What else do I need?

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by kzoo, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. kzoo

    kzoo Banned

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    Getting ready to ride again after a long break. Here is what I have, what else should I consider?

    Bike - 04 Heritage Classic
    Helmet - Scorpion EXO-100 (brand new, gave $80 for it)
    Boots - HD El Paso ( new! gave 35 for em)
    Jacket and gloves - Ordered from Leatherup.
    Engine Guard - Received but not installed.
    Oil Changed, Air cleaner changed, Bike inspected by local HD Dealer.

    What else besides decent weather?
     
  2. Ishmael

    Ishmael Active Member

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    MSF beginning rider course. Enjoy that beautiful Heritage and welcome aboard.
    Ishmael
     
  3. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Wow, did you make a BIG mistake asking that on this forum. We're more than happy to help you spend all your money!

    As Ishmael pointed out, the absolute number one priority for you should be to take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) or one of the Rider's Edge courses taught at most HD dealerships.

    Sounds like you've got the basics covered for general riding.

    Here's some other thoughts:

    1. Insurance
    2. Cover if it's to be stored outside
    3. Chaps, Draggin' Jeans, or some other type of riding pants
    4. Rain gear in case you get stuck riding in the rain
    5. Motorcycle specific luggage if you're going somewhere overnight
    6. HD Service Manual for your bike if you plan on doing ANY mechanical stuff to your bike yourself
    7. Lots of Pledge!!!
     
  4. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    If it has been a while, I second the rec above to take the Riders' Course. No use making a mistake on your brand new baby.

    TQ
     
  5. Fishinfever

    Fishinfever Member

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    Maybe a pair of goggles, sunglasses.
     
  6. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Practice...practice...practice...& about $1000 worth of chrome...;)
     
  7. kzoo

    kzoo Banned

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    Planning on significant parking lot time. Saw a bunch of riders in the lot yesterday.
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  8. kzoo

    kzoo Banned

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    Actually got on my buddy's RK yesterday for a bit in the parking lot. It is amazing how fast it comes back. Trying not to overthink everything. Once I got used to where the controls were and how they caught etc, I was pretty comfortable.

    That was in the parking lot. Traffic has always been of concern to me and I learned to ride by leaving yourself an out. I do that whether I am in a cage or on 2 wheels.

    Significant parking lot time, except to get gas, is anticipated.

    Insurance - check
    Rain gear - check
    Service manual - great idea, will order one
    Pledge - streak free already in the garage for the cage
     
  9. dnailbndr

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    Plug in jacket liner,,,MMMM goood! I try to never think I have it all figured out...As soon as I do , something jumps in front of me..Car, Deer, Dog, stop sign. ect ect ect. be ware of slow speed on side hills... realy hard to get a foot down on the low side.
     
  10. lorne

    lorne Senior Member

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    double check tire pressure and as Iceman24 says more chrome.
    Enjoy your ride