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    In the main, there seem to be two types of Harley Davidson owners and it's all about image with them.

    The scruffy tattoed Hells Angel wannabe guy with a haircut like a mullet with the sides shaved off and the back long and wearing a cut off Levi jacket covered in badges over battered black leather biker jacket and greasy, stained jeans, plus big boots. He'll also wear a battered open face helmet (bought for a fiver from a mate) and sunglasses. He has no visor, 'cos he busted it dropping his lid when pissed. He has two pregnant girlfriends, but still lives at home with his mum, despite being over thirty. The bars on his bike will be over a foot higher than standard and he can be heard approaching from a mile away as his bike exhausts will have no baffles in. He works on a building site or at a scrap yard and thinks he's mega cool, not realising that 95% of others think he's a total dick! I can get away with saying that 'cos he's too illiterate to read this properly!

    Then there's the 50+ born again biker, trying to live out the fantasies of his youth. Has an immaculate near new Harley with all options, that the dealer services three times a year, even though the bike only does 600 miles annually. He wears a very expensive 'genuine' Harley Davidson logo'ed brown leather jacket, spotless 46 inch waist Levi jeans with ironed in creases and very expensive Harley Davidson boots. He is only seen riding on warm dry days, usually plodding along A roads and motorways at a safe 50mph with a dozen similar saddo's all in a line. Makes a point of being seen at all 'the right places'. It's his escape from driving his company car Lexus SUV to and from his collar and tie job as an estate agent. He also wears an open face helmet with sunglasses, but his is expensive and as new and of course has its visor. He also thinks he looks cool and naturally fails dismally.

    Just generalising here. I'm sure there are Harley riders who don't fit in the above..............maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_UK View Post
    My ZX6-R Ninja is currently being recommissioned after 10 years off the road and one of the first things I asked for is the standard can to be put back on. In my yoof I thought it was really cool to fit an ART race can. It sounded absolutely amazing to no one except me... even friends with 1000ís with race systems and one with a Firestorm on virtual straight through pipes would get pissed off with me as it drowned out their bikes!

    So anyway, much as I love the howl of a 600 on a race can at 15,000 rpm itís time to grow up and show a bit of social responsibility.
    ART race cans were great, are they still in business? I used to have a Yamaha XJR1300 which I fitted a pair of ART cans on to. Sounded like the end of the world was coming
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    In the main, there seem to be two types of Harley Davidson owners and it's all about image with them.

    The scruffy tattoed Hells Angel wannabe guy with a haircut like a mullet with the sides shaved off and the back long and wearing a cut off Levi jacket covered in badges over battered black leather biker jacket and greasy, stained jeans, plus big boots. He'll also wear a battered open face helmet (bought for a fiver from a mate) and sunglasses. He has no visor, 'cos he busted it dropping his lid when pissed. He has two pregnant girlfriends, but still lives at home with his mum, despite being over thirty. The bars on his bike will be over a foot higher than standard and he can be heard approaching from a mile away as his bike exhausts will have no baffles in. He works on a building site or at a scrap yard and thinks he's mega cool, not realising that 95% of others think he's a total dick! I can get away with saying that 'cos he's too illiterate to read this properly!

    Then there's the 50+ born again biker, trying to live out the fantasies of his youth. Has an immaculate near new Harley with all options, that the dealer services three times a year, even though the bike only does 600 miles annually. He wears a very expensive 'genuine' Harley Davidson logo'ed brown leather jacket, spotless 46 inch waist Levi jeans with ironed in creases and very expensive Harley Davidson boots. He is only seen riding on warm dry days, usually plodding along A roads and motorways at a safe 50mph with a dozen similar saddo's all in a line. Makes a point of being seen at all 'the right places'. It's his escape from driving his company car Lexus SUV to and from his collar and tie job as an estate agent. He also wears an open face helmet with sunglasses, but his is expensive and as new and of course has its visor. He also thinks he looks cool and naturally fails dismally.

    Just generalising here. I'm sure there are Harley riders who don't fit in the above..............maybe.




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    You've hit the nail on the head with the second category - I would add that they also have a caravan on their drive, and maybe a part share in an apartment in Tenerife. Many will also have done alright for themselves, and taken early retirement. So the choice would be a Harley or a BrabsterÖ sorry Marco, didn't see you there
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    This just made me think, I haven’t seen many sidecars about recently, I miss them terribly, both my sisters were courted in these vehicles, makes me wonder how young high class ladies get about these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len Co View Post
    This just made me think, I havenít seen many sidecars about recently, I miss them terribly, both my sisters were courted in these vehicles, makes me wonder how young high class ladies get about these days.
    Your average young lady these days would struggle to fit into a sidecar, let alone be "courted" in one
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    There’s just no romance these days, what happened to those dashing young tarmacadam jockeys with their Brylcremed quiffs, peaked helmets, oversized goggles and Gannex macs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
    I totally agree with the whole "don't get it about Harley's.
    Underpowered, overweight, badly built bags of scrap on 2 wheels.
    I mean an old Yamaha RD 250 or a Suzuki RG 250, both air and liquid cooled will absolutely destroy a Harley. This is a bike with 4 - 5 times the cubic capacity and sounds like a John Deere tractor.
    Yes.....its a lifestyle type of thing, but you could buy a Japanese, English or German pricewise comparison that will outgun the Harley completely. You'll be left with enough monet for every accessory going as well.
    The noise is completely unacceptable as it is there purely as noise, not a performamce enhancing upgrade. You simply do not need it.
    Honda's Goldwing for example, massive engine, decent poke considering its huge weight, yet it's whisper quiet.
    The Harley certainly lets you know its there. Personaly.....I'd rather walk than be seen on one.

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    If I were to jog anywhere, it would be at a very low speed and there would be gobs of grunting.

    I did once get a shot on my mate's Heritage Softail, and my underestimating of its brake's effectiveness (ie next to none) almost ended me
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    In the main, there seem to be two types of Harley Davidson owners and it's all about image with them.

    The scruffy tattoed Hells Angel wannabe guy with a haircut like a mullet with the sides shaved off and the back long and wearing a cut off Levi jacket covered in badges over battered black leather biker jacket and greasy, stained jeans, plus big boots. He'll also wear a battered open face helmet (bought for a fiver from a mate) and sunglasses. He has no visor, 'cos he busted it dropping his lid when pissed. He has two pregnant girlfriends, but still lives at home with his mum, despite being over thirty. The bars on his bike will be over a foot higher than standard and he can be heard approaching from a mile away as his bike exhausts will have no baffles in. He works on a building site or at a scrap yard and thinks he's mega cool, not realising that 95% of others think he's a total dick! I can get away with saying that 'cos he's too illiterate to read this properly!

    Then there's the 50+ born again biker, trying to live out the fantasies of his youth. Has an immaculate near new Harley with all options, that the dealer services three times a year, even though the bike only does 600 miles annually. He wears a very expensive 'genuine' Harley Davidson logo'ed brown leather jacket, spotless 46 inch waist Levi jeans with ironed in creases and very expensive Harley Davidson boots. He is only seen riding on warm dry days, usually plodding along A roads and motorways at a safe 50mph with a dozen similar saddo's all in a line. Makes a point of being seen at all 'the right places'. It's his escape from driving his company car Lexus SUV to and from his collar and tie job as an estate agent. He also wears an open face helmet with sunglasses, but his is expensive and as new and of course has its visor. He also thinks he looks cool and naturally fails dismally.

    Just generalising here. I'm sure there are Harley riders who don't fit in the above..............maybe.
    .knew a girl called haley who wore big boots and grunted a lot as well. she busted my helmet too
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    .knew a girl called haley who wore big boots and grunted a lot as well. she busted my helmet too
    Bet she could rock around the clock tho
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