's freakin tricky with unpredictable riders.
  6. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Im not a fan of the whole big twin thing at all but I LIKE that....if someone gave me one I would actually ride that.

    .....id prolly never PAY for one.....
  7. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    I'm still here I asked the original question why buy a Harley. I have been looking for a used Electra or ultra....no luck everyone seems to think they are made of gold. But today I found a road king 10 miles from my house...I think I bought it right and will pick it up tomorrow. I hope I don't miss the bat wing and radio...well see ill post pic...it's a bit dirty and that will be my first job a through clean and shine!
    2009 Road King
    Black
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    Thanks for inputs on here!
    Hap
  8. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Congrats, same bike I have. You can always add a batwing and radio, lots of aftermarket options. Personally I prefer a Sena SMH10 communicator with helmet speakers and stream music from my smartphone. Sounds great.

    The paint quality on Harleys is second to none, cleans up very nicely.
  9. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    If you know what you want, look out of town.

    HD's in Texas seem to run about 70% the price around me.
  10. 131unlimited

    131unlimited Been here awhile

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    Congrats to you you hapbob! may you have many , many miles and great memories. The 96" , 6 speed with the 09 and up frame is a great bike. If you do decide that you want tunes and a batwing for more weather protection, there are many aftermarket companies that offer them, DeadCenter cycles offers a very good unit that while detachable is also lockable to prevent it from easily being liberated from your king.

    enjoy !!!
  11. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    Congrats on your new bike, you got the new frame, Brembo brakes, 6 gallon tank. I had an 09 put 62k miles on it and wish I still had it.
  12. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    Eric, You're the one who went from Road King to Electra Glide, right? And I asked you a while back to compare the two from your experience, right? I recall that you were fairly neutral between the two. Has that changed based on your prior post?

    I've also got many miles on my Road King, and am debating between trading it while it has value, or taking it into 6 figures on the odo. Both have appeal to me.
  13. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    That's a good one. Congrats.
  14. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    Yes, I had the RK for almost 4 years, put 62k miles on it and traded it in while it still had value. For an all around bike the RK is about as good as it gets, can be made into anything you like, from a bar hopper to a full dress tourer. You can feel the weight on the EG but after putting 4500 miles on it in 4 months the more I ride it the less I feel the weight. The EG is top heavy and low speed work requres more care but is becoming less noticeable with time. I ride the EG easier than the RK not because it's not capable, but mainly because I'm listening to the tunes and find it more of a relaxing ride. There is little to no wind turblence behind the batwing fairing and for highway work the EG wins hands down. At first I found the difference between them substantial and wasn't sure if I made the right decision, the more I ride the EG the more I like it. Some of the difference might have been sentimental having been from Hawaii to BC to Texas on the RK I really felt comfortable on it. I tend to bond to a bike, I really knew the RK and now I'm getting to know the EG; now I'll jump on the bike for milk or whatever forgetting that it's a fairly big bike. It's still a toss up to which I would chose, touring the EG wins, all around bike the RK wins IMHO. BTW I like the added umph from the 103ci motor and I've already done a stage one, air filter, Power Vision, slip-on mufflers; mainly because I was getting some pinging from the motor. Another thing my gas mileage sucks with the 103, the 96 I got low 40's mpg the 103 so far the best I've gotten was 41 mpg and the worse was 32 mpg but that was running 85mph or so. I plan oneday to add the removable Tour-Pac kit that will really change the dynamics of the bike, even the RK with the Tour-Pac handled differently. Hope I made sense I'm rambling a little.
  15. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    Another wonderfully thourough write up. Thank you.
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    ikonoklass Kountersteering Krew

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    Ever checked the resale value on a Victory? I passed on a 2010 Kingpin last month with less than 4,000 miles for $8,200! I did, however, buy an old Evo.
  17. JerryH

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    Buy a Harley when you WANT a Harley. There need not be any other justification than that. If you are buying a bike for a particular purpose, and there are better bikes out there for that purpose, then consider on of those. Motorcycles are not 4 door sedans or mini vans, and are rarely bought for rational reasons. If you actually know what a Harley is, then you will know if you want one or not. I just sold a Goldwing, and gave up plans (for now anyway) to buy a number of much more comfortable, practical bikes I had been looking at, including the new Honda CTX700 and Yamaha Majesty scooter, to buy a used Sportster. It was purely an emotional decision. I love the way Harleys look, sound and feel. I have never owned one, and I think that every motorcyclist should own at least one Harley in their life. I don't really expect the Sportster to be the last. I'm sure I will love it so much that I will wind up finding some way to buy a big twin. I may never own Japanese again, and will probably regret having waited so long. If you WANT one, GET one.
  18. JerryH

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    Looks like even Harley is copying something, though I don't know what. Is this the new David Bowie Glamour model? Those wheels look like they came off my neighbors Escalade, though I think his are bigger. That metal flake paint came straight from the '60s, though I don't remember it being used that way back then. This looks like a motorcycle with a gender identity problem.

    Remember the original Night Train? Willie G.'s answer to complaints about the "yupped out garbage wagons" Harley was building back then. If only the complainers had any idea what Harley would be building these days. They did sell at least one, it is for sale on the Phoenix Craigslist. The seller probably got asked some questions about HIS gender identity when someone saw him on it. He will lose a fortune. He would be better off getting it repainted and put some real motorcycle wheels on it.

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/mcy/3629487755.html
  19. DanVFR

    DanVFR Continent Crusher

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    I own a Duc 749s and a Aprilia RSV 1000, Harley sportster wil fit in just right :)

    I want one because i want to cruise at legal speeds and look cool, neither of which my sports bikes can do..

    Simples :)
  20. ikonoklass

    ikonoklass Kountersteering Krew

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    You, sir, are a philosopher.