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Old 08-23-2008, 03:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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....
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm waiting on shaftdrives before I take the leap.....to HD.......!
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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One of these days I am just gonna have to try to Electra glide. Thanks for the write up on the bikes. Now I know which ones not to waste my time on.
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good to see a future Street Glide owner
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I'm waiting on shaftdrives before I take the leap.....to HD.......!
and why would that be??

have you ever drove a belt drive?
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I have the Low Rider with mid-controls and LOVE it but I have shorter legs so for me it's perfect. That said, I will have mid-controls on any bike I own from now on because of comfort AND control.

And speaking of control, HD's are one of the easiest bikes to ride that I have ever ridden which is why I sold my Sabre and got the Sporty.
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The street glide is my ultimate dream bike.........I believe if i had the money to buy any bike i wanted that would be it.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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About a month from now a HD dealer nearby is having demo day. Can't wait. Only interested in the Heritage Classic and an E-glide, want to see what they are all about.

A neighbor of mine had for sale all summer, and just sold this past week, an 04 E-glide standard. 18,000 miles and SE mufflers (sounded great!), but nothing else after that. Told me he would take $11,000. Sort of kicking myself for not taking it. If he would have let me test ride it, I know I would have caved and bought it

Still it is hard to sell my bike for $3500, spend $11k, and buy another $1-2k too in accessories I wanted
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