Friday, September 23, 2005

 

Choosing a Harley Davidson that's right for you!!

Here is a side note before I continue

<>**********Most of you may have been wondering where I have been over the summer! It has been a long time since my last blog entry, and I want to apologize to you for my lack of action. I got no excuses! All I can say is I have a lot of things on the go besides motorcycling. I wish I could ride motorcycle and write about them for a living. I don't suppose I would get much work anywhere unless I was a stuntman in Hollywood or some kind of professional writer. Anyway, back to topic!**********

Choosing a motorcycle should be an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. However for the beginner motorcycle rider it may be a little intimidating. Generally, men purchase motorcycles on an impulse. Statistics show women spend more time to research their purchase. I want to outline a few simple points to consider when choosing a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
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The Sportster models, because of their lighter weight, are popular among beginning riders. They are however, not your only alternative. Harley-Davidson features 31 models of motorcycles grouped in 5 different families. You may be surprised to know that the characteristics of a number of them are quite similar.
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I would suggest becoming familiar with all the models. Have a look at their specifications regarding weight, seat height wheelbase etc. Sit on a few of the models. You should have that comfortable put you at ease feeling, the same feeling as sitting in your favorite easy chair.
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Consider the 3 main contact points. Your hands, feet, and bottom should all be where they are most comfortable. When sitting on the motorcycle, your hands grasping the handlebars, you should have a slight bend in your elbows and knees and have your heels on the ground.
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Some of you may be vertically challenged like myself. I am only 5 foot 6 and sometimes have a hard time placing both heels on the ground. I have been riding a lot of years so I can get buy on any bike.
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As you gain experience you will able to move from a flat-footed position to resting on the balls of your feet. In the future this will allow you a greater choice of motorcycle styles.
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Handlebars
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To get that perfect fit, you may need to experiment with the best combination of handlebar and riser. (A riser is the piece that connects the handlebar to the fork). Consider the width of the bars as well. A wider set of bars will give you more leverage.
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Seats
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The next part of the body that needs to be comfortable is your behind. If you have ever been on a long trip, on a hot day, as a rider or passenger you will know what I mean. There are many different kinds of accessory seats available on the market. Some have a very low profile that may not have a lot of padding. You may however need a seat like this if you have short legs. Some accessory seats can lower the seat height as much as 2 inches.
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It all depends on the type of riding you will do. For long distance riding I recommend a thicker wider seat for improved comfort. A seat shaped more like a chair is ideal. There are suspension lowering kits available for most of the models. A person can get the best of both worlds, a lower seat height and a more comfortable behind.
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Foot pegs
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A floorboard is the most comfortable on the feet. Some models have only foot pegs to rest your feet on. There are accessory foot pegs available that are a little wider and have rubber insets to keep your feet a little more isolated from vibration. A wider peg will also give you better control.
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Once you've decided on a model the fits, you can start to accessorize your motorcycle to suit your riding style. Take the time to compare products from different manufactures. Having the proper windshields, saddlebags and raingear will make your ride just that much better. Talk to friends and other Harley riders to get ideas. Get some books and magazines related to the subject.
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Taking the time to follow these simple steps will help guide you to the start of a lifelong relationship with your Harley Davidson.
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You are about to embark on a one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. Life is a journey! You may as well be riding a Harley Davidson!
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Ride safe
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Keith Nivon
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www.everything-harley-davidson.com
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Keith Nivon is an avid Harley Davidson Motorcycle Enthusiast! His website contains information on all things Harley Davidson. http://www.everything-harley-davidson.com is a great article resource for anyone who shares a passion for Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Have a look at http://www.everything-harley-davidson.com for more information.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

 

No two Harleys alike! Except from the factory floor maybe

<>Hi again. For those of you who have walked down main street Sturgis South Dakota during the first week of august have probably noticed a few bikes here and there. Have you ever wondered why there are no two Harley's that look alike? The answer is simple. There are no two people alike. There are twins I guess and triples I suppose. Hang on a minute! You know what I mean. A customized or accessorized Harley is really just an extension of the owner. It really is not any different that a person's preference for a certain type of wristwatch.

<>I talk a little more about this on my Harley Davidson Accessory page. Have a look here: http://www.everything-harley-davidson.com/harley-davidson-accessory.html
 

Introduction to the Everything-harley-davidson Blog

Hello everyone. My name is Keith, and welcome to my Everything Harley Davidson Blog. As this is my first entry, I will be telling you a little about what you will be finding here in the next few weeks, months, and hopefully years. I am an avid Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast. I have ridden a few different models including a Heritage softail, Roadking, and softail customs. I rode a few others on demo rides. I realize that I am not the only Harley fanatic out there so I thought it may be interesting to have a blog for anyone like me who is partially crazy for Harley Davidson's. I you want to post go ahead. If you just want to read, that's fine too.

I currently operate a website designed for the Harley Davidson Motorcycle rider in mind. The main goal of the website is to inform all of my visitors by providing tips and advice on various topics related to all things Harley Davidson. I welcome anyone who is interested, to visit http://www.everything-harley-davidson.com to learn a little more.


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