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The Harley Creed

The Harley creed is all about a tough breed.

Men who will drop anything to saddle up and thunder off to distant locales to back up one of the brethren. Men who will endure a gritty and arduous journey through mountain passes, badlands canyons and storms and fire to reach a faraway destination where few dare to tread and fewer still survive. Men who cast in iron, chrome and leather the real meaning of genuine masculinity in this pivotal era in history so gentler generations of the future might understand what it was really all about.

Men who take a stand, draw a line in the sand and speak only to those who understand.

Men who have the patriotism and integrity to denounce the travesty of Asian atrocity cycles on American soil.

These are Harley-Davidson men. Singularly and together they define and defend the core truths of authentic American motorcycling. Reaching deep into the heritage and traditions of America they remain fiercely loyal to those everlasting values that made this country great. They’re stout and hearty men who carry out their mission and task with steely nerves, masterful roadcraft and fearless confrontation. Rough and tumble men who have the brawny courage to muscle massive bikes, distant places and the dreams of all Americans into their own image.

You’re not called upon to be of the rarefied caliber to join these men. But you’re either behind them, or you’re in their way.

Better hope you’re not in their way.

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They call me . . . The Highwayman

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Okay guys, you've redeemed yourselves somewhat with this story.

In other news: my 97 CBR1100XX was stolen September 1st, and I unfortunately did not have comprehensive coverage on it. I was reading the stuff you guys had on the BMW R1150R, and it looks like a mechanical masterpiece. Is it possible to get them at a reduced price though? It seems that a Honda 919 with $2000 worth of upgrades would be a superior machine. I have about 6 months until I have the money for another bike, so there is plenty of time to make my decision.
 

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Brand Loyalty -

Every manufacturer loves cosumers who identify with their brand. Buyers love to be validated by like minded people who confirm their , "oh so intelligent choice".

But I gotta say, in motorcyling (in my experiance) there are three groups that give new meaning to the word myopic ~ BMW riders, Ducati riders, and Harley riders!

Not that I don't like some of the offerings here, it's just that - jeez, get a grip! It's a big world with a lotta nice bikes!

I was in a 'Guzzi dealership recently, and some guy went apoplectic when I told him Ohlin suspension was owned outright by Yamaha! Believe me I'm a patriot, but the brakes on your Harley are made by Nissin in Nagano, Japan!
 

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Outstanding scoop MO! I want one in black with a Nallin Racing (http://www.nalinracing.com) 1050cc stge 2 kit and 100+ RWHP. Ain't a bike on the road that will touch it through the fun stuff.

As to teh bike looking like a speed dribble, naw, the speed drible has big ole frog eye lights. The XB9S has lights half the diameter. They look mean, not goofy.

The tail section could use some creative work though. Too plain, and reminds me of the Blast tail section.
 

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The machines you are comparing have totally different characteristics. The BMW Boxer motor with shaft drive is no hooligan bike, but will effortlessly get you down the road. I think you already know what a 919 is. The best bike for you can only be determined by multiple test rides - despite what you read (including my opinion). I rode a new V-Rod (Stage 1) over the weekend and found it somewhat boring. I never saw that verb used in a review. But to put this in context, I was comparing it to my Confederate Hellcat. Good luck.
 

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Re: The Harley Creed

Hey Highway man,

While you are sitting in your West Hollywood residence composing meaningless babbling interpetations of your fantasies, do remember that your 40% Japanese content Harley was designed to appeal to the "just put gas in it" crowd.

I have been riding HD's since 1966 and the "Harley Creed" was certainly not a part of Harley culture; the men and women who rode did it for the pleasure of riding and the comaraderie that riding offered.

I see a lot of weirdo's like yourself who are more interested in image than reality.

When you go gayley down Santa Monica Blvd to join the leather boys looking at their reflections in storefront windows as they ride their RUB Glides and dream, yes dream of the Harley Creed.
 

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For street riding the more upright position wins every time.



Personally I am lusting for an Aprilia Tuono. As I do not have access to that kind of fundage, perhaps I need to strip my TL1000S of it's plastic, drill 4 holes in it's triple clamp, steal the bar pedestals off my dirt bike and mount a tubular bar :)
 

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Sorry to hear about the Blackbird. I dread the day I have to actually replace my GS1000 (1978) rather than just get an extra bike...bikes these days are so good and varied that it would be hard to decide. If you got one by randome selection it would probably be great!!
 

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Re: The Harley Creed

What's myopic is berating and labeling fellow motorcyclists. I have as much fun on my '81 GS650G as I do on my '98 Duc - Maybe I am myopic, but the Ducati riders I know are no different from most sport bike riders. Perhaps a bit more mature, but...
 

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OK, I can see myself possibly buying one of these things. But first I need to settle some issues in my head, including:



1. Can I take a passenger on it on a trip beyond the end of my driveway without them wishing me dead?

2. Will the Sportster-based motor survive having the ***** revved out of it for a reasonable number of miles?

3. Will the upright seating position make extended freeway rides intolerable?

4. Will the refreshingly avant-garde styling still look comely to me after a couple year's worth of exposure?

5. Will it sell so well for a while that the chance of a getting a decent deal on one will have to wait a year or two?



Other than these trivial concerns, I'm pretty much sold. Of course I can get UN-sold on this bike pretty damned quick if Suzuki brings out an SV1000 that's only just a tad heavier than the 650, and has decent suspension.
 

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Hey! How come the word ***** got censored? What's so damned offensive about the word *****? It really pisses me off that I can't ***** write the word *****! Do we have to be pathetically censored down to lowest possible tolerance level? If people are offended by the word *****, then they can go ***** themselves, the ***** ****heads! Damn, I'm pissed off!!!
 
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