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Rode a 99 Ultra Classic yesterday

Before I got my 919 my boss let me ride his Ultra Classic. He has two and I basically kept one at my house. I have been riding my 919 since I got it earlier this year. I haven't ridden the Harley since about November of last year. I decided to bring the Harley back to my boss so I rode it in to work yesterday.

I was amazed at how squirrely the thing felt. I guess the big faring on the front catches the wind because it was all over my lane. The tires catch any little groove in the road. It's huge and heavy. I was sweating behind the faring... no wind at all. I even thought the speedo was off since I felt like I was going much slower than it indicated.

I knew I loved the 919 before, but that ride really drove home the fact that I made the right decision.

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I just brought this 98 home...



Now I can wave or not.

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id you check the air pressure befroe you left ? Normally those things do really well on the interstate, seeing as how thats where the majority of them will spend the g\biggest part of thier lives !

WheN I WORKED @ HD dealership we took on in on trade and I got to spend a weekend on it, kind of a cool bike, very different from the things I normally ride -The radio was cool, and dragging the floorboarsd was really fun. ive never felt like more of a GP hero as when I went down on of my favorite roads spraying sparks at a good 15 mph slower than normal !

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Sounds like the tires were low, and/or the air ride shocks too. Those things are as a rock unless there is some mechanical problem.

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I've been riding this beauty for a while now and it isn't squirrely at all. And I like that fact that it keeps the wind off me on cool evenings, and the bugs outta my teeth. This thing is flat out awesome! There is no better 2 up couch, save a Goldwing. But I'll happily trade a little technology and HP for a little HD prestige, mostly because the bike is a loaner!


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Now I can wave or not.
Nice ride !

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thought the dressed was one of the best handling bikes i owned, solid at high speed..good lean angle and my ass always felt great...with the 113 installed it was a blast

dont need a bike to ride the fast lane
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I made the mistake of taking my wife for a ride on it last year. And now she rides on the 919 with me. She preferred the big seat and back rest on the HD.

The tires are good. I'll have to check the air ride. I have heard folks discuss frame flex on these big bikes. I just didn't think I had enough experience to "feel" it. Not sure if that's what it was or not. Just didn't feel quite as much a part of me as the 919.

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Nice ride !
Yeah man give us some details.....price? mileage? condition?

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I made the mistake of taking my wife for a ride on it last year. And now she rides on the 919 with me. She preferred the big seat and back rest on the HD.

The tires are good. I'll have to check the air ride. I have heard folks discuss frame flex on these big bikes. I just didn't think I had enough experience to "feel" it. Not sure if that's what it was or not. Just didn't feel quite as much a part of me as the 919.

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Maybe it just felt like a wallowy pig because, first of all, it is, and secondly you are just programmed to think it should feel like your 9er........

You just have to accept these bikes for what they are and what they do best.........tour at a relaxed pace or bang out some interstate at 75 MPH.....with yer ol' lady in tow.


Now go get it back and try again........

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Yeah man give us some details.....price? mileage? condition?

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Miles/10,000 all put on by my brother who passed away last September.So cost,priceless he purchased it new and in September I became a dad.

I became my nephew's guardian and he turns 13 this Sunday.

The bike will be kept for him but I'LL have to run it every few days to keep the battery up...

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Did you check the air pressure before you left ? Normally those things do really well at the tavern, seeing as how that's where the majority of them will spend the biggest part of their lives !
Fixed it for you.

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Miles/10,000 all put on by my brother who passed away last September.So cost,priceless he purchased it new and in September I became a dad.

I became my nephew's guardian and he turns 13 this Sunday.

The bike will be kept for him but I'LL have to run it every few days to keep the battery up...
Sorry about the loss of your brother, but what a great thing to do for your nephew. Your bro would be proud.

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Miles/10,000 all put on by my brother who passed away last September.So cost,priceless he purchased it new and in September I became a dad.

I became my nephew's guardian and he turns 13 this Sunday.

The bike will be kept for him but I'LL have to run it every few days to keep the battery up...

There are some bikes that you keep "in the family"

This is definitely one of them.

Kudos.

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