the ergonomics and that fat front tire made me feel as if i were riding a clown bike at the circus. maybe it is also because i'm not a fan of forward controls. i knew immediately i couldn't live with it.What was it that turned you off? Vibration? Ergonomics? Any insight would be great. I am planning on going back to the dealership, with boots this time, and test ride one.
I had a 2010 48, loved the bike, but it was good for 50 miles and you were looking to get off of it. Oh and around 65 miles the low fuel light would come on. It was the Harley I really loved the look of, but it just wasn't comfortable. I went from that to my 2012 T100, and never never looked back. I found the motorcycle that is perfect for me. I would give it some thought before you do it!!!!I am not trolling. Just want your opinion on trading my 2010 Bonnie Black for a 2013 Harley Davidson Sportster 48. I love my Bonnie, it was my first bike and I poured my heart and soul to it. But, I have done what I wanted to do with it and I think it maybe it is time to move on to other projects.
Any riders here that have owned a HD or gone from a Triumph to a Harley or vice versa? Any pitfalls on owning a HD, besides the over-priced parts and services?
OmenI think my Bonnie is trying to tell me something. When I had someone over to check her out, the bike would not start. It was quite embarrassing. The fuel pump made its noise, but when I push the start button just a click from the coil. I was pissed. The guy left and I don't think I will be hearing from him soon. He was willing to pay what I was asking for too.
I don't think my Bonnie wants to leave yet.
I took the battery and hooked it up to a battery charger. Slapped it back in and the bike started at first try. I am thinking the cold weather has something to do with it. I took her for a 30 minute ride to charge the battery some more.
I am planning to hook the battery up to the charger the night before the next test ride.
Thanks for the advice and kind words, sir. Your new bike looks great. Can't wait to get my new one in the garage.Beerzerker, I watched you turn your bonnie into a real nice cafe racer. i did the same with my 2009 SE. It was my first bike also. I loved every 12000 miles I put on her. Last year I tried my buddy's Sporty and the seed was planted. It does feel heavy. it'll be the same for you since you also have that 17" front wheel.
In June my buddy made me an offer to swap and I took the Sporty home for more extensive riding and I was hooked. I have an 05 Sportster 1200R. I love the growl and I love the torque. And for me the extra 100 pounds makes me feel more secure.
Bottom line is that there are so many choices out there. You have to ride the 48 as much as you can to make sure you're happy.
Everyone has advice as to what works and what doesn't. I threw Avon Roadriders on my Sportster and rode over 500 miles each way down to Durham, NC. I rode with a Thruxtin and a Guzzi and we kept off the slab as much as possible.
The Harley rode great, I felt secure ion the twisties and had tons of power to keep up with my mates. The bike was a champ.
None of this is an indictment of my Bonneville. The bike was bullet-proof and did everything great. Candidly, I was just getting bored.
One advantage the Sportster has is the availability and lower cost of aftermarket parts. Much more.
Good luck on your choice and hit me up if you want to talk more.