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Any Harley guys here?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Mellowyellow, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. jefft

    jefft XS650 Junkie

    Do they dress them up like that at the dealership or is that something the buyer does after purchase?
  2. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    My father-in-law rides a Road Star 1700. That thing is a great bike. He rides everywhere on it. Night, day, rain, shine. Unless he has to haul something, he's on his bike. He's owned just about every brand since he started riding in '59. The guys he rides with all have H-D's and a big monthly payment. I think he paid $12K brand new for a 2009.
    Plus that thing is smoooooooooth. He laughs 'cuz all his buddies have to stop all the time. I've ridden it several times, it is nice.
  3. Oxblood

    Oxblood Steel-Toed Sneakers

    I've ridden a ton of large cruises and I'm another Yamaha fan here. I've had a v-star 110 and a roadstar, both great bikes. My next big bike will be the yamaha stratoliner:

    Now don't get me wrong I don't dislike harleys, got 2 old ones at the moment and picking up a third this weekend, but for new bikes it's hard to beat the japanese for price reliability and comfort.
  4. Mellowyellow

    Mellowyellow XS650 Addict

    I like the Yammies but really there is no way you can beat that old school nostalgia of a Harley. The carbureted Harley in my opinion has a sound that just cant be beat. My dad has a fuel injected Harley and loves it but even he will agree it doesnt sound any better than the Yamaha road star he had before.

    So for me it has to be carbureted.
    Something I can fix on the side of the road or not at all.
    Something that im not going to loose $5000 on over 3 years.
    Soomething that will cruise at 80mph all day comfortably for 7 days in a row.
    And something thats not flat black hahaha

    I built the 650 in my profile pic so im not afraid to turn a wrench but I just dont know enough about Harleys to know if a Knuckle will do what I want it to do without braking the bank or if I should go with an evo.

    It really sucks when your on a ride with buddies and someone brakes down, everyone has to stop and put the plans on hold until shit gets fixed. (And its not always a hot sunny day when shit happens hahaha).

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  5. Mellowyellow

    Mellowyellow XS650 Addict

    One more thing......

    Do you know what drives me nuts? These guys that go into the Harley dealership and walk out with a brand new ride that is flat black and 10k of dealer chrome,

    Wtf? get an imagination, hahaha maybe im just a bitter broke ass hahaha
  6. jefft

    jefft XS650 Junkie

    If your not willing to spend 5K on a new shovel engine then you better forget about a Knucklehead which came before the Shovel. They are going to cost you a lot if you can find one. jefft
  7. Oxblood

    Oxblood Steel-Toed Sneakers

    The bike I'm picking up this weekend is a 1940 knuck basket. 7500 bucks as it sits then all the fun and cost of putting it back together.

    Back to your original question for every day riding I would get the evo.
  8. jefft

    jefft XS650 Junkie

    That would be one heck of a find. A rolling chassic usually goes for more than that.
  9. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    I do like the sound of a carbureted H-D.
    My frineds have a couple Shovels, but I do see them working on them a lot and when it comes to taking a trip, the Shovels are not pulled out. My one friend has a pan and he won't go too far on it either. I don't think they trust them.
    As for Knucks, I saw a set of cases go for $4,500. Just the case halves. You can buy a brand new, repro from J&P for $10K if you wanted a new Knuck.
  10. Mellowyellow

    Mellowyellow XS650 Addict

    looks like it will be a Heritage Softail carburated with the Evo engine.

    Does anyone on here know if there are better production years than others?
    What year did they stop using carbs?
    And general info on what to look for when shopping?

    Love the look of the Heritage lowered, whitewalls and long dually pipes hmmm

    Thanks for the help so far guys
  11. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy Top Contributor

    S.W. MO
  12. Carbs on harleys went to about 2004 i believe, fuel injection started in the 1990s but they were not all fuel injected untill i think 2005
  13. XSLeo

    XSLeo XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    My 2003 FDXD has a carb, I think the FI was an option that year. In '04 I think they had just the FI, no carb.
    The FI has certian advantages. Better cold starts, Well that's about all I can think of.
    The thing I don't like about FI is you need a $400 to $500 remap if you change the exhaust Then ahother remap for the air cleaner.
    If you decide you don't like them, A remap for what ever you try. That gets expencive. With a carb, You can rejet for under $10 to match the exhaust or air cleaner.
  14. Newagerocker

    Newagerocker XS650 Addict


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