I test-sat on a Harley Forty-Eight last week, just for fun. NICE bike. Comfortable, classy, bad-a**! But within a few minutes I knew I was more at home on my CBR - I left there, then had an awesome afternoon of riding.
My brothers & uncle are lightly pressuring me to get a HD, and I do like them. But I LOVE my Honda. Maybe someday I'll switch things up, when I'm a bit older.
Harleys are ok. Had a Harley Sportster 1200 for a while. Just remember the maintenance is every 5,000 miles and expensive, takes 93 octane, very expensive in replacement parts, not as maneuverable at low speed, high initial cost and heavy. The sportster is the lightest one and it weighs 580lbs. If all that is ok with you then go for it. They will let you test ride a used one, so go try one out and see how you like it, but keep these things in mind while you looking at the nice paint job. If I were going to get another harley it would be a softail.
Also, a 48 is a sportster and they will shake you to death. Yes the dealer will tell you they have rubber mounted engines, but they will still shake you to death. They smooth out a bit at speed but because they only have a 5 speed, they start to hit hard again at 60-70, so not a great bike for trips. Ride one and see for yourself.
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Wow, maybe. It's a good number of years back. I'll have to look in my photo archives. It was black and chrome. Chrome engine guard, highway pegs, sundowner seat in a futile effort to cushion my butt. Haven't missed her. Handled like a pig. Also had stage 2 Screaming Eagle exhaust.
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