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    Harley 883/1200/Forty Eight Lady-Bikes?

    Good Evening PSB Massive

    Recently Cruisers have sparked my interest and I began researching into midsized bikes suitable to a distinguished older gent as myself.

    Namely Indian Scouts, Triumph Bobbers and Harley 883-1200-48 range. I've never owned a cruiser nor have the faintest clue about them. The extent of my knowledge is what other reviewers have provided and what I did notice, the HD range in particular, are a number of responses/replies by other HD owners ridiculing 883/1200/48 owner's for owning a girl's Harley. Am I missing something here?

    Are they considered to be the noob Harley of choice? Hipster choice hence not a really Harley rider or akin to a male riding white GSXR's?

    Help me, oh wise ones!

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    Ride what you like, fuck the haters.

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    Sportsters aka Skirtsters.
    In your quest to hang off me, the 50th anniversary you sent me 'tother night is a far better choice cos I've never owned a Skirtster 😃
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    Is it a 'girls' bike?

    There's no such thing.

    Ride what you want to ride.

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    Having trod this well worn path, don't waste a couple of years.

    Stuff $10,000 in your dunny now and press the button.

    I know a bloke that loves his 883. It suits him. He's not girly, more midgetty. Rides of more than 1 hour are epic journeys.

    Problem with cruisers is they look comfortable but for some people they cause stabbing pain in the base of the spine.

    If your problem is getting a leg over the thing, a 400cc stepthrough maybe?

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    the 500 is selling well, this could be you :-P

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    Forget the Skirtsters, they're designed for short people, women and hipsters, are horribly under powered, poor brakes and a very cramped seating position.

    Maybe consider a Triumph Speedmaster (the older ones before this new softail frame), or test ride some of the Jap cruisers like a Honda Shadow or a Yamaha

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    My personal take (albeit much abbreviated) is that HD's are a lifestyle brand, and that for just about any Harley you could want their is a likely superior/cheaper/better value etc etc alternative for your money. you buy a HD becuase you WANT a HD. I don't think any bike at all is a 'girls' bike, girls can ride anything they want, from scooters to HD's to Busas.

    If that's genuienly what you want to buy, don't let anyone talk you out of it - for such a completely stupid reason. I'd encourage you to test ride them and other bikes that fit the same bill and buy whichever one you prefer to ride (and perhaps taking into account costs of ownership etc etc).
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    Tried a Yamaha Bolt. Sold it after 3 rides. Most uncomfortable thing Iíve ever ridden and the lack of suspension travel (883 has even less) sent shockwaves through my spine every bump.

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    Buy a Dyna and be a cool kid,

    Jack the rear and front suspension up and actual corner without scraping pegs and exhaust, if your budget stretches, a Low Rider S with a 117 kit is the go, mine pulls like a freight train and corners really well, just don't expect to stop in hurry even with upgraded brakes!

    Only let down.


    oh and 883-1200 are just a waste of time, slow, small and have no re-sale value what so ever, if you buy one just give me the cash and I will kick you in the nuts, same feeling......


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    its not a new thing sportsters have always been the girls HD haven't they? in the early nineties a guy i worked with bought himself a sportster, he was so proud of it i remember thinking "duh, oh u done gawn buy a girlie bike maaaayyyyyte" dunno where it came from, truth be known probably HD's own advertisements to their target market. he always used to leave it unattended outside to warm up before riding it home i felt that he was truly truly brave in so so many ways doing that.

    I agree with frenchie tho, you buy into the whole HD thing because you want to, and good for you, ride what you want unless someones willing to pony up a few gorillas to ride what they want you to...

    My bike at the time was a Y125j 2-banger and that was a Yamie piece of shit, YPVS was truly the work of the devil. piece of shit Yamaha.

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    Buy a Triumph Thruxton 1200...then if you dont like it you can let me ride it for you...get a red one.
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    I rated the '48' over the Dynas and Softails. The Softail Slim S was a close second. That was after four months of demo rides working at Frasers.

    The Ultraglide was my favourite because of the ride, and because splitting on a bike with an armchair, panniers and a stereo was hilarious.

    Don't buy new. Don't spend money modifying one. The 2016+ models had better suspension. . Don't expect it to get you from point A to point B quickly - it's about the journey.
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    I thought the breakout was the girls bike from Harley Davidson?

    Got a few mates have had sportsters for a few years now and I've never heard them say they wish they'd bought a lead sled/land barge like mine instead.

    Depends how big you are if the bike is comfortable to ride and you like the aesthetics then it could be a good fit for you and then who cares what anyone else thinks?
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    Hey someone mentioned a Speedmaster earlier. A local KTM 690 rider lived in the pommyland for ten years and had a speedmaster.

    He thought it a good moderate sportsbike with enough cruiser. Really liked it. Can't keep him off the 8V griso though.

    Don't buy a griso... Don't buy a Piaggio guzzi...
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    Gosh. I thunk I've been DQ trolled in this whole thread. You really want an updsate SMoto. Huski IKea bike meybee?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZAZL View Post
    Gosh. I thunk I've been DQ trolled in this whole thread. You really want an updsate SMoto. Huski IKea bike meybee?
    Haha no buddy, genuinely interested. After getting pinned on the Weir last weekend, it had me rethinking my riding style as I'm approaching midlife. And I've never owned a cruiser. Hell, I was even considering a V7 Special

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    Have you considered a Rocket III?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRossi View Post
    have no re-sale value what so ever, if you buy one just give me the cash and I will kick you in the nuts, same feeling.....
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    DQ, I've also had thought about going to a more 'sensible' bike and away from the all out speed machines we are used to, based solely police state dictatorship we now reside under.

    However the furthest I could see myself getting for outright sports bikes, at least for the time being would be something like the Thruxton R, or the Norton Commando 961. Sadly both are horrendously expensive for what you get. The unfortunate result of having to pay for things in British Pounds.

    I figure though while my body is still able to manage something sportier I will continue until the day my back/knees/hip/wrists cry enough.

    When that day comes there's only really 2 bikes that I like the look of; the Indian Scout - a few mods can make them look pretty cool. And if I were to look at a Harley (which, if I'm honest probably never) would be the V-Rod (VRSC?), but that would need to be pretty heavily modified to make it look like something decent too.

    Something like this...


    Or


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    Quote Originally Posted by DQ View Post
    Haha no buddy, genuinely interested. After getting pinned on the Weir last weekend, it had me rethinking my riding style as I'm approaching midlife. And I've never owned a cruiser. Hell, I was even considering a V7 Special

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    Avoid the V7 special like the plague! Terrible bike. Cheap piaggio rubbish. They've not done anything decent since the griso 8V and even that was an expensive dlc tappet grenade.

    What you are doing is good in theory and I wish you luck with it. I tried this in 2011 with a Fatboy and failed because maniac.

    It is working in Darwin with the drz400sm. Light easy to handle gutless bike thats pointless thrashing and fun to ride.

    If Harley, early 2000's nightrod would be my pick.
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