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You are about to embark on a one of the most rewarding experiences life
has to offer. Life is a journey! You may as well be
riding a Harley Davidson!
Choosing a motorcycle should be an enjoyable and
unforgettable experience. However for the beginner
motorcycle rider it may be a little intimidating.
Generally, men purchase motorcycles on an impulse.
Statistics show women spend more time to research their
purchase. I want to outline a few points to consider
when choosing a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
The Sportster models, because of their lighter weight,
are popular among beginning riders. They are however,
not your only alternative. Harley-Davidson features 31
models of motorcycles grouped in 5 different families.
You may be surprised to know that the characteristics of
a number of them are quite similar.
I would suggest becoming familiar with all the models.
Have a look at their specifications regarding weight,
seat height wheelbase etc. Sit on a few of the models.
You should have that comfortable put you at ease
feeling, the same feeling as sitting in your favorite
Consider the 3 main contact points. Your hands, feet,
and bottom should all be where they are most
comfortable. When sitting on the motorcycle, your hands
grasping the handlebars, you should have a slight bend
in your elbows and knees and have your heels on the
ground. As you gain experience you will able to move
from a flat-footed position to resting on the balls of
your feet. In the future this will allow you a greater
choice of motorcycle styles.
To get that perfect fit, you may need to experiment with
the best combination of handlebar and riser. (A riser is
the piece that connects the handlebar to the fork).
Consider the width of the bars as well. A wider set of
bars will give you more leverage.
The next part of the body that needs to be comfortable
is your behind. If you have ever been on a long trip, on
a hot day, as a rider or passenger you will know what I
mean. There are many different kinds of accessory seats
available on the market. Some have a very low profile
that may not have a lot of padding. You may however need
a seat like this if you have short legs. Some accessory
seats can lower the seat height as much as 2 inches.
It all depends on the type of riding you will do. For
long distance riding I recommend a thicker wider seat
for improved comfort. A seat shaped more like a chair is
ideal. There are suspension lowering kits available for
most of the models. A person can get the best of both
worlds, a lower seat height and a more comfortable
A floorboard is the most comfortable on the feet. Some
models have only foot pegs to rest your feet on. There
are accessory foot pegs available that are a little
wider and have rubber insets to keep your feet a little
more isolated from vibration. A wider peg will also give
you better control.
Once you've decided on a model the fits, you can start
to accessorize your motorcycle to suit your riding
style. Take the time to compare products from different
manufactures. Having the proper windshields, saddlebags
and raingear will make your ride just that much better.
Talk to friends and other Harley riders to get ideas.
Get some books and magazines related to the subject.
Taking the time to follow these simple steps will help
guide you to the start of a lifelong relationship with
your Harley Davidson.
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