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Old 08-09-2010, 07:34 AM   #1
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Should I sell my Harley?

Yes. this is a rhetorical question that only I can answer it but please play along.

The bike in question is my 2004 Heritage Classic that I bought new. I lusted over this bike and paid through the nose for it back when paying MSRP was a great deal. It runs great and has never let me down other than a couple of flat tires in 26000 miles. It is the bike of choice when my wife rides pillion on our weekend jaunts since she refuses to ride on her own and steadfastly chooses to be fender fluff.

But.....I remember my initial ride home (test rides were out of the question) about a quarter of a mile from the dealership I leaned into a mild right hand sweeper and scraped the crap out of the floor board. WTF! Harley has been making bikes for a century now and they haven't figured out that they LEAN when they turn? I hop on my GS 100% of the time when my wife is not along for the ride because it just fits me better.

So aside from the bad handling, the joke of a front brake and the ridiculously low seat height (I'm 5'-17") I really like this bike.

Flame on. I'm all ears.

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Old 08-09-2010, 07:52 AM   #2
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Thats the same problem I had with my 08 springer softail classic. Loved the way it looks but when my wife wasn't with me I never road it. Your right about the lean angles. You would think it should have a side car the way it constantly scrapes. One piston brake up front. It was dangerous. SO I sold it and bought a KTM 950 ADV. No regrets. However what are you going to get for it? Prices have come down but if you think you can get some coin get rid of it. Have your wife test ride a BMW rt and I bet she will like that even better.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:44 AM   #3
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If you don't need the money, I'd say keep it. It's great having different types of rides in your garage even if you use one more than the other.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:51 AM   #4
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No bike is perfect - a GS has plenty of flaws.

Take the good with the bad - keep the bike if you like it, ride it, and can afford it. Sounds to me like all three of those are met.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:01 AM   #5
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I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like his passengers.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:41 PM   #6
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Wouldn't it be better to just get a divorce?

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Old 08-09-2010, 12:45 PM   #7
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sell it & get something else.
its like all the fun all over again.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:47 PM   #8
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Whatever you do, don't go try out the new touring bikes from HD. More comfort for wifey, real handling (still not a sportbike, but waaaaaay better than your softy), several nice improvements since '04.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:55 PM   #9
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Keep the Harley and buy another (different) bike. I have more than one bike, and my Buell leans over way more than my Springer.
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:11 PM   #10
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for the wife

I keep mine for the wife, she likes the ride better than any of my other bikes, so I keep it for easy rides with her. It lives in a corner of the shop and makes her happy! What better reason to keep it!
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:25 PM   #11
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Having your wife enjoy your hobby is a good thing, unless youd rather not spend time with her. If its not eating anything sitting, then keep it. Variety is the spice of life, and you wouldnt want to have to bleed through the nose again in the rare event you sell it and regret it.
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:06 PM   #12
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If you got room for the bike keep it. Nice to have multi bike.

I have room so I have a "wife bike".

Not the uncommon. Mrs. Manfu likes the back rest on one of the bikes. So she can lean back and does not have to hold on all the time. Women. Just glad she hangs, cause I like to ride. I even got her a bike to learn on but it never took.
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:10 PM   #13
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keep it - unless she likes whatever you replace it with better. It's nice to have the little lady along sometimes, isn't it?
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:24 PM   #14
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Sell it and buy a Road King. Looks almost the same, wife will love it and it handles better, has a taller seat hieght and better front brakes.
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:49 PM   #15
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YES. Wow, another problem solved. My work here is done!
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