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Good Vibrations?

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  1. zhovman
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    June 2, 2009, we were eating lunch at the Flying J Truck Stop in McCalla, Al. After a half decent meal, the other half and I stepped outside to foul our lungs and there was a Yamaha 1300 sitting there. Of course we had to check it out. The couple that was riding it are from Ohio, had been in Mississippi for vacation and were headed home. Nice bike with Cobra pipes, very loud, a nice headlight/driving light mod, and a few more performance mods thrown in. Then a Honda VTX 1800 pulls in (mod'ed out the yingyang). Not nearly as loud, not nearly as good looking either, and leaking oil. Anyway, here come 3 HD's rolling in. 2 Sportsters, one Ultra Glide. We all talked for a bit, compared bikes, got the brush off on why we should have all bought HD's (profits stay in USA), we countered with half the cost, last longer, rides better, HD parts made in China, better service life, not just buying a name, Japan owns most of USA already, don't have a 96ci vibrator tween our legs, and the list goes on and on. One of the hd riders even asked how to fix a rattle on his bike as he had no tools with him and that is why they stopped (to buy a wrench or 2). His shifter was about to fall off, so we got him fixed up. Man, did that bike vibrate. 110 miles on a tank of fuel didn't sound good either. VTX rider said he got around 150 miles per tank, the 1300 rider said about 180 miles per tank. I get just about 200 on my RSTD. I think the HD rider on "Ol Shakey" was about ready to trade up to a Yamaha. But 3 Jap Bike Riders fixing a HD made the day.

  2. micg10
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    and what if the shoe was on the other foot?

  3. zhovman
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    You mean, maybe, if we lived in Japan and rode HD's or do you mean if we were all riding HD's here and they were the Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki riders? Or really maybe you meant that if the Yamaha rider had a problem and the HD riders fixed it for him. I don't know how much you travel down under but up here, I travel at least 5 days a week on the Highway System. I do see bikes broke down a lot and most of them are HD's. It is rare to see a Jap-Bike broke down on the roads here. The next, IMO, is the Euro Bikes. Also, IMHO, for the money spent the Jap-Bikes are far superior to almost anything, for the money. For prestige, yeah, I go with the HD. For reliability, Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, then Suzuki. My point on the Jap-Bike riders fixing a HD was that everyone that has been riding for a good while sooner or later learns a thing or 2 about the other brands on the road and sooner or later someone will help "Brand X" biker fix his bike on the road. It just so happened this time it was Jap-Bike riders fixing an HD but I bet almost everyone on this board has seen or heard of the other way around happening.

  4. retzdaret
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    Let's be honest, if you messed with your shifter and forgot to use locktite when putting it back, this could easily happen to you. Not really what I would call broken down.

  5. micg10
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    You mean, maybe, if we lived in Japan and rode HD's or do you mean if we were all riding HD's here and they were the Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki riders? Or really maybe you meant that if the Yamaha rider had a problem and the HD riders fixed it for him. I don't know how much you travel down under but up here, I travel at least 5 days a week on the Highway System. I do see bikes broke down a lot and most of them are HD's. It is rare to see a Jap-Bike broke down on the roads here. The next, IMO, is the Euro Bikes. Also, IMHO, for the money spent the Jap-Bikes are far superior to almost anything, for the money. For prestige, yeah, I go with the HD. For reliability, Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, then Suzuki. My point on the Jap-Bike riders fixing a HD was that everyone that has been riding for a good while sooner or later learns a thing or 2 about the other brands on the road and sooner or later someone will help "Brand X" biker fix his bike on the road. It just so happened this time it was Jap-Bike riders fixing an HD but I bet almost everyone on this board has seen or heard of the other way around happening.
    i meant would these blokes you helped help you if you were broken down! here in Aus some HD riders including a good friend of mine can be smart ass's but when it came to the crunch if someone needed help most people will stop and help no matter what there riding or driving. nobody likes to see others in trouble so we do what we can to help.
    cheers mick

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