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Old 18-08-2009, 10:08 PM
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Only the 1250 XR and the Vrod is ground breaking in anyway, but tradition rules there along with it s antiquated values. Buell led the way until HD bought the company and brought them down to their level. Although still a superior product, than the standard HD range.
The Vrod served two purposes
1) It gave HD a water cooled engine that will probably be required to meet future motorcycle legislation in the US (noise, emissions etc)
2) It expanded the product range into the "technical" cruiser market

Letís not forget that the bikes, in particular the "big twins" are big, heavy but rugged, designed primarily for the American market. By that I mean their poor road conditions and extreme climate. If you don't know what I mean try riding out there. Their weight and handling makes them less suitable for European roads but they still compete with the Japanese cruisers.

To try and compare the big twins (Dyna, softail, tourers) with bikes like the V-Max would be ridiculous as they are not in the same market.

As far as Buell is concerned I have a 2001 X1 Lightning which has given me 7 years of trouble free biking fun. I would not trade consider trading in for a newer bike as I donít particularly like their latest offerings. Not that there is anything wrong with them, they are just not my thing.
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Old 18-08-2009, 10:17 PM
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A better compare would be the Big Honda Kawasaki or Yamaha V twins, plenty to choose from, or Triumphs Rocket3 or new Thunderbird 1700 Twin. That is def aimed at the us market. My biggest gripe about HD apart from the price is the appalling brakes, no excuse for that.
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A better compare would be the Big Honda Kawasaki or Yamaha V twins, plenty to choose from, or Triumphs Rocket3 or new Thunderbird 1700 Twin. That is def aimed at the us market. My biggest gripe about HD apart from the price is the appalling brakes, no excuse for that.
At least now we are finally getting down to the detail. Yes Harleys have been blighted with poor braking in the past. A legacy of the American market (as are their cars) Not so much now though because many of the bikes have twin front rotors and much bigger rear disc. The other issue for me which is still prevalent is the quality of finish on the fixings. The plating is not good.

One feature I love is the left and right hand controls for the self cancelling indicators. Also the hazard light functions. Why donít other bikes have this?
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Old 19-08-2009, 07:07 AM
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The chrome on mine is excellent quality,apart from the wheel rims,which is crap.The clear coating on the forks and yokes was crap.The brakes were ok,but easily made better by using non H.D pads.
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Old 19-08-2009, 08:35 AM
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One feature I love is the left and right hand controls for the self cancelling indicators. Also the hazard light functions. Why donít other bikes have this?
BMW's since the K series first came out has both these functions. But most Japanese bikes don't nor the hazard lights , .......... must resist must resist ..... nah fuck it


They dont need Hazards as often as HD do.
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Old 19-08-2009, 01:22 PM
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Oh shaggy wot Bike have you got ?
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Old 19-08-2009, 01:54 PM
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955i Speed Triple and a Vmax trike. And Pug how long did you own your Harley before it broke ?

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Old 19-08-2009, 02:03 PM
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955i Speed Triple and a Vmax trike. And Pug how long did you own your Harley before it broke ?
hasn't broke at all

oh it does 65mpg at 80mph two up with all me rally luggage
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Old 19-08-2009, 02:04 PM
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So it didnt bugger the Stator within 3 weeks of purchase then ? Damn those RAC vans are econimical ehh
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So it didnt bugger the Stator within 3 weeks of purchase then ? Damn those RAC vans are econimical ehh
Stator was buggered when i got it £38 to replace it so not too bad and it still didn't break down

its never been in a recovery truck not even mine

still for a 17 year old bike it seems to plod along nicely enuf
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Old 19-08-2009, 02:14 PM
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Stator was buggered when i got it £38 to replace it so not too bad and it still didn't break down

its never been in a recovery truck not even mine

still for a 17 year old bike it seems to plod along nicely enuf


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bugger it blown the Stator on me Harley
how difficult are they to change ?

any special tools needed ?

apart from the Stator wot other parts Gaskets e.t.c will i need ?

Was only going by your words, Jolly good not so bad then. Still loved yer swimming chop. Pity you had to sell that on.
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Old 19-08-2009, 02:18 PM
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Was only going by your words, Jolly good not so bad then. Still loved yer swimming chop. Pity you had to sell that on.
yer i miss that little black chop things move on the Project Bike when its finished will make up for that

then i'll have summit else to have fun on

course it being me first Harley Project i reckon i'll still know fuck all about afterwards
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You clearly never owned one, never mind you will one day
Why do HD owners always say that. I have been riding for 45 years and have never sat astride a Harley, let alone owned one and as I get older, the odds of having one are getting longer. I have nothing against them and a bike is something with two wheels, therefore most motorcycles qualify on those grounds. IF I was to own one it would be a WLA or WLC, so it wouldn't be decked in chrome and such, it's not my style, but each too his/her own......

Here's a few piccies of Harleys in service and one of a post war scrap sale.....

The bottom one is a Polish Sokol CWS M100, a licence built Harley with a 37mm Cannon on board, would be good for hidden speed camera vans....
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Old 20-08-2009, 09:43 PM
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Harleys are shit.

I can say that now I've sold mine.
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Old 20-08-2009, 09:58 PM
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Have you changed your job too ?
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Yea, months ago now. got fucked of with working every Saturday!

Plus a couple of other reasons.
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Dont blame ya that would do my sweed in too. Oh well, if anyone can voice experience ,
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Old 20-08-2009, 11:46 PM
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youd think they had figured out how to build a single cylinder lump by now eh. still, i suppose they will crack on with one just as soon as they have got the twins right!!!

First H-D was a single cylinder.......LOL

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The chrome on mine is excellent quality,apart from the wheel rims,which is crap.The clear coating on the forks and yokes was crap.The brakes were ok,but easily made better by using non H.D pads.
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Old 21-08-2009, 12:25 AM
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At the end of the day, we, as bikers get through a lot of rides before we know what we REALLY want. It may be a Harley bobber, a chrome spaceship, race rep or whatever. I guess I've found one of the bikes I'd like to ride forever but I'm still looking in case there are others..... Who knows, a Fantic with a GSXR engine in it....................
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How old was the wheel in that pic ?
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Just read over on HMVF that all the military Harleys are coming out of service and be up for sale / auction shortly . Photo taken at Witham Specialist Vehicles in Colsterworth showing present stocks .
WTF can I get one?

Anybody?
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WTF can I get one?

Anybody?
The link was fairly early on in the thread...

http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehi..._Davidson.htm#
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Only a complete tosser would have missed that!

Thank you Sir!

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How old was the wheel in that pic ?
6 1/2 years and 57k on the clock.

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Only a complete tosser would have missed that!

Thank you Sir!

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Tell that to my main man at the indy I use for tyre changing!

ps I do all my other servicing.
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