No Need to Rename the Blog

I just got back from the Harley dealership, after ordering a set of LeatherPros bags and trunk, a tachometer, auxiliary running light kit, Stage I Air Cleaner, Screamin’ Eagle performance slip-ons, and an EFI remap.

I’m keeping he bike, obviously. Financially, it makes better sense just to keep the bike, and pay her off at the low monthly payment I have now. And if I’m gonna keep her, then I’m gonna fix her up the way I want her.

I also got to thinking that, back when I was a kid, a 1200cc bike was a monster. A bigger touring bike would be more comfortable for 2-up riding, but, really, I’m not gonna do a whole lot of that. If I do, it’ll be weekend trips, not long cross-country deals. So why burden myself with an extra payment that I simply don’t need?

I’ve already got a great bike, and there’s no reason at all not to be satisfied with her for a few years. So, I’m gonna pay the Harley Tax and do just that.

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.

2 thoughts on “No Need to Rename the Blog”

  1. There’s an article in the October 2005 issue of “American Rider” magazine about converting an XL1200C Sportster into what Buzz Buzzelli calls an “Ultra Classic Sportster Glide.”

    I did some of the stuff he recommends on my own Sportster. I don’t use so much for touring as commuting but some of the add ons have been perfect for my needs like the Quick Release Detachable Compact Shield, the Sissy Bar and especially the Sport Rack have come in real handy. I haven’t got a more comfortable seat yet, but that’s high on the list.

    Other things he recommends are Roadster Rear Shocks, Stainless steel braided brake line, and Saddlebages of course.

    Sounds like you’re well on the way to having your own version of the “Ultra Classic Sportster Glide.” Have fun and congrats.

  2. kano, good referance to American Rider, I love Buzz Buzzelli’s articles.

    I came to the fork in the road myself and opted to trade in my perfectly good 2006 1200C rather than invest the accessories. If I was gonna tour 1up maybe I would have kept it, but the wife leaves her sporty at home for long trips.

    Considering myself a Sportster lover I was very surprise at how much I like the ride of my slightly larger Dyna Low Rider. I have added detachable backrest with luggage rach and detachable saddlebags. Had to move the signals to do so. I still need a detachable shield.

    I feel alot more stable on the Dyna. I felt like anything in the world could knock me and the Sporty over. The Dyna feels more like a cruise missile. Also, the wider fork and handle bars give me a tighter turn radius improving the handling. I miss the cool forward controls on the 1200C but the mid controls offer better handling in the turns. What I mostly miss about the Sporty is the torque and the fact that I was always in the perfect riding position. I have to move around alot on the Dyna. Must be a small guy thing. I feel like a horse jockey. Anyway the Sporty felt cramped when the wife was on board so I upgraded and overall I am happy I did. The finances don’t look so good, but I’m smiling on the road.

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