Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: dunedin, FL, USA
i traded my '03 harley dyna 3yrs ago in daytona for my '04kgt, which now has 40k miles on it. while loving my k, i never quite got the harley urge out of my heart and mind. the sound and mystique when i saw them on the road still exhillerated me inside. even though while riding my k, i usually remarked to myself what a dream it was to ride, the harley was always there, like a passionate affair for a married man. just couldnt shake it. last month i made the rounds of some harley dealers, pricing trade-in values and what have u. when i told the salesman i was interested in the electraglide standard, he pointed to my mistake, said the electeaglide deluxe had chrome on it(and was only $3000 higher). i flinched, thinking i hadnt equated chrome with value or riding pleasure in years. he also inquired how i like my dealer, an odd question i thought at the time. later at home, i realized what he was doing. the harley crowd on weekends go to a local dealer, eat free hamburgers, listen to a redneck band and shop for chrome. but more on this realization later.
about 2 wks ago, a friend called saying he picked up an '02 harley electraglide deluxe for a song and would like me to chek it out and service it. he encouraged me to keep it a month, ride it, and let him know what i thought. i thought i was finally seduced, and would never be able to get off a harley. this was the perfect opportunity to see which harley i would like.
so i ride, maybe 100 miles one day. not too bad, but felt some weariness and fatigue when i got home. maybe i was tired anyway. in a couple of days, i gave it a good workout, mixing some curves and county roads with a 50 mile jaunt up and down I75 at 90mph. 3hrs and i come home exhausted. plus i'm having to hold my mouth in a different way at stop lites to seperated my teeth from each other. and this is the rubber mounted non-vibrating engine model! oh, also, despite having a windshield and partial fairing, buffeting was bad. went from bad to worse as i changed my leg position, wind rushing right up my legs. by this time i'm questioning how i ever owned one of these, but i'm getting enlightened realizations daily. so this is why harley ownership requires ownership of a pickup or trailer. this is why harley riders in my tampabay area TOW their bikes to daytona for bike week. well, the last week that harley is sitting in my garage. it looks like the anachronistic behemoth it really it. i cant wait till my buddy comes after it. for the last week i cant even listen or look at a harley without getting exhausted. aint havin a beemer great?