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Old 6 April 2018, 22:44
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However, I’m 6’4” and around 210lbs.
I am 6'3" and 240.

The HDs basically come in three frames; sportster, softail, and cruiser. I was originally drawn to a Heritage 114, but I found that the bike was too small for me. The seat is lower and the seat/foot distance was noticeably shorter on the softails (Dyna, Heritage, Fat Boy, Breakout, etc).

The cruisers are for bigger guys (Road King, Ultra, Road Glide, Limited, etc) and I just fit on them better. Also, the cruisers are two-shock bikes in the rear end, so they accommodate passenger weight better on long two-person rides as opposed to the monoshock softails...or so I am told.

I am not an expert by any stretch; I am new to this....but one of my closest friends (Eddie Delzani for you Put-In-Bay alumni) owns a Harley shop and I rely very heavily on his advice. This all came from him.

He told me that the Road King (or any cruiser class HD) was a good call for a guy my/our size. It's their largest and most robust frame.

Eddie is a big fan of the Milwaukee 8, so you have to go 2017 or newer if you want the four-valve, two-spark-plug-per-cylinder technology and power.

The 2017s and later M8s also have standard hydraulic clutches and fly-by-wire throttle bodies.
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DH good gouge. A good buddy of mine that I used to work with had multiple Harley’s and he and his wife would do the annual Sturgis trip every year. Like SOTB, he swore by the 883, which I’ve always liked due to the customization options. BLUF... I just need to go out and test drive / rent a few to decide.
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Old 7 April 2018, 06:38
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One of the local shops has this for sale - good looking bike and well-cared-for. I think mostly the miles have kept it from selling, but I'm all of 5'7" and it sits way too tall for me, even compared to similar frame beemers.

https://www.streetcycles.com/invento...04105-1940243i

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Old 7 April 2018, 07:32
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One of the local shops has this for sale - good looking bike and well-cared-for. I think mostly the miles have kept it from selling, but I'm all of 5'7" and it sits way too tall for me, even compared to similar frame beemers.

https://www.streetcycles.com/invento...04105-1940243i

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Every Triumph owner I know or have known, has been happy with theirs.

There are aftermarket seats and lowering kits available.

But your concern is valid.

I'm 5'11 - my GS1200ADV is set at its lowest height setting and it's still challenging at times to maneuver in neutral.
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Old 15 April 2018, 00:36
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I am 6'3" and 240.

The HDs basically come in three frames; sportster, softail, and cruiser. I was originally drawn to a Heritage 114, but I found that the bike was too small for me. The seat is lower and the seat/foot distance was noticeably shorter on the softails (Dyna, Heritage, Fat Boy, Breakout, etc).

The cruisers are for bigger guys (Road King, Ultra, Road Glide, Limited, etc) and I just fit on them better. Also, the cruisers are two-shock bikes in the rear end, so they accommodate passenger weight better on long two-person rides as opposed to the monoshock softails...or so I am told.

I am not an expert by any stretch; I am new to this....but one of my closest friends (Eddie Delzani for you Put-In-Bay alumni) owns a Harley shop and I rely very heavily on his advice. This all came from him.

He told me that the Road King (or any cruiser class HD) was a good call for a guy my/our size. It's their largest and most robust frame.

Eddie is a big fan of the Milwaukee 8, so you have to go 2017 or newer if you want the four-valve, two-spark-plug-per-cylinder technology and power.

The 2017s and later M8s also have standard hydraulic clutches and fly-by-wire throttle bodies.
Being smaller has its advantages.

2018 Heritage Classic with the 114 motor. Now onto get my permit.
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Old 15 April 2018, 01:05
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2018 Heritage Classic with the 114 motor. Now onto get my permit.
Corrected that for you.

Nice! I looked at that one, and just loved it....but my legs were too long for it....
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Corrected that for you.

Nice! I looked at that one, and just loved it....but my legs were too long for it....
Long legs are never an issue here. Thanks for the pre-natal cigarettes mom.

I sat a Road King, but it didn't quite fit. I got a much better deal on this one as well.
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Old 16 April 2018, 09:58
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I've always been a fan of these...

http://bikes.bestcarmag.com/sites/default/files/kawasaki/zrx1200r/2005/2005-kawasaki-zrx1200r-87660-223.jpg
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Had a lot of fun running around on the bike a couple weeks back. Nothing better than tossing your tent, bag, and provisions in the panniers and hitting the road.

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Had a lot of fun running around on the bike a couple weeks back. Nothing better than tossing your tent, bag, and provisions in the panniers and hitting the road.
Nice. Have you taken it off any sweet jumps yet?
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2018 Heritage Classic with the 114 motor. Now onto get my permit.

Just when you think there's a tiny chance that in some infinitesimally-small part of the universe you might be cooler than TFG, this happens.
Fuk.



Nice bike, CV! (not touching the union suit, though). Weather won't cooperate here but I'm aching to get out and still shopping around for an upgrade. Camping's on this year's agenda.
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Old 17 April 2018, 06:57
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Nice. Have you taken it off any sweet jumps yet?
No, but the sand in the Pine Barrens caused plenty of drops due to my lack of knobbies.

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Nice bike, CV! (not touching the union suit, though). Weather won't cooperate here but I'm aching to get out and still shopping around for an upgrade. Camping's on this year's agenda.
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I've never done adventure-riding before. I'm pretty sure I'm hooked.[/QUOTE]

Agree, It completely re-excited me about motorcycling.
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No, but the sand in the Pine Barrens caused plenty of drops due to my lack of knobbies.
Look into Michelin Anakee Wilds - they're radials.

Great treads for what you're seeking.
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I've never done adventure-riding before. I'm pretty sure I'm hooked.
There's a guy on a motocross board I post on who does an adventure ride from Reno to Vegas every year. From the photos he's posted, it seems to be about 70/30 dirt/street, and looks like an absolute blast.
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My fever for upgrading my bike is growing...I hate you all.
The next 15-30 days is going to be the sweet spot for buying a Harley. 0% interest, just do it and tell your wife I said it was OK.
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The next 15-30 days is going to be the sweet spot for buying a Harley. 0% interest, just do it and tell your wife I said it was OK.
I don't think he's an accountant or dentist so why would he want a Harley?
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Old 18 April 2018, 10:46
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The next 15-30 days is going to be the sweet spot for buying a Harley. 0% interest, just do it and tell your wife I said it was OK.
Well I got the divorce knocked out last year, so that problem is solved. The only thing stopping me is I'm looking to purchase a house around December/January timeframe. That and I'm rebuilding some damage the ex did to my credit...so not even sure I'd qualify for the 0%
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Had a lot of fun running around on the bike a couple weeks back. Nothing better than tossing your tent, bag, and provisions in the panniers and hitting the road.
Living life!

Is that a Honda?
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