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    New member thinking of coming over from the dark side

    Hi

    Not a Harley owner(yet) but interested in buying one.

    I’ve owned Japanese and Italian sports bikes all my biking life and was never interested in anything else.
    Now, after years of torture and a few offs it has taken its toll.

    I rode a Harley 883 Hugger(?)a few years ago but wasn’t that impressed but I wasn’t being open minded enough.

    So, now I can see the appeal and I’m hoping I can learn from you guys and gals and make the right decision.

    I must admit I like the Fatboy(Arnie’s ride in Terminator 2)

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    Cool

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    Go to your nearest Harley dealer and try one.

    You'll be back !
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    Very nice.

    What are they like for distances(250 miles per day for example)?
    Also service schedules/pricing etc.

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    If I were doing 250 miles a day and young I would use a M3, if older an E350.

    For weekends my Fatboy as above.

    Dave
    Last edited by Dave Cawley; 10-20-2018 at 09:01 PM.
    2016 Fatboy 103 HO, Vivid Black, Power Vision, Vance & Hines loud pipes, black/grey turn signals
    1997 Road King red (sold) Screamin' Eagle stage 1, additionally modified EFI for slow idle

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    Sorry for being vague.......I only ride at weekends so only a hundred over a good weekend.

    I do however travel to the odd WSB/MotoGP(Belgium, France etc) so this would be when 200-250 miles may be achieved.
    I'm not ready for a tourer just something a bit more realistic and different.

    I considered a Buell but wasn't convinced.

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    Have you thought about the "Softail Slim"?

    This one painted in US Army Green looks great.

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    If you considered a Buell and your budget is big enough wait until next year when the 975 Street Fighter comes out. It looks a very capable machine and not unlike the Buell Lightnings and Thunderbolts of yesteryear that were very popular.


    Bluenose's suggestion about the Slim is a good one from similar personal experience. I have a Breakout which has the same frame arrangement, engine but a fatter back wheel. For longer hauls without committing to a tourer with luggage, fairing, radio and all the other bells and whistle paraphernalia that comes with them IMHO the Softail the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. This June I covered 570 miles in a single day on my return from Hamburg, at the end I was mentally knackered through fatigue but got off the bike after some 13 hours in the saddle without any aches or pains whatsoever.

    IF YOU GO THROUGH LIFE WITH YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND.....ALL PEOPLE WILL SEE IS AN ARSE!!
    TREAT EVERY DAY AS YOUR LAST.....ONE DAY YOU WILL BE RIGHT!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydroberts View Post
    Very nice.

    What are they like for distances(250 miles per day for example)?
    Also service schedules/pricing etc.
    Hi Lloyd

    I tour abroad on a Lowrider S and can honestly say it is more comfortable than my previous BMW GS1200.


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    I bought into a three year servicing package when I bought the bike from new for £750. I wanted three years trouble free motorcycling. Basically all I have to pay for is gas and tyres. I will get four servicings in that period of time and yes I will most definitely have got my money's worth. Perhaps surprisingly on twin cams the first servicing at 1000 miles is a big one that cost more than half of the £750 I paid from the off. The 5000 mile service is a smaller and cheaper affair.

    IF YOU GO THROUGH LIFE WITH YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND.....ALL PEOPLE WILL SEE IS AN ARSE!!
    TREAT EVERY DAY AS YOUR LAST.....ONE DAY YOU WILL BE RIGHT!!

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    Welcome to the forum from a fellow Lloyd!

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