posted on Jan, 26 2011 @ 04:00 AM
I am about to retire my antique Harley FLT for a better replacement. I'm not selling the FLT for sentimental reasons, but I won't ride it much
anymore. It has 335,000 miles on it (not a typo). It has had the upper end rebuilt 6 times, and been completely rebuilt twice. It looks cool as hell,
but it simply doesn't have the performance, or reliability that I want anymore.
I have ridden Harleys since before it was popular. I paid my dues. Now I am getting a "riders" machine. I don't care what anyone else thinks of
it, especially the "Harley" crowd. My dad owns a Harley repair shop, and he makes a good living working on nothing but Harleys. Have you ever heard
of an indepedant bike shop not associated with a dealership that makes its entire profit on only 1 make of machine? Have you ever heard of a Yamaha
only shop? A Honda only shop? No they would make NO MONEY. They have to work on all makes, and models to be profittable yet you can make a very tidy
sum if you only work on Harleys, says something yes?
I intend to get a Moto Guzzi Norge as soon as I save up the cash. It isn't the fastest. It isn't the cheapest. It isn't the most popular, or the
"in" bike to have. That is EXACTLY why I want it. I test rode one, and absolutely fell in love. It is perfectly balanced. Good power, great
handling, extremely comfortable, absolutely gorgeous lines, and not everyone and their grandma's loser boyfriend has one. It is still a V-twin, but
horizontal instead of vertical in the frame. Sounds awesome, ultimate reliability, much better gas mileage, and it just fits my personality. I will
enjoy having people stare at it, and try to guess what it is.