Am I crazy ???

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by neil2412, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. neil2412

    neil2412 Member

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    Newbie Fattie here
    Hi there, I juz laid down a downpayment for a 2009 Blue Fatboy.

    Funny thing is that i have never ridden a clutch bike before in my life, must be nuts, but then again have always wanted one by never had the chance.

    Any suggestion for factory fitted accessories or accessories to fit before i take delivery next week ?

    Heard a fatboy with the SE mufflers on, pretty nice sound, any other option i should consider ?

    BTW I live in indonesia, so licenses are non existant here and the harley guys are arranging for me to undergo training with the police academy.


    Thanks and BR
    NW
     
  2. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Welcome to HDTalking...we are here to help you enjoy your experience on a machine rich in heritage for a great many riders and enthusiasts world wide. To enjoy your machine more, remember that the rider is a knowledge and skill are the most important; read your manual cover to cover, with the machine right in front of you to identify and reach all controls and key elements. Then repeat with eyes closed to test how well you remember them and develop your rider instinct. This leaves room for your learning the rules of the road, and tactics, allowing hazards to separate, anticipating escape routes and planning lane position to provide best vision and avoiding situations. When going through intersections allow the cars to move on either side if possible to protect you. Wear protective helmet and clothing (leather preferred) to avoid road rash. And as always, do a pre-ride inspection prior to each ride...apply the brakes make sure both front and rear stop...before putting into gear, taking it easy the first few miles. We'll talk again! :cheers
     
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  3. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Yeah, I know, it has temp extremes like Thailand, but cities can be rough and tumble with 3 and 4 cars across making their own way...and yes leather still works, you just have to use perforated and ventilated versions for the heat. And some roads are probably best not to be traversed if in monsoon conditions...I was trying to be generic...did not mean to "mislead anyone" or try to be "Crocodile Hunter or Dundee" if you know what I mean...Gary, your a funny guy! :lolrolling
     
  4. neil2412

    neil2412 Member

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    Thanks for the great advise, will definately do the manual read through...

    Riding or even driving in Indonesia, especially jakarta where I live is really crazy, the road can have 3 lanes, but the cars and buses can stack up into 5 lanes when its jammed up, which is most of the day.

    Buses are the biggest threat , they crisscross from lane to lane with out any signal indicators or even head lamps at times.

    There's over 2 million cars and 5 million little motorcycles all over the city. So it does get pretty rough over here.

    The good this is that the HOG does organize rides every friday night and sunday morning, most of these rides are escorted by a police foreraider , hence clearing the way fr the harleys.

    Oh and another note, they don't allows any bikes on the highways or tollways, not even superbikes or harleys :cry.

    BR NW
     
  5. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Yeah, I have driven in traffic like that, promptly turned my rental car back in the next day and vowed only to be in a car w/a pro at the wheel who were used to it. Imagine driving this way at night with only 50% of them driving with headlights, beeping their horns to signal their "space". Can't imagine riding a large displacement HD dug in with 5 or more cars across (with only 2 or 3 lanes marked...it is like something out of Star Wars where cagers drift in and out like interlaced tentacles...yechhh! :newsmile074:

    Personally, I would rather imagine it like Gary, where you only had to worry about that pesky snake in the wheels...or big cats running on the road...! :D
     
  6. Ken S.

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    Welcome, and enjoy that new bike. It does have more than just first gear, though it sound like you still won't need the clutch that much. :p

    I'm so happy that I live in a more rural part of Ohio. I can find roads with little or no traffic oncoming for miles and miles. Don't have to worry about traffic behind me.:s

    I'd rather roll on the state routes versus the highway anyway, but that's just me.

    Good luck with your new ride. Be safe.

    Ken
     
  7. whatyardwork

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    Congrats on the new bike.If you truely have never driven a bike with a clutch I would highly recomend adding a crash bar/highway bar if the bike isnt already equipted with one.At least until you get a few miles under your belt.A simple slip on a Harley can add up to extensive damage to your bike and person.When my wife started riding it was the first accesory I installed on her Shadow.Just parking it, she stepped into a manhole drain and down she went.The crash bar saved her leg and the bike.A scratch on the crash bar vs. a broken leg and possible repaint, not to mention the chrome.
     
  8. neil2412

    neil2412 Member

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    Do you guys mean the engine guard from Harley, the one that is a crome bar forming two semi circles just behind the front wheel ? I plan to install the moustache style engine guard.

    Also what do you guys think of the floating brake rotor ? is it really effective ? My A&P guy told me that it is pretty important .

    Am also getting a Rinehart exhaust system with the air cooler and the system chip upgrade.

    Any comments are welcome

    BR
    NW