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Old 09-06-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:17 PM   #2
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Project bikes... project bikes.... I loves project bikes.

Any plans to get rid of the apehangers? Few things are more uncomfortable than apehangers.

By that way "accessory backrest" is better known as a "sissybar".
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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Its a nice idea to check out how accessories but making the exhaust louder isn't a cruising accessory for 500 mile days and the batwing fairing looks bizarre, like a pair of pants low on the youth's hips, with the bars rising up far above like exposed underwear.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:41 AM   #4
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The #1 long-range riding upgrade to the last 3 bikes I've owned ('77 FXS, 2001 ZG1000, 07 DL1000) has been the saddle. The HD had a Mustang touring saddle, the Kawi came with a Sargent, and the Suzuki has a Rick Myer that I put on for long trips. Those narrow "gunfighter" seats look great, but they don't cut it for more than a one-day ride.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:48 AM   #5
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MSRP on the HighBall is $18,999...
MSRP on the Cross Country (with fairing, stereo, ABS, cruise, etc) is $18,999...
If you're going to tour on it, maybe the HardBall is the wrong model to choose. Of course you'll miss out on those 16" spoke rims w/ innertubes, those groovy apehangers, and all the flat black treatments.

If you get a flat tire on a road trip you'll be glad you have the tubeless tires... plug and go.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:21 AM   #6
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Looks pretty good, the fairing takes away the gawkyness of the stock headlight which IMO looks like something off a '50's girls Schwinn bicycle. Overall a nice clean look which would look much better once you actually paint over the stock primer ( I know, I know, it's supposed to look like that...)

A louder exhaust isn't something that would work for me, I have hearing damage and that "deep throaty rumble" everyone is after creates a pretty painful resonance in my ears. Makes for an unpleasent riding experiance and pretty well guarentees my bikes will have stock exhaust.

The heated grips on the other hand are a God send here in the frosty North and on my list for this Fall, All in all I think you guys did a great job and wound up with a pretty nice looking bike. Hope it works out for you.
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MSRP on the HighBall is $18,999...
MSRP on the Cross Country (with fairing, stereo, ABS, cruise, etc) is $18,999...
If you're going to tour on it, maybe the HardBall is the wrong model to choose. Of course you'll miss out on those 16" spoke rims w/ innertubes, those groovy apehangers, and all the flat black treatments.

If you get a flat tire on a road trip you'll be glad you have the tubeless tires... plug and go.
Yeah, I don't get the whole "premium pricing" for the HardBall. I have a '12 CCT and I've got heated seats, heated grips, tourpack, hard lowers, abs, cruise, 4 speaker stereo...also have the accessory backrest...and I was out the door for less coin than a stock HardBall.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:58 AM   #8
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Project bikes... project bikes.... I loves project bikes.

Any plans to get rid of the apehangers? Few things are more uncomfortable than apehangers.

By that way "accessory backrest" is better known as a "sissybar".
Trust me, "backrest" is a more fitting description. It's built like those old angle iron bed frames and the back looks like something stolen off a bar stool...a nice barstool, but a barstool none the less
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:03 PM   #9
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MSRP on the HighBall is $18,999...
MSRP on the Cross Country (with fairing, stereo, ABS, cruise, etc) is $18,999...
If you're going to tour on it, maybe the HardBall is the wrong model to choose. Of course you'll miss out on those 16" spoke rims w/ innertubes, those groovy apehangers, and all the flat black treatments.

If you get a flat tire on a road trip you'll be glad you have the tubeless tires... plug and go.
Don't forget the extra $3700 they spent on just the parts here. After labor, you're at like, what?, $23k?

Sorry Victory, I can think of other ways to spend $23k.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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Don't forget the extra $3700 they spent on just the parts here. After labor, you're at like, what?, $23k?

Sorry Victory, I can think of other ways to spend $23k.
Me too!



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Or go slightly used and have 4 bikes.
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