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post #6661 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I am not someone to wear branded items but I'm looking at boots along this line when I finally get my ride:

http://www.harley-davidson.com/store/lockwood-performance-boots

I figure they produce them without the HD logo too.

You will never sneak into the house late at night wearing those clod hoppers
post #6662 of 6912
Let alone with a coed
post #6663 of 6912
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post

Yeah, my instinctive distaste for the omnipresent Harley branding - and my overbroad stereotypes about the folks who happily wear it -- pretty much make Harley gear and bikes non-starters for me, without regard to substantive quality or suitability.

Yeah, but the thing is, if you're after a big bagger HD is the gold standard. I'll just avoid the branded merc and doing the Harley scowl.
post #6664 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Yeah, but the thing is, if you're after a big bagger HD is the gold standard. I'll just avoid the branded merc and doing the Harley scowl.

Makes sense. Since I wanted to start on something more mid-sized and inexpensive enough that I wouldn't sweat dinging it up or grinding the gears as I develop the clutch muscle memory avoiding HD couldn't have been easier. Plus a fair bit of the limited riding I do is around town, whereas I get the impression you have a bit more open highway around you that's suited to a bigger bike.
post #6665 of 6912
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post

Makes sense. Since I wanted to start on something more mid-sized and inexpensive enough that I wouldn't sweat dinging it up or grinding the gears as I develop the clutch muscle memory avoiding HD couldn't have been easier. Plus a fair bit of the limited riding I do is around town, whereas I get the impression you have a bit more open highway around you that's suited to a bigger bike.

Even if I drive it to work most of the roads I'll take have a 50 mph speed limit (or higher depending on route) and are nothing like CA level of traffic. In the morning the roads are nearly deserted and coming home traffic is never so bad that it's bumper to bumper or I have to sit through multiple lights.

Also, even though I've been in a cage for 20 years, I started riding around seven and road for the next 20 years. Years on wheels around Detroit will teach you a thing or two.
post #6666 of 6912
lols, I've owned a dozen Harley Davidsons over the years and the only branded things I have ever owned were some vintage HD t-shirts and maybe a helmet decal. There are people in all the motorcycle subcultures that give others a bad name..

Here are some of the bikes I've ridden over the years. Also multiple Triumphs, but I can post those another time..



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post #6667 of 6912
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post #6668 of 6912
Had this one for a couple of years. Loved it but those wheels were hell in high crosswinds..

post #6669 of 6912
So I'm reading the touring line up gets the 110 CI standard in 2017 or 2018. Not upset about that.
post #6670 of 6912

Paid 3200 for my bike a year ago (not counting taxes), installed gxsr front/rear wheel, gxsr forks, upgraded rear suspension, custom top triple, new bars, rear seat cowl, and belly pan.
Sold bike for 4200.


Just sold the stock suspension, front/rear wheel for 500 to a guy who wanted it all and capitalized on my hatred for working on taking parts apart to sell them. I could have probably gotten 300 more easy if I'd split it and sold it on ebay but I would have hated working on doing that and shipping/packaging.

Probably have a few other odds and ends to sell (exhaust, rear rack, a windshield), so at the end of the day I have a feeling I'll just about break even not counting gear. Might keep some of that stuff too, but we'll see.

 

Today would have been a great day to ride.

post #6671 of 6912
I still feel like I missed something.

Why did you sell the bike? Are you done riding or getting a new bike?
post #6672 of 6912
Yea I am really confused as well... especially after all that work you put into it, just doesn't make sense

Reminds me of when I hastily sold a sweet Maxima I built up after a cycling accident. I didn't really need the money. I'd probably still be driving it today
post #6673 of 6912
I ended up dropping my bike twice (TWICE!) on Saturday and thankfully only managed to bust a front indicator lens.
post #6674 of 6912

I think RTC wanted to get a Miata or something instead.  He's a traitor.

post #6675 of 6912
So I put the new throttle cables on the bike (PITA because they are just barely long enough), removed the petcock, disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled and installed with a new washer. Put the battery in, slowly pumped the kickstarter a few times with the ignition off (to get some oil flowing around and stuff), and then hit the starter.

Started up instantly and ran well. I suppose that should be expected with a battery that has been sitting on a tender for 6 months...but I think it also indicates the carbs are in good shape.

Unfortunately, the petcock appears to still be leaking. I can't quite figure out where from, but I don't think I can source a new diaphragm (it is vacuum operated) or switch gasket, so it may be unfixable. Ordered some cheap manual petcock from amazon where 2 reviewers said it worked with my exact bike, and the bad reviews seemed to be people with older bikes where it simply wasn't the right bolt-spacing. Not going to be as nice as the OEM ones, with integrated filter and vacuum operation, but I already have an in-line filter, and turning a fuel switch on and off is par for the course with plenty of bikes.

Didn't want to pour more gas in (seems like it might not leak as long as it is below the reserve cutoff) or ride around with gasoline dripping onto a hot engine...so I didn't get to try riding it.

but otherwise...should be good to go when that new petcock arrives.
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