On Sunday, your favorite motorcycle accident lawyer (me, I mean) drove from Pasadena up to Bakersfield, looking at yet another Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide FXDWG. This one was another Evo — but was a little newer than the last couple of bikes I had looked at. Truth be told, based on the last Harley I had looked at, I almost skipped this drive. The paint scheme looked pretty lame in the photos, and although the last bike I checked out definitely needed to be re-tuned probably needed to be rejetted, it looked so good that I was about to jump on it.
But the drive to Bakersfield is just 100 miles, so I hopped in the car and headed up north. When I approached the seller’s house, I could see the 1998 Harley sitting in his driveway, all clean, shiny, and beautiful. From a distance, she looked showroom new.
As I got out of the car to get a closer look, I was astounded. This bike, advertised as having just 11,000 miles, looked like it had closer to 500 miles on. She was immaculate. After some pleasantries with the owner, I jumped on her, and took her out for a spin. Wow. Other than Screamin’ Eagle slip-on pipes and forward controls, this motorcycle was bone stock. And she rode like she was new. I was sold. Long story short, after riding for just a few minutes, I pulled back into the driveway, pulled off my helmet, and told the owner, “Let’s make a deal.”
Within a few minutes, we agreed on a price. Yesterday, I drove back up with my girl to pick her up. The ride home was fantastic. But I decided a couple of things. First, I don’t get forward controls. I really don’t. Forward controls means that the rider isn’t putting any weight on his feet — his or her legs are just out in front, dead weight, as it were. Don’t get me wrong — I love highway pegs. But I like the option of having my feet below me (for half the time or more). The forward controls are not the end of the world, but my preference for long rides has been solidified. This is something I will change on my new (used) Harley in the near future.
The second thing I realized is that my Sportster was unquestionably faster. This I don’t really mind, though. I still have my old Suzuki if I feel the need for speed. And perhaps a less-restrictive air filter will solve this problem.
Lastly, I love riding a Big Twin. This bike, overall, provides a very comfortable ride, and at the end of the day, nothing is cooler than a big old Harley. See you guys (and girls!) on the streets and highways this summer. Can’t wait to take this old girl out for a long, long ride.