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WindyChuffer
23-10-08, 20:15
I really like my '06 12 GSA, and gonna keep it regardless.

But I don't know what's come over me, but I rode Harley Fat Boy the other day. Loved it. Now seriously thinking about buying one. (I also rode the Fat Bob, but the Fat Boy is the dogs).

However, I don't know much about Harley's; but AFAIK, a Fat Boy represents what Harley is all about, unless I'm mistaken. After all, its what Arnie road in Terminator 2. And I don't care much for the tourers.

Now I know some of you lot have Harleys.

Am I mad? Have I turned gay? Fat Boy? Other Harley? Forget it?

Whaddya think?

Ta.

fatal
23-10-08, 21:10
Go for it, nowt wrong with the bikes, just go go dressing up with the waistcoats, leather chaps, nipple clamps and studded thong. And those tassles on the ends of the handlebars are sh*te and very :ymca

Mr K
23-10-08, 21:42
I really like my '06 12 GSA, and gonna keep it regardless.

But I don't know what's come over me, but I rode Harley Fat Boy the other day. Loved it. Now seriously thinking about buying one. (I also rode the Fat Bob, but the Fat Boy is the dogs).

However, I don't know much about Harley's; but AFAIK, a Fat Boy represents what Harley is all about, unless I'm mistaken. After all, its what Arnie road in Terminator 2. And I don't care much for the tourers.

Now I know some of you lot have Harleys.

Am I mad? Have I turned gay? Fat Boy? Other Harley? Forget it?

Whaddya think?

Ta.

You are Garfield and I claim my 50 prize..

:nenau

Gundog
23-10-08, 21:47
:ymca:ymca:ymca:ymca:ymca:ymca:ymca:ymca:ymca:ymca :ymca:ymca

luckylucian
23-10-08, 21:52
Remember Arnie rode a Mk1 with rigid mounted engine.....and wires to lower him down drops!

Mk2 with rubber mounted engine is sweet, but you will run out of ground clearance pretty quickly, and one front disc is not enough! :beerjug:

WindyChuffer
23-10-08, 22:03
...and one front disc is not enough! :beerjug:

I reckon you are right there; but depends how you ride I suppose. I found myself riding it a whole lot more relaxed than on the GS. I gather its possible to retrofit dual discs - recall seeing something on the web about it - no idea if its worth it though.

richie
23-10-08, 22:04
Remember Arnie rode a Mk1 with rigid mounted engine.....and wires to lower him down drops!

Mk2 with rubber mounted engine is sweet, but you will run out of ground clearance pretty quickly, and one front disc is not enough! :beerjug:
High tech, aren't they:ymca

Dee Tee
23-10-08, 22:50
Not that i'm likely to buy one . . . . but if i DID, , , ,

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p119/brickhousebrandy/07_FXSTB_BLACK-PEARL.jpg

Night Train !!

Gipsy
24-10-08, 08:21
Love my low rider to bits, but it is a one trick pony. It's wonderful on warm summer days, bimbling along in a T shirt. I wouldn't be happy with it as my only bike, but as a cherished toy I love it.

Robbo1200ADV
24-10-08, 08:56
I had one in 2001 in Diamond Ice Pearl and it was a Beaute!! Went well for a Harley ,handled better than the road king +road glide I'd had before.Its a great wiew from the saddle onto the big chrome headlight and uncluttered lines make it a classic.If I ever bought a harley again it would be a fat boy.They are easy to look after and keep clean,but neglect it and it looks like shite very quickley especially the wheels if not cleaned often.That to me was the rub,I ended up cleaning it more than riding it ,and dreading being caught in a rainstorm!! Thats why I sold it and bought a GSA1150 and havent looked back since.Its good to do the Harlery thing just to see what the fuss is about ,if you can keep your GSA you'll have a nice balance of bikes!!:thumb

DolphiN Tech
24-10-08, 09:05
Gotta love the Night Train, I borrowed one for a while and absolutely adored it. Minimal polishing and cleaning, and very very black.

However, the riding position used to kill my back after anything more than an hour.

Mutley
24-10-08, 10:08
I have been bitten by the bug as well. They are entirely different to ride and you do ride more slowly and more relaxed than on a GS. I use mine for sunny dry days when I don't want to go far.

There are plenty of organised and less organised groups about to ride with as well. You might want to look at the HDRCGB site (a bit like UKGSer for HD riders). I have ridden mine more this year than I expected.

Try riding one example of the three main models before making the plunge. The glides have a different character, as do the dynas. I surprised myself by ending up with a dyna as that suited me far more than a soft tail.

The Fat Boy can be a bit lost in the crowd once you see a group of HDs together as they haven't changed the overall design much in the model life and so there are always loads of them about.

As for the :ymca thing. The HOG guys dress up like HA at the weekend but I'm a member and I don't so you don't have to either, although it's no more silly than the many GS riders in full TWAT suit, Tour X and motocross boots you see riding to the local cafe on a road at the weekend.

dazzer
24-10-08, 19:00
I bought one,but for me it was never as good as the 1958 pan head it replaced.

I did 20,000 mile's on it with out any problem's.

Looking back If I had of bought the Heritage it would have been a better buy at the same price.....But Had I have bought a Road King I think I would still been ridding HD's:thumb

I aggree with Mutley...How many BMW rider's look :ymca...

The Fat Boy is a Excellent looking bike...............Go For It .:beerjug:





http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/dazzerrtw/Picture1054.jpg

Budweiser
24-10-08, 19:42
Great bike - go for it. Who gives a sh%$ what other people think :beerjug:

fatal
24-10-08, 19:54
I had this one for 6 years and 25,000 miles, it went like the clappers (but it cost a lot to make it do that) I ran it alongside my GS for a few years, chalk and cheese, best of both worlds. No doubt that in the future I'll have another HD, I'd be tempted to get a fat Boy or a Road King next time. I also had a 1200 Sportster for a while, but it wasn't a patch on the FXDX Superglide Sport.

Davel
24-10-08, 20:24
I've just traded my GS in for a Fatbob, at Chester HD.

I was going to keep the GS but there was an ex-demo model there which was just too tempting.

Scooter Boy
24-10-08, 22:05
I run a Street Bob alonside my GS and love it,chalk and cheese as someone said but the Harley motor is great and they are very easy to maintain,you do have to watch the finish though,bit like the GS!

My brother has a Superglide sport which handles better and has just bought a 1992 Fat Boy with only 1700 miles on it which looks the dogs.

Fat Boy's hold their money well so if you decide its not for you you won't lose much.

Arsey
25-10-08, 03:53
The biggest problem with HD is the absolutely shocking build quality.

Plus the fact that they are WAY overrated.

I've rented many over the years and would never consider buying one,except for possibly the full monty electraglide.


I'd far rather get something like the new Suzuki C1800RT :

http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gallery%20C/Suzuki%20Intruder%20C1800RT%20LE%2008.jpg

Has the motor from the M1800R ,which is a great bike;

<img src="http://img.skitch.com/20081025-ew4gm2y4dk1mip5axrjm18gtan.jpg" alt="P6270073"/>


Goes and stops,unlike a Harley,and won't fall apart 100 yards from the showroom.


Only 10k too !

nix
25-10-08, 08:02
Amased how many of us GSers also run a Harley.
I've got a 2008 heritgae softtail classic and love ot to bits.

Originally wanted a Fat Boy, but they're not good pillion, partly because the rear pegs are located between the cans and the passengers foot gets baked.


Loads of crap talked about regarding biuld quality. ignore, it's almost up there with the GS. but, watch the chrome.

nick

Deleted account W
25-10-08, 08:12
I'd far rather get something like the new Suzuki C1800RT :

http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gallery%20C/Suzuki%20Intruder%20C1800RT%20LE%2008.jpg



Put a single seat on it, ditch the Village People panniers, back rest and screen and that wouldn't be a bad looking bike :thumb2

fatal
25-10-08, 09:37
Has anyone had a go on one of those Polaris Victory bikes? They look pretty cool, the finish on them looks quite good, might be worth considering one of them instead of HD or Jap clone.

Lord Snooty
25-10-08, 10:04
Has anyone had a go on one of those Polaris Victory bikes? They look pretty cool, the finish on them looks quite good, might be worth considering one of them instead of HD or Jap clone.

My local Victory dealer holds an open weekend every year at the Arrow Mill at Alcester. In the last two years I have taken out the Victory Vision and a Kingpin for a test ride. Great sytling and the finish and detail on them is superior to HD IMHO. Much better fasteners, beautiful paintwork and metalwork, the bar clamps have a lovely brushed finish and no exposed allen bolt heads to collect water like HD, the machine work on items such as the footpeg hangers puts the HD stuff to shame and it never ceases to amaze me how HD get away with charging 12k for bike that has tatty rubber footpegs that look like they come off a BSA Bantam. The engine is a peach and they come with good brakes and suspension - some have USD forks - all in all a much better proposition than a HD and if I was in the market a Victory would be my choice.:thumb2

AndyT
25-10-08, 10:11
HArleys are a really nice bike at cruising and nothing else which is no bad thing. I recon the worst thong by far about Harley ownership is the image:ymca

With the strength of the against the $ I recon they will go up in price soon despite the recssion so buy one sooner rather than later;)

AndyT:cool:

Arsey
25-10-08, 10:47
Loads of crap talked about regarding biuld quality. ignore, it's almost up there with the GS. but, watch the chrome.

nick


Then explain why EVERY single launch report of the XR1200 slated the quality of the bikes,and my local dealer's demo XR12 had rust all over it the day it was uncrated !!

JohnnyOldBoy
25-10-08, 10:58
I traded my FatBoy that I had for 6 years (20k miles) for a new GS. I like the GS a lot and enjoy riding it but would easliy go back to a FatBoy or Road King.

As for the usual Harley Davidson gripes of grounding foot plates and poor brakes. What a lot of bollocks. You could ground the footplates on my FatBoy, but if you wanted they folded up to improve clearance. As for the brakes they are no better or worse than the GS. You just change your riding style. I was given a tip to use the back brake more on the Harley than I would on other bikes and that works well. The engine on my GS vibrates worse that the FatBoy, so much so that my teeth and wrists are numb after a long ride. Something I never experienced on the Harley. My Harley was completely reliable, cheaper to service and more economical on fuel. Oil, WTF …… I never had to put any oil in the Harley. Yet in my ‘modern’, BMW I have to keep topping up the oil.

Watch out for poor quality after market parts. The OEM ones are OK. You will need to keep it clean. But I have got rust on the frame of my 18 month old GS.

http://picasaweb.google.com/JohnnyOldBoy/FatBoy#5261042528767528258

http://picasaweb.google.com/JohnnyOldBoy/FatBoy#5261042686242095874

http://picasaweb.google.com/JohnnyOldBoy/FatBoy#5261042747445685026

No one ever came up to me on the GS and said, ‘Nice Bike’. This was a common occurrence on the FatBoy.

MMC
25-10-08, 10:59
Loved my Tour Glide - cracking bike - but got to agree on build quality. HD just don't have any. The alloy on the Glide would fur if you left it out overnight without cleaning it after a wet-weather ride. And I ride all year round, so not much use to me.

But the engines are great fun - great lumps of torque that make everything effortless. Yum.

Now, if I could find a tatty Road King that I didn't have to worry about cleaning, with a decent set of ally panniers - THAT would be a bike! :thumb

MMC
25-10-08, 11:02
I recon the worst thong by far about Harley ownership is the image:ymca

Freudian :D

BegesRus
25-10-08, 16:35
My Fat Boy in Sitges - I've had this for over 8 years and it's a keeper - great for crusin' but I've toured Scotland Spain and France on it 2 up with a change of clothes - speed and/or handling is only part of it - in the end -the motorcycling experience is what counts

Mutley
25-10-08, 18:52
I'm well aware of the build quality issues that HD are supposed to suffer from. All I can say is that mine is in nearly showroom condition and it is 5 years old :nenau I realise I only ride it in the summer on dry days but even so it does seem fine to me, never missed a beat either :thumb2

As far as buying something else is concerned, there is always one issue: they might be better finished, faster, handle better and be cheaper but they ain't a Harley. If you want a Harley then buy one, if you buy something else you will still be looking at Harleys and wishing ;)

Zundapp
26-10-08, 10:53
How does the image thing develop - Harley riders have a leather waistcoat, tassels and bandana image (very) peculiar to them, with BMW riders it's matching riding kit for rider/pillion and a sort of frustrated police rider thing, Gold Wing folk seem to be in between those two and usually fit below the windscreen height.....

What's your image? Of yourself!:augie

sfarson
27-10-08, 04:04
Go for it. The H-D is a nice complement to the BMW. I ride H-D in spite of the lifestyle oft associated it. Their bikes are sweet. There's something about being-in-the-bike, rumbling along. Have had far more reliability issues with the BMW's versus H-D. Not even close.

http://www.farson.com/flhrse3/flhrse3juniperlr.jpg

North
27-10-08, 04:53
I would go for a fatboy or roadking. I have ridden a couple of HDs and enjoyed riding them.:thumb

As had been said, it's a different feeling sitting in the bike rather than on it like a GS.

Navy Boy
27-10-08, 10:14
I'd say do it!

My wife rides an 883 Sportster Low which she loves. The whole relaxing feel that they have is really easy to catch on to.

I've just ordered a new Triumph Bonneville America for precisely that reason - To get into the whole scene of getting to your destination more relaxed and feeling better than when you started.

I will of course be keeping the 1200RT for touring duties but I'm really looking forward to getting into the whole cruiser riding scene. What's the worst that can happen? I find that I like it more then the other types of machine I ride...

As for what others think (Read image) one can't go through life worrying about that too much...

:thumb2

Nick Marshall
30-10-08, 18:55
had this about 2 years ago.. guess what! i sold it..:tears

WindyChuffer
30-10-08, 19:12
Looks nice. Why did you sell it? If you dont mid me asking, can you recall how much you paid for it, how much you sold it for and how long you had it? Just want to guage depreciation... Ta.

Nick Marshall
02-11-08, 21:52
Looks nice. Why did you sell it? If you dont mid me asking, can you recall how much you paid for it, how much you sold it for and how long you had it? Just want to guage depreciation... Ta.

paid around 10,000 for it from a BMW dealer in oxford, pxed a K1200R and money. had it about 2 or 3 months, sold it for around 9500, think buying dealer sold it for around 11,000. milage was below 3,000. and bike was about 18 months old...and looking at the photo...think i want another...in fact..at a harley dealers on saturday.. just looking.. :augie

MMC
02-11-08, 22:03
Ah - it WAS you lurking at Wooton then :D

sycomoto
02-11-08, 22:04
I really like my '06 12 GSA, and gonna keep it regardless.

But I don't know what's come over me, but I rode Harley Fat Boy the other day. Loved it. Now seriously thinking about buying one. (I also rode the Fat Bob, but the Fat Boy is the dogs).

However, I don't know much about Harley's; but AFAIK, a Fat Boy represents what Harley is all about, unless I'm mistaken. After all, its what Arnie road in Terminator 2. And I don't care much for the tourers.

Now I know some of you lot have Harleys.

Am I mad? Have I turned gay? Fat Boy? Other Harley? Forget it?

Whaddya think?

Ta.

its just another aspect of riding, just as fun but different. I still have my GS but i also have this for when the weathers fine and i've no need to hurry:thumb

Arsey
02-11-08, 22:12
its just another aspect of riding, just as fun but different. I still have my GS but i also have this for when the weathers fine and i've no need to hurry:thumb

Fantastic-pink chrome !!

But I think your lad has fallen in the built-in comode.

frank1200
02-11-08, 23:10
bought a heritage softtail yesterday, its getting on but low miles for its age and shines like a new one

been promising myself one of these for years and after the 50 mile spin home i am glad i did

totally different to gs (which i am keeping)but fun at a more sadate pace go for it whats the difference in being told you are a poser copying ewan and charlie or a poser copying arnie in the terminator (just dont buy chaps :ymca:ymca

Arsey
03-11-08, 09:10
bought a heritage softtail yesterday, its getting on but low miles for its age and shines like a new one

been promising myself one of these for years and after the 50 mile spin home i am glad i did

totally different to gs (which i am keeping)but fun at a more sadate pace go for it whats the difference in being told you are a poser copying ewan and charlie or a poser copying arnie in the terminator (just dont buy chaps :ymca:ymca


<img src="http://img.skitch.com/20081103-euukgmqaeaqj9wkqtp8mdtbs9e.jpg" alt="pichers1-2"/>



Rented one a number of years back in LA.

One of the better HDs.


Still an HD though.

:ymca

Nick Marshall
06-12-08, 15:39
went out today to get a look at a white busa K8.. ended up with this old nail.. need a few things changing.. but it will do..will not take it out the shop until all the `live to ride` covers are removed. :D

cherokee
06-12-08, 16:23
Anyone tried these,they look the nuts,the vegas looks cool real comfy checked them out at the show im wanting one badly.....

Arsey
06-12-08, 16:35
went out today to get a look at a white busa K8.. ended up with this old nail.. need a few things changing.. but it will do..will not take it out the shop until all the `live to ride` covers are removed. :D


Nice colour.

I feel a song coming on :

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Stumpy
06-12-08, 16:47
..will not take it out the shop until all the `live to ride` covers are removed. :D

Do they do covers with "live to ride for a fortnight then move it on again" :D

MMC
06-12-08, 16:56
went out today to get a look at a white busa K8.. ended up with this old nail.. need a few things changing.. but it will do..will not take it out the shop until all the `live to ride` covers are removed. :D

VERY nice indeedy! But Nick, why can't you get yourself an old, slightly ratty Sport Glide with about 40k on the clock?

Then, when you change it next week, I can buy it off you? :D

WindyChuffer
06-12-08, 17:18
went out today to get a look at a white busa K8.. ended up with this old nail.. need a few things changing.. but it will do..will not take it out the shop until all the `live to ride` covers are removed. :D

Cool. Might I ask how old / miles / how much? Ta.

Striker
01-02-09, 23:20
After having various GS's over the years, apart from the 1200 I bought a Harley last year and did about 2k in 2-3 months and loved it. :thumb2 But having GS's for so many years I convinced myself that the only bike for me was a GS, so I sold the Harley for a profit and bought a GS1200 with 600 miles on it, result. But last week I went with my brother in law to look at a Harley for him and ended up buying a Streetbob myself:blast, only trouble is I cannot afford to keep both so the GS has gone.

Again, I'm not into the lifestyle thing but admit to having a Rallye suit for the GS.

Cheers,

Andy

chewey
02-02-09, 19:28
Then explain why EVERY single launch report of the XR1200 slated the quality of the bikes,and my local dealer's demo XR12 had rust all over it the day it was uncrated !!

never saw my XR when it was uncrated but been using it this winter, soaked in acf50 and not washed it yet. bit of rust on the discs but thats all. i must say that i wear black jacket and jeans on mine, same kit that i wore when i owned a couple of GS's, could'nt see myself wearing a twat suit the same as i will never wear chaps. studded thong and nipple clamps, now thats a different thing:ymca:ymca:ymca:D

Big Si
01-06-09, 17:26
Test rode a Fat boy today. This bad (fat) boy had the big bore kit (1690cc!) and stage 2 tuned with Vance and Hines 2 into 1. Hells teeth it was fast in a straight line. Couple of sports bike riders couldn't believe it!
V V loud tho' had to put the earplugs in (no need with the GS). If i could afford it, i'd have one tomorrow............aw what the hell, 2nd son doesn't want to go to uni anyway!!

Wolf GB
29-07-09, 20:25
My montauk is a lot lighter,costs half the money goes well,stops when i pull that lever,not many about,but is a bit quiet.....still its a Boxer,goes well with my GS.

Magnum
30-07-09, 11:38
Test rode a Fat boy today. This bad (fat) boy had the big bore kit (1690cc!) and stage 2 tuned with Vance and Hines 2 into 1. Hells teeth it was fast in a straight line. Couple of sports bike riders couldn't believe it!
V V loud tho' had to put the earplugs in (no need with the GS). If i could afford it, i'd have one tomorrow............aw what the hell, 2nd son doesn't want to go to uni anyway!!
I have the same engine conversion on my Fat-Bob, but with Vance & Hines Big Shots Staggered 2-1-2 pipes. I can confirm it goes like stink and made my GSA feel slow until revved hard :rob

chewey
30-07-09, 18:09
[my streetglide has a dealer fitted 110in motor. something so big should'nt go so fast. went down to calne last saturday with a friend on a v rod, cruising at 100 with no effort what so ever on the motorway/duell carageway...alegedly:augie if they put this motor in a basic dyna without all the bling and chrome crap they would sell all they made.

chad
30-07-09, 18:15
Not that i'm likely to buy one . . . . but if i DID, , , ,

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p119/brickhousebrandy/07_FXSTB_BLACK-PEARL.jpg

Night Train !!:cool: +1 its the best of the lot:) mind you that new XR1200 in black is a might purty too:cool:

chad
30-07-09, 18:17
My montauk is a lot lighter,costs half the money goes well,stops when i pull that lever,not many about,but is a bit quiet.....still its a Boxer,goes well with my GS.my pops has an R1200 and loves it to bits very nice well handling bike:thumb2

BegesRus
30-07-09, 20:23
Look - this is no rehersal - get it bought - now - you will love it - not in a GS way you understand but in a completely different way - like they say if I have to explain . . .
I've had my Fat Boy for over 10years and never regret it - you can sit and look at it - beautiful - mine is Evo 1340 engine and I prefer this to the Twin Cam 1450 (I had a road-king).
What you waiting for????????????????