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you can never get a good price on a harley, harleys are way overpriced to begin with. An old saying about harleys is 1940s technology for 2010 prices, which is true. I'd say at least 25% of your purchase price goes towards marketing the harley image.

That's not to say they aren't nice bikes, you can just get a much (emphasis on the much) better value for your money with a jap cruiser, more reliable too

I'm sure people are aware they are paying more for the name and pedigree--but that's all part of it.

You can find them used for around $7k. I figured they'd cost more.
post #737 of 4356
Any of you guys in the Bay Area?

Also;

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Originally Posted by Flambeur View Post
ive been really bad with gear lately...

T-shirt, jeans, red wings, summer gloves, and a skid lid. But most of the riding is under 50mph and I have been down at those speeds before.....


Try some higher end race gloves, no issues with heat in the summer because they flow alot of air and you still get 100% of the protection. I've never seen a decently designed summer glove and thats aloways the first part that lands. I find that RS tachi EVO gloves work well. Held are too warm for summer. Alpinestars or Daniese not as good of a value.
post #738 of 4356
Needed something for the weekend, so I picked this up. One of the most fun bikes I have ever ridden:






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^ Classic.

Need halp. Kicking around the idea of a Kaw Concourse 1400. Will I be told this is the equivalent of a motorcycle minivan, as my MB has been judged as one by certain trendy poasters?
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^ Classic.

Need halp. Kicking around the idea of a Kaw Concourse 1400. Will I be told this is the equivalent of a motorcycle minivan, as my MB has been judged as one by certain trendy poasters?

Yikes, don't do it, that thing looks terrible. It actually looks like a scooter that someone stuck an air compressor into and pumped full of air. If you have to have a two seater like that and don't want a Harley Davidson, do something without that massive cattle catcher on the front.
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Yikes, don't do it, that thing looks terrible. It actually looks like a scooter that someone stuck an air compressor into and pumped full of air. If you have to have a two seater like that and don't want a Harley Davidson, do something without that massive cattle catcher on the front.

Thanks for the halp. This is what I needed.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
Thanks for the halp. This is what I needed.

lol, happy to oblige.

Seriously, there are some very nice Harley Davidson bikes in that price range that give you "seats two" capability, and a fairly smooth ride, without having to invest in baby blue pleated jeans and white leather Reebok sneakers..
post #743 of 4356
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Originally Posted by gnatty8 View Post
lol, happy to oblige.

Seriously, there are some very nice Harley Davidson bikes in that price range that give you "seats two" capability, and a fairly smooth ride, without having to invest in baby blue pleated jeans and white leather Reebok sneakers..

I've never been a big fan of Harleys. I prefer the inline 4 DOHC vs. a big V-twin. If I were to go V-twin, it probably would not be a Harley either. When you couple the preference for a non-V-twin configuration with the egregious amount of posers riding Harleys I just could not pull the trigger on one.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
I've never been a big fan of Harleys. I prefer the inline 4 DOHC vs. a big V-twin. If I were to go V-twin, it probably would not be a Harley either. When you couple the preference for a non-V-twin configuration with the egregious amount of posers riding Harleys I just could not pull the trigger on one.

Have you thought about a Triumph? Pretty classic bike. The Rocket III Roadster is hella sweet - shaft-driven 2,300 c.c. engine, and beautiful lines.

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^ That is sweet. Must research.
post #746 of 4356
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Originally Posted by gnatty8 View Post
Have you thought about a Triumph? Pretty classic bike. The Rocket III Roadster is hella sweet - shaft-driven 2,300 c.c. engine, and beautiful lines.
Holy moses is that sweet
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
^ That is sweet. Must research.
Yah, what he said.
post #747 of 4356
Just passed the MSF course. Stupid bike stalled on me just before the first exercise, so I rode in second gear for the box test and went over the line. Whatever. 5 points. For under $2000, is a late model Ninja a good beginner bike? It seems all the Honda Rebels and Suzuki GZ250s are priced higher than the Ninjas for no good reason. I'll likely only get a few months riding before the snow comes, and then upgrade down the line. EDIT: I'll only be practicing in parking lots and eventually commuting in a small city.
post #748 of 4356
^ Congrats! Plenty of Summer left to ride. As far as a first bike, not knowing your preferences, can't really make a first bike recommendation. Just get something in the mid CC range that you feel comfortable on. Ride safe!
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
^ Classic. Need halp. Kicking around the idea of a Kaw Concourse 1400. Will I be told this is the equivalent of a motorcycle minivan, as my MB has been judged as one by certain trendy poasters?
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Have you thought about a Triumph? Pretty classic bike. The Rocket III Roadster is hella sweet - shaft-driven 2,300 c.c. engine, and beautiful lines.
= The councourse is a practical bike for driving long distances with (or without) luggage and a passenger, while Rocket 3 is one of the daftest bikes out there. If the Councours is too ugly other options are the Yamaha FYR, the BMW k1300 GT, the Honda VFR 1200, etc. Keep in mind that I'm due to several circumstances (winter/snow, money, lack of rapport with my ex-driving instructor, personal stuff) I'm still in the dreaming state of driving. As such I've only driven a Royal Enfield bullet 350, Kawa z650, Honda CB500, some sort of Shadow I think and now a BMW f650. To put it succintly, I know Jack. But, I think we should also keep in mind who we are talking about a man with responsibilities, house payments, 'wife'* and of an age that's about the same in years as his neck size in centimeters. *You know I follow you around to one star all your threads, but I've forgotten if marriage has been in your cards. There's no insult intended with the " ' ' ".
post #750 of 4356
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Originally Posted by intent View Post
Just passed the MSF course. Stupid bike stalled on me just before the first exercise, so I rode in second gear for the box test and went over the line. Whatever. 5 points.

EDIT: I'll only be practicing in parking lots and eventually commuting in a small city.

Good for you. And smart man on the parking lot deal. Ideal place to practice tight, low speed turns and sudden stops and the other stuff that's hard to get right out on the roads without a lot of practice. You don't want to make a wide, very low speed right turn with a car in the other lane, talk about embarassing. After a while, you'll know when you've built up enough confidence to ride in traffic. Good luck.

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Originally Posted by CDFS View Post
The councourse is a practical bike for driving long distances with (or without) luggage and a passenger, while Rocket 3 is one of the daftest bikes out there. If the Councours is too ugly other options are the Yamaha FYR, the BMW k1300 GT, the Honda VFR 1200, etc.


Keep in mind that I'm due to several circumstances (winter/snow, money, lack of rapport with my ex-driving instructor, personal stuff) I'm still in the dreaming state of driving. As such I've only driven a Royal Enfield bullet 350, Kawa z650, Honda CB500, some sort of Shadow I think and now a BMW f650. To put it succintly, I know Jack.

But, I think we should also keep in mind who we are talking about a man with responsibilities, house payments, 'wife'* and of an age that's about the same in years as his neck size in centimeters.

The Concourse is just plain fugly. The Triumph can be equipped for long distance travelling as well, and has the added benefit of being one of the most beautiful bikes on the road. You are right though about there being plenty of other choices out there, but I'd never ride a Japanese bike, so that cuts out a large segment of the market for me from which to recommend.
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