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So a visit to Harley showroom

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by Tom|Nbk, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. Tom|Nbk

    Capodecina

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    Hey guys

    Decided I wanted a Harley recently so decided to go across to Harley Davidson in Nottingham.

    Test rode the Harley Iron first, followed by the Street Rod.

    I really liked the Iron and it’s low down grunt and even though it wasn’t the quickest I loved it’s character. I felt good riding the bike.

    Then I took out the Street Rod which blew me away, very similar to the MT07 I passed on but was super quick nimble and still felt and looked fantastic.

    The problem is, I think the sportster is More traditional Harley.

    Basically I’m properly stuck. Street Rod is cheaper, faster and still looks beauty.

    Iron is traditional Harley and looks incredible.

    Any thoughts from anyone?

    Btw I own a ZX6R which if I got the Iron would stay but I think if I got the street rod it could go....
     
  2. Diddums

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  3. tom_e

    Man of Honour

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    Find a night rod, buy it.
     
  4. Tom|Nbk

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    I was leaning towards new on a PCP but head is saying wait save a little and buy second hand.

    I really loved the experience today.
     
  5. Tom|Nbk

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    Budget will only allow for street rod / iron
     
  6. Diddums

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    I'd definitely go used, the depreciation is already a killer on Harleys but with their impending doom possibly looming, you'll definitely want to try and cover yourself as much as possible from it.

    https://www.team-bhp.com/news/harley-trouble-profit-sales-down-kansas-plant-shut
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/harley-davidson-closes-down-kansas-133345429.html

    For me this'd be the iron all day long.

    https://auto.ndtv.com/compare-bikes/harley-davidson-street-rod-1333-vs-harley-davidson-iron-883-1185
     
  7. .one.

    Mobster

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    Where did you here this ? the exact same quote was used when this was true in the 80s.
     
  8. Tom|Nbk

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    Iron second hand about 5k seems a great bike for that sort of cash.
     
  9. Diddums

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    Post above yours.
     
  10. Tom|Nbk

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    Harley have increased the price of the Iron to 8895 presume as new model is out / about to come out but my dealership still has brand new couple of month old models at 7995 with a 500 contribution towards a load of accessories so buying new in that case doesn't seem too bad?
     
  11. .one.

    Mobster

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    hehe there always in the **** but seem to survive.
     
  12. Tom|Nbk

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    Pls help with my choice lol. So torn

    Head and wallet says Street Rod, still looks pretty badass was the bike I originally went to see before introduced to the Iron, to me it’s a great value bike and entry into HD

    Heart and logic out the window says Iron, classic Harley looks not as much go as the Rod could that get annoying after time?

    The rod is similar to what I’m used to coming from a super sports but still has the Harley essence.

    So yea I’m no closer lol and I spent over an hour on each bike.

    The iron had me giggling because well it’s classic Harley

    The streetrod had me giggling because it is bloody quick and still a bit Harley
     
  13. .one.

    Mobster

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    If your buying into the HD scene it's obvious don't you think ?

    I know many friends with HDs but not my cup of tea but I was tempted with buell 5 or 6 years ago.
     
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  14. arfoll

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    To me the street rod is weird, it's basically not a HD and plenty of other 'heritage' bikes look better imho and by the sounds of it are more competent. If you want HD you know which to pick ;-)
     
  15. Tom|Nbk

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    I think if I’m going HD around this budget it just has to be the iron and potentially keep my sports bike for the times I want to ride harder...
     
  16. Mucky_Pup

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    I have an Iron, it's ok, some of the materials used to make it aren't the best and the paint is really thinner than I would like. If you have it out in the wet at all dry it, quickly, mine tarnished and surface rusted after a few weeks. I think the sportster looks alot better than the Street, Street looks a little meh and uninspired to me. I'm buying an Indian after this Harley.
     
  17. IC3

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    You mean ride a bike that can actually corner? :p
     
  18. Tom|Nbk

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    Deposit left on an Iron.

    2014 Model with only 1200 miles on the clock!

    £5700
     
  19. arfoll

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    Nice! Really not my type of thing, but enjoy. 1200miles 2014 is nutter level mileage ahaha, did he just go and get the oil changed every year at the dealer?
     
  20. HoneyBadger

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    I quite the look of the 2018 Fat Bob!