Harley Davidson Observations
After three weeks at a dealership and briefly riding every bike in stock, I've come up with a few observations, some of which a few of you might already know.
1) The fuel injection works great. Bikes start right up and can be ridden away without coughs or hesitation.
2) Putting one into first gear feels like you're crushing gravel with a large hammer. Neutral can be very difficult to find.
3) The smallest bike, the 883 Sportster, is far slower than any 700cc metric bike, possibly due to power efficiency loses from the heavily vibrating engine.
4) The XR1200, based on their flat track racers, is the [u]only</u> bike I would own. The engine is actually pretty smooth and the brakes are great.
5) Harleys are the absolutely heaviest bikes I've ever ridden. Yesterday I pushed around a Gold Wing (trade-in) and it was lighter than most Harley mid-sized models.
6) Aside from the fuel injection, Harleys are the most primitive motorcycles on the planet. Maybe the Ural knockoffs are worse, but I doubt it.
7) If automobiles had evolved as slowly as Harleys, we would still be driving a Model T.
There you go.