Dockside Chat - High gas prices may put me on a bike.

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vettnman
03-29-2012, 09:50 AM
I'm sure someone else had either thought about this or has done it. My truck averages about 14 mpg. I don't want to sell it because (1) btdt, (2) I really like my truck. So..I'm thinking about maybe looking around for a bike. There's several Harleys on craigslist for under $5k. I found a nice sportster nearby for $3800. What do you guys think? I've always wanted a bike anyway. My gas bill for my truck will be about $450 a month vs ptobally about $30 for a bike. More I think about this, the more sense it makes.


freddytheboater
03-29-2012, 10:16 AM
I made that move 3 months ago. I drive an F250 diesel. Now I ride my Honda VTX 4 out of the 5 days. $10 lasts me 2 weeks. It's 14 miles(city) round trip for me to work.

yarcraft91
03-29-2012, 10:34 AM
You may be a little optimistic on the HD fuel economy. Looks to be 3-4X better than your truck, which puts you in the $100/month area, plus the cost of the additional insurance.
http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/MotorcycleFuelEconomyGuide/Harley-Davidson.htm

But, who can put a price on fun? :thumbsup:


gort
03-29-2012, 10:46 AM
You may want to revisit Harleys MPG.

Of course your mileage may vary.

Budget
03-29-2012, 10:59 AM
Do like Bermuda - get a 50cc moped and putt putt to work! You'll save over half the expenses and more than double your commute time! :grin:
Whatever bike you get, make sure you don't factor in customisation costs or it'll be way more expensive than the truck!
Boy and their toys!

vettnman
03-29-2012, 11:09 AM
It would be probally closer to $80-100 a month on the Harley. Still beats the hell out of $450.a month for the truck. Insurance is about $25 a month. Hardest part of this would be to convince the wife. She's definitly not crazy about the idea.

fishlessam
03-29-2012, 11:12 AM
I park the denali and bought a 1998 corolla to use for work.

vettnman
03-29-2012, 11:31 AM
I park the denali and bought a 1998 corolla to use for work.

Yeah, we actually did something similar back in Christmas. We sold my wifes Yukon and bought her a Acura TL. Great little luxury car. Loaded, 270hp v6 power, and she's getting 30+ mpg. Real glad I made that move.

NewMoon
03-29-2012, 11:41 AM
The good news is my truck's fuel bill is $100.00 a week doing non truck activities. The better news is AAA says we will be blessed with another $0.25 raise in the price at the pump for April.

08087
03-29-2012, 11:51 AM
I bought a scoot (163cc) a couple of months back, great on gas does 55 MPH (but I don't) saves a ton and is some fun, just be careful.

demjjm
03-29-2012, 12:06 PM
I own quite a few bikes, and I have commented on other threads, that as soon as your bike becomes transportation, the fun of riding is taken right out of the equation. Plus a bike in rush hour can be an "interesting" if not "life threatening" experience. From a pure financial standpoint, the bike is about the cheapest you can find, hands down, but I personally am against it for everyday transportation.

vettnman
03-29-2012, 12:18 PM
I own quite a few bikes, and I have commented on other threads, that as soon as your bike becomes transportation, the fun of riding is taken right out of the equation. Plus a bike in rush hour can be an "interesting" if not "life threatening" experience. From a pure financial standpoint, the bike is about the cheapest you can find, hands down, but I personally am against it for everyday transportation.


Good thing is I don't have to worry a lot about rush hour as all the driving would be country, a sleepy, quiet interstate, and small towns. I'm only 2 miles from work, so most of the personal truck driving is just going out for pleasure and errands. When its both me and the wife, we've been taking her car.

demjjm
03-29-2012, 12:22 PM
Your situation may very well work with a bike as an additional form of transportation. I do find myself jumping in the wife's car more and more when we have a joint outing. For years we always took my truck for these types of things. I average about 13.5 mpg in the truck and her car gets closer to 18 mpg.

notgottaboatyet
03-29-2012, 12:28 PM
I'm thinking about it too. Only one exit from work maybe 15 min if I get hit by every light. I'm warming the wife up to it. My budget would be 3k-ish.

If it becomes work to ride it I'll take the truck every once and a while.

I work 6 days a week, makes the gas add up.

vettnman
03-29-2012, 12:35 PM
You are 4 miles from work (round trip) and you are spending 4k on a biker to save gas?

If you just want a bike, buy one. A 2 mile trip seems reaching to justify it financislly.

Is everyone pms ing this week?? Joe. Maybe , I don't know, read the whole thread? Does $450 a month in gas sound like I'm only using the truck for work? Jeez man. Go fishng.


Dem, we have basically the exact same truck. As you just posted, gas mileage sucks. I don't have to have a bike. I could just not go out in the evenings, and not run the errands. Or , just use the truck everyday and eat the gas. I'm just thinking outloud here, and I have always wanted a bike. Now though, it might actually make sense to get one.

jobowker
03-29-2012, 12:39 PM
I had the intention of buying a cruising bike, but the only $2,000 bike I saw in decent shape was an old Ninja. I figured I'd ride it for a year as my starter bike, then get what I wanted, a nice cruiser. A year into it, my tastes changed and I would up with my Duc.

I bought a cheap starter bike 4 years ago for $2,000. I rode it every day to work when it was nice. I sold it a year later for $1900 and bought a nice bike. I have ridden that bike for three years now, mainly just going back and forth to work. With almost 20,000 miles of mainly commuting to work, I still enjoy it.

Bikes aren't as good on gas as you think they should be, and Harleys, especially older ones, are the worst. If you want a low cost, low maintenance bike, you should take a look at the Japanese bikes.

I 250 or 500cc Jap bike will give you about 65-75 mpg. My Ducati gets about 50. I've seen several Harleys get 30-33, but I assume the small 883 Sportster would do better.

ScarabChris
03-29-2012, 12:40 PM
Just filled up my truck, well at least I let the pump run until it automatically shut off at $90.00. Barely gave 3/4 of a tank at $4.00 a gallon for 87.

Nice!

Bugbuster
03-29-2012, 12:44 PM
Bike = good weather transportation. Most errands require a place to put stuff. Riding a bike around here at night with all the deers is suicidal. I'd just keep my truck and get a small car or 4 banger truck. Unless your 18 the ride will get old quick, fast and in a hurry. Just my 10 cents.

Jus Teasin
03-29-2012, 12:49 PM
If you're only buying it go to and from work, You should save your money and buy a BICYCLE.

You know you could use the exercise! ;)
:jk: ..............or maybe not.

jobowker
03-29-2012, 12:53 PM
I traded my truck in partially because of fuel costs. Last week was nice weatherwise, so I took my bike. 42 miles round trip to work * 5 days / 50mpg = 4.2 gallons, a little over $16 for gas. In my truck, it would have been 42 miles round trip to work * 5 days / 12 mpg = 17.5 gallons, about $70 for gas.

That means each week I take the bike rather the truck, I was saving $54. At almost 20,000 miles on bikes the past 4 years, that's 20,000 / 12 mpg * $4/gal = $6,666 to take the truck those miles, or 20,000 / 50 mpg * 4/gal = $1,600 for gas. So the bike saved me $5,0000 in gas.

Of course the Ducati was more than a $2,000 beater bike, so I really haven't broken even. :)

notdeankane
03-29-2012, 12:54 PM
I grew up with dirt bikes in rural PA...lots of fun. Used to love riding the back roads and the new piece of interstate that no one used.

Now live an work in S. FL. Would love to save the gas $ by riding a bike, but would never ride a bike here.

Summer time you're guaranteed to get rained on in the afternoon; and it's only a question of time before someone runs you off the road or hits you with their car or SUV (most likely a "Q-Tip" or a text'er).

guy in my office just got hit last week. He was sitting still at an intersection waiting to turn and some idiot on a cell phone made a sudden decision to take that turn...and took it wide..plowed right into the back of bike (saddlebox) broadside. My coworker is ok, jumped/got thrown off, that probably saved his life, but messed his arms and legs up pretty bad when he hit the ground.

Brad1
03-29-2012, 01:54 PM
Weather permitting, I do my 40 mile round trip on a bike. I can ride the PA Turnpike to RT 28 (which is another 4 lane highway), and that is flat out boring. But I also have a nice two lane, back way which makes the commute very enjoyable.

When your looking at it from a $ perspective (which IMO, is not the reason to commute on a bike, but to each his own), take into consideration replacing tires. You might only get 5,000 miles (perhaps less) out of a tire.

outerbanxer
03-29-2012, 02:14 PM
Bike = good weather transportation. Most errands require a place to put stuff. Riding a bike around here at night with all the deers is suicidal. I'd just keep my truck and get a small car or 4 banger truck. Unless your 18 the ride will get old quick, fast and in a hurry. Just my 10 cents.

LOL... I'd pay good money to see vettnman squeezed into a small car or a 4 banger toyota:rofl:

Ranger88
03-29-2012, 02:23 PM
If I didn't have a 6 cyl tow vehicle and a 17ft 90HP, I would have to give up boating.

It really takes some of the fun out of it, when it gets crazy expensive.

You can still pay though the nose for your time on the water, it just doesn't feel as free and easy, though

vettnman
03-29-2012, 02:43 PM
LOL... I'd pay good money to see vettnman squeezed into a small car or a 4 banger toyota:rofl:


Hey!!!!!! Lol. I'll get u back for that one Chris!! I am sort of, a uh, big guy. I'm only 6'3" though. Come on now. I don't have to get a bike, don't misunderstand me guys. I just get pissed everytime it costs me $100 to fill up. I've always wanted a bike, just couldn't justify the expense of owning one. These gas prices have actually made it where the gas would actually pay for one though, albeit an entry class Harley.

SeaJay
03-29-2012, 02:44 PM
If I didn't have a 6 cyl tow vehicle and a 17ft 90HP, I would have to give up boating.


6 cyl tow vehicles do not meet minimum THT towing standards for a 17 foot boat. Please get with the program.

cjd
03-29-2012, 04:46 PM
6 cyl tow vehicles do not meet minimum THT towing standards for a 17 foot boat. Please get with the program.

x2. i am starting to think people simply don't want to learn.

pearls before swine

240 LTS
03-29-2012, 05:18 PM
vett,
Did you read this thread a while back?

http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside-chat/385648-motorcyclist-question.html

It may shed some light on your subject.



.

thajeffski
03-29-2012, 05:33 PM
I wish mopeds didn't make you look so lame.

I'd pick up a 600 dollar ebay special in a heartbeat if I could retain my man card while riding one.

My work place is all back roads, 4 miles one way and 4 miles back.

Sure I should bike there , but I don't want to be a sweaty mess when I show up.

round2it
03-29-2012, 05:37 PM
Vetteman--a sportster is NOT the bike for you. You will regret buying such a small bike and will quickly out grow it. Big as you are, you've outgrown it 10 minutes after you get it. I wouldn't go any smaller than a Super Glide but you would be a better fit for at least a Road King. Known a few guys buy the smaller bikes even after suggestions for larger one. All without fail told me they wished they had listened and got the larger bikes. Each either upgraded or quit riding altogether. Plus a RK has the bags for taking stuff and some riding gear for the weather changes. Gas mileage on RK prob around 40 mpg. Mine is carb and I have bigger jets and get only around 35.

demjjm
03-29-2012, 06:05 PM
Vetteman--a sportster is NOT the bike for you. You will regret buying such a small bike and will quickly out grow it. Big as you are, you've outgrown it 10 minutes

X 2 ... you took the words right out of my mouth. My buddy sold his wife's sportster to a friend from Miami. By the time our friend made the 75 mile home with the bike, he was done and sold it shortly there after.

Ranger88
03-29-2012, 06:15 PM
6 cyl tow vehicles do not meet minimum THT towing standards for a 17 foot boat. Please get with the program.

Had to read this twice before I processed "THT towing standards"........LOL

notgottaboatyet
03-29-2012, 07:28 PM
Hey!!!!!! Lol. I'll get u back for that one Chris!! I am sort of, a uh, big guy. I'm only 6'3" though. Come on now. I don't have to get a bike, don't misunderstand me guys. I just get pissed everytime it costs me $100 to fill up. I've always wanted a bike, just couldn't justify the expense of owning one. These gas prices have actually made it where the gas would actually pay for one though, albeit an entry class Harley.

I just rode my fil's Vulcan 2100cc. He's a little guy too 6'5. He needs something bigger bc that sob fits me perfect at 5'9 accept his hwy pegs are a foot too long for me though. Took the wife around the block on it she's with the program now.

alligatorgar
03-29-2012, 07:37 PM
I wish mopeds didn't make you look so lame.

I'd pick up a 600 dollar ebay special in a heartbeat if I could retain my man card while riding one.

My work place is all back roads, 4 miles one way and 4 miles back.

Sure I should bike there , but I don't want to be a sweaty mess when I show up.

What you ride doesnt determine wheather you are a man or not. The ones judging you over what you ride dont count anyway. With the chinese, india demand for oil, we are destined to have high fuel prices unless an alternative fuel source is located.

A Few Dollars
03-29-2012, 08:02 PM
we are destined to have high fuel prices unless an alternative fuel source is located.How's that coming? ;?

tinmarine
03-29-2012, 08:13 PM
Putting way too much thought into this. If you want a bike, buy a bike. Just don't buy a sporty. Too small, too uncomfortable.

tiggere
03-30-2012, 03:15 AM
My work place is all back roads, 4 miles one way and 4 miles back.

Sure I should bike there , but I don't want to be a sweaty mess when I show up.


This might be the case for the first week or so but once your cardio catches up you won't even be warmed up by the time you get to work...keep your heart rate in the proper range and you probably won't break a sweat the first week...I'm at least 10 to 12 miles into my ride before I start sweating enough to matter...just wear a good cycling jersey and take a small backpack with your work clothes...oh and a decent ROAD bike...not some POS mountain bike that hasn't been serviced in 15 years...and wear a helmet...

liveaboard74
03-30-2012, 03:45 AM
My idea of bike has a motor on it but the 750 Honda Shadow ain't bad at all on fuel. . Use to have one and have honestly got up to 68mpg with the thing.
Want something to drive thats still fun and a car. Saturn sky, Red line with the turbos, 30+ mpg. I still get 27 mpg with the SC on mine. They are selling cheap. Blast to drive.
Any gm with the 6 speed Transmission. Vettes stock get 26 to 28 mpg.
On the trip to Ohio when i first bought the vette we adv 28 mpg.
Bike with peddles or a motor would save money but invest in one of those bass Pro 100 mph rain suits. Your going to need it. :o

When I see a moped I always think of someone that got caught DWI and really pissed the judge off. :)
Make sure you wear your helmet. Friends don't let friends drive drunk. They get drunk and moped with them. :)

Brad1
03-30-2012, 04:00 AM
. . . Riding a bike around here at night with all the deers is suicidal. . . .

Deer are the only thing I fear when riding. Not to say idiot, distracted drivers are also a big concern, but they are ussually easier to spot and adjust to. Where as deer, they come out of no where.

. . . . . Unless your 18 the ride will get old quick, fast and in a hurry. . . .

I'm 49 and (weather permitting), I commute to / from work on my bike, and when possible I use my bike for errands (not possible when you've got to run to home depot for lumber). It hasn't gotten old for me yet.

SHAMROCK69
03-30-2012, 04:20 AM
Live in NE FL and commute on a Harley Dyna when I can. I am 6'2 220 and use to be on a Sportster 1200, getting about 42 MPG. Size never caused me a problem on my commute. I have found here rush hour traffic is actually better as the drivers are all working age folk and decent drivers, with many navy people on roads. Non rush hour lot more old folks and more dangerous.

I ride to work because I enjoy it, the savings is only there because I already have the bike. The kicker with bikes is the maintance is higher, just did a rear tire close to $300 and only get 6k out of it.

If you want a bike to own a bike it is enjoyable for sure. From a pure econmics point of view you are better off getting something like a small car as the mileage is not much worse then a sportster and the per mile cost may be very similar. Also you can drive it every day.

There is a lot of preferance on bikes and until you try it you won't know if it will work for you.

Sprockets
03-30-2012, 04:22 AM
Here in FL riding a bike to work is just not practical. Too hot and too much rain. I've thought about getting a Honda Fit to use as a commuter. Great milege, and with a nice bike rack on the roof you aren't totally giving up your man card. You may look like a younger man too if you're getting old.

SHAMROCK69
03-30-2012, 04:31 AM
Here in FL riding a bike to work is just not practical. Too hot and too much rain. I've thought about getting a Honda Fit to use as a commuter. Great milege, and with a nice bike rack on the roof you aren't totally giving up your man card. You may look like a younger man too if you're getting old.


I disagree. I am up in JAX and in the AM it is cool enough not to be an issue, I just wear a mesh jacket. In the PM you may sweat but you are going home so who cares? If it rains I look at weather radar and either wait 15 minutes and it has either gone away or washed the grease/oil away enough that it is not so slick, I can put rain suit on and go. I know a lot of people fear riding in the rain, and while I don't enjoy it, I don't let a high chance of PM showers stop me from riding.

HardLivin
03-30-2012, 04:42 AM
Scratch the bike idea, get one of those smart cars. Those things are friggin sweet. Hell, you could even bring the dogs with you.

Seriously, there are a lot of safety issues to consider when riding on the back roads. The most my ass ever puckered on my bike was dragging a knee on a blind corner and finding a turtle in my lane. It's always the things you don't think of.

coores14
03-30-2012, 04:52 AM
here's my daily driver...2011 Vespa LX50. I think I've calculated that it gets around 70-72mpg and holds just under 2 gallons. My work is approximately 2 minutes from my house and the entire island of Key West is 4 square miles. So this little thing pays for itself many times over.

a 50cc scooter isn't an option in some other areas due to highway travel and what not, but for just getting to and from places and not needing to go over 45mph, it's perfect. Prior to this one, I had an Aprilia scooter. Same thing, paid for itself instantly. My 1973 Ford truck sits in the garage and only comes out to play when I need to take the gear to the boat or make a run to Home Depot. And even still, y'all would be amazed at what I can carry on the little scooter!

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/71790_487625919749_774334749_6875647_2035871_n.jpg

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/72545_487626084749_774334749_6875648_6254158_n.jpg

catfever24
03-30-2012, 04:56 AM
Luckily for me everything I need is within a reasonable distance so this is my other mode of transportation. This is my bike, my fuel costs = $00.00. I can carry up to 200 lbs on this.

alligatorgar
03-30-2012, 04:57 AM
How's that coming? ;?

Very well actually. Natural gas and Methane Hydrate are abundant however they are not lucrative enough for big oil to invest into until dino oil is played out. Only T Boone Pickens is pushing it at this time. Conservative est on fuel supplies are between 350 yrs and 3,500 years.

http://www.ornl.gov/info/reporter/no16/methane.htm

http://www.txchnologist.com/2011/the-ice-that-burns-are-methane-hydrates-the-next-big-resource

http://www.pennenergy.com/index/petroleum/display/286409/articles/oil-gas-journal/exploration-development/japan-discovers-large-methane-hydrate-deposit.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2098351/Is-ice-wonder-fuel-buried-Scottish-coast.html

http://vanrcook.tripod.com/alternative_energy_sources.htm

notgottaboatyet
03-30-2012, 05:08 AM
here's my daily driver...2011 Vespa LX50. I think I've calculated that it gets around 70-72mpg and holds just under 2 gallons. My work is approximately 2 minutes from my house and the entire island of Key West is 4 square miles. So this little thing pays for itself many times over.

a 50cc scooter isn't an option in some other areas due to highway travel and what not, but for just getting to and from places and not needing to go over 45mph, it's perfect. Prior to this one, I had an Aprilia scooter. Same thing, paid for itself instantly. My 1973 Ford truck sits in the garage and only comes out to play when I need to take the gear to the boat or make a run to Home Depot. And even still, y'all would be amazed at what I can carry on the little scooter!

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/71790_487625919749_774334749_6875647_2035871_n.jpg

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/72545_487626084749_774334749_6875648_6254158_n.jpg

Two blocks from my house is 55 mph 4 lane then hwy but I will not bash a Pimpmoped on a island. Correct me if I'm wrong but either a moped or a golf cart is mandatory when you live on an island.:grin:

I plan to get the family a cart probably electric eventuality.

vettnman
03-30-2012, 10:16 AM
Vetteman--a sportster is NOT the bike for you. You will regret buying such a small bike and will quickly out grow it. Big as you are, you've outgrown it 10 minutes after you get it. I wouldn't go any smaller than a Super Glide but you would be a better fit for at least a Road King. Known a few guys buy the smaller bikes even after suggestions for larger one. All without fail told me they wished they had listened and got the larger bikes. Each either upgraded or quit riding altogether. Plus a RK has the bags for taking stuff and some riding gear for the weather changes. Gas mileage on RK prob around 40 mpg. Mine is carb and I have bigger jets and get only around 35.


You're not the first to tell me this!! :). Question. I sat on a new 883 and it was way too small. I sat on two different 2005 1200s and they felt comfortable. Yet, they are the same size bike? Is there a difference between the years? There wasn't a lot of difference between a 05 sportster and a dyna to me.

Jus Teasin
03-30-2012, 11:26 AM
There's this option
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTmF3enfLaMBaI4dy8XIWPGa5IGAK2PT I-eLmWS9xysm8486mNLRw

notgottaboatyet
03-30-2012, 12:23 PM
There's this option
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTmF3enfLaMBaI4dy8XIWPGa5IGAK2PT I-eLmWS9xysm8486mNLRw

Are there any that do 30 mph?

The sportster fits me nicely at 5'9 (1200)

notgottaboatyet
03-30-2012, 12:33 PM
I hate to derail but dammit I love your McKee craft

ono loco
03-30-2012, 12:49 PM
mass texting and driving has made bike riding a crap shoot. Hell I damn near get run off the road weekly in a 4x4 diesel

Paul Barnard
03-30-2012, 01:02 PM
I'm sure someone else had either thought about this or has done it. My truck averages about 14 mpg. I don't want to sell it because (1) btdt, (2) I really like my truck. So..I'm thinking about maybe looking around for a bike. There's several Harleys on craigslist for under $5k. I found a nice sportster nearby for $3800. What do you guys think? I've always wanted a bike anyway. My gas bill for my truck will be about $450 a month vs ptobally about $30 for a bike. More I think about this, the more sense it makes.


Oxymoron.

jw29582
03-30-2012, 11:51 PM
My wife's Sonata at 30+ MPG sits in the garage and the 2012 Dodge 4 door, 4X4 Hemi is what I drive always. When at the pump I cuss out obama every time. May he EAT algae!

capecuddy
03-31-2012, 06:14 AM
There's this option
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTmF3enfLaMBaI4dy8XIWPGa5IGAK2PT I-eLmWS9xysm8486mNLRw

Here's another option!

http://www.marinadelsur.info/images/rentals-paddleboat.jpg

catfever24
03-31-2012, 07:57 AM
Here's another option!

http://www.marinadelsur.info/images/rentals-paddleboat.jpg

I had one of these, what a POS :bashhh: :grin:

ndb8fxe
03-31-2012, 10:52 AM
Don't forget the cost of the gear if you ride a Harley. From what I've seen you will need black boots, black vest, a load of Harley shirts, Harley do rag, wallet attached to a chain, a Harley tattoo on your arm and little rubber bands to do the segmented pony tail thing. I hope your work allows goatees cause you'll need on of those and maybe some more little rubber bands for that too.

Seriously - why do NEARLY all Harley riders have the same fashion style? Please don't say for protection, because there is much better protection out there.

Okay, ready for the heap of shit thrown my way! :)

Brad1
03-31-2012, 11:45 AM
Who says you gotta ride a Harley?

Don't get me wrong, I love Harleys. But it's not necessarily everybody's style. I ride a 10 yr old 600cc sport bike. At 49 yrs old, I ride pretty conservatively. No wheelies in traffic or doing 100 mph zipping between cars. I don't appreciate when someone puts my family at risk by driving wrecklessly (bike or otherwise), so I won't to that to anyone else either. But I do like a bike that's lightweight, very nimble handling, and has fully adjustable (preload, rebound and compression dampening) suspension. A through back to my dirtbike days. Someday, I'll probably get something in the sport-tourer family.

demjjm
04-01-2012, 06:42 AM
You're not the first to tell me this!! :). Question. I sat on a new 883 and it was way too small. I sat on two different 2005 1200s and they felt comfortable. Yet, they are the same size bike? Is there a difference between the years? There wasn't a lot of difference between a 05 sportster and a dyna to me.


Handle bar design and style and position along with forward controls on a bike have a lot to do with how a bike feels size wise. I have the wife's R1 set up for her at 5'2". This was my old bike that was set up for me at 5'11'. On a bike handlebar and foot position can make the same frame feel entirely different.

Boataholic
04-01-2012, 06:52 AM
This an interesting and timely thread for me. I have a chance to buy an 07 honda shadow 600 with only 200 miles on it at a good price. I'm soon to be 62 though and have never ridden before. I like the idea of just being able to go out and cruise the back roads or run up to the store on it. Downsides are: In Ohio, you are required to get a learner's permit. No passengers, no interstate, no after dark for one year.

The other downside for me is, I take my dog just about everywhere. I might start looking at bikes with sidecars, LOL.

vettnman
04-01-2012, 07:14 AM
I hate to derail but dammit I love your McKee craft


Thank you sir!! She can raise some fish thats for sure:thumbsup:

daughtrylc
04-01-2012, 07:16 AM
This an interesting and timely thread for me. I have a chance to buy an 07 honda shadow 600 with only 200 miles on it at a good price. I'm soon to be 62 though and have never ridden before. I like the idea of just being able to go out and cruise the back roads or run up to the store on it. Downsides are: In Ohio, you are required to get a learner's permit. No passengers, no interstate, no after dark for one year.

The other downside for me is, I take my dog just about everywhere. I might start looking at bikes with sidecars, LOL.

May want to check in to that more. Same rules apply in NC but, last I checked the permit was not needed. You can just get the full Licence...

vettnman
04-01-2012, 07:19 AM
Handle bar design and style and position along with forward controls on a bike have a lot to do with how a bike feels size wise. I have the wife's R1 set up for her at 5'2". This was my old bike that was set up for me at 5'11'. On a bike handlebar and foot position can make the same frame feel entirely different.


I gotta agree with you. This Sportster 1200 that i sat on yesterday felt really good. Everyone that knows bikes keeps telling me not to get a sportster because I'm too big a guy for it. However, the bike feels just like a dyna to me as far as fit. I would probally want to add some saddlebags to this bike and that would be it. Its a 2009 that theyre asking a pretty good price for $6800 out the door. Love that root beer color and chrome

tinmarine
04-01-2012, 07:27 AM
You're not the first to tell me this!! :). Question. I sat on a new 883 and it was way too small. I sat on two different 2005 1200s and they felt comfortable. Yet, they are the same size bike? Is there a difference between the years? There wasn't a lot of difference between a 05 sportster and a dyna to me.


It's the suspension that you have to watch out for. The sporty's are stiff. Not bad when it's sitting still. It's the potholes and everything else that does it. Had a 1200C for a few years and couldn't stand straight for a little after the ride. I can't do the riding position of a sport bike and it's not really my thing. Some of the jap bikes are nice but sit different than a harley. Different center of gravity too.

daughtrylc
04-01-2012, 07:32 AM
Did u sit on a Dyna Super Glide or a Wide Glide ?? Super is smaller frame..

Libra
04-01-2012, 07:38 AM
I think the DOT needs to add a wide bike lane (pedal type) on all the Interstates..

Dave - I own 2 vehicles. Doesn't get me the mpg that a Harley would, and not as cool either, but I only use the Tahoe for mostly local stuff and towing every now and then. My other is an '09 Sebring convertible with the small 6 cyl.....use it for all my trips, gets atound 30 mpg, and is cool with the older but still vertical group. Drove it to the keys a couple months ago, total of 2K miles and averaged 30 mpg. You know what the Tahoe would have done... maybe half that, plus was fun going topless in the warm keys.

notgottaboatyet
04-01-2012, 07:45 AM
Thank you sir!! She can raise some fish thats for sure:thumbsup:

Im looking at one only 10' shorter.

Cant you rent a sportster for 24 hrs near by there are a few dealers near me that will.
Rent, rag out, and give us a review.

Thalasso
04-01-2012, 08:11 AM
I gotta agree with you. This Sportster 1200 that i sat on yesterday felt really good. Everyone that knows bikes keeps telling me not to get a sportster because I'm too big a guy for it. However, the bike feels just like a dyna to me as far as fit. I would probally want to add some saddlebags to this bike and that would be it. Its a 2009 that theyre asking a pretty good price for $6800 out the door. Love that root beer color and chrome

If it isn't a Ultra it isn't a bike.

jw29582
04-01-2012, 09:29 AM
Two things come to mind-- old bones heal slowly so be careful out there. Being not too far (but far enough) from Myrtle Beach quite a few bikers make the obits every year-- be extremely careful as your mistakes may be few but others have little regard for the safety of bikers it seems.

tango tomas
04-01-2012, 09:44 AM
Buy a REAL bike and pedal your way around. Good for your health and pocketbook!

demjjm
04-01-2012, 11:04 AM
I gotta agree with you. This Sportster 1200 that i sat on yesterday felt really good. Everyone that knows bikes keeps telling me not to get a sportster because I'm too big a guy for it. However, the bike feels just like a dyna to me as far as fit. I would probally want to add some saddlebags to this bike and that would be it. Its a 2009 that theyre asking a pretty good price for $6800 out the door. Love that root beer color and chrome


By looking at that bike it appears to have the forward controls. By moving the foot pegs, shifter and rear brake forward the riding position is stretched. I had a sportster for a little while. It had the forward controls and straighter bars, to really extend the riding position. Honestly I became bored with it, and always chose to ride my sportbikes and the battery was dead more times than not, from sitting. I thought it would be better to cruise with my buddies on harley's but honestly I would rather ride a sportbike in 3rd gear.



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