Re: Just thought I'd pop in and say Hi
- From: "Calgary (don)" <actualrider@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 07:02:36 -0700 (PDT)
On Aug 14, 11:03 pm, Great White Buffalo <bands...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Aug 13, 11:41 pm, "Calgary (don)" <actualri...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Aug 13, 9:21 pm, Great White Buffalo <bands...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
I don't post much in general usenet forums anymore due to time
constraints between family, work, and riding.
I recently completed a 3K mi ride from VA to TX for a work-related
class. I loved it - the ride, that is. I rode my VTX1300. I had to
pack quite a bit as this pic shows...
It was a great ride. The loud pipes got to me after hours of 85mph,
causing me to use ear plugs. The bike performed well and was fairly
comfortable. i wasn't overly tired even after 11 hrs on the road. The
only bummer was the short range of these cruisers, stopping every
100mi for gas - only because I almost got stranded on some back road
in Ala after riding to reserve.
I liked the ride so much, I bought a 2000 Harley Ultra Classic
recently, hoping to get the wife on the back for some overnighters.
That Harley is one smooth riding machine. I haven't taken any long
rides on it yet, though.
I hope everybody is doing well.
I'm glad to hear you are riding. Without wanting to start another
Harley bashing thread I have to ask what made you decide on the Ultra
as the step up? There are a lot of bikes out there and Lord knows you
have sat on most of them ;-). Did you look at other bikes or was the
HD too good of a deal to pass up.
Used was the only way I was going. Setting out, a Harley was the last
thing on my mind, especially an Ultra Classic, not being a person who
I spent weeks analyzing and looked at and/or test rode a number of
"tourers", like a 2001 Kaw Voyager (old style, not the reborn one),
older GWs, 80's Suz Calvacade, and some other cruisers dressed up like
The Voyager was everything you'd expect in a tourer - roomy, lots of
storage, bells and whistles, the best self-canceling turn signals I've
ever seen on a bike, but it rode like a barge. The air shocks may have
been low but by the end of my ride, I was tired of it and couldn't
wait to get off it; the leg position was also uncomfortable, being
just one step from a sport bike position. The GWs I looked at were too
old and looked it for the price I was willing to pay. Other bikes were
no better and mostly worse than my VTX1300.
So I widened my search to include Harleys and only considered the UC
after realizing that the RK and Softail Custome were too close to my
Went out to look at a couple of UCs and EGs, but the prices were
stupid... 1990 EG - $9000. Yeah, right. 1995 EG Classic - $8500 and
others of similar age and price with higher miles.
Time led me to a pretty decent deal on a spotless 2000 with 23K mi
that ran perfectly, had a clean underbelly (no evidence of leaks), had
$800 pipes on it and a few other decent mods.
I test rode it and was hooked. It was a good deal; then again compared
to what folks were asking for way less with ohter Harleys, maybe it
was a great deal.
In the end, the UC provides a smoother ride at speed and is easier to
handle than my VTX for tight turns and slow speed maneuvers. Plus, the
sound system/CB/Intercom, EFI, touring package, twin front rotors, and
cruise control exceed the features on my VTX.
It is a fine bike and it sounds like you were patient enough to find
the best deal. I hope you enjoy a ton of miles on it.
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