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    Hi from York - new to Harleys

    Hello Folks
    Pete from York, and from my surname you can probably guess what I ride. An 848 actually.
    Not bought the Harley yet, browsing to be honest, but soon to be retiring early, I'm under very strict instructions not to be under wife's feet.
    I can't stand golf or bowls. So I'm going to spend my time in the garage with a bike that i've always wanted. It won't be new.
    So I'm searching the classified.
    No doubt you will be getting so stupid questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteDuke View Post
    Hello Folks
    Pete from York, and from my surname you can probably guess what I ride. An 848 actually.
    Not bought the Harley yet, browsing to be honest, but soon to be retiring early, I'm under very strict instructions not to be under wife's feet.
    I can't stand golf or bowls. So I'm going to spend my time in the garage with a bike that i've always wanted. It won't be new.
    So I'm searching the classified.
    No doubt you will be getting so stupid questions.
    Hi Pete, welcome from another Ducati / Harley owner. Can't beat a good V twin! Hope you find what you're looking for and enjoy the forum.

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    Hello Pete,

    Welcome to the forum from Halifax in Calderdale.

    Have you an idea of which type of Harley you're looking for, Sportster, Dyna, Softail, Touring or V-Rod? They all have their own quirks, and Harley's are different compared to other motorcycles.

    By the way, there's no such thing as a stupid question on this forum, just ask away and we'll be more than happy to advise you.

    I'll be taking a few trips over to Rufforth Park Auto Jumble during the Summer.

    All the best,

    Dave.

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    Welcome fae Fife. Great idea for your retirement. Best advice I can give you is have a lot of fun doing test rides.
    FTW )

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    Hi Dave
    I fancy a Sportster or an XR1200
    As for Rufforth autojumble I go myself every now and then, but when i go never I seem to find what i'm looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteDuke View Post
    Hi Dave
    I fancy a Sportster or an XR1200
    As for Rufforth autojumble I go myself every now and then, but when i go never I seem to find what i'm looking for.
    Sportsters are great bikes, both 883 and 1200s. Also with 2 New,sporties coming out in May, the range is expanding .
    FTW )

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteDuke View Post
    Hi Dave
    I fancy a Sportster or an XR1200
    As for Rufforth autojumble I go myself every now and then, but when i go never I seem to find what i'm looking for.

    Hi Pete,

    The XR1200 (2008 - 2009) is a good machine, but the XR1200X (2010 - 2013) has a far better adjustable rear suspension setup. The XR1200 has a grey wrinkle coated engine and the XR1200X has a black one and black exhaust. There was a problem with the plastic fuel tank swelling up, it cost H-D a lot in warranty claims to replace the tanks on affected bikes. The seat height of the XR is higher than other Sportsters of it's era at 29.2". The XR returns 44 mpg, enough for a 120 mile tank range, the motor produces 90 bhp and is capable of 125 mph. Many Japanese Sports Bikes with half the XR's capacity will show it a clean pair of heels, the American idea of a Sports Bike is different to the offerings from Japan and Europe.

    There are low mileage examples about for a around the £6K mark, expect to pay £1K to £1.5K more for an XR1200X. I hope you find the machine you're looking for.

    I've made the trip over to Rufforth on numerous occasions and haven't bought anything, but I enjoy the run over to the York area when the weather's good. I could always call in at Squires Coffee Bar on the way home.

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