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Old 09-23-2005, 05:15 PM   #51
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Um, CG was being sarcastic.
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Old 09-23-2005, 05:15 PM   #52
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Default Why does it have to be a Hardly?

All your experience is on a 125cc dirt bike. May I suggest that you get some experience on a dual-purpose bike before you spend lots of $ on a H-D?



If you absolutely MUST have a Harley, then never mind. I shouldn't have posted anything at all.



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Old 09-23-2005, 05:36 PM   #53
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I'm a bit late to the .02 party. If you like the sportster, nab a test ride and see if it is something you want in your garage.

Size wise, from the looks of the couples I see running around on big twins, they should be competing with full size trucks for payload honors.

Give it a go and tell us how it turns out.

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Old 09-23-2005, 07:39 PM   #54
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Holy cow. That was actually on-topic, thoughtful, and intelligent.
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Old 09-23-2005, 07:47 PM   #55
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"When buying a bike you should consider what you want to do with it. Then make sure the bike is going to be able do those things."



EXACTLY.



Any global statements about a particular bike's worthiness are nonsense. A 250 Ninja would be a lousy Kansas bike. In New Hampshire, it would kick ass (and a Hayabusa would be wasted.)
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Old 09-23-2005, 07:53 PM   #56
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It kills me that an 883cc, 550-pound bike could be considered a "girl's bike", a "beginner's bike", or (god help us) "small."



Sportsters are cool. My dream garage would have an 883R, a Buell XB12R, and the new Triumph 600 triple.



And a Vespa. Because scooters are cool, too.
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Old 09-24-2005, 04:07 AM   #57
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Yeah, my wife always complains about my power at the crank.
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Old 09-24-2005, 05:11 AM   #58
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Default Re: Is a Sportster Too Small?

I guess the 'volume control' in place of a throttle that actually does anything wouldn't fit into the compensating category though, or the beanie helmet with stickers all over it?

By your thinking any man not wearing women's clothing is "compensating" and is a fine example of the way women think.
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Old 09-24-2005, 05:20 AM   #59
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Default Re: Is a Sportster Too Small?

The answer to your first question: YES it is too small physically for your frame.



Now I have one for you: Do you really WANT a Harley? If so, try a Buell and it will be more enjoyable in the long run...If not, there are many far less expensive, more well-rounded choices than a Sporty (SV650, EN650, Bandit 1200, ZRX1200R)
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Old 09-24-2005, 10:54 AM   #60
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as an experienced dirt rider, you must ask yourself if you like wheelies. if the answer is yes, even ocasionaly you will never be happy with a harley, if you think you might even occasionaly ride two up get a BIKE WITH SOME SNOT, basicly if your previous mount is an anemic 10hp four stroke 125 you could probably be happy with a harley, if it's a fire breathing two stroke, buy a real deal liter class naked and know that it is a bike you can really enjoy!
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