Sep 10, 2008

rocker...

on my way to ray price to demo the rocker c, i was questioning why i was going... i originally scheduled the demo ride because it was one of three ways to get the 105th anniversary dvd from harley. now i was wondering if this was really worth it... since it was scheduled and i was almost there, might as well go through with it...

i get there, traver gets me squared away with the paperwork and we're off... as we're leaving the parking lot, i notice how heavy the front end appears, like it just wants to flop over. this is, apparently, because of the wider rear tire and something for me to be aware of as we ride...

the seating position on the bike was comfortable although the seat itself was a little hard. i don't think i would be able to ride on it very long without taking a break.

i don't know if i like the handlebar configuration. when you're sitting on the bike, the rider is reflected in where the handlebar meets in the center. i guess for those that are vane, they can look at themselves while they're out riding around... it's just not for me...

the smooth ride made up for the hard seat. unlike my road king, the bike doesn't vibrate when you're stopped. just a nice smooth ride all around. you could feel the power when the throttle was rolled on.

the lean angle, or the lack of lean angle surprised me a bit. as we went through one sweeping turn, i was rolling on the throttle, leaning through the curve and i hear the pegs scraping a bit. well, not really the pegs, but the 'hero' tips - i think that's what traver called them. little metal tips that extend down at an angle from the end of the peg. i'm guessing these are to let the rider know they're getting close to the pegs. i was surprised because i didn't think i was really over that far.

overall, a nice bike. i enjoyed riding it. i would definitely ride it again. but i don't know that i would want to owe one. at least not before i got some other bikes...

so i came in to get a free dvd by doing a demo ride. i left having a better appreciation for the rocker. and i think i got more enjoyment from the demo ride that i will the dvd.