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Like my title says, I rented a harley for the day while in vegas. While it was a lot of fun and comfortable except for the hot pipes right near you calves, it made me appreciate my 08 1000 cbr much much more. For those who have ridden both maybe you can understand. Its like comparing a cheetah to an Ox. I was flirting with the idea of getting a cruiser so I could enjoy riding with the wife, however this latest experience changed my mind. I'll stick with just the cbr in my garage.
 

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Man that musta been an akward moment in the curves over there lol
 

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Thought about one as well...

The last couple of years Ive been riding often with my wife on back and along side my dad on his softtail deluxe. She liked the looks of the cruiser seats, idea of more comfort, and I tended to agree even after adding two inches of foam to my F4i seats still did not cut it. I just did not like the performance from the 1550 5 speed. Next I drove a friends V-Rod and really liked it, it got me thinking. After wrecking the F4i I loved, I had to make a decision. I could not see myself getting away from that feeling you get when you roll onto the throttle and the front tire starts to lift. No stock Harley is light or powerful enough to provide that performance imo. I went with the 1000RR, changed the seat to the e-seat, and every time I get off the bike Im smiling. I made the right choice and after a few short rides with my wife, she is comfortable on (as she says) "card board" seat. Maybe some day as I get older I will have the old RR and a new nighttrain or something.
 

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A guy I work with let me ride his VTX1300. Couldn't wait to get off the thing, just felt ...weird - like I wasn't really in control of the thing. I would hate to have to swerve quickly or make a panic stop. The so-called "comfort" on those things is vastly overrated as well. I'll stick to sport bikes, thank you.
 

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Honda VFR for the win. That will be the me and wife bike once i have a real job.
 

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Which bike to ride

I have 3 bikes. A 2009 Repsol, 2006 Harley Low Rider and a 2001 ZRX1200.

For short rides I prefer the Harley, there is nothing like being at a red light and simultaneously cracking the throttle and popping the clutch. The bike jumps ahead like a rocket without hesitation, the front end does not come up and you feel the forward rush as your rear gets pushed against the seat. The Harley can also cruise nicely down the highway turning about 2500-300 RPM and getting about 55 MPG.

If I'm going for a long ride I take the Kawi. The riding position is good for hours on end and there is plenty of power to cruise at a high speed or pass a long line of vehicles. The Kawi gets about 50MPG on the highway. One thing though about the Kawi, it's the worst of the three in tight turns.

If I'm going somewhere where it's curvy (less than 200 miles round trip) then there is nothing better than the Repsol. The curves melt into straight lines and I enjoy the precise control over where the bike is during a turn. Going through the gears on a long straight-away is intoxicating. Also, the Repsol is a people magnet: if I park it somewhere there is usually a crowd around it when I come back and the crowd will respectfully part as I approach the bike with helmet in hand.
 

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i own both a '96 FatBoy and my '06 RR. the H-D is fun, especially just crusing around town or really low speed stuff. not good on the e-way at all, to many revs and vibration. i love them both for different reasons and do not see teh H-D leaving any time soon. the H-D has been around through 4 different sport-o's ( a '91 GSXR 1100, a '97 916, a '94 888 and the current '06 RR ) and to give perspective the 'Boy has 16K on it and i bought it new in 1995, while my 06 RR has 7300 and i bought it in May 07. nothing beats a sport but if you have the means it is great to have an H-D as well.

for me it was pre marriage and kids and i had too much cash laying around so i did it.
 

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I test rode a couple of Harley's about 2 weeks ago contemplating getting a cruiser or at least a less aggressive bike for everyday commuting. I rode the Nightster and the new XR1200 but it was a definite no-go on both of them. The XR1200 was the most awkward riding bike I have ever been on - really weird bar and peg position. I was really nervous on it as I felt I just wasn't in control of the bike - I really question the ability of any evasive maneuvers on a cruiser style bike or this XR. The XR was a decent looking bike but the riding position was just plain weird. The Nightster 1200 was a tiny little thing and I felt like my butt was dragging the ground. I knew the power wouldn't even compare to my 08 RR but I was surprised at how anemic these two bikes really were. So I am certainly going to stick with sport bikes - no question. I've been riding sport bikes for 15 years now and my mind is just too programmed with that riding position that anything else feels kind of spooky.
 

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BTW I looked into the same thing about 2 months ago in Vegas. Well buy now they should have Superbike rentals up and running. They have them in Cali and now Vegas. You can rent a CBR600, Duc 848 even a 1098. That is what I was going to do but they did not have there bikes in yet. I think the 1098 was $200 a day? I could get my moneys worth out of it in 24 hrs. Keep it mind peeps if your going out there.
 

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i rented a harley in hawaii cause i thought it would be more comfortable with my girl. what a difference in performance when jumping from a cbr1000rr to one of those. Off the line, the harley has got some pull, but quickly fades. The brakes aren't even comparable. The bike that i rented squeaked like a bus when coming to a stop. As for wind protection, i couldnt feel safe going faster than 55 mph. And cause i was wearing shorts, i got a nice burn on my calf from the exhaust pipes. It was clunky and loud, just what a harley should be. It was fun in a weird way. Not bad for $75 for 8 hours. Great way to see the entire island for those thinking of going to hawaii this summer.
 

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i rented a harley in hawaii cause i thought it would be more comfortable with my girl. what a difference in performance when jumping from a cbr1000rr to one of those. Off the line, the harley has got some pull, but quickly fades. The brakes aren't even comparable. The bike that i rented squeaked like a bus when coming to a stop. As for wind protection, i couldnt feel safe going faster than 55 mph. And cause i was wearing shorts, i got a nice burn on my calf from the exhaust pipes. It was clunky and loud, just what a harley should be. It was fun in a weird way. Not bad for $75 for 8 hours. Great way to see the entire island for those thinking of going to hawaii this summer.
My 1st time on an HD was in Hawaii as well, awesome way to sight see. I toolk the bike in vegas through redrock and through town a little. It was worth the 155, but would def not want to own one. It is more of a status symbol than it is a performance machine.
 

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i rented a harley in hawaii cause i thought it would be more comfortable with my girl. what a difference in performance when jumping from a cbr1000rr to one of those. Off the line, the harley has got some pull, but quickly fades. The brakes aren't even comparable. The bike that i rented squeaked like a bus when coming to a stop. As for wind protection, i couldnt feel safe going faster than 55 mph. And cause i was wearing shorts, i got a nice burn on my calf from the exhaust pipes. It was clunky and loud, just what a harley should be. It was fun in a weird way. Not bad for $75 for 8 hours. Great way to see the entire island for those thinking of going to hawaii this summer.
My 1st time on an HD was in Hawaii as well, awesome way to sight see. I toolk the bike in vegas through redrock and through town a little. It was worth the 155, but would def not want to own one. It is more of a status symbol than it is a performance machine.
 

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I rode a Harley last year and it felt so awkward. I felt naked!!! I like being hunched over the tank, I feel more secure and safe.
 

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Most of the people commenting about their HD ride have not really ridden a HD long enough to feel confident on it. Once you figure out its pluses and minuses and go with the flow it's really a nice confortable ride and very enjoyable. Most say they can't handle the lack of power but that's not what a Harley is about. It has more acceleration than 99% of the cars on the road and actually the handling (depending on which model you are riding) is very good and predictable. Yes, it won't stay in a turn with a sport bike that's going fast but it will take turns smartly without dragging or wobling (which is more than I can say for my ZRX1200). I have a Low Rider with mid controls so my handling is fine. I won't vouch for a HD with the forward controls.
I think it comes down to your preferred riding style and most members of this forum like to go fast rather than enjoy the view.

This is just my opinion to feel free to give me yours:thumbsup:
 
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