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I grew up riding dirt bikes, never considered an HD, always wanted a sport bike. Two knee surgeries later I gave up the dirt, so my exw bought me a 83 GL750. It was a great bike but I felt like I needed a jean jacket and my mullet back to ride it. I rode it for a couple years and then told her I wanted something newer, she was a paramedic so a sport bike was a hard no. I went to look at a sportster R and spotted an 02 Vrod and just had to have it. I rode that bike for 10 years and LOVED it. Once we moved to the great white north I didn't ride as much and I work nights so I see deer several times a week, so it got sold.

The leather, studs and such doesn't bother me, it's what they like, and some were douche bags as with some in the mustang community. But the "gang" I rode with, The Southern Cruisers, they were mostly great people that would go out of their way to help you. That group rode every Tuesday and Saturday, if the weather was bad they would take the "cages" to dinner somewhere. They raised piles of money for St Judes as well.

How about we try to judge a person by their actions instead of their bike and wardrobe?
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How about we try to judge a person by their actions instead of their bike and wardrobe?
I don't judge by the bike really. But if a guy who is dressed in $1000 worth of Harley branded gear I'm afraid I'm going to have a reaction. Mostly I hope they got a gift certificate with purchase of a new bike but generally I feel like they bought into an image. At the same time they'll tell you a motorcycle is about freedom and what not. It's a juxtaposition. I just ride motorcycles. Mostly alone. If many Harley riders were the last person on the planet they probably wouldn't ride their motorcycle anymore.

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How about we try to judge a person by their actions instead of their bike and wardrobe?
I don't judge by the bike really. But if a guy who is dressed in $1000 worth of Harley branded gear I'm afraid I'm going to have a reaction. Mostly I hope they got a gift certificate with purchase of a new bike but generally I feel like they bought into an image. At the same time they'll tell you a motorcycle is about freedom and what not. It's a juxtaposition. I just ride motorcycles. Mostly alone. If many Harley riders were the last person on the planet they probably wouldn't ride their motorcycle anymore.
Lol me thinks you assume to much.
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Well let's put it this way, if I don't wear a Toyota Camry shirt how will people know I drive such a sweet machine?
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I have never wanted a Harley but I do like my K1600.

I have been over most of the continent on it.

With 160 horsepower it makes a good Harley hunter
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...I just ride motorcycles. Mostly alone...
Well said brother - me, too. For me, it's really just a form of transportation, and a darn good one in SoCal where you can lane split to skip to the front of the traffic light while passing up 50 cagers sitting in traffic texting on their cell phones taking an hour+ to go 8 miles. I wear an ol' leather "biker" jacket that's been my riding jacket for 20+ years because it's as solid and heavy as a tank, and I wear a full face (modular) helmet when using the bike for commuting because, well, of those cagers texting on their cell phones...

To the OP - I say buy the bike, or tell your buddy he's got a buyer on this forum for it!

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My favorite Harley. 09 Electra Glide Standard, matte black, RK laced wheels, lots of chrome, fishtails, 103 kit. When I bought it my wife thought it was ugly, by the time I was done with it, she was impressed.

My second favorite bike was a 2014 Indian, rode like a caddy.

Im currently riding a 1999 Shadow Ace Tourer. A bit under powered, but a classy looking ride.

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Well let's put it this way, if I don't wear a Toyota Camry shirt how will people know I drive such a sweet machine?
Hahahahaha!! Now that’s funny.

But honestly Camry is Americas most reliable vehicle, so why not show that pride and make sure everyone around you knows?!

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Neat thread. First bike was a '76 Yamaha XS-500, then a Maxim 700 before my 2004 HD V-Rod. Unfortunately the bike sits more than anything, but it takes minimal care and feeding...
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Unfortunately the bike sits more than anything, but it takes minimal care and feeding...
I agree! As much as I'd love to be the true lifestyle biker, riding around wherever the road takes me as much as possible, sleeping on a serape blanket by a fire all Summer, face burnt from wind, sun and dust, hands black from wrenching... wait, no I don't actually want that. I like showers and my king size bed with clean sheets.

I think the folly of a lot of us guys who have to deal with real life most of the time is thinking that because we aren't on the open road 24/7 we need to sell our motorcycles. I've fallen for it too. I've now come to sort of an understanding that it's there when I need it and not inconveniencing me too much when I don't. I've learned to stop feeling bad about not putting 12k miles on my motorcycle(s) each year.

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Lane splitting.
Sorry, but that's the stupidest thing ever. The way it's generally done here is why there's two
types of motorcycle riders...... those that have been in an accident and those that are going to be
in an accident.
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So you hate Harleys but you're thinking about buying one.
You might as well buy a Chevy Camaro and complete the betrayal.
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