**NOTICE** At this point, more people have RSVP'ed than we have room for in the cabins. I need people who are serious about going to contact me so I can give you the address to send the $20.
I'm putting together a meet and greet/group ride togeth...
Outlaw makes the ultralight 1/2 helmet that's DOT approved. They were just released last year, and there have been supply issues so vendors are having problems getting them.
This post was edited by Jay at May 7, 2013 11:32 AM EDT
I have an almost lost bolt story... I was riding in the mountains of West Virginia. I noticed my mirror sagging, and when I went to adjust it, it was wobbling all over. Then I realized that the bolts holding my grip and master cylinder onto the bars were visibly backing out while I was going down the road. I pulled over and put them in as tight as I could by hand, but had to constantly twist them with my thumb as I rode down the road to keep them from falling out, until I got to a hardware store where I could buy a Torx set so I could properly tighten them.
I'd say white should mean stop. Tying a white rag on the door handle or closing the window on a white rag has been a symbol of distress for cars for ages. Why change the color and confuse people for bikes?
Get it!!! I put one on my bike, and it is well worth it. It saves the bike from damage in small mishaps. Once I was riding in a gravel parking lot at 3 MPH. Car pulls out without looking. I hit the brake, and go down. Bike rested on engine guard bar instead of falling over, bending the bars, denting the tank, crushing my leg, etc. It also saved me a few weeks ago when I dropped my bike on my leg taking it off of a truck. I believe not only did it prevent damage to the bike, but it provided room for my leg underneath, saving me from a broken leg.
Think of it as cheap insurance. The bar is about $200. A new tank & paint is over $1,000.
This post was edited by Jay at April 11, 2013 1:16 PM EDT
I'm paranoid when I ride too. I wear blaze orange and reflective gear. All the lights on my bike have been upgraded to extra bright LED's. I upgraded the stock horn to an air horn. I feel that its saved me a couple times, but you still have to have an escape route planned at all times because some people just cannot, or will not pay attention while driving.
Oclaf is right. It is illegal for a dealer/manufacturer to tell you that you have to use a specific brand oil to maintain a warranty, unless they supply it to you for free. As long what you use meets the minimum manufacturer's requirements, they cannot deny a warranty claim based on choice of oil.
I say ride what you like/want/can afford. As they age, Harleys will depreciate slower. If you're planning on not riding the bike till the wheels fall off, Halrey's higher residual value may help you get into a newer bike at trade in time. Otherwise, it just don't matter. yes there are Harley snobs out there that only want to associate with other Harley riders, but those people are jerks anyway, and I try to avoid then anyway. Test ride everything you can get your hands on, and make the best decision for you. Just about any bike made now will be reliable if properly maintained and not abused.
Although my bike is a Dyna, it has the same motor and transmission that is put in the bigger bikes. I use synthetic everything, and change transmission, primary, and engine oil every 5,000 miles. With synthetic fluids the transmission and clutch behave so much nicer. On conventional oil It would miss gears, and shift hard. As soon as I switched to synthetic, all those problems went away. It shifts real smooth and nice now. Currently I use Mobil1 V-Twin 20W50 in the crankcase and the primary, and a special synthetic transmission lube that I got from my dealer. I couldn't be happier.