Why buy a Harley

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

  1. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    I've an 04 Road King myself,

    At idle, the engine shakes madly in its rubber mounts. Little of that motion gets transmitted to the rest of the bike. Though on occassion, it can shake so hard it makes my eyeballs rattle. It is not an endearing trait to me. But as that's really the only thing I dislike, and it's glass smooth as soon as it's off idle, I'll accept it. Either cut the engine off or rev it slightly if I have to wait a long time.

    As for ergonomics, Harley has a zillion ways to move your feet, your hands, and your body. In my case, I've got a seat that scoots me forward and down while seated on the bike. My handlebars bring my hands back several inches, raise them a little, and tilt them outwards a bit.

    With the floorboards, I can put my feet just about anywhere. The brakes are a little bit forward for me, but Harley has a shorter lever that I can install to bring the pedal back a few inches.

    How is it for comfort? I can ride it all day long without discomfort. No back rest, just sitting upright on the seat.
  2. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Really nice. Great looking bike that's comfortable to ride. Now, if it only had some apes, way forward controls, and a bunch of skulls on it.......:wink:
  3. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    It normally has a Hoppe Batwing fairing and HD hard locking bags. Had them off for a post Laguna Seca GP cleaning, and ended up riding it that way for a bit. I was thinking if there is a practical HD, this is probably it. Adding a taller windshield and I'm done. The Consumer Reports special. Good thing motorcycling's not a rational pursuit! [​IMG]
  4. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Now we're starting to get somewhere with the types of bikes and riding positions I'd consider / that I could alter to be even better.

    Nice bikes TwinRider & bdon.
  5. jnor

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    Here's mine with mid controls....

    Very comfortable for me, I just came back from a week long trip on it...

    Like Randy, I also have another bike (a DL1000 Vstrom), but I find myself on the Sportster most of the time now...

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  6. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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  7. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    :lol3 I actually have SIX other bikes, and yet the Sportster is the only one I've ridden this year.

    I really do need to think about doing a little house cleaning... :cry
  8. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    I wish I had your problem, Randy. :D

    I enjoy reading your reports.

    Cakeeater
  9. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Thanks but unfortunately it's not parked in my garage, just a random google pic.
  10. Randy

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    Well THANKS, shithead! :D

    Now that you've mislead me about not only your bike, but also your national origin, you really need to post a pic of the real YOU, on YOUR new XL1200R! :deal
  11. rokinrider

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    After dealing with some nagging back problems I got rid of my 09 R-1200R and got a new Softail Slim, Love It!!! I have been riding my E.Glide standard for 14 years and I enjoyed having the R bike for commuting and playing. I really like the Softail ride and the 103 linked to a six speed gets me going down the road just fine
  12. Phish

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    My last bike was an 05 Tiger, great bike, liked it a lot but with my 30 " inseam it was prone to an occasional road nap. Because of that I wasn't apt to jump on it just to buzz around town.

    My SuperGlide fits me like a glove, love this bike, can't stay off of it. Like the post above I feel I have much better control with my feet under me. With the low center of gravity this bike is surprisingly nimble for an almost 700lb bike. I start to lose a little confidence after about 90 but my next mod will be a true-trac with Ohlins on the back, not decided yet on the fork upgrade. Maybe after that I will make it go fast.

    The Tiger stock shock and forks had to be upgraded as well.
  13. coneye

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    Why should you buy a harley ,,, simple ,, because there a good bike ,,

    Why a electra glide , , Mmmm wel if your getting old , why go for that monster , there are easier to handle harleys , that would be the harley i would be shying away from if it was because of age i would go a lighter one .

    But then again if your young enough to handle a 400 kilo plus electa glide , you can handle ANYTHING
  14. UnsureFooting

    UnsureFooting Title of User Here

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    I'm 6'2, around 240. Saying a bike doesn't fit short people or tall people or whatever is just silly. Some people have back problems and they complain about cruisers and "feet forward". I have knee problems and complain about anything more than a 90° bend and no secondary foot positions. I also have big feet. My step dad has a road king, but I can't ride it very long because the floorboards are too close and the heel shifter gets in my way.


    That does not mean that Road Kings are objectively uncomfortable bikes.
  15. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The great thing about HDs is how you can customize the fit, in this case with extended floorboards and heel shifter. Or just remove the latter.
  16. Randy

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    Exactly! That's why I always try to preface or conclude my comments with statements like, "for ME" or "YMMV". I can only relate what I've found works for me and I do my best to clarify that with some sort of disclaimer to that effect. Making blanket statements about something just because it does or doesn't work for you, is just plain silly. Making blanket statements about something you just think or read on the internet is worse! It's just plain STUPID!

    If I sometimes do fail to make that clear I hope the reader will question me on it rather than just take it as a broad based fact and follow suit with the assumption that I mean it will work for everyone equally.
  17. UnsureFooting

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    Oh, yeah. :D
  18. Anteraan

    Anteraan Been here awhile

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    Funny, I've ridden a number of motorcycles that were neither - smooth through the rev range, and won't shake the front fender like crazy at a stoplight. But go ahead and justify whatever you want. After all, it's true in YOUR mind.
  19. boatpuller

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    Oh well, so much for my hopes.
  20. UnsureFooting

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    Some men, you just can't reach.