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2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible Review
 

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2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible Review

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Buzglyd 02-07-2012 10:56 AM

I really like this bike. That's a lotta damn dough though. I'd prefer to put the detachable stuff on a more standard soft tail and leave out some of the extra chrome.

H-D came out with the detachable hardware back in the 90s and it worked great on my Low Rider. I could go from pack mule to stripped down in seconds.

H-D has some nice models out now.

Can't wait for the adventure tourer! ;-)

The Spaceman 02-07-2012 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Buzglyd (Post 273055)

H-D came out with the detachable hardware back in the 90s and it worked great on my Low Rider. I could go from pack mule to stripped down in seconds.


I didn't know you had a Low-Rider. Maybe you're not a total loss after all. I did the same thing with mine, Memphis Shades quick-detach windscreen, removable bags, and a touring seat when the Mrs. would ride along.

About the review:

I guess the idea is to ride it to Daytona or Sturgis, put the bags and screen in the hotel, and then hit the bars. Did you get to ride the bike long enough to get a feel for how it would work on a road trip? There's a big difference between a few hours on the freeway and a fe days...

The level of detail on CVOs is amazing. I compared a few to the standard versions when I worked at Rossmeyer; an Ultra and a Fat Boy. There wasn't one fastener, one bit of paint, nothing that wasn't somehow tweaked, chromed, or upgraded on the CVOs vs. the standards. The DVO paint jobs are a story themselves; the layering, depth and detail of the finishes has to be seen to be believed.

Having said that, $30k for a Softail? No way, Josie.

sarnali2 02-07-2012 12:11 PM

Going from the K1600 to ANY Harley is going to be like riding a bus. You've crossed the Rubicon my friend, there's no going back.

Buzglyd 02-07-2012 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by sarnali2 (Post 273057)
Going from the K1600 to ANY Harley is going to be like riding a bus. You've crossed the Rubicon my friend, there's no going back.

I still would like a HOG for puttering around the beach. The 1600 is kind of overkill in bumper to bumper beach traffic.

sarnali2 02-07-2012 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Buzglyd (Post 273058)
I still would like a HOG for puttering around the beach. The 1600 is kind of overkill in bumper to bumper beach traffic.



Well that "72" Sporty looks to be the perfect beach/tavern hopper to me, grow a little hipster chin beard, break out the Chucks and metalflake helmet and off you go.

Wanna' borrow an oversize (for you anyway) flannel shirt? you'll nail the retro grunge look hands down! Tell 'em you just blew in from Seattle and vaguely refer to chillin' on Queen Anne for bonus points!

Buzglyd 02-07-2012 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by sarnali2 (Post 273060)
Well that "72" Sporty looks to be the perfect beach/tavern hopper to me, grow a little hipster chin beard, break out the Chucks and metalflake helmet and off you go.

Wanna' borrow an oversize (for you anyway) flannel shirt? you'll nail the retro grunge look hands down! Tell 'em you just blew in from Seattle and vaguely refer to chillin' on Queen Anne for bonus points!

My beard is too gray for that.

The hipsters now are all growing Rollie Fingers mustaches.

It's pretty funny being at the beach seeing a bunch of surf bums all waxed up.

The Spaceman 02-08-2012 06:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Buzglyd (Post 273058)
I still would like a HOG for puttering around the beach. The 1600 is kind of overkill in bumper to bumper beach traffic.

I thought you wanted the Yamaha PeeWee Herman MotorBike with tassles and a handlebar basket.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/PhotoG...Y125-Moegi.gif

Buzglyd 02-08-2012 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by The Spaceman (Post 273080)
I thought you wanted the Yamaha PeeWee Herman MotorBike with tassles and a handlebar basket.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/PhotoG...Y125-Moegi.gif

Forgot about that one Kmo.

I love that bike!

shalbleib 02-10-2012 01:29 PM

Seriously?
 
$27K hilarious


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