So ever since C bought his new Harley when he returned from Iraq, we've talked about ME getting a Harley, too. Lots of talk about WHICH model... him loving a Sportster because they can be so heavily modified... me thinking a Sportster would be too small and wimpy after my liter sportbike.
So no decision could really be made until I'd actually ridden a few Harleys, so I could see if I really wanted to make the change, right? So we rode our Hondas to the Harley shop yesterday, looked around and pretty quickly see THE coolest Sportster I'd ever laid my eyes on.
Whoever owned it before changed everything on it. The only thing that is stock is the engine and the frame. LMAO Everything on it has been modded and upgraded. Custom paint job, it's been lowered, etc etc.
So I started the day never having EVER ridden a Harley myself... and now I own one. We traded in one of the Hondas... C's CBR1000rr.
The artwork is part of the custom paint job... they're not stickers. =o)
So this is a 2001 Sportster 1200. It's a rigid hardtail... meaning zero shocks or suspension!! When I hit bumps, I bounce up off the seat and when I land, my glasses need straightening and I have to reseat myself. hehehehe
We've ridden both yesterday and today, now. C on his Harley, me on this one. The clutch is much stiffer than I'm used to w/ the sportbike, so that'll take more getting used to. Having the forward controls for the feet is very WRONG feeling to me, too. Still getting used to putting my feet up and forward.
Oh, and this motor is not rubber mounted. So not only do I not have any shocks... the motor is not contained in ANY way, so the vibrations are really strong. Like my hands and feet feel like they're going to vibrate off the ends if I don't keep readjusting. LOL!
So there we go! I feel like a TOTAL bad ass on this... a little like Jesse James even with those straight bars. hehehe
I ran out of gas sitting at a traffic light today, and switched it over to the reserve like I knew what I was doing! No gas guage, no gas light... I'm going to have to figure out how many miles I can go before the reserve becomes necessary. No clock either! LOL
And NO saddle bags. =:D There are mounts for bags, but I don't plan on using them. =o)