Just Bought My First Harley-Davidson.....................

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by JeffBlue, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. william tele

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    I predict his mind will be clear......clear over there...and there....and.
     
  2. JeffBlue

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    There are idiots who ride and morons who drive. Anyone who is distracted driving or riding deserves getting hurt. But, unfortunately they seem to harm innocent people. That's what pisses me off. Here in California, we have way too many hit-and-run incidents causing permanent harm or death.
     
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    Where's the little back seat for your old lady, man?

    Nice ride!
     
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    I have ordered a removable windshield, removable locking saddle bags, removable sissybar and back rest, removable rear seat, rear foot pegs and a stage 1 kit.
     
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    I was riding home on my bicycle on Tuesday and a guy in a van almost hit me as he passed. His side view mirror actually brushed my hair, and I can't believe it didn't hit me. I managed to chase him down and I told him that
    he could have killed me. He said, "I saw you". I said, "Under California law you are supposed to give bicycles at least 2 feet of clearance." (Actually it's 3 feet). He said, "call the cops". If I had had the time I totally would
    have called the cops and been happy to press charges and take it to traffic court. But I was in a hurry so I just let it go and hope that he thinks about it some more next time. Based on his aggressive, antisocial demeanor I suspect he's got points
    on his license and possibly a criminal record....if I had called the cops for all I know he would have been in a serious world of hurt for awhile. But it would have been well deserved considering his flippant attitude with regard to my life.

    And that's the problem for any one out on the roads who isn't enclosed in a metal cage with airbags. Whether a pedestrian, bicyclist, moped/scooter/motorcycle rider, all it takes is one sociopath or one oblivious idiot and you might die, even when
    you're being as safe and defensive as you can possibly be.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your close call. Many people today are lost in their own world and view the rest of us as in their way and a hindrance.
     
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    Sweet ride. Enjoy and be safe!
     
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    Nice! I guess Rider's Academy is a motorcycle safety course? I would take one after a layoff. Heck, I might take one again next year anyway. Never hurts to be reminded.

    My first bike after a 40-year-layoff was an FXDS convertible.

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    But then I decided that this would be more fun:

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    Because I could do stuff like this on it:

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    If I wanna ride like a grown-up, I use this:

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    Enjoy the ride! Practice in parking lots a lot so you can concentrate on dodging the cagers on the street. And watch your 6, and always have an escape route at stop lights/signs!
     
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    Ahhh.... makes me miss my 2011 HD Street Glide. Black beauty, with 96ci stock motor, baffle-less stock pipes, 10-inch gorilla 'bars, touring saddle, and extended windshield.

    Those were the days! :)
     
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  10. JeffBlue

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    Safety and teaching skills for riding.
     
  11. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I’m seriously looking at VFR 800’s. 2003 - 2010 models. They’re similar enough to my GSXR that I’ll be in my element but with a better riding position and an engine that’ll go forever with less heat than my GSXR.
     
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    teleforumnoob Friend of Leo's

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    After a 20 yr layoff, I got this Versys 300x. Nice little bike but after breaking in I’ve about decided I’m too old to ride gravel and fire roads. Thinking hard about a dyna or something.love your new softtail!
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    Honda man here too. My second Goldwing, 1989, after 25 years on my 1983. I'm old and need the comfort. :)


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    Wow, nice. Mine's a little smaller. A Rebel 500.

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    I've been riding for 40 some years, I've owned lots of Kawasaki's, Suzuki's , Honda's... My username is because of my Yamaha RZ350, I like any and all motorcycles, I developed a curiosity for HD's about 20 years ago, but never owned one, anything with two wheels is cool with me... :)
     
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    Went 242 MPH on a turbocharged Suzuki at Bonneville (with full exhaust!), speed is my addiction, my father taught me much about going fast, I'm still here so I guess I was paying attention.... ;) thumbnail (10).jpg
     
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    Just finished the Motorcycle Academy class this last weekend so I won't have to be doing a riding testing at DMV. I can go pick up my Certificate this Friday at the dealership and Saturday I can go to DMV and get my motorcycle license.

    So....a recap of events, last week ago Saturday got my learner's permit, the next day Sunday bought my Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, the next day after that, (Monday) I got my Harley-Davidson insured, this past weekend I went to the Motorcycle Academy classes and test and passed. Just like ducks-in-row.
     
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    Please; I just ate!
     
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    Congrats on the new sled. Even though I ride a RoadKing, the Deluxe is my favorite Harley.
     
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    I like many of the models but the Deluxe, to me, is the one that definitely isn't a fad trend in styling and will stand the test of time. To me, the Softail Deluxe is one of the finest looking motorcycles produced by Harley-Davidson.
     
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