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post #1 of 7 Old Jul 30th, 2007, 3:00 pm Thread Starter
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It's time to confess !!

I rode this weekend about 650 miles most of them with at least one Harley.
We all had a great time as Howard can attest good people,mostly great roads . Larry , riding two up was quite capable on his HD.

Now comes Sunday... we are riding with three HDs and they want me to lead (V-1) so we can "haul ass". I ask "What are you comfortable with...80??"
No is the answer 60-70 is cool. I am good with that- BUT the things I had to do to help them on two lane passes were surprising. Honestly I've never ridden w/ HDs and I am surprised at how underpowered they REALLY are !!!
We had a lot of fun,1st ride with son-in-law and his friends but ...WOW!!

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I rode this weekend about 650 miles most of them with at least one Harley.
We all had a great time as Howard can attest good people,mostly great roads . Larry , riding two up was quite capable on his HD.

Now comes Sunday... we are riding with three HDs and they want me to lead (V-1) so we can "haul ass". I ask "What are you comfortable with...80??"
No is the answer 60-70 is cool. I am good with that- BUT the things I had to do to help them on two lane passes were surprising. Honestly I've never ridden w/ HDs and I am surprised at how underpowered they REALLY are !!!
We had a lot of fun,1st ride with son-in-law and his friends but ...WOW!!

Mike
I think those HD guys eat popcorn.....


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Yeah, the HD's are underpowered compared to most anything else. But I will just point out, 80 is not the speedlimit around here. Mine will run right around 80 - 90 all day long, but I'll admit to either growing up or getting old (perspective I guess), I REALLY enjoy riding my HD a LOT more than I like to ride the LT. Since I picked up the Softtail a month or so ago, I've got over 3000 miles on it, and I have about 200 on the LT - and most of that is from one weekend ride I did with it as an excuse to take it out.
The beauty of the HD's is that you don't feel the NEED to go fast all day, it's really more fun to slow down a little and smell the roses. Personally I really like that I don't get those butterflies in my stomach everytime I come up on a cruiser, like I used to with my Triumph. I don't think the HD is the ONLY bike I would want to own, but I can honestly say that riding at a more responsible pace has it's rewards.
And I'm not even going to go on about how many people come up and ooh & aaah over my Softail - it seems I can't park that thing anywhere without having at least 3 people admiring her when I come back. AND I've had a LOT more requests for rides from uh-hemm... admirers of the "fairer sex". (Don't tell on me though! )
To each his own, but I'm really having a ball on my HD - wish I wouldn't have bought the LT and am already looking forward to getting an ultra-classic at some point so I can LD ride with my HD.

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Yes, Mike, I had a very good time on Saturday. And I must say, I was impressed with your riding pace through the twisties, two-up. You are lucky that Mrs. shadowshoe enjoys g-forces the way she does! I don't think I could have ridden that quickly on those roads, two-up.

I took a few photos; here's a couple that are worth sharing.
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Nice shot of that bridge Howard, one of many shots my wife would love to have we'll go thru that area again ,but until then use yours as a tribute to the 'covered Bridges tour of route 26"originally posted by Buckeye Beemers of Central Ohio .

As to the HD thing I didn't say it should be 80...I asked them their definition of " haul ass" was and in their defence thought about that very thing......is it better to stop and small the roses??

MT personal thoughts -maybe on an RT-but I'm not ready for a HD quite yet - I hope
Mostly VERY slow and VERY loud seems incongruous to me.

BTW I am an admitted speeder when I believe the conditions allow for a spotty blast!!!! But also enjoy a loping pace.

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Nice pics. If you guys are into covered bridges this is one ride that'll getya going: http://gonewengland.about.com/od/vts...dgedrive_6.htm

There's also a famous one over near NY State, in CT - The Cornwall covered bridge :http://www.past-inc.org/historic-bri...-cornwall.html

I really enjoy the covered bridges myself.

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