There's a old HD joke about having sex with a sissy, being seen and how it applies to riding a "rice burner". I've never been ashamed riding a Z1, in fact I tell them I wouldn't ride a Harley unless it was a classic. I certainly wouldn't buy a new one. I have nothing to prove to anyone except myself. Can I ride? Yes. As well as in my 20/30's? No. I don't take as many chances ether. It's a wonder how I made it to my 60's. Bossie's now a classic and none around like her. Let them sneer. They're just jealous or can't get one.
Then they're really in trouble. Ours are low Tech compared to the devices they have on the new ones. Gonna get worse too. Cats, O2 sensors, knock sensors, crank/cam sensors, ECM's the works. Don't need a computer to work on Bossie.
Sounds a bit like the one about fat girls and scooters, both great fun until your friends catch you riding one .
The best Harley comment I heard was at a Triumph dealership where they said Harley's don't have throttles, just volume controls I've noticed exactly what they mean when riding my BMW with a group that includes many Harley riders, you hear the volume go up, think now we're off and with only the tiniest bit of throttle my BMW wants to ride right into the back of them, my wrist gets cramped because I only move the throttle about 1 degree when keeping pace with them.
You shouldn't feel ashamed riding a Z1 or KZ, heck these 40 year old bikes will still outrun most of the modern HD's. Back in the day they had to introduce a special tax to make imported bikes more expensive so Harley Davidson could remain in business. I 'm not really into big Heavy Bikes and cruisers of any brand, I can see their place if you are crossing states, but they are not for a quick blast through the canyons etc. - different riding style. I've loved bikes since my early teens and have ridden and owned all sorts from 49cc and up, but I still just don't get the Harley thing. As I say, each to their own if it works for you then good for you, we live to fulfill our own dreams not anyone else's.
I don't mind needing a computer to fix things, sometimes that diagnostic technology can be really handy, however when I read about these new bikes in a magazine I get monthly, with suspension setting altered from the dash as opposed to a C wrench , traction control, abs. etc. etc. I find myself just thinking I don't want that, for me bikes are meant to be relatively simple that's part of their appeal. Assuming anyone will care to keep the latest Yamaha R1 on the road in 40 years time, one has to wonder how these electronics will hold up and how it will be possible to repair them. Sometimes 4 carbs seem like a pain when somethings playing up, but at least the parts are available and with a bit of perseverance you get them fixed and it runs as good as new, good luck with that little black box and a bunch of sensors that are no longer made and would cost hundreds if they were.
I've told this before. My 7 year old daughter told a big biker, Daddy says Harley's sound like a bean fart." He looked at me and asked me if I said that. "yup" waiting, he just grunted and walked away.
The legal issue was the best that could be had in a state like this. Looked like we would prevail until now. Someone got to her lawyer. He has to work and live here and the deck was stacked against us.
Yeah, new camera. I don't like it. The other one could be charged while in use. The sound is lousy on this one. I'll get another one.
Found this outside this morning. Apr hangers with a windshield.
I think for many the "Harley Thing" is just brand marketing and perception. I know people who are not what I'd really call bike enthusiasts, but they wanted a Harley because of their perceived image of it, and how it would make them look. Once they have it, they think it's great, but that's because all bikes are great fun, you can drag an old 50cc out of the shed and have hours of fun riding it round the block - it doesn't make it the best bike ever. IMO where the misconception begins is because most of these folks have only ever ridden a Harley, while at the same time being conditioned to believe it's the best and other bikes are viewed with such contempt they will never throw a leg over another brand to even try one. I have ridden and owned all types of bikes, I even once had one of the California built Indians that I bought at a bankruptcy auction to sell on, it ended up getting shipped to the UK. Given my perspective of different types of bikes and brands, I like to think I've made an informed decision based on my personal preferences. If someone has done the same and concluded a Harley is the best choice for them then I cannot argue with that, but like I say many "Harley Snobs" have never ridden anything else and hold strong opinions based in blissful ignorance. One thing I will never understand is how people think popping and banging on the overrun through straight pipes is a cool sound and how a bike should sound, the howl of a Z1 or KZ1000 at full throttle through a 4-1 is how a bike should sound
And yes it's still cold today, not much riding weather left this year
Spent the whole day winterizing my boat and travel trailer, so no time to ride or wrench any bikes, it would have been decent for a ride in the noon til 3.00 p.m window, but I don't want to risk anything getting frozen up, the nights are heading for the 20's and the forecast doesn't look promising for next week, so today was the day, or so it seemed.