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Big Den
16-09-09, 19:58
called into my dealer on way home and came away with a hardley :nenau
i am loosing it :pullface
why have i bought a hardley at the end of the season :blast
pickup Sat, i am looking forward to riding it though :D and it is something i haven't had before :augie

freeloader
16-09-09, 20:00
called into my dealer on way home and came away with a hardley :nenau
i am loosing it :pullface
why have i bought a hardley at the end of the season :blast
pickup Sat, i am looking forward to riding it though :D and it is something i haven't had before :augie

Just ride it for a while and everything will come loose by itself, so I'm told... :augie

Stumpy
16-09-09, 20:06
Which one did you get Mister:D

boxer
16-09-09, 20:07
pickup Sat, i am looking forward to riding it though :D and it is something i haven't had before :augie

What model? I'm waiting for delivery of a Electra Glide Standard. One of the reasons I too choose a HD was the fact I'd never had one before.

Don't forget to post photos and your impressions when you get it!

V2 TRV
16-09-09, 20:21
more details please Den - nearly did the same myself recently - more for novelty value than for anything else :rolleyes:

Ming
16-09-09, 20:29
Just done the same and Bought a 07 FLSTFI 96 ci
Never had one but really love riding the thing :thumb2

What ar you getting ????

taking mine to the east mids event :augie

Glyno
16-09-09, 20:59
:postpics

Big Si
16-09-09, 21:56
Seriously considering a similar thing.

Like the look of the 2010 Fat boy. Test rode one back in the "summer".

Just an itch that has to be scratched!!

(I'll be keeping the GSA obviously!!):thumb

Big Den
17-09-09, 05:31
Its a sportster 1200 got some toys on it and its an unusual colour :augie
I will pop in and get some photo's in the morning when i hand the coin over :thumb2

Stumpy
17-09-09, 07:21
its an unusual colour :augie



nice :D

http://www.mywingbling.com/images/378_Bike_002_2_.jpg

Big Den
17-09-09, 07:35
ha, not that bad, yellow is the new white didn't you know

Big Den
17-09-09, 18:39
well was rushing and the main photo did not come out cos i was moving before the poxy thing had finished taking the pic.
It is a XLR1200 sportster low with stage 1 and loads of bling 2800mls, i was twitching today so told dealer i will be there 1st thing in the morning and decide what i am doing :pullface. there is also 3 other bikes @ roughly the same price a 675 Daytona 08 mod reg 09 1800mls/ 883 sportster with a bit of bling its the dual seat with twin discs 2k mls/ CBR600f 06 789 miles from new:eek:

I have to decide tonight and i haven't got a clue what i want i am split between the cbr and 1200 hog.

Is the hog a good buy as i don't really want to loose me shirt (again)

Big Den
17-09-09, 18:44
more of harleys and cbr. 1st one to say "it depends what you want" wins :augie
point is i don't know :nenau

I fancy a Harley but don't know enough about them so don't want to buy one then those in the know inform me i have bought a lemon (well its the right colour)

boxer
17-09-09, 19:28
Take a test ride on one of the dealers 1200 demonstrators before you decide.

For what it's worth I think you should go with the Harley since you've not owned one before. Speaking for myself, 4 cylinder machines capable of 100mph more than I am hold no interest these days. That's why I had a GS for 10yrs:clap. Come to think of it, the GS was faster than I'm capable of:augie

HD reputedly hold there value well, so if it does go tits up you shouldn't get to badly stung.

Have look HERE (http://www.harley-davidson-hangout.com/forum/) in the Sportster forum for a feel of what you might be getting into.

Stumpy
17-09-09, 19:31
The Harleys and the CBR/ Daytona are very different from each other. It seems an odd choice to have to make. Sports bike or cruiser?

Is it that you fancy a Harley but its a new direction for you and a grey area where as the CBR/Daytona offer something familiar to you.

If it was my choice I would choose the 1200 over the 883 and the Daytona over the CBR.

Harleys do hold their money well but Harley dealers are expensive so if you trade it in 3 months you will lose money. You didnít say how much the 1200 is(or i missed it)

Do you have to decide tonight? if you're not sure just take a little more time:thumb2

Stumpy

boxer
17-09-09, 20:01
THIS (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507195)?

Plenty of pics and info regarding 1200 in 'Road Warriors'

Tarka
17-09-09, 20:13
I had an XLH1000 iron barrelled 4 speed Sportster in 1986 but the new ones are WAY different.

I took it to Switzerland (2 up :eek ) and wouldn`t wish to repeat the experience.

The Evo onwards models bear no similarities to ride apart from the fact that on any Sportster you do tend to feel a tad vulnerable as they`re not exactly big bikes.....bear this in mind.

From what I`ve read....and heard from Harley owning mates...an 883 converted to a 1200 is a far better riding machine than a stock 1200 and there`s actually a cash saving after the mods have been done (allegedly).

As regards the plastic pellet Triumph or Honda versus a Harley (of any type) ,nobody can say anything other than their probably biased opinion.... just like I have done.
I wouldn`t piss on the plastic bikes if they were on fire and wouldn`t buy one if they were £100 brand new with free insurance and a lifetime`s free petrol.

If you are intrigued by the Harleys take a few out for a test ride.....a proper ride,for more than a whizz around the block ... and see how you feel then.

Stockers can be a bit of a disappointment as they all seem to need intake and exhaust mods to release the real bike within....but you`ve mentioned the mods have been done so that`s good.

Or just buy one anyway...and if you end up not liking it,sell it.
You`re not likely to lose any great money and it`ll be out of your system if you don`t like it.


Bit bothered by 'end of the season' though.........the 'season' is a minimum of 365 days........:augie

Big Den
17-09-09, 20:28
great answers guys, its eased my dilema. Boxer, i will checkout the forum ta. Stumpy, got a tiger which ticks so many boxes and a 1250 bandit which is daft fast and is a joy to ride so only things missing are a sports bike and have never had a cruiser. Did do 430 miles on a charity run on a new rocket, hated it at 1st but after 200 odd miles was getting into it and relaxed (probly was trying to ride it like a sports bike initially).
Harley is winning so far. Harley 1200 is £5k to me but haven,t finished negotiating :thumb2.

Big Den
17-09-09, 20:39
off to me pit to have a think, will checkin 1st thing before setting off. cheers guys

simondippenhall
17-09-09, 21:17
Get the Harley....I did and ride it more than the GS now.

Bigger smile factor for me.

http://simondippenhall.smugmug.com/photos/343010139_SSEm2-M.jpg

Rob Farmer
17-09-09, 22:15
From what I`ve read....and heard from Harley owning mates...an 883 converted to a 1200 is a far better riding machine than a stock 1200 and there`s actually a cash saving after the mods have been done (allegedly).

The 883's converted to 1200s never seemed to go as well as the standard 1200. When I had my 1200 there were several other parts that were different as well. The later rubber mounted sportsters are really nice machines and are physically bigger than the solid mounted machines.

I really enjoyed mine and rode it as my only means of transport putting 16k on it in the first year. this was in 1989 so I may be looking back through rose tinted specs. It got off roaded, put down the drag strip and put in some serious long distance rides all without problems. The only issue I had was the paint peeling off the frame but this was covered under the warranty and my frame was powder coated. I got a best standing quarter of 13.2 in standard trim if thats any use.

Nice 'n' Fat
18-09-09, 08:01
Assuming you're buying this from a Harley dealer I'd get the 883 then get them to fit a 1200 kit as part of the deal :D

The 1200 Sportster with all the 'Live to Ride, Ride to Work' shite on it is so chromosexual :ymca

Shep
18-09-09, 08:10
If you get the sportster you will only wonder why you didn't get a big twin in the first place, the bigger Harleys are more fun and have bags more character

(i,ve had two sportsters, an '90 FLSTF and a late 70's shovel)

I've a hankering now for a genuine 57 Pan, a bike to stay with me till the end:thumb2

Sgt Bilco
18-09-09, 08:32
I've just been offered a 92 EVO Electra Glide which I'm very tempted with if I can get the price right:eek:

Big Den
18-09-09, 09:32
popped in this morning, a dealer has offered the asking price for both bikes :eek: so if i want one i have to buy both as they have been underwritten to the dealer as a pair, will not split :eek::eek:

Shep
18-09-09, 09:53
popped in this morning, a dealer has offered the asking price for both bikes :eek: so if i want one i have to buy both as they have been underwritten to the dealer as a pair, will not split :eek::eek:

Perhaps I'm not really understanding what you have said, but if the dealer is playing hard ball walk away, your not in love with either bike, so wait untill you find a bike you really like then the decision will be easy:thumb2

Walk away

Shep

Nice 'n' Fat
18-09-09, 10:21
popped in this morning, a dealer has offered the asking price for both bikes :eek: so if i want one i have to buy both as they have been underwritten to the dealer as a pair, will not split :eek::eek:

I'd be telling the dealer to **** off ............... walk away, there are loads of Harleys out there for sale :rob

Stumpy
18-09-09, 11:12
I'd be telling the dealer to **** off ............... walk away, there are loads of Harleys out there for sale :rob

:thumb2

The dealer is being very narrow minded in my eyes. Losing a local customer over another trader.

I've never heard of a trader/dealer paying full retail for a trade sale unless they are heading abroad what with the Euro etc.

Give it a month and you'll be knee deep in Sportsters

Big Den
18-09-09, 16:10
Very true, i am going to be patient, as you say another month and loads of bikes. I am very impulsive and that was very nearly a done deal :eek:

Nice 'n' Fat
18-09-09, 19:30
That was a lucky escape if you were seriously going for that yellow faggot box :augie

Big Den
18-09-09, 20:46
ha :D

Big Den
19-09-09, 19:23
Bought a lump of old British iron to tide me over :D
A Triumph Legend TT, early days.

Nice 'n' Fat
20-09-09, 11:57
Is that the short one? :augie

Big Den
20-09-09, 19:23
It's the same as the thunderbird and it is low. 900 triple

bogman
09-02-10, 21:07
Enjoy the Harley Big Den, I ride a Softail Springer, keep switching between it and the BMW, both are great bikes