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

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

  1. El Marin

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    Congrats!!

    Welcome to the club.

    Here is my FXDC:

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    And here is how we say "Hello" :lol:

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  2. awasson

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    Ive always ridden Japanese bikes but I’ve got a few friends who ride Harley big twins. They sure have evolved since about 1983 with the evolution engine. I think that’s what it was called. I had a buddy who was an in-demand Harley engine builder and he enlightened me a bit about what was going on with them at the time. Anyway, this thread reminds me that I was looking at the v-rod a while back. I think I’ll look at what’s available in those in the used market. I do like the engines. I know they’s sacrilege to some but they’re the ones that appeal to me.
     
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  3. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

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    I really like the look of the Rebel 500... how are they, overall, for ride quality and reliability?
     
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    you have got great taste sir! although i am a vespa guy i have recently been craving a 1945 indian cheif, i know there is a lot of silly stuff with some harley people and some indian people but a bike is a bike and they are all cool! here is my 1959 vespa and the bike i now want very badly! SAM_0275.jpg 1945 Indian Chief Civ-Wht-1.jpg
     
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  5. telleutelleme

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    Congrats. Some of my best memories are trips my wife and I took together. Don't ride anymore but still have my 97 FLHTCU. Tried to sell it but the used market is swamped so it's a "wall hanger" now. I can still crank it up and do a lap around the neighborhood.
     
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  6. DonM

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    Extremely reliable; solid ride, great acceleration. I put it up to 80 on the way home and ride was very stable. I'm not a speedster, and do most of my riding up in the canyons and mountains close to my home. Lots of curves and little traffic and beautiful scenery. It goes up the mountains with little to no effort. I'm 6'1" and it's a great fit. I'm 71 and hadn't riden in over 40 years. I took the Motorcycle Safety Course and got this. It's perfect for what I wanted and needed.
     
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  7. unixfish

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    That is a nice looking bike.
     
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  8. RLee77

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    Sounds about right for my type of riding... mostly just scenic rides around Reno, with maybe the rare longer trip like an 11 hour run to seattle up I-5. I used to ride a lot many years ago, some on-road but mostly white-knuckle motocross-type stuff that I managed to survive... lately on nice days I think how nice it would be to tool around on a medium-sized cycle.
     
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    Congratulations! I've only ridden since I was 16, which is over 60 years now. I've got an '03 Road King and a '16 Tri Glide, and really love cruising through the mountains out here enjoying the views.
     
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    New balanced motor. No vibration, whole different animal.congrats keep shiney side up
     
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    You ought to give one a try. Very reasonably priced too.
     
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    Great looking bike, enjoy it!
     
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  13. bowman

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    Nice ride, and a lot of people here seem to agree. But you've made me feel the guilt - I've been too busy this spring to get my own bike out of the garage. That will change this weekend. Like many on this thread, I've been riding for years - 51 to be exact - and there is no better feeling than rolling down some winding country road on a warm summer day. Clears the mind, restores the soul, and washes away all earthly concerns. I ride a V-Star tourer these days, but I've had many bikes and enjoyed them all.
    Have fun and keep your head on a swivel!
     
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    Just brought my new bike home today. I'll ride back to the dealership tomorrow to pick up my certificate of completion and then DMV to get my license. Booyah!........what a rush.
     
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    ..........and I now have my license!
     
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    Take care...drive defensively.
     
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    Thank you kind sir, I am being careful and not leaving anything to chance.
     
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    Good choice! If you are like me, you will never regret this purchase. I fell in love with the Deluxe the first time I laid eyes on one. It took a while, but I finally got mine a few years ago—an '07 in white pearl/black two-tone. It occurs to me just now I have zero pictures of it in its current solo configuration (with no saddlebags), but this is the happy day I picked it up from the dealership.

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  19. JeffBlue

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    I agree. Not trying to piss anyone off, but 30 or 40 years from now, the Softail Deluxe will never lose it's charm or desirability. This is a bike that will stand the test of time and doesn't follow any fads or trends.
     
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