Which harley to buy

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by timd229, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. timd229

    timd229 Member

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    I'm sure about a million people ask this question but every person has a different situation so im going to ask for opinions first I'll start off by introducing myself I'm 24 I live in pa 4 years ago I had a 83 shadow then a 93 suzuki katana 750 then a 09 ninja zx6r then traded that for a 05 vulcan 1500 and loved it since then I've wanted a harley so I sold my vulcan last fall and I'm looking to get a harley in the next month I dont want a sportster I want a big twin bike I want something around 9-10000 used I like the looks of the fat boy or almost all softails in general but I think I would like a dyna better from what I read..I will be mainly riding back and forth to work but will b a riding around on my days off and my fiancé rides with me maybe 15% of the time so I don't really want a bagger but I do like a road kings without the faring and windshield but with the bags another thing is I cant take a test ride on the bikes at the dealership but I can sit on them ....any helo is appreciated thanks in advance
     
  2. ImaRider

    ImaRider Active Member

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    I am curious why you can't take a test ride at a dealership? Their isn't any obligation to buy. Tell them you haven't made a decision yet. They will usually let you take as many rides as you need to get to that point. It is in their best interest to do so. I would buy from a private party if it were me. I think you would get the best price for what you want from one.
     
  3. timd229

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    Yeah I hear what your saying but for some reason they don't let people test ride their bikes I don't know but they are a big dealership around here so I know it's not cause they are trying to screw people
     
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    timd229 Member

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    It says they do demos I guess which I didnt know but do they only do test rides on new bikes?
     
  6. lorne

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    i have a softail coustom and a road king...if you have experience with a heavy bike and do some highway riding...roadking...if you want to just run around softail..sounds like you need to see a new dealer....and watch this

    ps nothing wrong with the right sportser



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  7. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    First of all, I would NEVER buy a bike from a dealer that wouldn't let you at least take a short test ride. Ridiculous!

    Sounds like a Heritage Softail or a Road King would be perfect for you. Fun every day ride but capable of easily carrying a passenger or going for a weekend overnight trip.

    Probably don't need to tell you not to rush your decision. Ten grand is a lot of money and you don't want to regret your decision a couple months later. Visit several dealers or bike nights and see which bike really speaks to you. Be sure to bring your fiance along too.
     
  8. Sunnysideup

    Sunnysideup Junior Member

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    I'm sure most anyone who owns any harley loves the one they purchased so I doubt you will regret any decision. I chose a dyna for the simple reason it had been 30 years since I had ridden and just wanted a clean simple great looking bike. Almost 3 years later now, it has proven to be the perfect bike for the riding I do 90% of the time. Mine's the black one. The blue Heritage is my old riding buddy.

    Good luck with your decision!

    Oh and as far as getting a test drive. Get to know one of the salesmen, let him realize how serious you really are. He will find a way to get you on a bike like the one you wish to own.
     

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  9. timd229

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    I originally wanted a softail cause I love the way they look then I started reading things about how good the dynas handling is and is a lighter bike not to mention cheaper but if I could get a softail for the right price I would probably still take that
     
  10. timd229

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    I like your dyna is nice and I like that it's black I don't know most of the salesman but I know the owners they know my dad well maybe I'll have him talk to him about getting a test ride