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Old 01-22-2010, 04:15 PM   #21
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Harley engineering at its finest.....bit of paint, shocks that don't work, dog slow motor and a fat front tire.....something to make all Americans proud. Honda et al, send your engineers home and hire a painter in a beret!
Honda's already copied it.

Check out the flat black Shadow chop job.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:52 PM   #22
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Honda shadow Phanton I think your refering to
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:40 PM   #23
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Can you guys all just copy and paste your posts from the last Harley thread? Saves typing.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:01 AM   #24
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Someone on another forum said the "48" comes from the year the first peanut tank appeared.(?)

The fat front tire was also a design feature of a bike I rode for a few years, the Suzuki 800cc Marauder.

The 48 is a great looking bike, but I don't care for Sportsters with a.shortened suspension, and b.forward controls, since both contribute to scraping hard parts in a shower of sparks when cornering. I'll stick with my 2008 XL883 with the full length shocks and forks, and the standard controls. But like the Nightster and the Iron, I'm sure HD will sell a bunch of these.I prefer my Sportsters to be able to go into a corner at least a little bit hot without having to worry about solid steel parts touching down. I haven't scraped anything yet on my '06.

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Old 01-23-2010, 09:43 AM   #25
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Someone on another forum said the "48" comes from the year the first peanut tank appeared.(?)

The fat front tire was also a design feature of a bike I rode for a few years, the Suzuki 800cc Marauder.

The 48 is a great looking bike, but I don't care for Sportsters with a.shortened suspension, and b.forward controls, since both contribute to scraping hard parts in a shower of sparks when cornering. I'll stick with my 2008 XL883 with the full length shocks and forks, and the standard controls. But like the Nightster and the Iron, I'm sure HD will sell a bunch of these.I prefer my Sportsters to be able to go into a corner at least a little bit hot without having to worry about solid steel parts touching down. I haven't scraped anything yet on my '06.

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Your Sporty really really really needs a Storz conversion and a 1200cc kit!

BTW fat front tires have been a design feature of American motorcycles since the 1920s or something like that.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:05 AM   #26
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I like it. But +1 on the forward controls and ridiculously low shocks. Not functional and I still can't figure out why people think that look is cool.

I don't hate on the poser thing as much as some because 1) I really like the bobber look, and 2) I don't have the mechanical ability, time, tools, or space to do it myself. I hope I'm not posing by riding my Buell with tons of design and engineering gee-wizardry that I could never do myself either.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:19 PM   #27
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I've been riding rats all my life. Can I be a wannabe too?

Any bike I own looks like a rat in a pretty short time.......
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:25 PM   #28
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I like the idea of a blackened bike in lieu of chrome just from a cosmetic maintence prospective. HD has that flat black paintjob they offer on the glide but still only with a chrome engine (that I'm aware of). But I think on my next bike shopping venture (cira 2020) Ill go for more of a sport tourer rather then a cruiser bagger. Being OCD dont help get out of the driveway any quicker.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:54 PM   #29
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The one with the black tank looks best (my opinion).



However, 2.1 gallons doesn't work for me. I'd replace the tank pronto. I love the look of this bike. It beats the heck out of the Honda Shadow; no comparison. I'd probably be the only guy riding it wearing an Icon jacket and a full-face helmet, though. Not that I care.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:09 PM   #30
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I'd probably be the only guy riding it wearing an Icon jacket and a full-face helmet, though. Not that I care.
Doesn't that sort of make you an XR1200 type of Sportster guy? I like that bike; it was a hoot to ride. Bet they'll be scarce as hen's teeth in a 10 years; people will be wishing they'd bought one "when they were only..."
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