Hi Everyone! I haven't been on this forum in months - being winter and all. But spring is almost here and my thoughts have turned towards biking again! Yippee!
I currently have a 1986 Honda Nighthawk 450 (my avatar pic). It's a good bike, but it's not what I want. It's also a tad too tall for me, and I can't see putting the money into having it lowered when it was considered a "temporary" bike from the start. It was my learner bike. Although I do enjoy riding it, it has never really felt "right" for me. I feel too wobbly on it, possibly due to the height.
I desperately want a Harley. Just one of those things...it's a Harley thing! I've been looking and have decided I want a XLH883, or a Hugger as they're called. I can't afford a new one, and wouldn't pay the price even if I could. I have found a gorgeous used one, it's a 1994 model with 24,000 miles on it and the price is definitely right.
I have been getting conflicting advice from all of my guy friends. Some say the Hugger would be perfect for me, some say it'd be too small. Some are telling me not to waste my money on the 883 and that I should go for the 1200. But I don't really care much about power; I am a very conservative rider and don't enjoy getting fast and crazy on bikes.
Does anyone else here ride a 883? If so, I'd appreciate any reviews or advice. I am 5'7", weigh 215 lbs, have a big rear end and thighs
I like the Sportsters because the center of gravity is low to the ground. However, I have never ridden one.
The bike I have found is online, in Chicago about 4 hours away from me. I called about it yesterday and mentioned that I was wondering how I would test drive it in 30º weather, and the salesman informed me that they do not allow any of thier bikes to be test driven except by one of their mechanics. Is this the norm? I said, "Well how would I know if I like it or not?" He said, "You'll just have to come look at it and sit on it and check it out." That worries me a bit. I mean sure, I could sit on it, but that's much different than seeing how it handles.
So what do you all think?