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I made a trip to my local dealer (Harley of Baltimore) to put more money on account. My salesman say's to me " by the way, your bike is here"!!! I'd been waiting since November of 2001 & was told it would not be here till March of 2003. What a nice surprise,, the bike is a vivid black FXDL Lowrider. Still debating on what I should have the dealer install before I take delivery,anyone have suggestions?
 

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You lucky DOG!!!! I sure hope I get lucky and my 03 bike comes in early, I ordered black also. I saw an black 03 on the dealer's showroom floor last week, WOW --she is sweet. Did you get a catalog of all the extras from your dealer / parts department? Is this your first Harley?
I'm still looking through my catalog trying to make decisions myself. When I get my bike I'll ride over your way and we can go for a cruise. Anyway good luck and Congrats.
 

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I actually haven't seen the bike yet, but I did get to see the giant box it was delivered in. The salesman took me into the service area & said " that one's yours". I'm thinking of the standard stage 1 carburetion stuff, but still debating exhaust. I do like the Vance & Hines pipes. This is my first Harley, had Yamaha's years ago & recently had a Honda 1100 Shadow.
 

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Ride that baby for awhile and break her in. Then you can add goodies and feel the "break in" one more time!!!!;)

You'll like your Low Rider.

I join Ralph's very good suggestion. Take your time and make your customizing selections deliberately, and carefully. You can always add something later. It's a lot more expensive to TAKE OFF a part and then add another.
 

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I did go through the catalog when I bought mine.
In the end I gave up. It was like:"I'll have one of these and two of those, wouldn't mind a dozen of that, oh and there's the other one....oh man that it gorgeous, I must put that on, etc." So tempting and confusing.
I did get the bike as it was out of the box and started from there.
Also a lot of the stuff you might want to do to your Harley you can probably do it yourslef so there is no point in paying the dealer good money in labour to do simple things (like pipes and breather for instance).
You could use the same money to buy more stuff. Or to go on holyday!:D
 

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Remember that anything you have placed on your HOG before you take delivery is covered by the Harley warranty and any extended warranty you may purchase with the bike.

With that in mind, upgrade major components/electrical items if you know for sure you are going to want to purchase them.

A few of these items my Fatboy is to arrive with are:

1. Stage 1 EFI Kit
2. Vance and Hines Staggered Big Shots
3. Combination Tachometer and Speedometer
4. Halogen Fog Lights
5. Some 100th anniversary stuff from the "Gold Key" package such as the derby covers, air covers, fork covers, etc. Just in case anything decides to leak.

You get the ideal
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got a pic of your 66 malibu?
 

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One of the first things I had to add was a sissy bar for the wife. She was very uncomfortable knowing that she could slide right off the back. It makes her feel more secure.
 

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If it is in the HD catalouge,then there is a better part(made in the USA) aftermarket! Think It over! Our dealer will warranty parts for 90 days anyway put on later. And the mfgr. has a warranty to boot. Just relax,and don't get too spendy right off the bat. Hippo (and others here) will know whaTS WORTH THE BUCK,AND WHAT ISN'T....
 

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Speaking of the box it came in, I met a guy who took the crate home and used the sides of it as wallpaper for his garage, which I thought was a cool idea.
 

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Funny you should mention the box my bike came in. I had asked my salesman if it was possible for me to get it. He told me that he thought they returned the shipping containers to the factory so I didn't push the issue. I'm having the dealer jet the carb & install slashcut Screamin Eagle II pipes, thats all. I know I can do this because I did my Honda & it ran great, but at least they will warrant the work. Anyway, I will take the advice of a few and wait before I start adding on extra's, hell I got a list a half page long already. Anybody got an opinion on the extended warranty?
 

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66malibu said:
I got a list a half page long already. Anybody got an opinion on the extended warranty?
I think you're on the right track getting the pipes and a few do-dahs but saving most for later. I still get dazzled by the huge range of choices and glad my used bike had an attractive package already. Ride it a while and take your time doing the custom stuff.

With repect to the extended warranty, you are betting against H-D that your bike will break for an amount bigger than the cost of the warranty. In most cases, a catastrophic failure will happen during the factory warranty period. If it lasts 12 months, you probably have the worst behind you. Like casinos, those warranty guys don't get rich paying lots of claims - the odds are stacked against you. If you don't have the cash on hand to handle a breakdown, you're far better off taking the money the ext warranty would cost and put it in a money market account. If something breaks, use that to pay. If it doesn't you earn a little interest and the initial bucks stay in your pocket. In the mean time, add a little bit over time to increase your "repair account". You can get the other stuff (basically like AAA for bikes) through the HOG deal for $20/yr.

Personally, I do all my own work unless it is too big a hassle (I'll go to a dealer for tires for example). This makes the ext warranty even less attractive to me.

YMMV
 

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riding your scooter for awhile before making too many changes is a good idea--i you can go to places like daytona or even local bike nights or shows you can get lots of good ideas about how you want to make it your own to suit your needs & desires!! that said, most any harley can benefit from better breathing (air filter, rejetting & yost power tube if carbed, cam & exhaust) and a different seat--my personal favorite is mustang. anyway, enjoy your bike & ride safe!!
 

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Congrats on the new bike.

I'm hoping to get the 03' Low Rider
 

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Happy Day! :D

Just spoke with East Coast, the '03 Ultra I ordered for Sept delivery will be shipped 9/6! Earlier than expected!

Next, shop date for Stage I Big Bore and pipes.
 

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BikerBabe,
Best of luck to you on getting your 03' Low Rider, have you been shopping yet?

hezgon,
Alright Dude!!! Great news!!! I'm hoping I get lucky. All I've heard so far is maybe September.
 

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Hezgon,

Love that Dead image :D
 
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