Join Date: May 2012
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I just went for a short ride. I usually commute daily, but I don't get out for a "wandering about" type ride as often as I would like. Rode about 2 hours and returned home. Some impressions:
1st: While I will admit there are some roads around here that cause me to miss my sportbike, I did notice that I seem to be riding at nearly the same speed on those roads. Just doesn't seem like it without looking at the speedo.
2nd: I am so much more comfortable I cannot believe that I am still on a motorcycle. And, I get to haul all kinds of crap with me. Every time I get to go for a longer ride I am reminded why I bought it to begin with.
3rd: After nearly 5k, that I put on them, these Dunlops just suck. I will be replacing them with proper motorcycle tires when I get the chance. I want something sticky....scraping the boards and feeling safe at the same time would be cool.
4th: After nearly 5k she and I are beginning to bond. I am not looking down at the speedo as much. AND, my guesses about which gear I am in are getting better....a gear indicator really can't be that expensive....hint, hint, HD. I am beginning to "throw' her around abit more than I did early on. I am becoming more confident...save the tires.
5th: I rode sportbikes for years and I am still not sure how they classify Road Kings as slow. Maybe compared to a Hyabusa...but under normal traffic conditions it can really rip if you ask her nicely. She dances quite well to....if asked politely. AND, riding that wave of torque when you romp on it is quite amazing. Pulls like a locomotive....me likey!!!!
6th: Of all the bikes I have owned/owed this one will become the biggest money pit. I have so many upgrades in my head I cannot believe how many there are. Just need $$$$$.
Well, enough of my silliness. My '04 RK Classic is beginning to suit me quite well. I hope your experience is much the same. Keep the rubber side down.