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Old 01-03-2008, 09:47 PM   #1
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so i'm going back to florida for my grandfather's funeral, and i've decided that the way i'm going to deal with this is to go for a nice ride while i'm down there. only problem is, don't have a bike right now. so i'm just going to rent one. here's the deal. only think i've ever ridden was old jap bikes. biggest thing was a dohc cb750 chop and my daily ride was a 74 cb550. the only thing i can find to rent is harley's and the smallest one the place has is a super glide. so, my question is, do you think it's too much bike? i'm a little concerned about going from a 550 to 1500. is it gonna fuck me up bad?
should i keep looking for a place that rents sportsters?
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:58 PM   #2
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Sorry about your grandfather. I am by no means the most experienced rider on here, but I have found most Harleys are easier to ride than most other bikes. But if you have to ask..........he he.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:59 PM   #3
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Sorry 'bout your grandfather. Personally I think I would have more problem adjusting to the size/weight of the bike than engine size. Take it easy on the throttle and the clutch until you feel comfortable. Guess it depends on what kind of area you'd be riding in to. Busy traffic versus wide open roads.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:00 PM   #4
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I hopped from a 400 dual sport to my dads bmw 1200 tourer for a 3000 mile trip and it worked out without any incidents. Just take it easy at first and you shouldn't have any trouble.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:00 PM   #5
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superglides are probably the easiest to ride out of the big twins.

I can't speak on your behalf, but I can't see you having too much trouble.

Sorry about grandpa, and good luck with the bike.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:07 PM   #6
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i mean, i'm a fairly experienced rider, having handled pretty much every condition on that 550. i've just never tried to get anything that big or heavy. i guess they're not going to bust my balls at the rental place if i tell them that i don't feel comfortable on it.

thanks for the condolences guys. he was a good man who had a good life.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:10 PM   #7
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i tryed a friends nighttrain once and it was a snap. it drove itself. that was from a 500 triumph. i was a bit nervous at first but just from the weight difference. but its weight made it so easy and smooth 55mph felt like 30 on my trump. im not sure but i think the nighttrain is like the super glide? i dont know too much about harley bike names other then sportster.
good luck and sorry about your grandfather.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:11 PM   #8
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Once you get a handle on that low end torque, the low seat height (compare to a conventonal bike like your Honda) make them surprisingly easy to handle.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:12 PM   #9
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I know that my brothers VTX 1800 is better balanced, better handling, and way easier to ride than the old CB750 I had years ago. The weight on the newer bikes is way lower than on the old Japanese bikes. I say go for it. If they do bust your balls just keep in mind that they work at a Harley rental place and you don't care what they think! Make the best of your trip! lackluster
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:14 PM   #10
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Bud, I can throw my Road King around easily. The bike's weight is all low on most Harleys. They only feel heavy when you have to back them out of a downhill space. Take one for a spin. You'll do fine.

I think the road trip idea is a great one. Give you time to think. Sorry about your grandfather. I'm sure he'd be smiling about your ride.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:17 PM   #11
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the low seat height makes me feel really good because i have REALLY short legs for my height. i'm 5'8 and even at the lowest shock setting i was still barely able to flatfoot, but only if i was wearing my boots.

thanks for all the help and well wishes guys. it means a lot.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:18 PM   #12
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see if you can score a dyna lowrider...you'd feel just right on that bike.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:20 PM   #13
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see if you can score a dyna lowrider...you'd feel just right on that bike.
Or a Softail Deluxe. Like a skateboard with a big twin.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:21 PM   #14
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true, but a much heavier and lumpier handling bike...
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:26 PM   #15
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Take the big bike out for a ride. You should adjust rather quickly and it will be good to air out your head a bit with all the crap I am sure it is full of. Sorry to hear about your Grandfather dude. Lost Grandma about 8 months agao, the ride there and back was good for me.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:36 PM   #16
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sorry about your grandfather. i've been lucky enough to have ridden everything from beater stock jap bikes to bored/stroked shovels with 1/4 turn throttles set up for drag racing! i've even ridden some harley touring models as loaners too. i agree with most of the guys on here that a harley with a lower saddle should be fine even if they are a bit heavier that what you're used to.
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:02 AM   #17
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It's not the engine size or the weight of a bike that someone with the experience you say you have should concern themselves with. Once you get the bike rolling none of that is relevent to the task at hand...riding the bike.
All you need to do is aclimate yourself to the machine, learn the feel of where the controls are and how much input they need to work for you. Remember that H-D's may have a harder clutch pull than you're used to and you may find that to get the kind of braking power you're used to may require a little harder pull on the lever. H-D's have a very low center of gravity, so the weight of the bike will be no problem. In short...take it easy for the first little while and get the feel of the bike and you'll be right at home before you know it.
My condolences on the loss of your Grandfather. Ride safe.
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:11 AM   #18
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it'll be cool. none of them weigh anything standing straight up so just dont lean it over unless you are in a curve...
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Very sorry to hear about your grandfather.
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:45 PM   #20
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my opinion, they're all too heavy IF you let 'em get leaned over too far at a stop. when rolling, they're all pretty weightless. FLORIDA is mostly flat, straight roads. you'll be fine. just stay out of high volume stop and go traffic until you get the feel of the bike. here's the part you might suffer with: clutch fatigue. yes, harley clutches are lighter pull than they used to be, but if you spend a lot of time on ANY bike without building up, your hand/forearm will get weak. but i still think you'll be fine and have a blast. stay out of the fast lane on the interstates (M roads)-- you Brits are already well schooled at that. enjoy the ride, man!
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