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First Ride on a Harley

We went up to visit a buddy of mine in Michigan for the 4th. Good few relaxing days of hanging out and catching up on things. 1 day of a bicycle ride and then cookout. 1 day sailing (sort of) on Lake St. Clair. A bit rough. Then my first trip into the Harley Universe.

My buddy has a Harley and 929 and he let Angela and I ride the Harley. I must admit just relaxing and cruising was nice. Once I got used to forward controls and a heel shifter it was actually kinda cool. And the highway pegs were nice on the ride to kick back. It was also interesting that the vinration and shake at idle is gone once at speed.

Am I ready to run out and buy a Harley...no. Could I have a crusier some day? Probably. Not bad for just cruising around some easy back roads and maybe some charity events. Definitely a different world. And the funny thing...Harley riders waved to us but not my buddy and his girl on the 929. Snobs!!

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Me big pimpin!!



And a shot of his boat for the heck of it.


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uhhh... hhhmmmmm.... nice boat.

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You know, now you have to go hop on a metric cruiser to compare.

I rode a wide glide for a week. A friend was trying to sell it and asked me to ride it to work. By far, my least favorite motorcyle I have ridden to date. A lot of that I contribute to how it was set up, but bad ride, too loud (ears ringing after 30 minutes), vibration came and went at different RPMs, etc...

Took a Rocket 3 for a spin... wow!
Took a Valkyrie for a spin... Wow!
Took a Sabre 1100 for a spin, ho humm, but not annoying

I know the Road King rides nicer than a wide glide, but i was amazed at how different, different cruisers rode.

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C'mon Nate, couldn't ya get a pic without a trail of fluid leading out to the street.

Looks like both of you had fun.

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my neighbor has a harley heritage springer classic. retro, retro, retro. he lets me ride it pretty regularly. in my opinion riding a harley is about one thing... Mystique.

why else would you buy one? Performance, handling, price? come on!

it's an image. and to some extent a veneration of a particular era of motorcycling and american history. while im not in a hurry to go out an purchase one, i certainly understand the allure.

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I do not understand the allure. Harley sells an overpriced image.
I work with people who once they bought one thought they were instant hardcore bike/badass. How gay is that?
I cannot believe that lack of technology has been turned into "tradition" that costs more.
Rarely does anyone say they bought a Harley just because they liked it. They alway have to through some of that marketing Dribble onto why they bought it.

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Harley, in my opinion, is about image to the majority of people that own them. I know several people who have more miles of Harley threads than they've ridden on their bikes. Instead, it sits in their garage while they continue to pay insurance on it. That being said, there are many hardcore Harley riders out there, so it's not fair to assume that everyone buys a Harley just to say they own one. I still don't see the allure, however. To me, allure is a Bonneville cafe racer, or a replica 2-stroke motogp bike. Allure is something that other motorcyclists turn their heads at, not just 8 year old kids riding by on bicycles.

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Well said, little bro.

If the best story you have about riding is how much chrome you have on your Harley with 1100 miles on it, you bought a bike for image and you overpaid for it.

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It was a nice ride but I don't get buying a $16K bike just for the name. Not when there are other metric cruisers with just as good performance at 1/2 the price. But to each their own and I now have a bit of appreciation for the crusier group. I can see why they enjoy what they do.

But talk about crazy...They just opened up an American Custom Cycle Shop near me. The sell AMerican Iron Horse and Big Dog. Talk about a ton of cash for a bike!

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It was a nice weekend, even the sailing trip was eventful. Damn wind. haha Riding on the back of the Harley was nice, but a bit uncomfortable. The sissy bar was great, but I was very surprised how uncomfortable the seat was! Riding on the back of the TL is much better to me, although of course I prefer riding my own.

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I traded my HD for a new 919. The 919 is a nice bike. I'm keeping it, but I'll be picking up a new HD in a few weeks. There's just something about them, and I don't know what it is. Yeah, maybe it's the mystique.....

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i did not know mystique meant loud & slow.
j/k Enjoy your new bike

a friend of mine has a harley for cruising, an fjr1300 for sport touring, and a gpzTurbo for thrashing

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I would like to have another Harley again sometime, but this time in addition to my sportbike

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I have cruiser pangs, but being a fan of modern reliability I can't imagine riding a hardly ableson. A metric cruisers is speaking to me... as a backup bike.

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Current Hardly's are as reliable as anything else, I rode my 02 Dyna straight to the mod shop for a Big bore kit, Cams, diff carb, Exhaust, ignition, Hot rodded it for 4 years and never had a problem with it.

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Current Hardly's are as reliable as anything else, I rode my 02 Dyna straight to the mod shop for a Big bore kit, Cams, diff carb, Exhaust, ignition, Hot rodded it for 4 years and never had a problem with it.
Those are serious mods! Although four years is just broken in for a metric. I'd prefer a cruiser with performance out of the box...I'll go test ride some HDs.

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If you look closely, you will see that the Harley and the boat are actually one in the same.

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If you look closely, you will see that the Harley and the boat are actually one in the same.
They may weigh and turn the same, but there's a huge difference. I love to own that sailboat!

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H-D's are for losers!

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H-D's are for losers!

I seem to remeber some chunky Asian Magnum P.I. type dude who couldn't figure out how to use a camera

He rode the machine parked allllllll the way to the right of the pic (no one wanted to be seen near the Hardley or get leaked on)



Now who might that have been?




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Chunky is no longer an issue. Now down to 241lbs at 9.5% bodyfat. The waist is now under 32". WOOOO HOOOOO!!!

The rest is unfortunetly still true!

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I spoke with my Brother (owned several HDs). He knows guys with two and five year old HDs...The memo says they still suck! That saves me painful showroom time listening to their "stick it to the man" mantra. I'm still interested in the sailboat.

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Reliability is truly not an issue with H-D's these days.

Trying to find the right matching silk Tommy Bahama is a different story!

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