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Old 02-16-2010, 07:21 PM   #41
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Another mind blowing moment for me came while driving a friend's late model modified Corvette. That thing is no fooling around and serious as a heart attack. I tended to underestimate cars, even high end ones, prior to that experience. Not so much after driving that meat eating tire shredding spin em at any time (once the traction control nanny was turned off) beast. I think an FZ1 would run it to 100 to 110 mph or so, but after that, it is lights out. The Corvette just hits it's stride at 100 mph and keeps going and going. Holy crap. It is like a Hayabusa on 4 wheels
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You're not kidding! When I had my lightly modified '02 Corvette there weren't too many bikes keeping up after 120 MPH. The aerodynamics favor the car too much...

Ok, now back to the subject at hand...any more good stories
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:26 PM   #42
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:35 PM   #43
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I do think that the average owner who thinks his Harley is "fast" would absolutely pee in his pants if he dared ride bitch on the back of my FZ1 during a spirited canyon ride or better yet, a track day
Funny thing, an HD-owning friend of mine came out to visit a few years back, and I took him for a ride on the FZ1. Mind you, he'd never been on anything but a Harley before. (Not that he's a jerk about them. He appreciates other bikes, but had just never tried anything else yet at the time.) We got out to the big 4-lane with no traffic on it and I lit into it hard. I don't remember how fast I was going when I shut it down, but the size of his eyes when we got back told me it was fast enough.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:49 PM   #44
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Thanks for pointing that out to me, there, ya friggin' geniuses...

(note the joke I posted...)

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OK, so I'm not so big on the HD bashing threads, but I'm looking forward to hearing JD's stories about the customers.

Though I did hear a good one not all that long ago:

What's the difference between a Harley and a vacuum cleaner?
The location of the dirt bag that says he can wheelie in 3rd gear!

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Old 02-16-2010, 09:55 PM   #45
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Harley probably has the biggest percentage of first time street bike owners than anybody. Every one of them I know who has one is their first street bike. They really don't know any better as far as performance, and then they have Jon Daddy telling them it's the most powerful bike made in America.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:33 PM   #46
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Naaaaaa, I don't mislead them at all. Ironically, the majority of people I have sold to so far have no illusions of HD powah, they just want to cruise. Again, that's so far. Another interesting fact is how honest Screamin' Eagle is. They have RWHP dyno charts in their catalogue, and they are actually accurate...about 64 HP on a stock 96ci bike. I'll give HD's credit where credit is due, a chimp could ride one. The low speed maneuverability and balance is impressive...
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:24 PM   #47
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I agree, they are really easy to ride, and very user friendly.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:39 PM   #48
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:09 AM   #49
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Cause it's funny....
think about it....
every panhead, knucklehead, shovelhead comes complete with it's own shithead!
Now that's funny.
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:29 AM   #50
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Naaaaaa, I don't mislead them at all. Ironically, the majority of people I have sold to so far have no illusions of HD powah, they just want to cruise. Again, that's so far. Another interesting fact is how honest Screamin' Eagle is. They have RWHP dyno charts in their catalogue, and they are actually accurate...about 64 HP on a stock 96ci bike. I'll give HD's credit where credit is due, a chimp could ride one. The low speed maneuverability and balance is impressive...
Jeees, another 6months selling HD, & JD may jump ship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:04 AM   #51
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The low speed maneuverability and balance is impressive...
I rented an anniversary model ('03 I think) Road King on my honeymoon. I was definitely impressed by the low speed maneuverability but the thing wouldn;t stop for shit. And when I was at a stoplight the mirrors would shake so bad I couldn't tell if I had a bike messenger or a dumptruck behind me. it was real smooth when underway but felt like a weed wacker in my hands at stops.

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Old 02-17-2010, 07:02 AM   #52
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And when I was at a stoplight the mirrors would shake so bad I couldn't tell if I had a bike messenger or a dumptruck behind me.
Funny.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:24 AM   #53
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My boss rode small twins in his youth during the 60's. Did not ride again till the mid 90's when he bought a used Yamaha 650 Special. After a year or so he has bought and sold maybe 8 HD's.

He probably has 3 now including a Road King, Heritage, and one with what looks like a Laz-E-Boy on the back---I think an Ultra.

He goes on trips with a H.O.G. group where many people have dropped their bikes and some have ended up in bad shape. They preach safety, but none are skilled on performance bikes and most of them probably could not even pick their bikes up when they drop them.

At near retirement age, he is dead scared of my 2008 FZ1, he only looks at me in disbelief when I tell him about the performance mods and it's speed and acceleration abilities.

I have ridden all of his bikes, which are fun for assorted purposes, but he does not want to ride the FZ1
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:27 AM   #54
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HD has done a great job of making a very rough unbalanced engine smooth while underway. It is odd to see that big engine moving around at idle though.

Victory makes a better more powerful engine and has a better chassis IMO. If in the market for one of these, I would go with a Vic Cross Country 8 Ball type deal. I could see kicking it on one of those
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:14 AM   #55
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HD has done a great job of making a very rough unbalanced engine smooth while underway. It is odd to see that big engine moving around at idle though.

Victory makes a better more powerful engine and has a better chassis IMO. If in the market for one of these, I would go with a Vic Cross Country 8 Ball type deal. I could see kicking it on one of those
I'd sooner bolt a lazy-boy chair to my lawnmower....
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:22 AM   #56
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Victory makes a better more powerful engine and has a better chassis IMO. If in the market for one of these, I would go with a Vic Cross Country 8 Ball type deal. I could see kicking it on one of those
I've ridden a few Victory motorcycles and really enjoyed them. I wouldn't mind a Vegas at all.
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Jeees, another 6months selling HD, & JD may jump ship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Naaaaa. Friends jokingly ask when I'm going to buy a Harley, and I have a simple response: "When my Yamaha breaks".
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:26 AM   #58
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I've ridden a few Victory motorcycles and really enjoyed them. I wouldn't mind a Vegas at all.
+1. I HATE Polaris, but the Victory stuff is nice. I've got some seat time on a Vision, and it's the cats pj's for two up riding.
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+1. I HATE Polaris, but the Victory stuff is nice. I've got some seat time on a Vision, and it's the cats pj's for two up riding.
I agree when it comes to Polaris ATV's, but I love their snowmobiles. I've had 6+ Polaris sleds over the years and they have all been amazing. I figured with how mediocre their quads were, that a Victory bike could be about the same. However, I found the quality to be really great and the bike extremely comfortable. Maybe someday.
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You guys know that HD products have their place in society. I just bought my wife a Buell blast. The main reason for that is it is the only bike that doesn't require extensive modification for her to ride on comfortably. She is barely 5 feet tall with maybe a 28 inch inseam. There are a lot of sport bikes she would love to have, but when lowered enough for her to ride they have no ground clearance. HD products are great for those people who are too short or timid to ride something with power and handling of our FZ1's.
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