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Old 04-07-2003, 03:39 AM   #1
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I'm not sure where you live, but here in KY (not the best place to shop for a bike, but a fantastic place to ride one), the Harley dealerships are sold out, usually ahead of time.

If you really have a thing for Harleys, look around at used sportsters and test-ride a couple. You may find out that you don't like something about them, but that would be a decent novice bike and you don't have to spend 18K to own one.
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Old 04-07-2003, 03:46 AM   #2
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I wouldn't get caught up in the 100th anniversary hype, unless that is really your thing. I would recommend starting on a used bike that weighs considerably less that even a Harley Sportster. This really helps with the dropped in the parking lot while I was barely moving factor. If you just have to have a Harley a lot of Harley riders start out on sportsters and then move up, so you should be able to get one used in good condition.
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Old 04-07-2003, 04:08 AM   #3
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What if you buy it and for one reason or another don't like riding? If you've NEVER ridden - I'd take the riding course first and see how you do. Then I'd seriously consider getting a cheapo rat bike. Ride for 3-4 months this summer and if you are still alive and just HAVE to get a Harley than saw off an arm and a leg and get one.



And you WILL drop it. Maybe not while riding but possibly in a parking lot, garage, etc.
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Old 04-07-2003, 04:17 AM   #4
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If you have never ridden I might suggest the following:



1) Join the AMA

2) Get yourself into a MSF Riders course

3) Look for a couple year old Sportster 883 or a Buell Blast! This way you can find someone else who has fixed all the oil leaks

4) You might want a to look at a Honda Rebel as well for a first bike.



Don't get caught up in this Harley 100th BS. Also don't get caught up in these full dressers either. I've own them and then are big, slow and not very fun. I've had more fun on sportsers than any other Harley big.
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Old 04-07-2003, 04:34 AM   #5
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Excellent point. Lots of people like the idea of riding, but actually riding is another story all together. This is why we see more Harely-Davidson clothing stores than H-D dealerships. I often tell people to get a cheap ($3k) used bike to spend a seaon on. You can usually sell them for at least half what you paid for them, even if you dropped it and negelected it a bit. If you never ride again, you're out less than $2K, but if you become a real motorcyclist, you'll make a better buying decesion and never regret the dough you spent.
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Old 04-07-2003, 04:44 AM   #6
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I would say start out with a 500cc machine or smaller for at least a year before buying a Sportster or any other larger machine. That advise is from the experience of seeing too many people crash bikes that they couldn't handle. If you make it a whole year without a serious incident, go buy a Harley after that. As was said above join the AMA and take an MSF course. Get out on the road alot to get "real world" experience and wear protective gear.
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Old 04-07-2003, 04:49 AM   #7
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If you do want a Harley, don't waste time in the used bike market. Used ones are selling for nearly as much as new, so buy new and get the warranty.



Buy a used Japanese bike first to get some experience. Then if you decide to keep with riding go for the new HD.
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Old 04-07-2003, 04:55 AM   #8
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I.......sssss........thhhhhe....spo....r..s..ter.. . r....e..a...l...y... (ops sorry my hands were still vibrating from getting off a sportster.) The sportster is not really a good beginers bike... No Harley is. You didn't state your size/wieght.

even the 883's can be a handlefull to pick up after a fall. There are plenty of good beginner bikes out there, that other beginers have out grown. You will out grow a buell Blast real fast.
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Old 04-07-2003, 05:04 AM   #9
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an older used dual sport might be an option for you, you can practice braking and balance offroad without having to worry about cars, then after your MSF course you'll be able to ride it on the street and see if you still like it, THEN you can get something like an SV650. They have plenty of power, good brakes and handling and are light and compact, Sportsters are still fairly heavy bikes even though they're light for HD's it's not a good idea to jump in with a spendy bike while you're still learning. light and cheap is the way to go to start.
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Old 04-07-2003, 05:12 AM   #10
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also, here's an interesting point.





when I first started riding, I was all about the harley. woo. american, big, loud, great image, etc. I bought a honda cb550 as a 'learner' (1000 bucks, 2000 miles and in perfect condition) and soon found out that there is no way I could ride a cruiser style bike. they just don't do corners the way I want to.





I recommend you do the same. buy "a bike" and you may find that you are not a cruiser person.
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