“New” Motorcycle!

< 4 Wheels — Jeff Eske on June 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

I got a “new” motorcycle over the weekend.  It’s a used 2001 Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster.  I wasn’t really in the market for a motorcycle, but the deal was too good to pass up.  My brother-in-law was interested in selling it, and he gave me a good deal on it.  It’s low miles (10k) and basically stock.

I’ve owned a few motorcycles over the years, but they’ve always been “vintage” japanese machines.  The Sporty is the closest I’ve come to a new bike.  All of the others basically required some resuscitation in order to be ride-able.   I previously owned a 60s Suzuki 250cc two-cycle Scrambler, a ’76 Kawasaki KZ900 (the original superbike!), a 70s Suzuki 750 ( a top-heavy pig), and an ’87 Yamaha Virago 1100.

The Sporty is taking a while to get used to.  Like the Suzuki 750, it seems like it’s slightly top-heavy.  In addition to that, it has a somewhat stretched fork so, when turning, the frontend wants to “fall” in the direction you’re turning.  Basically, when you start to turn, the handlebars really want to turn all the way in that direction.  I rode my other brother-in-law’s Heritage Softtail and, even though it’s a lot heavier bike, it doesn’t feel as top-heavy and the steering feels “lighter”.  These things aren’t deal-breakers, they’re just differences that I’ve noticed between the Sportster and the other bikes that I’ve ridden.

More to come, as it happens.

Jeff Eske

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