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Will I become a RAT?

That’s the question. I’ve pretty much decided to buy that new 2006 Rocket Classic. But, I can’t buy it until next month, when I can put some cash into the deal.

Chris is talking about taking a two-up trip out to Yuma, and some other places over the winter, when… Continue reading

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

Every morning when I get up, I check weather.com to see the day’s forecast. If there’s no rain, I’m riding the Sporty to work. I’ve come to depend on them to give me the straight scoop about the weather, but, today, they let me down. The original forecast for today… Continue reading

Wanna Buy a Sportster?

Actually, you probably don’t. In fact, I doubt anyone will.

But I put a sales ad on Craig’s List and Backpage.com, with an asking price of $12,500. With all the extras on the bike, you never know, someone might bite.

The thing is, the more I know about the Rocket,… Continue reading

Decisions have Consequences

In this case, it’s the consequence of financing a motorcycle, with the terrible first-year depreciation that motorcycles have. The NADA Book gives my Sporty a trade-in value of $6,000. I owe 14k. No matter how you cut it, thats bad math for any hope of a trade-in.

There’s a glut… Continue reading

Jumping to the Dark Side

A lot of people are Harley enthusiasts. They wouldn’t cross the street to spit on a Japanese bike. Whatever else you may think of the MoCo, they certainly inspire customer loyalty. I like ‘em myself, which is why I bought one.

I’ve been thinking about getting a Road King, maybe… Continue reading

My "Girl’s Bike"

I don’t think the Sportster is a “beginner’s bike”. In fact, I don’t think any Harley is a beginner’s bike. They’re all too heavy, for one thing. Even the Sportster weighing in the neighborhood of 580 pounds is a pretty hefty bike. A beginner will certainly drop it in situations… Continue reading

Back in the saddle!

I finally got my Bike back today. They even washed ‘er up for me. And, since they fixed the bent tail-light post, she looks as good as new. The problem with the oil leak went farther than the oil pump, however. They had to replace several hoses, clamps, and O-rings… Continue reading

Still No Bike

Yeah, it’s still in the shop.

On Friday, they replaced the oil pump, then ran the engine for a while, and set it on some cardboard to be sure it didn’t leak. Unfortunately it was still leaking. So they had to crack her open again, and this time found a… Continue reading

No Bike

For a couple of days, it’s back to the truck for me. I noticed the bike had developed an oil leak, So I called to see if I could get it into the shop.

Biggs Harley couldn’t schedule an appointment for me until 12 September. I called San Diego Harley,… Continue reading

Ride Like a Pro DVD

I got the Ride Like a Pro IV DVD a few days ago, and watched it that evening. It’s a pretty good instructional DVD.

First, though, a negative point. Cops are not funny. If they were, we’d pay them to make us laugh. That isn’t what we pay them to… Continue reading

Turn, Turn, Turn

Well, it’s been nine days since I made an entry, here, thanks to the press of other business. I suppose I should catch everyone up.

After dropping the bike, then having to wait a few days to heal up a bit before getting back on, I found that I was… Continue reading

Back in the Saddle!

My arm felt well enough to ride the bike today. It still twinges a little bit when I twist my wrist in a certain way, but other than that, I can grip the clutch level with no problem, and steer the bike properly. It felt great to take the bike… Continue reading

A Jones Worse than China White

My wrist is in a brace still from my fall Friday, so I had to drive the truck to work today.

Hated it.

I can’t wait to get back on the bike and ride. Once you get bitten by this motorcycle bug, it really grabs ahold of you.

Dropped It

Well, I guess it had to happen sometime. I dropped the bike, and sprained my wrist in the process.

I was in a parking lot–again–and was turning into a parking space at a very slow speed. Too slow, i guess, because, without any warning, the bike just low-sided me. My… Continue reading

1000 Miles

Actually, it’s 1,124 miles. This weekend, I took the bike in for it’s 1,000-mile service. It only took me 20 days to rack up those miles, even though I’ve really only taken the bike to work and back. Putting those miles on the bike, by the way, only cost about… Continue reading

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