I spent about a half hour talking to a local motorcycle cop about his new ride, a BMW R1200 RT-P. It’s the new bike that all the departments here in California are switching to for their Mary units. He just raved about it.
Well, I’ve never actually seen one up… Continue reading
Being a member of the Harley Davidson forums, I see a lot of people in the various HD forums making a lot of complaints about their bikes. Now, some complaints are good ones. “I just got a new bike, and the farble shaft was incorrectly aligned,” or “I was just… Continue reading
Now that I’ve had several post-Stage I days of riding the Sporty, I have to say that it doesn’t feel like the same bike I bought in July.
It pulls hard in every gear. Grab a handful of throttle and it wants to dump you off the back. It just… Continue reading
When I decided to get back into biking, I joined the Harley Davidson forums. It’s about the biggest, unofficial forum for Harley’s around. It’s generally full of good people, and good information
But, now, I’m remembering why I left the Usenet/forums/discussion groups world a few years ago. because on… Continue reading
When the bike was stock, it sounded like it was puffing hard when I pushed it just a little bit. The engine/exhaust sounds were really high… Continue reading
Out here in California, I see these long, braided leather things hanging off handlebars. I’ve always wondered what they were. I thought they were just some sort of silly decoration, but I had no idea what, if anything, they were supposed to signify. I’ve scoffed at them as just some… Continue reading
Tonight, we went and got a helmet for Chris, and when we got home, we took our first two-up ride. It wasn’t a very long one, only about 40 minutes, but it was fun. We did both some city driving, as well as a stretch on the freeway.
Chris liked… Continue reading
There’s a first test ride report here.
They’ve redesigned the suspension, frame, gas tank, changed the tires, moved the gauges… Continue reading
Well, it cost me almost $3,000 for parts and labor, but I’ve added all the mods I wanted to add for the Sporty. Here she is:
I added all the new stuff in one fell swoop. First, I did a complete Stage I engine upgrade. I added the Screamin’ Eagle… Continue reading
When I got back to the office from lunch today, I left the keys in the Sporty. I saw the lights were still on about an hour later. after work, I hopped on, hit the starter…and it wouldn’t start.
I ended up having to push my bike out of the… Continue reading
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,… Continue reading
Well, you know, I’m so conflicted on this it’s not even funny. A week ago I was dead set to buy the Rocket. Today, I’m thinking that I could just get saddlebags, Stage 1, and maybe a 55-tooth rear sprocket for lower RPM highway cruising, and just keep the Sporty… Continue reading
What will I do if I can’t pick up that Rocket next month? Well, Obviously, I’ll just keep the Sportster. While I’d obviously like a bigger bike, what can’t be done, can’t be done.
But, on the other hand, what can be done…will be. I mean, at the end… Continue reading
Well, it seems my posts about the Rocket aren’t making some people happy. I got the following email from a reader.
HD knows their target market and guys like you and I are the bullseye.
Its not about riding a perfectly built bike, it never has been.
Its about riding… Continue reading