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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-11-2016, 01:31 PM
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Glad its working out. When I read your first post I was trying to figure out how he was going to ride from Germany to Sturgis on a bike,,,you get wet doing that!!!

Could not resist,,,good luck on the ride.

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I have owned a 12 Road King, 14 Ultra Classic EG, 14 Heritage Softail and two Sportsters. I like the Sportsters the best for all around riding. I like the Road King so I bought a 14 Ultra Classic Electra glide , The Ultra was far too much bike for those who do a lot of around town riding, The Heritage was to damn hot on the thighs and a slug on the road. SO I bought a 12 EFI Sportster and decided to quit riding and buy a roadster.......Then I found another Sporty on CL and now have it. No EFI.....I like that I can adjust the mixture on the fly.

I would ride my 05 Sportster 1200 anywhere. 1200cc is plenty for cross country runs. Hell I rode a Shadow 1100 from San Diego to NJ. After Colorado into Kansas the ride was boring. But not uncomfortable. I would rather ride a Sportster than any 750 Twin long distances. It has more pull than my 1100s had. Its heavy and stable in cross winds, yet still can out pull a Road King. I have no interest in the Dynas (Unless they were on the FXR frame)

I would not discount a Sportster. I am on my second and there is no other bike I would buy and I bought them all in the last few years. I had issues with all of them except the Sportster. Not mechanical but lets face it a mechanical idiot like me can do a lot on that bike with a Wal Mart took kit and some Torx.

I rode a few Victorys but was afraid of the only dealer. They did not have a dedicated mechanic, Either that or going out of business (they sell used cars) as well as Polaris bikes.

I just never fell in love with the "pointy" styling of them and only one dealer who works on them. Independents don't even work on them much. The Polaris dealer in Wilmington NC dropped the Polaris bike line and stuck with the off road quads, Wilmington is a LOT bigger than Myrtle beach.

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Kinda hard to pass up a shop owned and maintained bike. Unless possibly it was a rental / test ride unit.
Sounds like you have recourse if something major goes wrong early for the new rider. Reputation and all.

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GOT IT!

It's sporting some old fuel and I think it's going to get some Seafoam treatment this week, but it's in my garage next to the Valk.

Took it around the block a little bit, but the tabs are expired, so I didn't go too far or too fast. The clutch is really grabby, going to take some getting used to. Having a heel shifter is going to be fun.


It's loud & blue, so it's a reasonable replacement for the VT750.



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I would ride my 05 Sportster 1200 anywhere. 1200cc is plenty for cross country runs.

I would not discount a Sportster.
I don't disagree with any part of this. However, IIRC, you're notably shorter than I am. My VT750 would've been perfectly fine for me, if only it were PHYSICALLY larger. For me, both the VT1100's and Sportster 1200's have the same issues I had with the 750.

Yes, it's totally doable, don't disagree one bit. But the Victory added a couple of inches of legroom comfort at, basically, the same price point.

Regardless, it's fun to ride around & really makes me miss the Shadow. I think I'm going to remove the windshield for the next few weeks, too, just to remember what it's like to ride wide-open!



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Looks great JW, good luck with it. Love the blue! You keeping the Valk?



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Looks great JW, good luck with it. Love the blue! You keeping the Valk?
Yes, it's a second skoot for him, kinda. Long story, but it's his to keep exercised until family comes in from overseas.

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