Debi and I were asked to go with some friends to a Harley Davidson Demo ride at one of the Dealers today. One friend wants to get an ElectraGlide so his wife will be more comfortable on rides. He'll keep his 1100 VStar for around town Solo rides. The other friend has a Harley Duce I think it's called.
Anyway, Debi has never ridden anything but her 900 LT. She works with these guys and was excited about going. So off we go.
She wanted to ride an 07 Heritage Soft Tail Classic. But they didn't have that particular bike and now she doesn't want to ride. I had to PUSH thru the Wining... and tell her to ride something similar like a Fat Boy. Same motor, same 6 speed tranny, same chassis I think. Then the wining about that she can't plant BOTH feet on the ground. I was about to give her some Cheese to go with that Wine..but she relented and decided to ride.
OH, NOW we have a WHOLE different attitude when we finished. Man she came off of that Fat Boy with a HUGE grin, loving that bike, the extra power, smooth tranny, she just had a BLAST riding it and she really wants to try out the Heritage Classic some day.
I went with her and tried the 07 Road King which I really had a strong desire to ride since I sat on it months ago. Well my desire is GONE, I've gotten it OUT of my system. That thing SHAKES like nothing I've ever ridden. Oh it's pretty smooth while you are moving, but anytime you pull that clutch in, or are stopped, it will shake you to DEATH!!! I don't get it, how anyone actually likes this.
Now it wasn't ALL bad. The 6 speed tranny was smooth and wonderful, the power was OK, not like the V2K, but with some pipes, intake etc..etc..it may run strong, but I wouldn't call it a slug in stock form. I loved the way it was geared. Running around in town at 50 mph was a 3rd or 4th gear ride. 5th and 6th aren't needed yet. Nicely geared for the hwy. The fit and finish, and all the controls are cool, floating floorboards kept some of the vibration at bay. It was comfortable, and I liked the Rear Brake feel much better than my V2K's rear Brake. It was my first Harley ride, and I was semi impressed. Next time I'll try the Fat Boy or one of the Soft Tails with counter balanced motors. I didn't feel like getting in line again today.
But Debi is in LOVE, we may lose her to Harley someday... But that day is NOT today...
It was a fun day nevertheless...friends, bikes, good weather...