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Old 01-11-2008, 06:40 PM   #1
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Rode my first, and hopefully last, Hardly today. Boss man asked me to deliver it to Mancusso as a favor and that was the worst 20-30 mile trip of my riding life. It was a 99 or 01 fully dressed electraglide with who knows how many miles on it (wasn't paying attention to that). There was a bad head shake that started at 65-70mph and the short windshiled BLEW! It did NOTHING but direct wind to the top of my helmet causing a motion that resembles in turbo mode(with out the smile). Half way into the trip I felt dizzy and nauseated from the ridiculous amount of buffeting. The only good thing was when I figured the radio out and got to jam at 70 miles an hour. Side note: I need to figure out how to get a system like that on my SV. Hopefully most harleys aren't like this cuz if they are I would have to say that most harley owners are CRAZY (with all do respect). Oh, and kudos to those who can scape the floor boards on those, cuz I would never even want to try.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:47 PM   #2
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I would imagine that not all Harleys feel as you described do to the fact they are popular as ... maybe the bike was f-ed up... I cant really tell since I have never riden a Harley but I hope to get one when Im a bit older... sorry you had such a experience on an American Classic...
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they're mainly popular cuz people buy for the name and to be cool
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:55 PM   #4
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they're mainly popular cuz people buy for the name and to be cool
Totally agree with that sentiment... I think it could've been a nice bike at one time, but GOOD ! I liked the experience and the change of pace from my SV, but the big touring bike I hope to get a few years down the road will either be a big honda, yamaha, or victory, and definitely not a harley. Just my opinion after that ride...
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:05 PM   #5
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Those other brand cruisers may have less vibration, but you'll still feel the wind buffeting.
It comes with the riding position.

Riding a cruiser above highway speed can be a work-out experience for some. I know, I lost some weight
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I've rode my dad's 01 fatboy a few times. Not exactly my thing, but I thought it was fomfortable and had a decent ride for a cruiser.
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my dad had one... i was smooth... must have been a wheel out of balance on the one you rode. He had the factory windscreen on his so it did the job of directing wind just fine. they are ok bikes if you are mechanically inclined enough to fix your own oil leaks and such.
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I had a Harley for 7 years.
It was comfy and above 60mph was as smooth as butter.
I liked it very much. The reason I got rid of it was that it didn't do the 3 things I like most about riding.
Accelerate, turn and brake. It WAS a more of a chick magnet than any other bike I've ever had tho'.
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they're mainly popular cuz people buy for the name and to be cool
The same could be said for sportbike riders!

But yeah, when it comes to cruiser vs. cruiser, HD wins the popularity contest.
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I have seen many Harley shakes like it was a jack hammer. I have no idea why anyone can buy one of those. Metric cruiser FTW.
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two each there own i guess my dad had one in the 70s and it meant u really were a badass (viet-vet) now any weiney can have one, i personally give no respect 2 them. the way they wear a chip on there shoulder and are a bunch of wusses. yeah i can say it im 40 and ill never be associated with owning a harley. i cant fathom jerking around and noisy with no go ( case in point the lone star rally)bhow many glares did u get cause i know i got plenty.
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a harley isnt even an american bike anymore. Just like people call a gto an american muscle car. HA!
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a harley isnt even an american bike anymore. Just like people call a gto an american muscle car. HA!
No kidding! I saw those in Australia a long time ago!

I'll never forget the article I read comparing the a ford 500, chevy malibu, and Honda Accord. The ONLY car made in America was the HONDA!
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two each there own i guess my dad had one in the 70s and it meant u really were a badass (viet-vet) now any weiney can have one, i personally give no respect 2 them. the way they wear a chip on there shoulder and are a bunch of wusses. yeah i can say it im 40 and ill never be associated with owning a harley. i cant fathom jerking around and noisy with no go ( case in point the lone star rally)bhow many glares did u get cause i know i got plenty.
They're not all ghey like that. There are many on the PGR that are just cool kats... many are vets, too. But I know what you're saying, especially HD Yuppies in full HD leathers and gear... right down to the sunglasses!!

I like all types of bikes, and I'm one who believes you can't own just one bike. I feel I will be complete when I own at least 1 sportbike, 1 cruiser, 1 tourer, 1 standard, 1 classic, 1 chopper, 1 dirt, .... Ahhh yes... life will be complete.

I'm not into HDs, per say, but I do like cruisers. I rode a Road King Classic, a Heritage Softail Classic, and a Yamaha Road Star. Between the 3, I like the Star the best. It was just well built and solid. The RK was nice, but it was in the details that I noticed "cheap" (latches/knobs/bolts/etc.). The HSTC had fuel injection problems after about 100 miles, and shook like a . The Star was just well built all in all, and alot more comfortable overall. With all 3, my vision shook for a while thereafter

btw, I'm 40 too!
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jgixer and Rob919. . . . for some reason I figured both of you to be in your late 20's. was I off.

Never ridden a cruiser, but I'd like to own one, but not in place of a sportbike. Doesn't matter what brand though, as I like a looooot of bikes.
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Rode my father in laws 05 Fat Boy for about 4 months. It was a smooth ride. I actually rode it all the way from McAllen to Houston with the wife following me. About 7 1/2 hrs. trip. I did not feel too bad when I got off of it.

I inadvertantly scraped one of the floor boards on a turn and realized that I was not on my sportbike.

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If you weren't wearing a helmet, you wouldn't have experienced all that head buffetting!
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If you weren't wearing a helmet, you wouldn't have experienced all that head buffetting!

LoL! I figured that's how most people handled it, but wasn't going to say it.
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I think it was engineered that way to provide as much airflow to the top of the head so that the "average middle aged-riders" could feel the last and only two hairs they have left on their head blowing in the wind while they aren't wearing their helmet...




















Sorry for the stereotype.... I'm just bitter cuz last saturday a fully dressed harley (IDK HOW) pulled away from my little SV on the freeway...
























ok, it didn't just pull away, it FREAKING SPANKED ME LIKE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL! you harley!
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