Springer Classic Advice Please

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by Dooose, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Dooose

    Dooose Member

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    Hello all,

    1st time poster - long time lurker.

    I've found the bike of my dreams . . . an '07 Springer Classic at a good price. I'm about to pull-the-trigger, but then I do another search of the site and find a post talking about the pain-in-the-butt factor of maintaining the springer front-end. Is this something that is a major concern?

    Also, the bike is a fair distance away. There are no Springer Classics around here that are available to ride, but I've ridden a Deluxe. I fit well, and the ride was great. Is this a fair comparison, or do I need to track down a springer to try before the buy?

    Thanks a ton for all of the great info contained on this site; it is mucho appreciated.
     
  2. glider

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    The springer front end has a lot of pros and cons. It looks great but does require some maintenance to keep it tight. The ride is a bit different too when cornering because of the rocker at the bottom, it's a different sensation as the wheel rebounds. I would suggest test riding one before buying one to see if it's for you.
     
  3. whatyardwork

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    Love the springer frontend.Maintanance is not that big of an issue.Never once had to replace fork oil.Pay attention to your rocker bearings every 20k and youre all set.Changing a tire can be an adventure though.Alot more moving parts than a conventional front end.One huge downside is availability of risers and bar options if not happy with stock.Ness does have a triple tree plate swap that allows you to accept all riser/bar combos but it is pricey, requireing a good bit of labor.

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  4. TCSTD

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    I don't have the Classic model but I do have a Springer. Have had it since 2005 and haven't had any problems with it. I've been told by people with more knowledge than I have that it requires a different kind of maintance than other front ends, but I didn't care. I like the looks of it and I bought it. So far, no dissapointments and it has gotten some very good comments from those that have seen it.
     
  5. Dooose

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    Thanks all for the feedback. The deal is on-hold until a test ride can be organized. In my mind that's the motorcycle for me . . . a bit different from most, and room to individulize it even more. But, it's a bit more of an investment compared to my 2 Triumphs so I better be sure.

    Dooose
     
  6. whatyardwork

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    The springer youre looking at is a truely classic scoot. It will get more looks than your buddies road king no matter were you go.
     
  7. oilman1994

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    i recently bought a cross bones and i have no complaints about the front end. i do have a larger front tire (190 i believe) so i'm sure that might make a difference.
     
  8. chuck byrd

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    Buy the heratige springer i have a 97 & 98 love them both, chuck in myrtle beach s.c
     
  9. jonny oz

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    If it were me, I would buy it, no test drive needed. I demo'd a springer classic a few years ago and loved it. I would be extremely surprised if you weren't completely thrilled with that bike.
     
  10. whatyardwork

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    HOLY "EASY RIDER", BATMAN!

    LOVE that paint job!!!! Is that your second scoot? (or third, from the look of the garage?)

    We have 3 Rich.The wife road the shadow for 4 seasons as a learning bike.Great bike to learn on by the way.Eventualy our 1 hour trips started turning into 1 week trips so I had to buy a bagger last season.It realy worked out great, she road my springer last season and made the transition to her new streetglide realy smooth.My pride took a good hit on that one, we'd pull in somewere and Id be all proud of my new scoot only to see cameras a blazing at the wife on the old softail.Never got looks like that when I was riding it lol.So the Honda's gone now and she still wont let me part with the springer.Who am I to argue?