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Offline RedWolf

So, I rode a 2000cc Harley Davidson.. See page 6..
« on: October 13, 2014, 03:47:02 pm »
For a while now I have looked at the odd Harley here and there and decided today that it is time to take one for a spin. I had a brochure at home and was specifically interested in the Road King classic.

Anyway I pitched at Harley Zambesi with a very dirty KTM but was received like a king.. :peepwall:, told them I would like to see a Road King classic and 5 min later 2 of them stood outside for a testride. (Testride was offered not asked for). One was a 2014 model and the other one a 2013 model, both 103 cubic inch or 1690cc..

I took out the 2013 one (the white one) and struggled initially. The clutch is very fast and the seating position very very weird. But once I got going everything was good. About 5km further the bike started to stutter and then died on me (felt like it was running out of fuel). Got it going again, but it died another 2km further. I called Harley and they were there in a few minutes with the 2014 model and a car and trailer. I swopped bikes and took the 2014 model onto the Rustenburg N4 highway.

I took the bike up to 140km/h and activated the cruise control, sat back and just cruised for a good 20km before turning around.. :drif: :drif:.. I MUST SAY, I TOTALLY GET IT NOW.. WHAT A NICE SENSATION..

But...
The power was a serious let down. The bike couldn't really accelerate in 6th gear at 140km/h on a flat road.. It did pick up speed but just so slow.
The gearbox is also very clunky
The brakes could be improved
It get's very very hot sitting on that engine at a robot
And why the hell does it cost R280,000?

The postives:
The seat is awesome
The cruising is awesome
The bike feels a lot lighter than I expected and actually handled great for it's weight
Service was awesome
Cool sounding engin

General:
It will take me some time to get used to the engine vibrations.
I got a lot of attention from other drivers.. Way more than I get when riding the KTM

If I had the bucks now, I probably would have bought it but would put other filters and pipes on and will take it for a dyno. Apparently it makes a big difference according to the sales lady.
« Last Edit: October 23, 2014, 08:44:45 pm by RedWolf »
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2014, 03:47:46 pm »
While waiting to be fetched by the shop
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2014, 03:48:56 pm »
The one I rode for roughly 40-50km. I took it home to show my wife... :lamer:
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2014, 03:54:45 pm »
Our deepest sympathy   :peepwall:  :ricky: :biggrin:
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2014, 03:55:38 pm »
Awesome  :thumleft: hier was lanklaas 'n regte skandaal op die forum.
 

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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2014, 03:58:22 pm »
While waiting to be fetched by the shop

And it will not be last either  :peepwall: :pot:
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2014, 04:03:25 pm »
About 5km further the bike started to stutter and then died on me (felt like it was running out of fuel). Got it going again, but it died another 2km further. I called Harley and they were there in a few minutes with the 2014 model and a car and trailer.

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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2014, 04:06:21 pm »
Our deepest sympathy   :peepwall:  :ricky: :biggrin:
Baie dankie.. :imaposer:
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2014, 04:07:13 pm »
Now go and test drive a R1200 adv LC
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Offline RedWolf

Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2014, 04:07:55 pm »
About 5km further the bike started to stutter and then died on me (felt like it was running out of fuel). Got it going again, but it died another 2km further. I called Harley and they were there in a few minutes with the 2014 model and a car and trailer.

Lekker lag ek nou
Tweede keer in my lewe wat ek maar met n bike gaan staan het. En die een sou ek nie vir n moer stoot nie, 300kg+ is nie n grap nie. ;D
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2014, 04:08:46 pm »
Now go and test drive a R1200 adv LC
 ;D
Does it fall in the same category as a Harley? A street cruiser?  :peepwall:
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2014, 04:09:56 pm »
Awesome  :thumleft: hier was lanklaas 'n regte skandaal op die forum.
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2014, 04:11:30 pm »
While waiting to be fetched by the shop

And it will not be last either  :peepwall: :pot:
:imaposer: Are they really that unreliable? My experience with Harleys is exactly 1 and a half rides with 1 breakdown.. So looking at my stats they must be unreliable???
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2014, 04:17:08 pm »
 :o
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2014, 04:25:24 pm »
Aaagh no!!!1 ???
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2014, 04:31:59 pm »
Very keen to give one a try just for shits and giggles.

I found this video giving some background to the different "product lines" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQLonNk5t3Y ... it seems some models have more 'absorbant' engine mountings to give a smoother experience.
 

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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2014, 04:45:22 pm »
While waiting to be fetched by the shop

And it will not be last either  :peepwall: :pot:
:imaposer: Are they really that unreliable? My experience with Harleys is exactly 1 and a half rides with 1 breakdown.. So looking at my stats they must be unreliable???

No they are not, or at least mine is not. I have been riding HD for a few years although not riding regularly very few of the guys been stranded next to the road. I broke a throttle cable once and fixed it in 10 minutes with a multi tool with the HD techi on the other side of the phone. Like they say, easy to fix even an accountant can do.
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2014, 04:46:48 pm »
Ek wou ook al een gaan ry het,  maar ek is bang iemand herken my  :peepwall:
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2014, 04:48:16 pm »
Dont worry we all make mistakes
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Re: So, I rode a Harley Davidson today!!
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2014, 04:50:01 pm »
Very keen to give one a try just for shits and giggles.

I found this video giving some background to the different "product lines" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQLonNk5t3Y ... it seems some models have more 'absorbant' engine mountings to give a smoother experience.
I also did it for the shits and giggles. Wanted to find out what the fuss was/is about.
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