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  • Weedkiller Posts: 4
    Stock Poster Weedkiller
    30 Jul 2019 07:18 PM
    G'day all, checking in from Queensland, Australia. I have always been interested in motorbikes from a young fella, even if I never really rode them until I was in my mid 20's.  My family was always against bikes though, as they thought they were too dangerous.  I didn't know anyone else who rode them either, so I never really had that final push to get involved.  I'd look at bikes on the internet for years, telling myself that I'd eventually get one. I'd watch shows like Sons of Anarchy and would imagine the feeling of that freedom and exhilaration of riding.  It wasn't until I had temporarily moved away from my fiance and my family for work and my car at the time died, that I finally seized the moment and did what I had been thinking about doing for most of my life up until that point, and bought my first bike! Now, this isn't where HD comes onto the scene though. My first ever bike was a Kawasaki Vulcan S which I bought new not long after they first came out. It was relatively cheap and I liked the subtle hybrid mix between a sports bike and a cruiser and it had the ability to be fairly customizable for the size of the rider. I've ridden the Vulcan S for the last 5 years or so, mainly as a commuter and short rides around the place.  I have really enjoyed my time with the Vulcan S, and I think it was a great entry point for me into riding but I'm ready to finally progress a bit further down the rabbit hole. I'd be lying if I didn't say there has always been a part of me that was in awe of Harley Davidson's. They always had an aura about them in the way people spoke about them and the way that they looked.  I'm 6'3 and 100kgs and unfortunately for my joints, I love the style of the Sportsters, and even more so, the Cafe Racer style setups. I stumbled across @chris_b_owens Cafe Racer build on the US Forum and absolutely loved it.  A part of me knows I'm obviously not built for this style of bike but the other part of me says "Stuff it!" do what you want to do and don't worry about if anyone tells you you're too big for it.  I really like the Iron's and am having a mental tug-a-war between the 883 and the 1200.  I absolutely hate all the colours on offer for the 1200 and love the look of the Rawhide Denim in the 883.  I don't like the ape hangers on the 1200 either. My brain however is refusing to give in and keeps highlighting the bigger engine on the 1200 for pretty much the exact price of the 883 and how I'd be crazy not to just swap out the handlebars and put up with the paint.  So anyway, that's where I'm at. I'm looking forward to poking around the forums a bit more and hopefully convincing myself of a reasonable solution!
  • imoo6170 Posts: 608
    Sydney
    Performance Poster imoo6170
    31 Jul 2019 09:14 AM
    Welcome to the forum. Good intro. 

    Make sure u go to your local dealer and have lots of test rides on the various models before u purchase. I am 6.1 and about 100 kilos and the sporties are not as comfortable for me as some of the other ranges but everyone is different so hence the test rides to make sure u are comfortable. Remember it is a buyers market at the current time so don't let anyone pressure u into making a decision.

    PS check our the XR range - they are a few years old now but can be made quite easily into a bit of a cafe racer. Super engine in them and they handle really well
  • Soapbox2627 Posts: 3343
    Whyalla South Australia
    Forum Legend Soapbox2627
    31 Jul 2019 02:47 PM
    Great first post
    If you are worried about the comfort of the storty with your joints, grab the option from imoo and take a heap of test rides, that will be the difference in getting a bike and a great ride
    If your missus likes to ride, I'd suggest the 1200, or get the test ride on the bigger bikes (good second hand) for similar money as a new sporty
  • Humbug Posts: 483
    Darwin
    Stage 1 Poster Humbug
    31 Jul 2019 07:22 PM
    Welcome to the forum, enjoy all the test riding you have ahead of you.
  • Weedkiller Posts: 4
    Stock Poster Weedkiller
    31 Jul 2019 07:53 PM
    Thanks guys. Yeah I'll be definitely going for test rides soon. Only just upgraded to the R licence last weekend so I could start doing that. 

    The thing for me also is that comfort isn't the main factor. I'd be lying if I didn't say the look of the bike matters more to me than how comfortable it is to ride. Obviously it needs to be comfortable enough that I'm not going to dread riding it, but if it's a little be cramped but looks amazing, I'd definitely be down for that!

    I guess I'll know more after taking a few for a spin! Fun times. 
  • steelo Posts: 2507
    Adelaide
    Forum Legend steelo
    31 Jul 2019 08:02 PM
    Quoting Weedkiller on 31 Jul 2019 07:53 PM
    Thanks guys. Yeah I'll be definitely going for test rides soon. Only just upgraded to the R licence last weekend so I could start doing that. 

    The thing for me also is that comfort isn't the main factor. I'd be lying if I didn't say the look of the bike matters more to me than how comfortable it is to ride. Obviously it needs to be comfortable enough that I'm not going to dread riding it, but if it's a little be cramped but looks amazing, I'd definitely be down for that!

    I guess I'll know more after taking a few for a spin! Fun times. 
    That wears thin pretty quick WK. Go for comfort and function over form.
  • Grease Monkey Posts: 720
    Performance Poster Grease Monkey
    31 Jul 2019 08:15 PM
    Turn a second hand 103 Dyna into a big cafe racer :)
    welcome mate, enjoy whatever you end up getting.
  • Ratbob Posts: 1061
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    31 Jul 2019 09:23 PM
    Hi Weedkiller. Welcome to the forum. 
    Based on your thoughts, I’m thinking Twin Cam Street Bob, they are so well priced and easy to convert between hot cruiser through to cafe style, plus they handle so well. Enjoy the process. 

  • Weedkiller Posts: 4
    Stock Poster Weedkiller
    31 Jul 2019 10:17 PM
    Quoting Ratbob on 31 Jul 2019 09:23 PM
    Hi Weedkiller. Welcome to the forum. 
    Based on your thoughts, I’m thinking Twin Cam Street Bob, they are so well priced and easy to convert between hot cruiser through to cafe style, plus they handle so well. Enjoy the process. 

    Yeah I don't mind the look of the Street Bob either. I'm also wondering whether I hold off for a bit and see what happens in the next year or so with the mystery surrounding the sportsters and what HD are going to do. 
  • Baloffski Posts: 1756
    Victoria
    Motor Head Baloffski
    31 Jul 2019 10:52 PM
    Ge"day weedkiller, interesting moniker, are you in the police force or a gardener?
    Don't worry about being from Queensland mate, there are a few on this site from that state, can't help where ya endup aye.

    as said by imoo have you checked out the XR Harley, they do look the goods but as said anything can be adapted.
    Good luck with your choice.
    Baloff

    HD Forums Australia - HD XR.jpg

  • Weedkiller Posts: 4
    Stock Poster Weedkiller
    01 Aug 2019 06:47 AM
    Quoting Baloffski on 31 Jul 2019 10:52 PM
    Ge"day weedkiller, interesting moniker, are you in the police force or a gardener?
    Don't worry about being from Queensland mate, there are a few on this site from that state, can't help where ya endup aye.

    as said by imoo have you checked out the XR Harley, they do look the goods but as said anything can be adapted.
    Good luck with your choice.
    Baloff

    HD Forums Australia - HD XR.jpg

    Haha nah it comes from my surname. Sort of a play on words.

    The XR does look like it would work well, but I'm pretty keen to buy new.
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