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dave_c

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dave_c says:

Meet my new bike

I've still got Goldie the Gixxer, the new arrival is a second bike for relaxed rides on sunny days :sunglasses:

I've always fancied getting one of these, so when a good deal came along I decided to go for it...

I know it won't be to everyone's taste, so just remember the old saying - if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all! :winkie:

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

DaveC...

p.m. Beelady and her other half about that belt drive. I think the tension on them is crucial...the difference between 20,000 mile change or 2,000 if you get it wrong.You might want to drop them forks 30cm's through the yokes to sharpen the steering up a bit too.:smile

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dave_c

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dave_c says:

Mrs H

Yeah, I still expect the gixxer to be the main bike, but at the moment I'm sitting with 9 points, so it's nice to have the option of a bike that won't pick up any more points - the Harley just doesn't encourage you to go fast, unlike that naughty gixxer :winkie:

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Beelady

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Beelady says:

You lucky man.

I miss mine so much. The pictures caused a big tug on the heartstrings. They are just something special and unlike any other bike. Hope we get a nice summer so you can get out and play often. You can now take countersteering to a whole new level. I'm very jealous.

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dave_c

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dave_c says:

Rog

Thanks mate. I like your suggestion about moving to the sun :smile It must be so good being able to ride through the winter in pleasant temperatures and never seeing a feckin gritting lorry!

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vulcanrider

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vulcanrider says:

Belt drive

if the tension's correct basically apart from checking it for physical damage you can ignore it. The tension on mine hasn't altered in 9,200 miles, it was one thing that made me almost think twice about the 1700 Vulcan but once I rode it it went to the back of the queue in the list of things I may be unsure of compared to my beloved 1500 Vulcan. At least I don't have to lubricate it :smile

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dave_c

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dave_c says:

Beelady

Thanks :smile It's hard not to make comparisons between the Harley and the crotch rocket. I guess it'll just take time and a few more miles for me to suss it all out.

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preunit

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preunit says:

Ha funny

what people say about Harleys, love/hate, or marmite.


Really :shock: you love to ride bikes?, ride a sports bike?......Ok that's the caffeine, the Harleys the weed. 


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vulcanrider

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vulcanrider says:

It is difficult

not to compare, when I got my 1500 Vulcan I still had my Blackbird and TBH I almost lost my licence at least once with the Blackbird then found I rode the it less and less partly because my Mrs didn't want to get on it and preferred the Vulcan but also because I was more comfortable with the cruiser option AND more comfortable physically. While I still had the 2 bikes together I had a Sunday ride on my own with the Blackbird to Bridge motorcycles in Exeter, i did my usual few blips up to about 130 ish eyes everywhere for old bill, I passed a Harley enroute bimbling along. I got to Bridge a bit early and had to wait for them to open, the Harley pulled in only about 5 minutes after me, so what did I prove by busting limits and risking my licence ? Mind you I'd sold the Blackbird and it was going a few days later so I opened it up going home to see if I could get to the bottom of it --- 160 ish on the clock still accelerating I bottled it, twas time to grow up --- ish :laugh::laugh::laugh:

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

New bike

Congrats on the new bike.  If you are going to own two, it's great to have bikes that are different - and you can't get more opposite ends of the scale than a Gixer and a Harley.  Enjoy! 

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

Vulcanrider....

did you try an Harley before you picked the Vulcan....I've never ridden any of them, but as far as I can see, all the Harley has straight out of the box is big  noise, but then with big cubes and almost straight through pipes,that's to be expected.....they're like some curmudgeonly old uncle who wears old style (but expensive)clogs, and even though you tell him there's much nicer more comfortable clogs out there, he insists on wearing the old,very expensive clogs,but he keeps buying expensive laces,segs and studs to put on them.

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