Originally Posted by L_Jackson
i road a harley heritage softail all day for 2 days and felt great.... very smooth ride, ballanced extreamly well..... riding my bike for 3 hours and hips hurt, back is sore, no where near the ride quality.....
i personally love the look and sound of harley, the only bike that can compete with the looks IMO are the indians, but to each his own.
I'm not going to participate in the "To Harley or Not To Harley" debate here. I just figured I'd chime in on what you said about riding the Harley all day for two days vs. 3 hours on your bike.
Your bike is decidedly not the right bike for you if this is the case. Perhaps the only bike for you is in-fact a Heritage Softail, and perhaps there are other bikes, (Japanese, or Domestic) that would fit you as well, and make for all day comfort.
Here's my point. I don't remember if you were involved in the Bicycling thread or not, or how much you know about bicycles (by bicycles I mean things purchased at actuall bike shops, not Walmart, or a 1 size fits all sporting goods store)
In the exact same bicycle, there are multiple sizes.See here
And depending on your level of flexibility, your height, reach, inseam etc. You may be on a completely different size frame, than say your twin brother, who is exactly the same height and weight as you. Then even within two identical frames, we can change things such as saddle fore and aft position, saddle angle, seat height, crank length, stem length, steerer tube length, handlebar width, handlebar drop, handlebar reach... etc.
My point is that I could most likely make you all day comfortable on a bike even if it wasn't completely 100% the right frame size for you. Motorcycles are not nearly that adjustable... Atleast not without major expense and custom fabrication.
Any one of my bicycles is all day comfortable, in-fact I have even ridden in double and tripple centuries (2 or 3 back to back 100 mile days).
And my motorcycle is that comfortable, as evidenced by my Saddle Sore 1000 completion (timed, doccumented, and verified 1000 miles in 24 hours)
So I have gotten a little off-topic, and rambled a bit just to say that you should perhaps consider a different Motorcycle, be it new or used, Japanese or Domestic. If the Harley is the only one that feels right to you then do what you need to do to swing it, but I bet you can find as comfortable of a Honda or whatever, but since Motorcycling is supposed to be about fun and enjoying yourself in more than 3 hour windows.