I am looking and testing new wheels. I am interested to know why you chose the bike you have. So many to choose from I am having a very tuff time putting my money out as the I see the next one go by.
Being female, their opinion is what I would really like to get, but if you guys have input, type it up!
Have been on the Dyna Low Rider, fits me well actually. Learned on the V Star and it also fits me well, they were both about the same size, so I think I am probably seriously considering the Dyna Low Rider.
I got the yellow Heritage in the picture from a woman who had it lowered front and rear. She ended up buying a new Heritage and had the same thing done to it. It is very easy to ride, control, and still has alot of shock travel.
I started with a Honda 450 about 30yrs ago. Stopped riding for 20yrs, got a sportster, loved it but wanted something bigger, got a roadking because it had the "Classic Harley" look. Bought a BMW K1200lt, (big touring bike), it's heavy and had problem with it. Selling it, gonna stick with Harleys, RK's been trouble free, plus dealers all over the country. (A consideration if you breakdown in Oskosh) I broke down in sturgis, beemer dealer there but next nearest was 250 miles away. Of course you don't have to make a lifetime commitment, you can always move up, Harleys do seem to hold there value a bit better than others. Good Luck, ride safe!
Ladies, check out the Dyna Low Rider and the new Dyna Custom. They both sit low to the ground and are well balanced good looking bikes. Make sure you sit on a lot of bikes before buying and I would recommend that you rent one or two before making a final decision. ;-)~
All great advice. I'm heeding it also. I also am having a difficult time choosing. I have been researching online. Looking at different makes/models reading specs..etc I have eliminated several and now have some notes to go on narrowing it down.
Next step....sitting on it. My pop taught me never buy a a vehicle w/o sitting in the seat. If it's not comfy don't get it.
I don't think I've ever researched anything as much as I have buying my bike.
First sort out what kind of ridding you will be doing. There is a huge difference in the 100 mile weekend and the 1000 mile road trip. I bought a 800 Drifter and after ridding it to the keys and back I realized that it was a bit small. Comfortable but small. It has a low center of gravity and I like that since I am not the biggest guy on the road. Light weight too. A great motorcyle for the Saturday poker run or the bikenight at the local hangouts. But not a cruiser. So I started looking at bigger bikes and quickly realized that I am opening another can of worms. Heavy cruiser are well, heavy. And not a lot of fun to wrestle around city traffic. Fortunately I am at a position in life where I desided that I need a second bike. That made the process a bit easier. Now I boiled it down to features. I wanted a windshield and fairing, floorboards was a must and I needed lots of cargo space. That brought it down to the Electra Glide Ultra Classic, the gold wing and the Yamaha Venture. I choose the Venture over the other 2 for very simple reasons. The wing just does not look like a motorcycle to me. It is the most comfortable ride I ever sat on but it looks like a over grown scooter. The Electra Glide fell by the way side because the Harley guy kept making deragatory remarks about my Kawasaki drifter and the high price tag. Dollar for dollar the venture was and is a great deal. Plus it comes with a 5 year unlimited milage warranty. I love the ride and it has AM/FM, Cassette and I had a 12 disc changer installed. Sorry for the long answer.
Rember if you like the feel and handleing of a motorcycle by changing to a sculpted seat or custom seat you can lower the seat hight by as much as 2.5 inches without affecting its handleing with a lowering kit. But go for a bike that feels right to you if we all had the same feelings about our bikes we would only have one brand
Maybe I wrote that wrong, I want to upgrade. I already have the HD 883 with a 1200 sporty. Been on it for a couple yrs now.
BlondeHarleyGirl~I also 5'2 and barely 107#, the sporty was a fab...Now for a stronger, lower, faster bike. I am not looking to be cheap (sorry cute loco), I am wondering on the handling for the long hauls. SpeedyJerry, I got your check list. Thanks ALL!!!
I ride a 750 Honda Shadow Aero.
2004. It's a new model for Honda and has shaft drive. I Love the ride and the looks of it. I get a lot of looks going down the road. It'll cruisie at 75 with no vibrations. It also fits me very well which is a big consideration, I think, when buying a bike. Don't want to be on my toes at a stop...Everyone has different tastes so shop and find one you love and feel comfortable with...:)
I bought a new Kawaski Concours because of the attitude of the Honda dealers and outrageous prices they wanted for used 1-2 year-old bikes. IOW, I was disgusted with the sales types.
THEN I started looking around, read about the Concours being rock solid, PLUS it was the BEST BANG for the buck. All the other types want five figures for their bikes, the Concours can be had for four figures. Runs like a striped ape too!
cmbiker2005 A.K.A. Clyde
'85 Maxim X
'04 Kawasaki Concours
ya really got to ask yourself what your lookin for and what your willin to spend on it. do you want to work on it yourself? will you be kepin it forever or plan to "upgrade" later? do ya plan on travelin on it or just putin round town with the ocational long trip? It may sound silly but jot down what you want on paper then go shopin. when you find a few choices start askin round. Dont let the sales rep sell ya you go out an find what you want/ need
I learned to ride on a harley, I have had 2 Sportsters and now I have a Dyna Wide Glide, the wide glide is a nicer ride and I wanted bigger. It holds me just fine when I am cruzing.
I just love Harleys so that is what I ride.
The Image, am I buying something just to look cool?
The Money, what can I afford?
The Maintenance, how many trips to the shop per 10000 mile's will it need?
The Ride, do I want something I can climb on and go 500 mile's a day comfortably or something to trailer there instead?
Ask Opinion's, when you decide on a model post it here and other place's to ask for feed back to see how other's like their's, might have little quirks and rattle's you may not like or require changes you are unaware of to make it better.
All the bike's are good today but some are better than others for different kinds of riding.
When I got my license, I thought I would get a Harley (guy I was dating / riding with, had one) Did NOT feel comfortable on Sportster, and didn't feel ready for anything bigger! Went to see a used Honda Shadow 750, but still didn't feel "right". My choice turned out to be a Yamaha V-Star 650. PURRRRFECT!!!! Had some work done to spruce it up -- sounds and runs great. Just something to consider.