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Late one night last week I couldn't sleep, so I turned to eBay for something to do. I ran across a Roadster up for auction, 35 miles on it, in Jersey so less than 2 hours away. I threw a bid at it, thinking either A) I would be out bid, or B) it wouldn't meet reserve.

I was wrong.

Thinking about it now, it was a bad decision. I make a lot of those, so I'm pretty used to it. But, I don't really need another bike. I had really been thinking my next bike (or two) would be something older or a bit different. I already had 3 EFI Sportsters, why would I need a 4th?!? But, it was a new sexy Roadster...

But, I bid and won the bike. This week between work and getting a local bank account setup so I could withdraw money, it's been a bit hectic. But, I wanted to make sure I kept up my end of the bargain. With very little sleep this morning, I made an early morning run over to the other side of NJ., trailer in tow and a wad of cash. I got to bring her home!!



Next to the project bike at home (in the messy garage):


The story from the prior owner, his wife had won the bike at a raffle from the local Harley dealership. She doesn't ride and doesn't want to learn. He "was too old for a Sposter" and "wanted something lower". I heard (between the lines) the he wanted a bigger bike. He hadn't even taken the bike for a ride around the block. Dealership delivered it and he listed it on eBay right away. He was planning to take the cash to go buy an Indian motorcycle. It didn't sound like the wife had approved that plan...

I do love the look/style of the new Roadsters. I hadn't ridden one prior to today. But, there's a lot to like here. And those that know me, know I've been smitten with them since they were first released. I'm not a fan of the chopped rear fender, and the two tone engine was a bad choice by Harley, IMO. But, really those are my two biggest gripes and they aren't that big.

I did get to take a short ride today, went around Valley Forge Park.









My first impressions:
  • The seating position seems way forward. My knees got hit by the handlebars in a parking lot, which was a first ever for me.
  • I scraped the foot peg on an on ramp, the lean angle wasn't nearly as much as I thought it would be with the high stance.
  • The turn signals buttons will take a lot of getting used to, as they are buttons and not the springy switches that I'm used to on my other Sportsters.
  • All the controls/switches are just enough different from my other bikes I have to think about it when using them. The one advantage to having similar bikes is not having to "relearn" controls when switching bikes. I'm sure I'll learn the new bike's quick enough, just different.
  • The engine sounds just like a Sportster!
  • The handlebars seem to have a bit more vibration than my other bikes.
  • The seat and it's position seems to lend itself very well to leaning off the bike in turns. It's a lot of fun!

Aesthetically, I still wish Harley didn't use the grey paint on the engine and made it all black. The chopped fender is what it is, not my taste, but clearly I knew what to expect. I had only briefly seen a 1200CX at dealership before, otherwise I had only been gawking at them online. The things that caught my eye while admiring my new bike today - there's more chrome than I expected (oil filter, handlebars, frt ts) and the footpegs are ridiculously heavy looking to me.

So, while this is probably not one of my better decisions, doesn't mean I won't enjoy it!! She fits right in with the fleet.

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9000 miles on mine, fun bike throw some regular pegs on it and you will not scrape. Continental trail attack tires about the only option for matching radials unless you want to give H-D your money

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Nice. I figured that was a fait accompli. We should have had a pool! (When will Dan buy a roadster?)
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Nice. I figured that was a fait accompli. We should have had a pool! (When will Dan buy a roadster?)
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Sigh... wow... another gorgeous addition to your garage. Seriously envious LOL.

I had the good fortune to take one for a half-day expedition a couple of months back. Aside from knees hitting the bars, I had many of the same thoughts as you; especially the turn signals. They were easier for me to reach, but the feedback had me questioning whether I'd activated them. But overall I adored it; even moreso after taking off the peg feelers at lunch time. I very much wanted to take it home with me, especially as Nyx had been being obnoxious.

Congratulations! Hopefully you'll get past the regrets completely in another ride or two.
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I liked the two color engine, but I've always disliked the gray powder on mine, so it's not super difficult to impress me there. Never liked chrome without loads of black to tone it down. Aluminum looks good, but it's work to keep looking good unless you never do rain or tear it down for polish regularly. And most of the black engine bikes I've come across are waaaay too black for me.

Always been curious what an anodized case would look like. Undyed hard anodize would be cool. Deep, thick, funky dark gray all over with that nice hairline finish good anodizing has.
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Dammit, man, look what you've done!
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Was the suspension and radial tires much better than damper rod and bias tires of previous models? Compared to the X?
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Does this take the guesswork out of which bike to bring to WV in July?
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