I've wanted to try a different bike or two just to see what it's like, so a friend joined me and we rode off to a local Harley dealership for their Saturday "Tent Sale / Demo Rides".
My riding experience has been my 750 Spirit - 5 yrs on the same bike - so I was a bit nervous / curious as to what a more substantial bike would be like.
#1- Dyna Low Rider. Ok ride. Much more power than my shadow. Couldn't get used to the standard peg placement and the clutch had very little slip--let it out a little and it would grab and the bike would take off. Not the end of the world, just something to get used to.
#2- Nightster - Will never get on one again. Couldn't get off of this quick enough. Ran rough, rode rough, shifted rough. Not my cup of tea.
#3- Fat Boy - my first experience with a "big" bike. I liked it. The grabby clutch took some getting used to again but after a few stops / starts it was ok. Not as nimble as I am used to but it was fun to ride. Nice being on something that didn't get pushed around by the wind or bumps in the road.
#4- Street Glide - I have to admit I was intimidated by the size / wt of this thing.....like I said, 5 years on the 750. By now I'm used to the clutch feel and the Fat Boy was a fair intoduction to the heavier bike. This thing rode like a cadillac and even with the "smaller" engine (96ci) it had gobs of power, felt very smooth and I was shocked with how easy it was to handle, even in the lot at slower speeds. I took the long way around in the lot so I could make several 90' right and left turns and while I am no Jerry Palladino, I was suprised how well I could handle this bike considering it was my first time on a big bike. It wasn't the prettiest but I thought I would have had to duck walk it around or I would have wobbled through a turn or two, but that was not the case. LOVED IT - LOVED IT - LOVED IT!!! Was bummed out to have to take it back so soon.
This is what I'll rent when I use the card I got ftom the wife. I can't wait.
My friend said he could tell by my face when we stopped that I loved the bike.....and did I ever. Now I have the fever.
Off to get my Powerball tickets....