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post #1 of 5 Old Sep 25th, 2008, 12:32 pm Thread Starter
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Picked up my new Harley Cross Bones

Well...not really MY new Harley Cross Bones. It belongs to the company I work for. We give a new HD away every year to one of our customers (Chimney Sweeps). Drove it from Burlington, IA back to Fairfield, IA, about 70 miles using the back roads. It was fun for about the first 30 minutes.
1. Handling -- fageddaboudit -- none to speak of. You can scrape this thing if you even think about a curve.
2. Ride -- fuggedaboudit -- it is as bouncy as a semi. Don't know how fast this will go, but no one in his right mind would drive it over 70 on anything but a glass smooth surface.
3. Looks -- Nice, fairly authentic looking late 40's springer style. They could have made it even more authentic if they had and the the two pipes go into one muffler, like the older bikes.
4. Brakes -- Not impressive at all. Just hope you don't ever have to stop quickly.
5. Comfort -- See #2. Acceptable as long as you never drive it more than about 100 miles max.
6. Controls -- like all Harleys, just don't like them that far forward, very inconvenient. And, sorry, there is just no comfortable way to shift. Whether you use your toe or heel it is always awkward to shift this bike. More awkward with the heal I think. Who thought this up?

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Well...not really MY new Harley Cross Bones. It belongs to the company I work for. We give a new HD away every year to one of our customers (Chimney Sweeps). Drove it from Burlington, IA back to Fairfield, IA, about 70 miles using the back roads. It was fun for about the first 30 minutes.
I think that's about the maximum time you're supposed to ride this model. Everyone knows if you want a real touring motorcycle - you get a Harley Road King

Cool thing your company does - thanks for supportin' HDMC.

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I think that's about the maximum time you're supposed to ride this model. Everyone knows if you want a real touring motorcycle - you get a Harley Road King

Cool thing your company does - thanks for supportin' HDMC.
This will be the 6th year.

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The crossbones is a different kind of ride. That goes without question. I took one on a short 20 mile test ride and found it to be pretty cool and it was easy to get used to and find its special rhythm. It's not a sport bike, but then it doesn't pretend to be one.

I had a great time trying out bumps and potholes with it. I hit everything I could find and came away amazed. This thing rides much better that my resprung, Ohlin equipped LT.

I'd love to have one as a second bike (the handle bars would have to be replaced with something lower).

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