Well, my buddy and I have gone back and forth a lot about his Harley... I'm not a fan of being broken down, leaking oil,
, etc. He likes the low seat (he's short), lots of torque (although he admits it isn't a super-sport unlike some Harley riders), etc.
We both think it's a really good looking bike, and quite a bit over-priced. Well, I've let him ride my 919, and he said he would love to own one, but he couldn't afford it - as he'd get his license taken away within a week... Well, I finally got to ride his over this last weekend, although it was a short ride, as my right foot is still in a Cam-Boot (non-weight bearing). Needless to say I took it REALLY easy, but still took it around the block. Being back on a bike for the first time in months probably had more to do with the huge grin on my face than anything else, but it was a pretty good romp. He'd warned me up front about the brakes, saying "they're not going to be like your niner," and he wasn't joking. You really have to sqeeeeeze the front brake to get any sort of alacrity in the braking... I'm sure it would have been better if I'd been able to use the rear brake, but you definitely get a feel for the weight of the thing... It's also really long. Very comfortable though. The seat is very nice. She doesn't turn with eagerness like the 9'r, but you can lean it right over... In fact he's had to replace some stuff because he tends to drag it in the corners... I can definitely see that happening, as it is a low rider after all. He had an R6 which was stolen, so he does know what a sport bike feels like, but after riding his Harley (which has never leaked a drop or left him stranded) I can certainly see the appeal. I still won't have one, since I really like to lean in the corners - and I'm not a big fan of hard parts scraping. All in all though, I will say it is a really good bike, and if you happen to have a couple corners in your commute, even better.
I know there are about 7500 different Harley's, all a little tiny bit different, but I liked the ride I took on that one... And I'd ride it again if given the opportunity.
I also got a chance to ride his little Honda 70 he had hiding in his shed. No brakes, no clutch, no tach, no speedo, and not much to look at - but with four gears she still pulled my 235 pounds up to a speed where I was wishing I had some goggles on. Braking was done by letting off the gas and shifting to a lower gear. Worked pretty good. Just don't let it roll to a stop in third... It won't get going again without some down shifting... Probably wouldn't have been a problem if I could put weight on my right foot... I'd never ridden one of these little toys, it was pretty cool learning neutral is all the way up and 1-4 are down... I guess that goes without the clutch, you don't need neutral hidden in there anywhere. Oh, it'll also do a wheelie if you pull up at full throttle right from a stop, or go full throttle anywhere in first with a little tug on the bars... like I said, it was a pretty cool weekend. I'm looking forward to riding the 9'r up his way after I get done with my physical therapy - before my next surgery. Enough about my personal life... I guess my point is:
"That you ride is more important than what you ride."
One of the main reasons I really like hanging out here.