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.
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.
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:
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.