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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #20 on: 03/31/14 11:16PM »
Cruisers don't get any respect from me. Specially American made Harleys. Yuck.

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #21 on: 03/31/14 11:27PM »
TO HIS OR HERS OWN. any 2 wheel moto is a win in my book! I like to have both one day :)
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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #22 on: 04/01/14 01:50AM »
TO HIS OR HERS OWN. any 2 wheel moto is a win in my book! I like to have both one day :)

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« Reply #23 on: 04/01/14 06:27AM »
Thanks for all the responses and insights. I find myself just pulling the HD out of the garage lately, yet there are times while on the road I wish I was on the 6 instead, but in general the HD does a fine job for a mellow ride. I compare it to owning a classic car, there's nothing like it.

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #24 on: 04/01/14 03:09PM »
shit if I had the money I would have one of each kind!!!

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« Reply #25 on: 04/01/14 04:29PM »
I went up to Irv Seaver's this last Saturday to test their used HD Road King. Clean looking bike, black, side bags, 35,000 miles for under $10k. I was thinking of picking it up for Colorado trips etc. Ran it up the 57 to the 22 to the 55 back to Katella. When I pulled back into the driveway, it had blown a gasket and had oil mixed with something all down the side of it! I never pulled over 4,000 rpm's on the bike... Mainly because above 75 it started getting speed wobbles. That was the first and probably last Harley I'll ever ride.

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #26 on: 04/01/14 05:10PM »
... Mainly because above 75 it started getting speed wobbles. That was the first and probably last Harley I'll ever ride.

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #27 on: 04/02/14 12:31AM »
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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #28 on: 04/02/14 08:20AM »
I'd own one.  The engineering is rather elegant when you get down to it.  I did a lot of miles on an XR-1200 that reminded me very much of a Ducati.

Expecting one to perform like a sport-bike is much like going to an American buffet expecting to eat Japanese cuisine.  Not everyone wants sport-bike performance because they're not racing the same race that we are.

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #29 on: 04/02/14 09:12AM »
only rode one...'74(?) sportster...reverse braking and shifting...made it 5 miles and the clutch cable broke, lol

I'm with everyone that says - who cares? it's 2 wheels...just be glad we're riding

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #30 on: 04/02/14 09:33AM »
Why not Ferrari vs MiniVan. You can get from a to b in ether so they are interchangeable right. Different vehicles but each has a role to play same as Harley vs Sportbike. There are times when my Vmax just makes more sense than my FZ1 other times the FZ1 is by far the better tool. Choice is good :17:     
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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #31 on: 04/02/14 02:21PM »
I have a secret attraction towards H-D's.
It's a totally different speed, and sometimes; that would be a good thing for me.
I've riden a custom soft tail and a fat boy... both were fun to ride.
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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #32 on: 04/02/14 02:51PM »
I rented a Fat Boy and thought it was okay for the sight-seeing/low-speed riding I was doing for the day.  No reliability issues to report, thankfully.  Would I trade my streetfighter for a cruiser or bagger?  No.  That's not to say HD is terrible (although the vibration at idle was not for me), but it just doesn't fit my style of riding or my needs.  To each their own, the fact that you're on two wheels is good enough...
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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #33 on: 04/02/14 03:07PM »
I am not a particular fan of HD's for similar reasons others have stated here.  That said, I got a V-twin cruiser as my first bike and I love it.  I basically made a deal with myself that i'd ride this for a couple of years and then step up to something a bit more aggressive. Now that I ride every day, I find myself wanting to do this sooner than later, but that's more out of a love of bright, shiny new objects than out of not liking my ride.

I do love it when Harley riders wave as we pass each other, only to realize in horror that I'm not on an HD and they 'wasted' a wave.

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #34 on: 04/02/14 03:43PM »
I do love it when Harley riders wave as we pass each other, only to realize in horror that I'm not on an HD and they 'wasted' a wave.

That's not a 'wasted' wave. It's the whole two-wheels thing. And quite possibly give you a heads up of any po-po up the road. I always throw out two fingers down (except to scooter riders, lol)

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #35 on: 04/02/14 04:22PM »
That's not a 'wasted' wave. It's the whole two-wheels thing. And quite possibly give you a heads up of any po-po up the road. I always throw out two fingers down (except to scooter riders, lol)

I agree -- the 'wasted' was in quotation marks 'cause most Harley riders don't usually wave to non-Harleys and I have literally seen a flinch from a dude who dropped me a wave and then realized I wasn't on a Harley.  But I'm with you and the social/community aspect of waving is one of my favorite things about riding.  (and since I also ride a scooter, I always wave to scooter-heads to give them a little love too!)

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #36 on: 04/02/14 06:53PM »
That's not a 'wasted' wave. It's the whole two-wheels thing. And quite possibly give you a heads up of any po-po up the road. I always throw out two fingers down (except to scooter riders, lol)

I agree -- the 'wasted' was in quotation marks 'cause most Harley riders don't usually wave to non-Harleys and I have literally seen a flinch from a dude who dropped me a wave and then realized I wasn't on a Harley.  But I'm with you and the social/community aspect of waving is one of my favorite things about riding.  (and since I also ride a scooter, I always wave to scooter-heads to give them a little love too!)

I don't know about you guys but I feel like a President every time I ride. I want to wave at every being. Like I even wave at dogs, pedestrians, and especially the birds in the sky. And everytime I see a cyclist I pretend that my motobike is a bicycle and I start to pedal my imaginary crank. It's so much fun to entertain the crowd and make people laugh.....unless I see a cop....they are no fun....well most of them, but some cops are super laidback prob cuz they grew up stunt riding bmx/drit bikes.

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #37 on: 04/02/14 08:23PM »
I don't know about you guys but I feel like a President every time I ride. I want to wave at every being. Like I even wave at dogs, pedestrians, and especially the birds in the sky. And everytime I see a cyclist I pretend that my motobike is a bicycle and I start to pedal my imaginary crank. It's so much fun to entertain the crowd and make people laugh.....unless I see a cop....they are no fun....well most of them, but some cops are super laidback prob cuz they grew up stunt riding bmx/drit bikes.
I like your style, Kota, and I like the President analogy. I feel the same & also love goofing with people.

I do even more of that shit when I'm on my Vespa. I use a 1/2 or 3/4 helmet and I sit much higher, so it's easier to talk & engage with people. I say 'bless you' to people who sneeze at stoplights, pretend I'm dribbling a basketball and 'dunking' on a street-side basket with kids looking on, etc. Gives me a kick.

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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #38 on: 04/02/14 08:32PM »
Yep Im the President and waving no matta what .... just happy to be riding! :17:
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Re: Harley vs. Sportbike
« Reply #39 on: 04/02/14 09:22PM »
I'm a total waver, even a bigger hat tapper!

Marlowe, Bolts are nice bikes. You'll be sad if you sell it. I wish I would have kept my Storm, but I was craving a change like you're talking about, so I trader her. I'm glad I did, but doesn't mean I don't miss her though  :'(

Beemer Chris really got me thinking about picking up a second bike; something more along the lines of a comfy long, long, long ride bike; that's why I checked out the Road King. And ya... The vibration at idle is just to much for me too. It's not what I'm looking for. Nice looking bikes though... just not for me. While I was there, I did ride that K 1600 GTL. I'll go ahead and say that was a little more plush than the Harley.

 

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