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SurlyAardvarkGeared down still further

but pleasantly so, I think. My sights are now set upon the Ural Patrol, the funky little 750cc motorcycle with the sidecar. Man, it looks like fun and would be MUCH more functional than just a two-seater. The next coupla years…. 5 years ago

SurlyAardvarkOkay, I've geared down my

expectations. Rather than starting with a Harley (read:expensive, heavy, and expensive), I’m going to start with something a little smaller (upon the advice of several bikers I know and trust).

So, we’re looking at the Honda Shadow Aero. It’s a 750cc, so it’s smaller, sure, but probably what I need to get my legs under me, skill-wise. And cheaper, too, by about $10,000, increasing the likelihood that I’ll get it sooner than later. It’s gotten great reviews for control and power for its price. Oh, how I’d like to check off this goal soon, soon, SOON! 6 years ago

SurlyAardvarkman, it's like they don't WANT me to buy one...

Harley-Davidson has DISCONTINUED the very bike I wanted to snag someday. The Road King Custom is no more. (a moment of silence) 6 years ago

SurlyAardvarka coupla things...

So, I’ve been reading lately that it’s not wise to learn to ride on such a big bike at first. that’s a problem. I really want to learn well and be safe and I do NOT want to lay down a $20,000 motorcycle. At the same time, I don’t have the ability financially to buy a lesser power bike to learn on. I plan on going through all the classes I can get my hands on in preparation for my riding. Will that be enough? Can one learn to ride on a big, heavy HD? Is it safe? Is it wise? Someone with context and experience, tell me if I’m being foolish pursuing this bike as my first! 7 years ago

chrisfishTake a class.

I got my license in conjunction with a class at a local community college, even though I alreay knew how to ride, I learned a lot and became more “one” with my bike. 7 years ago

SurlyAardvarkI saw it in action

I met a guy in Idaho Springs, CO while passing through who owned an ‘5 version of this same Road King Custom, and in yellow, to boot. I’m resolved all the more. Plus, I’m encouraged that the new ‘07s look just fine, too. One day… 7 years ago

SurlyAardvarkMy dream cycle, I think.

If I were to buy it today, it’d be this one. A Harley-Davidson Road King Custom. It looks just like I think a motorcycle should look, don’t you think so, too? 7 years ago

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