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Old 11-10-2012, 12:18 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm just glad the Angels are still promoting HARLEY-DAVIDSON... as far as one bike for the rest of your life....... I feel that most riders can go through many bikes and never set them up properly.. most folks never do the bike or body style and fitment justice... start with a bike that fits you, then set it up for comfort and perfomance.. as far as maintaining it for the rest of your life... go for it, but baby that damn thing, try to keep her indoors and ridden regularly, plan on spending money on engine overhauls/replacement and transmissions.. there's been a few folks put over 1,000,000 miles on older harleys... In reality you can probably plan on saving money sticking with one bike, however you will probably experience time on the side of the road also, unless u are super anal about keeping the machine in tip top shape... fu**ing go for it man!!! ride a harley for the rest of your life and tell the world about it... Hell I wanna do it.. Long live HARLEY-DAVIDSON!
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:15 PM   #17 (permalink)
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It's the fat fairing and 6 gallon tank that I want. The sofa ain't bad either.
My FXRT fairing and Mustang seat are fine. I'll give it to you on my 4 gallon tank though. I don't really mind stopping a little more often, but I do mind HAVING TO PLAN more frequent stops, if you know what I mean.

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:04 PM   #18 (permalink)
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My FXRT fairing and Mustang seat are fine. I'll give it to you on my 4 gallon tank though. I don't really mind stopping a little more often, but I do mind HAVING TO PLAN more frequent stops, if you know what I mean.

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I hear you. A nice FXRT could find it's way into my stable one day. So far the nice ones I've run across have been too pricy. This year I never managed a full fuel run. About an hour or so and I needed to take a walk about. Last fall I made some long runs. Fill up and roll out in the AM. Stop for gas and lunch, then dinner and gas again.

I have to say that the modern amenities are nice on long runs. Radio really isn't to hard to do on an FXR. But the cruise control and antilock would be tough. And the security/alarm system makes it a little easier to sleep at night out on the road.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:15 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Well, I'd go with my V-Rod - or a BMW 1300 RS
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:59 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I hear you. A nice FXRT could find it's way into my stable one day. So far the nice ones I've run across have been too pricy. This year I never managed a full fuel run. About an hour or so and I needed to take a walk about. Last fall I made some long runs. Fill up and roll out in the AM. Stop for gas and lunch, then dinner and gas again.

I have to say that the modern amenities are nice on long runs. Radio really isn't to hard to do on an FXR. But the cruise control and antilock would be tough. And the security/alarm system makes it a little easier to sleep at night out on the road.
I removed the old AM/FM Cassette and covered the hole with a plate after I got my music on MP3s. There's a 'marine grade' power outlet in the plate for GPS, MP3, etc. Marine grade means it has a plastic weather cap.

I'd love to have ABS. The throttle lock is a sufficient stand-in for cruise, though I wouldn't mind a real cruise control.

I have one of those H-D sized bicycle style locking cables and an alarm disc lock. The cable's a bit bulky. I may add a real alarm at some point.

I still haven't figured out how installing an EV-27, along with a belt change that dropped RPMs about 500 hurt mileage so bad. From a pretty consistent 43 MPG, I now get about 37 around town. A 70-80 MPH trip recently, with moderate hills and wind gusts, netted me 30 MPG. That 4 gallon tank mattered that weekend.

I hope you find a good FXRT, for both your sake and its.

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Old 11-11-2012, 02:13 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I have had a lot of bikes over the years, but my 2010 Fatboy will be what i will ride into eturnity.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:30 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Well if you ride solo you don't,if you're two up and especially if you are a lage person such as myself 6' 250lbs with the OL and gear on board those big fat tires help carry the load.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:56 PM   #23 (permalink)
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If I were to do that, it would be a Road King.
I have to agree...and stuff I cant believe nobody said it!
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:56 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Like those boys said it is all up to the rider.My preference is Road King with big inch mill and sporterized suspension.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:20 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Well if you ride solo you don't,if you're two up and especially if you are a lage person such as myself 6' 250lbs with the OL and gear on board those big fat tires help carry the load.
I've done long miles on both so I should know.





I hadn't thought about the 2 up angle.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:26 PM   #26 (permalink)
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one bike....hmmm, gotta be dennis hoppers pan from easy rider.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:09 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:46 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I'd want a softail with a vrod motor!
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:09 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Talk about 2up touring reminded me what the guy I bought bike from said.
"The old lady and me together put over 500 pounds of meat on the bike, so I built her for low and mid-range torque with Progressive springs front and back"
Bikes got it easy now, I'm 200, wife is 92 pound Asian cutie ......
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:36 PM   #30 (permalink)
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