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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-20-2005, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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HD Rental - the reckoning

First off, thanks to all that pointed me in the right directions, Woodstock HD was seamless, and I was left a very happy customer. Looking forward to doing it again sometime!

On to the ride report.

I rented an '05 Dyna Wide Glide. I'm not a Harley-head, so forgive me for not knowing the colors, or options etc. All I know is that it was stock, greyish sparkle paint - with some leather saddlebags and a windsheild.

First impressions:

Rode a lot like the Night Train that I rented in Vegas, only it was more comfortable. The forward controls, and slightly raked out front end/skinny tire feel like they "flop over" on slower speed turns. Definitely a different sensation than riding the gixxer - as you lose the use of your legs for steering the bike.

The pseudo ape-hanger bars took a little getting used to as well. Slow speed manuvering left me really having to muscle the bike around to go where I wanted to. As with most HD's that I've ridden, it was not made for taller riders. At 6'4" I was cramped by the stocker 1+1 seat. Not uncomfortable, but I would have liked an extra inch of room before the passenger ledge.

Everything else was typical HD. A bit of a paint-shaker at the stoplights, but it's all part of the mystique I guess.

The Ride:

Dad and I managed to put on a little over 300mi. We switched back and forth with my gixxer, and pretty much did the whole LITH run (plus a few roads I haven't been on since JimGoFast had a streetbike) and then shot North up 14 to Wisconsin...and circled around Lake Geneva etc. Great day for riding!

The HD held up fine for the pace we were going. It wasn't until I took it back to the city that night that I got a chance to put it through the paces. Impressions to follow:


The Issues:

Suspension SUCKS. I took Sheridan home, which to be fair is a pretty facked up road - but I would say it bottomed out on me no less than a dozen times. A few times on LSD (and I avoided the BIG bumps) I was sure I taco'd the front rim. No fun.

The bike rides itself between 5mph, and 75mph. Below 5mph it wants to go any direction but straight, which made stop and go traffic miserable. I blame the bars and the front end. FatBoys never did that to me. Above 75mph, in addition to being blown around some, I found that whenever I hit a bump, the front would start to shake. Kinda like a REALLY mild tankslapper. Just sort of weave/wiggle back and forth until I took a corrective action. No big moment, but it was not confidence inspiring at speed. Period.

Overheating: Took the ladyfriend out to see the fireworks on Saturday night. Got stuck in tourist stop 'n stare traffic on the way back...and sure enough the HD didn't like that very much. Started to bog down really bad, and sputter to the point of stalling. A few moments to cool off and things were okay again, but this was enough of a PITA that I'd look around for something liquid cooled to suit my "cruising" needs.

Okay, this is long, and I've made my point(s).

Net: The bike was comfy, and fun to play around on. I wrung it out the best I could, and I ran out of road before I could see 100mph (took a LONG time to get there). Cheap way to play Outlaw for a day. Dad and I had a memorable weekend.

Final note: The Michigan Police were doing a parking lot riding demo at the Woodstock lot on Sunday. I will give this guy lots of credit. I've never seen a bagger handled that well... EVER. Really impressive skillset.

Phew. That's all.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-20-2005, 02:41 PM
 
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Sounds like my Harley experiences before I rode a V-Rod. The looks of the V-rod are love it or hate it, but it does solve most of the "issues" you listed with the Dyna, except the "flop", but it's raked out 38 degrees. Also it'll get up to about 140 stock, run the quarter in about 12 sec's and watercooled....that's why I had to buy one. Sounds like you had a nice ride!
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Sounds like a good day, Ya the long rake of the dyna canmake things a bit hairy, thats why I have the electra glide. a lot more stable. I must say that is the coolest Idea I have heard of for fathers day. you are the good son.




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Very cool dad's day.

Here I thought you rented HDs x2...I hope you let your dad ride the HD the most.
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Very cool dad's day.

Here I thought you rented HDs x2...I hope you let your dad ride the HD the most.

Yeah. Dad rode the HD everywhere except a few choice spots in the LITH route. (that's why he can still walk today and I'm a pretzel)

In addition to having a stellar day, it brought joy to my heart when we switched, and two stop signs later he said, "I just did 90mph!!"

...so I did what any supportive son would do and called him a sissy.

Two stop signs later, "I'm in the 100mph club!! Holy shit this thing is fast!"

I was one proud son that day....

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Two stop signs later, "I'm in the 100mph club!! Holy shit this thing is fast!"
I was one proud son that day....
Nice work man!!

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I must say that is the coolest Idea I have heard of for fathers day. you are the good son.
+1 That was a great idea! Plus hearing your father bangin it out in LITH is even better. Just a question, when all said and done, how much did it cost ya? Im broke so I think my father and I will stick to our yama-dogs but maybe some year...

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Yeah. Dad rode the HD everywhere except a few choice spots in the LITH route. (that's why he can still walk today and I'm a pretzel)

In addition to having a stellar day, it brought joy to my heart when we switched, and two stop signs later he said, "I just did 90mph!!"

...so I did what any supportive son would do and called him a sissy.

Two stop signs later, "I'm in the 100mph club!! Holy shit this thing is fast!"

I was one proud son that day....

... That's what I would have done

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+1 That was a great idea! Plus hearing your father bangin it out in LITH is even better. Just a question, when all said and done, how much did it cost ya? Im broke so I think my father and I will stick to our yama-dogs but maybe some year...
$140 for 24 hours. Not too steep for what it is. I think they mark off a $2000 deposit on your card just in case too. It's not an everyday thing, but looking back I'd say we definitely got our $$'s worth!

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Hmmm interesting stuff, I'm renting a Nighttrain over the 4th weekend while in Arizona. It's becoming a ritual go to Arizona, rent a HD.

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$140 for 24 hours. Not too steep for what it is. I think they mark off a $2000 deposit on your card just in case too. It's not an everyday thing, but looking back I'd say we definitely got our $$'s worth!
Wow, What a cool thing to do for your dad
good on you man !!!!

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Got a photo in the email this morning. Here's a picture of the bike, and me explaining to my Dad why he doesn't need to wave to any of those f'ing sportbikers!
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Looks to me like youre checking to see that the extra capacity oil tank is topped off prior to heading out!!

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Got a photo in the email this morning. Here's a picture of the bike, and me explaining to my Dad why he doesn't need to wave to any of those f'ing sportbikers!
That's funny!! You've got a good heart, but don't worry I won't let it get around.

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Great idea for Fathers Day! All my Dad got was a pat on the back.
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I'm surprised it's so cheap, very cool.
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Thanks for sharing Sounds like a great Dads day
I thought mokkeys killed their elders or something like that
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good report , I got to remember to do one after I rent one out ... I will be rentin Heritage Softail in two weeks in Cali ...
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