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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-17-2015, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Harley boys chime in.

On the Down Low, I'm saving up for a motorcycle for my dad, he has approximately a year and a half left which gives me an ample amount of time.

I pretended that I was considering downgrading to a vespa primavera (my dad had one in italy) and he said they were nice. I asked my dad what does he think a nice city bike would be if he had to pick one, he said "A HARLEY", I know he likes the sportster, he rode one and really looked happy. He always talks like a true married man of what "33" years now... he says "one day I'm going to buy one" but never does. My father has been very generous to my family and we always work together. He is truly my best friend even though he is a lunatic sometimes LOL.

I feel that a gift like this would be worth the saving for because I know my dad will be happy. If I bought the scooter I feel like he would enjoy it, but then again he would always say "I like harley"

So they make two models of sportsters the 883, and the 1200. What is your opinion on the two trims of sportsters. Do you think he will get tired of the 883?

Is the 1200 a bike that will be very unforgiving? I rode one and so did he several years back, I thought it felt punchy.





Scooters are boss. People make fun of them, but they have no clue how fun they are to rip around on, and the practicality of them and utility is great. This isn't for me though.



My dad is between 5 foot 3-4 and is loosing weight because of previous health conditions with his heart. He will be around 190-200 lbs at the rate he is going. I'm proud of his success.

I gotta add, POTATO POTATO POTATO POTATO ARHHHAHRRHAHRHRHRAAHHH POTATO POTATO POTATO



LOL SILLY HARLEY BOYS!
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Sporty in an 883 would be fine - Like a Nightster or some shit

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-18-2015, 06:11 PM
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I would agree with Bug...With any model HD there are plenty of accessories available if he decides he wants to do more than just ride around town and the up side is they hold their value well if he decides he wants to upgrade the bike.

Just curious...how old is your Dad?

EDIT: After some further thought there is an alternative within Harley-Davidson's product line. The 500 cc and 750 cc Street models. One of my AMA Board colleagues was instrumental in the design and bringing to market these bikes. They are produced at a price point to be competitive with bikes like the Triumph twins. HD is very proud of these bikes as entry level for both young people and those who are getting back into riding after raising a family etc. I'd go with the 750...it has more oomph and won't become underpowered to your Dad in a short time like the 500 might. Like all HD's there are alot of accessories available and it is a very stylish and comfortable bike. I'm not saying the Sportster is a bad idea...just that there is a viable alternative that could be more affordable and might fit your Dad's style better. Good luck!

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He will be 59.5 at the time of retirement.

I know he likes the way the sportster rides.
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For the record..... Doing the math that he's got 1 1/2 years to go and he'll be 59 1/2 when he retires I figure I'm 5 years older than your Dad and I ride thousands of miles a year and still enjoy riding off road when I can and I'm still planning on doing some racing this year. I've had a few age related medical issues but, I follow doctors orders and he tells me to keep riding until I can't ride no more!
Hell.............I have a close friend who's had 2 heart attacks and a stint installed that still races Super Senior and Vintage flat track and ice races! 59 1/2 is NOT as old as it sounds to you! Not in an age when guys in their mid 80's are qualifying top fuel dragsters in NHRA competition (Kris Karamesinis) and setting land speed records on motorcycles at Bonneville! (Marty Dickerson)
When your Dad gets his bike look me up. I'd enjoy going for a ride with him.

"Dirt is for racing on...Asphalt is for getting there" OR "Flat trackers go in deeper and come out harder... OR (With apologies to General MaCarthur) "Old motorcycle racers never die, they just slip off the groove and fade into the dust!

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