Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Cullompton, Devon, UK.
I always had a thing for a Harley, but got close many times but never comitted, when the Bobber came out, in fact before when it was just hype and pictures I already knew I would be having one. Firstly I rode to the NEC from Devon in the pi55ing rain to see one physically, this confirmed it, eventually I tested one to confirm it even more, but before I plunged they had a 2014 (I think) HD 48. this would have been my HD of choice or the 883. Any way as a final factor I booked a test on the '48 and the Bobber back to back while my Street was in for a service.
Different is an understatement:
'48 was outside and as I approached they started it up, WOW, the smile I had was ear to ear, that screaming eagle made me weak at the knees, so got on and felt cool in a HD kind of way.Pulled off all laid back, arms stretched legs stretched, cool. started easy and then gassed it at a round about, holly bugger, nearly fell off the back of the bike, slid virtually off the seat and grabbed for dear life to the grips which when at full stretch was a mission. I can only say other than that I had a blast.
Bobber, outside with standard pipes, started up, I smiled - not the same smile. She looked pretty I smiled again, got on. Triumph cool, different seating position slightly more comfortable, more part of the bike. Off we wnet on the same route, when I gassed her I felt confident at overtaking it was easy, smooth in the bends, it felt easy, more natural, not viceral(HD). It started to rain but I got back in a happier place mentally.
Decision virtually made.
Had another look around the '48, corroded cylinder heads - alot . paint peeling of the frame at numerous locations, the bike was 4 years old max. And was untidy.
Decision made, signed on the line. Made the right choice for me.
A HD with screaming eagles may one day be something to have running in the background, for sh1ts and giggles.