Nov 10, 2007 - 12:12:00 AM
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Should You Buy a New Harley Davidson
You may think that purchasing a new motorcycle is as easy as simply picking a model, going to the nearest dealer and paying for it. Well this is not true, especially if this is going to be your first motorcycle. It is important for you to know that owning a Harley Davidson is comparable to owning a legend. Therefore, you should look at it as an investment, not just a purchase. Since a Harley Davidson is also expensive, you need to know what you want, what you need and what you can handle before you make the purchase.
Before you purchase a new bike, you really should do some research since not all Harley Davidsons are suitable for cruising. In other words, just because a bike looks good does not mean that it is the right one for you. Instead, you are going to want to take the time to find one that runs well, is comfortable for you to ride and handle. If you are just starting out, then you may want to start with a smaller bike until your skills improve.
You will find that touring bikes are actually the heaviest of the Harley Davidson bikes. These bikes range in price from $16,000 to more than $20,000 without you even customizing them. Models include the FLHR Road King, FLHRS Road King Custom, FLHRC Road King Classic, FLHX Street Glide, FLTR Road Glide, FLHT Electra Glide Standard, FLHTC Electra Glide Classic and FLHTCU Ultra Classic Electra Glide.
If you would like a slightly smaller bike that is also faster, then you should go for the VRSC models. These bikes include the VRSCAW V-Rod, VRSCD Night Rod, VRSCXD Night Rod Special, VRSCX and VRSCR Street Rod. You will pay between $14,000 and $20,000 for these bikes.
For something even lighter than that you will want to check out the Softail models, which cost between $14,000 and $18,000. These models include the FXST Softail Standard (a bare bones model), FXSTB Night Train, FXSTC Softail Custom, FXSTD Softail Deuce, FLSTF Fat Boy, FLSTN Softail Deluxe, FLSTSC Softail Springer Classic and the FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic.
There are also the Dyna models, which sell for between $12,000 and $17,000. These models include the FXD Dyna Super Glide, FXDC Dyna Super Glide Custom, FXDB Dyna Street Bob, FXDL Dyna Low Rider and FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide.
Now if you are in search for the lightest Harley bike that you can buy, then you will want the Sportster model, which cost between $6,500 and $10,000. At the upper end of this price range you will find the special 50th Anniversary limited addition model. Other models that are available include the XL Sportster 883, XL883L Sportster 883 Low, XL883C Sportster 883 Custom, XL883R Sportster 883, XL1200N Sportster 1200 Nightster, XL1200C Sportster 1200 Custom, XL1200R Sportster 1200 Roadster and XL1200l Sportster 1200 Low.
Some riders think that the Sportster is the most difficult bike to ride even though it is so light. This is because of the high placement of its gas tank and the bikes center of gravity. For this reason, you should test drive it first instead of simply assuming that you will like the way that it rides.
Regardless as to which model you choose, you should test drive it before you purchase it. Actually get on a new bike, start it up and listen to the engine. Take the time to feel its vibrations and go for a ride. It is possible that you may need to actually test drive several different models before you purchase your new Harley.