Saturday, December 5, 2009

There's a Harley in my garage!?!?!

After nothing but metrics since I started riding, December 1st I pulled the trigger and bought my first Harley Davidson! After my wreck I started searching for a bike. There's were several things I was looking for in a new ride, but I was determined to keep an open mind and look at everything I possibly could. For 3 weeks I looked at, sat on, and rode everything I possibly could that fit in my budget, from sport bikes to Harleys and everything in between. Finally, I came across my Harley, an '06 Sportster XL1200C, lightly used with only 5300 miles at Frontier Harley Davidson in Lincoln Nebraska. As soon as I sat on it I knew it was a good fit, kind of surprised me, lol! It was already outfitted with first things that I would have to buy, windshield, forward controls, sissy bar, and luggage rack. It was by far the best bang for my buck out of the choices I had available and it had that "feel". I had about a 120 mile ride home from the dealer, it's definitely a change from what I'm used to, but change is good! It was a great ride, but I've learned that the first thing I'm going to change is the seat. The stock seat is awful, 30 minutes into the ride my tailbone was killing me. I still couldn't quit smiling though, lol! Since I do plan on putting alot of miles on her a seat is a must. Here's a pic as we left the dealer-

I've got to give Frontier HD a plug, these guys wanted my business and were willing to work for it. I've been to every dealer within 150 miles of my home, HD and metric, and none of them acted like they wanted to sell a bike at all and if they did talk to me at all, once they found out I wasn't using their credit company and had a limited budget they had no further interest in my business. Frontier was just the opposite, they treated me like I was buying a $30,000 CVO harley regardless of my budget, they knew their product and they knew the metric side as well. They were able to answer any questions I had and went out of their way to earn my business.

Time to put some miles on her! I got up today and it was sunny and 30 degrees, time to ride! I've got some decent cold weather gear so I geared up and hit the road, the high was a balmy 45 degrees, but I still managed about 100 miles. I've got to say, I'm really enjoying my Sportster!

Who knows what's in store for my sporty, this is all new to me, so for now I'm just going to enjoy the ride!


Mr. Motorcycle said...

I like bikes of all kinds. I am particularly partial to Harleys though.

Nice looking Sporty!

Welcome to the Potato club!

Rob said...

The cycle looks really cool! Does this mean your going to change your call sign from MEANSTREAK to HARLEYSTREAK? LOL. Enjoy the ride and be safe out there.

MeanStreak said...

Thanks guys, I'm really enjoying it, well up until today, it's snowing now, lol!

irondad said...

Congratulations on the new baby!

motoroz said...

It is always fun to get a new bike. Enjoy putting some miles on it.

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Erik Lucien said...

That’s an awesome bike you got there, buddy! The specs sound is great, too! Despite a minor problem with the seat, I think this is an amazing cycle. The built looks new and genuine. I’m glad that you were able to find a ride that fits your taste and style!

-Erik Lucien

Claudio Mccarty said...

Is this the same Harley you’re using for your road trip? So, you do really take time in choosing what motorcycle to buy, huh? That’s a good thing! You must really take your time in choosing which bike you want. You must not just consider its looks and performance, but also, if it fits your budget. ;)

Claudio Mccarty