Buyer’s Remorse

I love my sporty, but when I went into the dealership today for a quick trip, I took another look at the Dynas. Man, the more I think about it, the more I wish I’d bought one. Or, more precisely, wish I could’ve bought one. I had enough money to buy a nice Sportster, but buying a Dyna with all the same mods would’ve been more than I can afford right now. If hadn’t bought a new Ram 2500 a few months ago, I could afford it, but, well, I did, and that’s that.

They sure do look nice, though, and they feel nice when you sit on ’em.

For some reason, they feel less top-heavy than the Sportster, even though they weigh considerably more.

They also have a six-speed tranny, which seems like it would be nice for highway driving.

Well, maybe next time…

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

4 thoughts on “Buyer’s Remorse”

  1. Go to the HD website, they just posted all of their 2008 models yesterday, and introduced a new Dyna and a new Softail.

  2. Ok, so I finally broke down and got a google account so I can comment a bit more freely than I can on the HD Forums (I ride an ’04 Honda Shadow 750).

    I’m only 5’3″ short guy, and I need a bike that fits, primarily…all else is secondary, unfortunately. My criteria for a replacement of the Shadow is around $10k, 45+mpg, low enough for my 26″ inseam (28″ barefoot leg length), powerful enough to run on the highway, maneuverable city traffic, parking lots, and garages, and is powerful enough to get on the highway. I even threw in the “negotiable” caveats as EFI and cast wheels so I could run either tube or tubeless tires. I sat on a LOT of bikes from every manufacturer I could find, and only two made the final list…the Honda VTX 1300 Retro and the Sportster Low. the Honda is more of a “comfy cruiser” of the two, than a fun, nimble commuter. The Sportster is more of a fun, nimble commuter than a “comfy cruiser”. So I rented a Sportster with the goal of actually ELIMINATING it from my list! I took it where it would be the least comfortable…over 200 miles on interstate. It wasn’t broken in yet, but they didn’t tell me anything about that when they briefed me on the bike. I had it up to 90 a few times, and barely touched 100 mph once. Stock seat, windshield, 20 mph crosswind. Then I ran it through a currently unused MSF course. Disappointed in my level of newbie “expertise”, but more than pleased with the bike. After 331 miles, I couldn’t scratch it off the list! So I thought, “what do I really USE a bike for?” Most of my use fits the Sportster perfectly, and I’ve shown myself with another seat, windshield, and maybe saddlebags, I can actually GO SOMEWHERE on it! So I choose the Sportster Low for my particular needs and riding style. I won’t rule out the Honda VTX as another bike in the future, but I probably won’t want to get rid of the Sporty either. I’ll have two. But, I’m not ruling out a Softail either. LOL! I’m just not ready to drop almost $20k on a bike right now.


  3. “For some reason, they feel less top-heavy than the Sportster, even though they weigh considerably more.”

    That’s because they are less top heavy than the Sportster. Unlike the rest of the HD lineup, the sportster isn’t really a cruiser. It is a retro-sportbike initially designed to compete with the Nortons and Triumphs of yesteryear’s British invasion.

  4. Jeff’s right about an important point. I briefly alluded to this over at QandO: the Sportster was the first of the “superbikes”, designed for Grand National racing. All the FX bikes (e.g., Dyna Glide) are modifications of the X — Sportster — frame to accommodate the Big Twin engines. Those frames are wider and longer at the bottom. The sensation of their being “less top-heavy” than the Sportsters is not mistaken. It’s because the FX’s are actually a sort of bastardization of the essence of the Sportster, in the direction of a cruiser.

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