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  • HOG48SYD Posts: 27
    Sydney
    Stock Poster HOG48SYD
    04 Jul 2017 08:31 PM
    Hello All HD Forums Members My name is Hog48Syd, 
    After a recent acquisition of a Sporty 48, I feel nothing but great excitement to ride that bike as much as possible. 
    In saying so, I was wondering if their were any other Sporty Owners/Members interested in getting together (GTG) for a ride once a month, compare bikes, mods etc ? 
    If you would be interested and/or wish to contribute to this 'HD Sydney Sporty Group' please feel free to post in this thread and/or PM me. 
    Once we gather enough interest and traction (pun intended) we can plan a GTG & ride. 
    The best months for riding ares ahead of us so lets get cracking. Braaaaaaap. 
    Thanks for Reading. 
    Cheers. 

     
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  • steelo Posts: 1343
    Adelaide foothills SA
    Performance Poster steelo
    05 Jul 2017 09:20 AM
    Well done Hoggy. I wish I had a sporty and lived in Sydney but I don't. 
    Just a thought. Members from this forum are usually always up for a ride and that's why they come on line: to participate, make contacts, share stories and mods and to see what's going on in their area. Do we make a mistake fracturing / making smaller sub groups of specific models for rides and social get togethers? Why not just open yourself and your organised rides to all members on the forum. In fact it seems funny to come onto a established forum collective and try and start your own little group out of those members. We've got members CB and M and others that will travel thousands of K's to come on SA and other state organised rides. It's fantastic to see other models and share stories about bikes and rides, long and short. Anyway, good luck with your ride group
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 1628
    Motor Head Krash Kinkade
    05 Jul 2017 01:41 PM
    Enjoy your ride!

    i have a sportster but , just love riding it, when you ride with others they seem to stop too often. i only stop to fill up with fuel as love riding.
    Just ask your dealer if can put a notice up or tell people who buy a sportster if interested. could meet at the dealer once a month or something.
    good luck
  • HOG48SYD Posts: 27
    Sydney
    Stock Poster HOG48SYD
    05 Jul 2017 07:14 PM
    Posted by steelo on 05 Jul 2017 08:50 AM
    Well done Hoggy. I wish I had a sporty and lived in Sydney but I don't. 
    Just a thought. Members from this forum are usually always up for a ride and that's why they come on line: to participate, make contacts, share stories and mods and to see what's going on in their area. Do we make a mistake fracturing / making smaller sub groups of specific models for rides and social get togethers? Why not just open yourself and your organised rides to all members on the forum. In fact it seems funny to come onto a established forum collective and try and start your own little group out of those members. We've got members CB and M and others that will travel thousands of K's to come on SA and other state organised rides. It's fantastic to see other models and share stories about bikes and rides, long and short. Anyway, good luck with your ride group

    Hi Steelo,

    Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your thoughts and might I say from the outset this was not an attempt to fracture or divide riders based on model owned. Nor was it to make an assertion that a 'Sydney Sporty Subgroup' had been started. My initial thread, if it was not as clear as it could have been and I apologise for that, was to seek interest to determine if one would be worth setting up. 

    I agree with you that a 'specific rider group' does not promote an entirely inclusive experience for all bike owners to participate in. However, it does make for a better riding experience for the individual rider within that specific rider group aka 'Quality over Quantity'. I am not saying riders should be segregated into many different groups, I am merely saying that I, and I am sure other riders would like to get the greatest level of satisfaction out of the group rides they participate in. 

    I have already been on a number of larger group rides, which were 'open to all bikes' and have found riding with larger open bike groups is whilst 'ideal in theory', in its true practical sense is not ideal in its entirety. Here in my own experience is why; 

    Firstly, Fuel Management - a majority of the sportster bikes as we know have smaller fuel tanks, this means more stops for more fuel. It has been at times an inconvenience to other riders with larger tanks to wait given most if not all don't need to refuel. In two instances the riders group simply had ridden off without the thought of waiting back for the smaller tank bikes causing the group to disband.

    Secondly, Displacement - all sporters lack the power of the larger heavier bikes (1690's & 1801's). As a result and this was the case in the majority of instances, 'where there is open road the throttle is hammer down'. i.e bigger bikes speeding off into the distance to where one either can't keep up and/or there is no slowing down and thus the group is broken up and the ride quickly becomes a non collective one. 

    Thirdly, Rider Ability - I make note here, from the riders I have personally spoken with that owned 500's / 883's and 1200's they tended to be the riding level of beginner to intermediate with some advanced riders. I personally would say I am intermediate heading to advanced but by no means expert or veteran. However, in the last three group rides the larger bikes in all instances were driven by advanced, expert or veteran category riders given the bikes are bigger, more powerful and the riders tended to be more assertive on the road. 

    Fourth and finally, Melbourne Sporty Group - after speaking with another member of this forum regarding a Melbourne Sporty Group (established a month or so ago) it was a suggestion to collaborate with like minded people who have the same bikes here in Sydney to potentially establish the same concept if the rider numbers made it viable to do so. 

    By this token and with my experience in HRM I am not at all placing any riders in a specific box or labelling them better or less able, irrespective of their bike of choice. The intention was to reach out and gather interest for the 'potential establishment' of a Sydney specific group who would be a more 'appropriate riding fit'. An ideal fit in riding power, riding ability, regularity of fuel stops or even in the most simplest of terms, whether that be a GTG to discuss mods/upgrades/aesthetics given the likeness for riding a similar/same bike. 

  • mickle Posts: 1691
    Meadow Heights Victoria
    Motor Head mickle
    05 Jul 2017 07:29 PM
    I reckon you nailed it, especially with the fuel range, most of the rest you can work around.
  • steelo Posts: 1343
    Adelaide foothills SA
    Performance Poster steelo
    05 Jul 2017 07:32 PM
    Good man. No worries. Good luck with getting a group together
  • Brod196 Posts: 1
    NSW
    Stock Poster Brod196
    05 Jul 2017 08:01 PM
    Hey mate. Let me know if you organise anything. I'm just up the road on the Central Coast
  • imoo6170 Posts: 347
    Sydney
    Stage 1 Poster imoo6170
    07 Jul 2017 10:51 AM
    Hi HOG48SYD, I have an XR1200 and would be up for a ride sometime as well. Will watch this thread
  • 308bever Posts: 312
    geelong vic
    Stage 1 Poster 308bever
    07 Jul 2017 12:31 PM
    you could all get vests with wild piglets on it! lol, sorry (((-; but seriously it sounds good, personally i like to ride whenever i want to and have the time to spare, smaller groups are good to ride in, good luck (((-;
  • HOG48SYD Posts: 27
    Sydney
    Stock Poster HOG48SYD
    07 Jul 2017 05:54 PM
    Thanks for the interest in this thread guys. A few more riders and I will reach and work out where everyone lives so we can meet some where suitable for everyone. Weekend Weather should be ideal for riding so Have a Great Weekend all and Ride Safe.
  • custo120048 Posts: 103
    NSW
    Stock Poster custo120048
    25 Jul 2017 12:29 PM
    Posted by HOG48SYD on 07 Jul 2017 05:54 PM
    Thanks for the interest in this thread guys. A few more riders and I will reach and work out where everyone lives so we can meet some where suitable for everyone. Weekend Weather should be ideal for riding so Have a Great Weekend all and Ride Safe.

     Hi hog48syd

    i have a 2015 48 i live in sydney west & would be interested.

    Great idea.

    thanks .

    Custo.

  • kermit Posts: 8
    Nowhere and everywhere
    Stock Poster kermit
    27 Jul 2017 12:41 AM
    Very interested in this. I live a few hours from Sydney but visit fairly regularly. I'll be down there early August so let me know if there's a ride planned and I'll bring the trusty steed.
  • custo120048 Posts: 103
    NSW
    Stock Poster custo120048
    16 Sep 2017 08:46 PM
    were is hog????
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