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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Sheldon Cooper, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. Sheldon Cooper

    Sheldon Cooper New Member

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    OK so I'm a rider... Although I currently don't have a bike, when your wife tells you you should buy a motorbike you tend to pay attention! lol

    My first ever bike back when I got my Ls was a Yamaha V-Star XVS1100A Classic. Loved my "Yamaharley"! Great for weekends away, comfy, torquey and after adding some better pipes, sounded pretty good too. It was the cheap alternative to a Harley for a 22 year old.

    My next bike was a Suzuki B-King. Wow! Brilliant in practically every way. Semi-upright seating position and super comfy wide seat meant no soreness at all. Hayabusa engine tuned for more torque than the Hayabusa was awesome. It was fast when I wanted it to be and a hell of a lot of fun. Went in with a mate to go test riding with him without any intention of buying. He was buying a bike to go riding with his brother. I ended up on the B-King demo and getting a massive discount and signed on the dotted line that day. Oops! LOL!

    I have also ridden a Suzuki GSXR-1100, Yamaha R1 and a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail. The Harley was MANY years ago, even before I had a licence, on a friends bike in a small country town in the middle of nowhere.

    I now find myself in a position to get onto something that's more of a premium "bike of my dreams" type bike. I find myself looking at Indians, specifically the Chief Vintage, Springfield and Chieftain Darkhorse, as well as the Harley Davidson Street Glide. Although when I start test ride weekends this weekend, from what I have read (and watched on YouTube) when comparing Indians to Harleys, Harley's become very disappointing. However the one thing you can't get anywhere other than Harley is the sound they make. Indians sound good don't get me wrong, but the sound of a Harley (and I don't mean the obnoxious levels of some) is simply the best.

    I even looked at the Moto Guzzi MGX21 as sort of a cross between a bagger and a sports bike, but I can't get myself to like the styling as much as the classics.

    Can't wait to get back onto a bike and looking forward to the next few months of tests and decision making.

    So who else rides? What do you ride? What to you enjoy most? No like? etc...

    Cheers!

    (no - I didn't search to see if there was a similar thread already)
     
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    I like classic bikes as such.
    My last bike was a Bultaco Metralla. Sold it a few years ago now and got into PWC.
    If I got serious again about bikes it would be Ducati of some sort or other.
     
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    ... too many bikes to mention

    'cept two. The first road bike I had was nicknamed ... the Widowmaker
    Such was the 1970 Kawasaki Mach III. 120mph, drum brakes, cross ply tyres on a bicycle frame
    yes I fell off lots...well, actually got thrown off !

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    and the current steed was the world's fastest bike in 2001. Tested to 321kmh here in Oz by AMCN
    it ticked repeated 9.9 sec quarters . I give you the Kawasaki ZX12R

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    ... the older I get, the faster I go :)
     
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    this explains so much, I would so peg Raj/Sheldon as a pretend Harley rider.
     
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    ZX12R!!!! Nice one Smitty! VERY nice. :D

    Even though your post serves no purpose, I'll respond... Not for long... Just experienced the 2017 Street Glide with the new Milwaukee 107 engine. Wow! SOOOO comfy. I prefer it to the Indian just to sit on. Riding both will also tell me more. But at the moment, I'm leaning Harley.
     
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    I would have picked him as a moped rider
     
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    I'd get black, but this is the one I played with.

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    The old Nifty Fifty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Got your CHiPs stickers Raj ?
     
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    Ignore the negative comments Raj/Sheldon.
    I started riding when I was early 20's and purchased my first (and only) Harley at age 24. Best decision ever. It was a 7year old Softail Deuce 1450cc Twin-Cam. I still have that bike and it is now 1550cc, cam, forgies, billet cam plate, I ported the heads & upgraded valves/springs etc. Pipes, compensator ratio change. I race it in the local track series and won the series several times. Current PB 12.26 @ 108mph.

    I also have worked for Harley for over 8years, so may be slightly (hugely) Biased towards how awesome they are. (PM me if you have any questions about the bike you are looking at. Who is your local dealer too?)

    Before you buy the StreetGlide, take a Road Glide for a test ride (trust me)


    Smitty - Nice bikes mate :)

    Also - fastest bike I have ridden: Ducati panigale S,
    2nd fastest bike I have ridden: Turbo/Nitrous Harley Sportster48 :)
     
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    Been riding for a long time.
    Bought my FXDF new in 2010 and have done one or two mods since then.
    If you are looking at the Indian make sure you really want it before buying. I picked up new Victory 8 Ball last year and sold it a couple of months ago. People can say they are as good as a Harley & I thought it was when I got it but they definitely are not.
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    Nice fatbob. I like the factory numbered custom paint set.

    I'll just leave this here for inspiration to others: https://youtu.be/EXnbSZ4g6zU
     
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    My list in order

    1988 Yamaha XT 250
    1985 Kawasaki GPz 750
    1996 Yamaha TTR 250
    1996 Honda XR 600
    1998 Ducati SS750 (Staintunes, best sounding bike I've owned)
    2006 Honda CBR1000RR

    Unfortunately no bike for now since kids came along but will look at the cruiser or sport tourer option in a couple of years time.
     
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    WazzaVN Wazza VN

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    Raj if your into bikes you should definitely go and check this shop out down near moorabin airport. They deal new Indians and they have older ones too. They have all sorts or old makes and models there it's like a museum except everything is for sale :) will get the name of the place off my boss tomorrow.

    I don't have any road bikes yet just a dirt bike. Posted about it in my other thread you never know though hopefully one day.

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    Been licensed for 10 years.

    My first bike was a yamoto 200cc bike I bought for $1200 brand new. Chinese made but It was to learn how to ride out on the farm.
    After learning, finally got my Ls and bought a GS500F suzuki brand new. Was a fantastic bike to learn on out on the road, and cheap to keep on the road. I had to get to work and not having P plates for a car yet it was a way to get to work.
    Sold it in 2010 due to tight cash flow and was not riding much anymore, and was a pain gearing up and down leaving to and from work. Especially in the rain.

    The only other bike I've been on is a sv1000s, my old mans. And holy shit the amount of torque it has down low is very addictive. Really miss riding, but every time i see someone on their phones while driving is just a reminder how dangerous it is to be out riding.
     
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    Thanks Deuce. I hear what you're saying about the RG but I just can't get past the look of that fixed fairing. Not a fan of the look. I very much love the batwing fairing and prefer the dial and display layout also.

    Dealer is Harley Heaven in Melbourne City. But only cause it was the closest to go in and have a look. A bit spoilt for choice in and around Melbourne. Any you recommend would be great. I might PM you tomorrow. :D Cheers!

    Great slow-mo btw - that'd scare the shit outa me! lol

    And yeah, nice Fat Bob Aussie!
     
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    I'm actually torn... Which colour? Black, white or matte grey? I can't make up my mind.

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    If you are a clean freak or perfectionist, go with a gloss colour. Otherwise that matte Grey is hands down winner coolest colour.

    I don't think I could live with a matte finish. I like polish & wax shine too much
     
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    I prefer shiny too but that grey does look nice.
     
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    Yeah the matte looks great. Like deuce says though it's hard to look after. Only go the matte if you plan on keeping it in the garage and only taking it out on nice days!
     

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