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post #61 of 80 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 2019, 3:45 pm
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My 01 Road King tips the scales at a tad below 800 lbs. An Ultra Classic would be pushing close to 1000lbs. Not definitive of the entire model line up but the touring models are the biggest sellers by a good margin. So the 1/2 ton statement may leak a little but overall holds water.

I also hope some of the newer more sporty models take hold.
I added a lot of weight on my Road King, did just the opposite on two Ducatis. But, to answer the original question, yes, my 916 and 999R got a lot of compliments and there are times even the Harley crowd liked them. I think there was this twin connection going on.

What I like a lot about the Goldwing I bought compared to the Road King I had, it has reverse! No comparison but two totally different bikes. However, the Road King, after I redid the suspension was more fun in the hills, better clearance for one.

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Heavy is heavy, you donít need to put a number on it. 800# vs 1000# doesnít matter if you canít pick it up or push it.
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I've had one (1) comment from an HD rider................It was about the Hyper I had just bought.

"Looks fast and uncomfortable." To wit I replied, "Indeed, uncomfortably fast." He saw zero (0) humor.

To each his own, I'm too old to care what anybody rides or why, as long as they get out in the wind and enjoy themselves. I myself have had my encounters with HD. Rather wrench on a Duck................
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I printed this and it sits on the wall behind the bar in our Sunday ride pub.

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I guess everyone needs someone to hate.
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I printed this and it sits on the wall behind the bar in our Sunday ride pub.

I know this is supposed to be a joke, but it reminded me of something that happened on the way to Austin, TX for the MotoGP races this year. I was leading a group of five bikes and was running 82-83 mph, bucking a brutal headwind. I checked my rearview and noticed we were a couple bikes short. We pulled over and waited a few minutes for them to catch up. Turns out a guy on a '96 Softail couldn't get more than about 75 mph out of his bike.

I didn't mind riding slower and it took some of the pressure off, but I was surprised that a modern "road bike" couldn't maintain highway speeds.

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Something was definitely wrong with it. My wife had a Ď95 Soft Tail and it wouldnít have a problem with that even loaded down for touring. There is a faction of Harley riders that does absolutely nothing to their bikes except ride them. They treat them like they treat their cars, even take them to the dealer for an oil change. The thing is, you can get away with it with a Harley. I havenít done anything to mine maintenance wise, in years. Oil change by me last year, new tires at a motorcycle shop, ride it. I have enough to do keeping my other bikes running.
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I took a lunch ride (mixed bikes) on Thursday with some folks from our IT Organization (3 H-D's, 1 Kawi Ninja - small displacement... 300 maybe?, and an fz-09).

At the end of the ride one of the HD guys said "I had to stay away from the Ducati to be able to hear my exhaust"... had the DB-Buster out from a weekend ride in PA with a buddy.

So that was good... but I'll probably take the Tiger to the next ride, they're a 'lay back and enjoy the scenery' crew. I don't think I cracked 6000 rpm once the whole ride.

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When I ride my Ducati with my Harley buds Iím constantly having to wait for them, and Iím not riding at all aggressively. I miss the group I used to ride with. Theyíd fly through the twisties showering sparks from the running boards. I had to change pipes on my SuperGlide because I was grinding the mufflers away and it lifted my rear wheel, and I was chasing Dressers !

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When I ride my Ducati with my Harley buds Iím constantly having to wait for them, and Iím not riding at all aggressively. I miss the group I used to ride with. Theyíd fly through the twisties showering sparks from the running boards. I had to change pipes on my SuperGlide because I was grinding the mufflers away and it lifted my rear wheel, and I was chasing Dressers !
I want to put running boards on my new-to-me 2011 FXDC with the 2" forward mid-controls, but am nervous about lifting the rear wheel in the corners. do the running boards hinge enough to keep this from happening?

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