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    I know every guy with a 9 has heard the sour grapes arguments from the Hardly guys. The best is when they talk about the "superior quality." What kind of quality are they talking about? Is it all the low tech parts on those under-engineered death traps? This is a company who had to farm out the engineering of their sole sport bike to Porsche and they still werent able to build something with reasonable handeling or comfort. So what kind of quality are these guys referring to?

    Anyway, what I hear are a bunch of guys who drank too much of HD's marketing Kool-aid and talk a bunch of sour grapes so as not to admit the vast superiority of the 109.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syler View Post
    I know every guy with a 9 has heard the sour grapes arguments from the Hardly guys. The best is when they talk about the "superior quality." What kind of quality are they talking about? Is it all the low tech parts on those under-engineered death traps? This is a company who had to farm out the engineering of their sole sport bike to Porsche and they still werent able to build something with reasonable handeling or comfort. So what kind of quality are these guys referring to?

    Anyway, what I hear are a bunch of guys who drank too much of HD's marketing Kool-aid and talk a bunch of sour grapes so as not to admit the vast superiority of the 109.
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    OK, so I'm probably gonna get yelled at but I need to say something about all this HD "I'm cooler than chit" stuff......aren't we doing the same thing with the nine. Yeah, I drank the nine kool-aid just like everyone else on this forum. And yes, I like my nine better than any HD (I've ridden some so I have "experience") My Dad would only drive a Chrysler and while he never bad mouthed any other brand I know he felt the same way about his Chrysler's as I do my nine. The guy I typically ride with rides a HD, always has, always will. He respects my nine for what it does well. I know what his HD does well. For me, it's about giving a little respect for the other person. That being said, if another person slams my nine boasting they are badder than me, well let's just see......
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    I get respect from the crotch rocket guys, they just love the 9. The harley guys are an odd bunch, never know what to expect from them. The biggest problem I run into in my area is the young punks with their import tuners, they put some clear tail lights and a four foot spoiler with matching(non-functioning) stick-on hood scoops on a beat to hell hyundai and think they are auditioning for the next fast n furious movie!!! Also, to be fair, the biggest jerk i've met on a motorcycle was this past weekend, and guess what, he was riding a 9!!!! He was a ****, arrogent ass, cruising around with his bone stock orange 9, complete with shorts, flip-flops and no skills on a bike!!! I rode behind him for a few miles after a failed conversation, and lets just say it was not pretty, and where did he stop? THE BAR!!! Perfect, right!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chewy18252 View Post
    I get respect from the crotch rocket guys, they just love the 9. The harley guys are an odd bunch, never know what to expect from them. The biggest problem I run into in my area is the young punks with their import tuners, they put some clear tail lights and a four foot spoiler with matching(non-functioning) stick-on hood scoops on a beat to hell hyundai and think they are auditioning for the next fast n furious movie!!! Also, to be fair, the biggest jerk i've met on a motorcycle was this past weekend, and guess what, he was riding a 9!!!! He was a ****, arrogent ass, cruising around with his bone stock orange 9, complete with shorts, flip-flops and no skills on a bike!!! I rode behind him for a few miles after a failed conversation, and lets just say it was not pretty, and where did he stop? THE BAR!!! Perfect, right!?!?!
    That's why it's called a "Boulevard" and not a "County Road". LOL!

    My last Harley encounter was at the Shell station at the bottom of the hill on 19 between Cherokee and Maggie Valley. Some of you know this station.
    I noticed a couple of Harleys sitting out front when I pulled in to fill up. As I was topping it off a leather clad woman approached from inside and said what a good looking bike I had and then asked what it was. Of course we all know what happens next when a Harley rider asks this question.......well......I responded with my typical "It's a M109R" hoping it satisfies the question, but not this time. She wanted to know what brand. So, I said "It's a Suzuki". Without response she turns and walks away and back inside the station where I see her approach a leather clad dude and relay the information.
    This is a standard response I get from Harley folks. They think it is a custom then find out it's a metric and run for the hills. It's as if they can't be caught assocating with the enemy.
    In another case I have actually watched two old Harley Farts approach the 9 and look at it for several minutes then one of them points to the Suzuki sticker on the back fender just about falls over his buddy trying to leave the scene of the crime. LOL! Funny stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captnpirate View Post
    OK, so I'm probably gonna get yelled at but I need to say something about all this HD "I'm cooler than chit" stuff......aren't we doing the same thing with the nine. Yeah, I drank the nine kool-aid just like everyone else on this forum. And yes, I like my nine better than any HD (I've ridden some so I have "experience") My Dad would only drive a Chrysler and while he never bad mouthed any other brand I know he felt the same way about his Chrysler's as I do my nine. The guy I typically ride with rides a HD, always has, always will. He respects my nine for what it does well. I know what his HD does well. For me, it's about giving a little respect for the other person. That being said, if another person slams my nine boasting they are badder than me, well let's just see......



    My buddies I ride with all have Harleys (5 Harleys and a 9), but they all openly admire the 9. Now just guess what bike gets all the looks and comments?

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    Default That big red nine

    I ride with a buddy that has a beautiful 04 screaming eagle duece that looks like it should be sitting on the showroom floor, he keeps it that way as I do the same with my nine, its always scrubbed to hilt that duece is as fast as any Harley I have ever seen but I weight 100 pounds more than he does and the nine still pulls on his bike under full throttle. That big red nine gets as many looks as the Harley. I actually had a guy on a big road king come over when I was fueling up one day and he knew it was a Suzuki and gave me one of the nicest compliment I had ever had. I was impressed because usually they find out what it is and walk away quickly.

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    I respect harley bikers but not the jackasses. I have a freind who rides harley super nice guy. The guy i purchased my bike from (sold this 9 with reluctance) and purchased a Vrod. He is super nice guy few other guys that i know are riding harley. The issue comes up when someone tries to look down upon import bikes and creating an atmosphere that if it aint Harley its crap because its not made in America. i look for the best bang for my buck and i get styling and looks as bonus with 9er



    its always about the nut connecting the seat and handle as per one of guys signature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chewy18252 View Post
    I get respect from the crotch rocket guys, they just love the 9. The harley guys are an odd bunch, never know what to expect from them. The biggest problem I run into in my area is the young punks with their import tuners, they put some clear tail lights and a four foot spoiler with matching(non-functioning) stick-on hood scoops on a beat to hell hyundai and think they are auditioning for the next fast n furious movie!!! Also, to be fair, the biggest jerk i've met on a motorcycle was this past weekend, and guess what, he was riding a 9!!!! He was a ****, arrogent ass, cruising around with his bone stock orange 9, complete with shorts, flip-flops and no skills on a bike!!! I rode behind him for a few miles after a failed conversation, and lets just say it was not pretty, and where did he stop? THE BAR!!! Perfect, right!?!?!

    Damn , your the first person I have heard of that has seen Hink. I ride with some HD guys and they are alright, but I was at a bike night not long ago when I was asked by a big tuff HD guy what I ride and when I told him he turned his back on me mid sentence and refused to talk to me.....What ever..
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    Quote Originally Posted by porkchops9 View Post
    I ride with some HD guys and they are alright, but I was at a bike night not long ago when I was asked by a big tuff HD guy what I ride and when I told him he turned his back on me mid sentence and refused to talk to me.....What ever..
    This is EXACTLY why I hate the entire Hardly Ableson culture. The bikes are obsolete and overpriced, and the owners (more often than not) had lobotomies when they bought the bikes. I've been disrespected way too often to respect Hardleys and their owners, with the exception of a few folks I know who were unfortunate enough to buy into the myth but are still respectful to other makes and models.

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    It's funny as you talk about import 'unamerican' bikes yet we don't make bikes here in Australia so everything is an import and we experience the same response from other riders that you do in the US of A.



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    I ride with all Harley guys for the most part. They love my bike but they are just so enmeshed with the whole Harley culture. They probably spend more on Harley clothes than they do their bike. I just don't get. I will give Harley this, the fit and finish on a new Harley is top notch. But damn, they are slow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bpoisson55 View Post
    I ride with all Harley guys for the most part. They love my bike but they are just so enmeshed with the whole Harley culture. They probably spend more on Harley clothes than they do their bike. I just don't get. I will give Harley this, the fit and finish on a new Harley is top notch. But damn, they are slow!

    you gotta compensate with flames and skulls on the jacket with harley how else would people notice the bike.

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    Makes me laugh...I work @ a Grocery store. All of the guys I work with own harleys ... they try to tease me some. We all line up and park in the same place in the parking lot. 8 harleys and " The 9". Bottom line is the 9 gets the looks and ALL the questions . we all know where the performance #'s land. LOL!! They can't even put up an arguement cuz the bike stands alone and SPEAKS LOUDLY FOR ITSELF!!
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    Darn those Hardly bikers...

    It's simple bro... Most buy HD's cause of the classic look or cause most their friends have one... but at the end of the day they are still riding an oil cooled donkeys years old technology but still get to say hey I have a Hardly. Oh well, that is what they get a kick out of so enjoy...

    No arguement though... Any sour talk... Just tell them ok... SHUT UP... AND LET's RIDE !!! I have smoked way too many of these grapes to sit and waste time on... Sadest part is, when there is a bike week, or some major event, and heavy traffic and they are overheating on the side of the road... biggest insult to them is, hey, do you need help?? The answer is always a firm NO... and I say well, enjoy your vw bug... I need to catch up with my rice burner riders, cause they can ride... IMHO... Fk'em!! Enjoy your 9 bro... You ride a much better bike in looks and performance and reliability... Just enjoy and let them burn...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunt1moore View Post
    That's why it's called a "Boulevard" and not a "County Road". LOL!

    My last Harley encounter was at the Shell station at the bottom of the hill on 19 between Cherokee and Maggie Valley. Some of you know this station.
    I noticed a couple of Harleys sitting out front when I pulled in to fill up. As I was topping it off a leather clad woman approached from inside and said what a good looking bike I had and then asked what it was. Of course we all know what happens next when a Harley rider asks this question.......well......I responded with my typical "It's a M109R" hoping it satisfies the question, but not this time. She wanted to know what brand. So, I said "It's a Suzuki". Without response she turns and walks away and back inside the station where I see her approach a leather clad dude and relay the information.
    This is a standard response I get from Harley folks. They think it is a custom then find out it's a metric and run for the hills. It's as if they can't be caught assocating with the enemy.
    In another case I have actually watched two old Harley Farts approach the 9 and look at it for several minutes then one of them points to the Suzuki sticker on the back fender just about falls over his buddy trying to leave the scene of the crime. LOL! Funny stuff.

    have had that happen quite a few times....


    I have some friends that are hd riders and are on facebook and I have had 2 of them that we are on a riders thread and we post up pics. of our bikes and I get alot of comments on how hot my bike is and the two of them would not post that on there but im me about how they love the look of my bike... they are the type that always wear the hd clothing.... I just have to laugh....
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    How I see it, they are all driving what is most common, say a Honda Accord...EVERYBODY owns one. But when the Nine comes around, its like seeing the random Ferrari or Lambo. We are just in a class of our own. I do dig the fact that every town you go to with a Harley shop, you can stop by and pick up a T-shirt with their own design; tis why I have about 30. Yes sorry I have a secret fetish

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    Next time ya run into the hard core Harley guy just ask him
    what kind of car he or his wife drive,how much ya wanna
    bet its not american,tell him case closed..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by mach460 View Post
    Next time ya run into the hard core Harley guy just ask him
    what kind of car he or his wife drive,how much ya wanna
    bet its not american,tell him case closed..........
    lol perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mach460 View Post
    Next time ya run into the hard core Harley guy just ask him
    what kind of car he or his wife drive,how much ya wanna
    bet its not american,tell him case closed..........

    ROTLMFAO!!! Thats Awesome!!
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    Not to brag, but I make enough money that I could've bought ANY motorcycle I wanted... and I wanted a 9. It's true what others have said: when I go to bike nights and local hangouts I get love from everyone: sport bikers, adventure bikers, cruiser riders, even Harley guys (until they find out its not a Harley), while most Harley guys are off in their own little group. I'm glad they like their bikes (and tshirts, and vests, and jackets, and wallets, and boots, and belts, and watches...) but if you'll all remember back to elementary school, it wasn't the cool kids saying "Oh yeah? Well you're just jealous!" to everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunt1moore View Post
    That's why it's called a "Boulevard" and not a "County Road". LOL!

    My last Harley encounter was at the Shell station at the bottom of the hill on 19 between Cherokee and Maggie Valley. Some of you know this station.
    I noticed a couple of Harleys sitting out front when I pulled in to fill up. As I was topping it off a leather clad woman approached from inside and said what a good looking bike I had and then asked what it was. Of course we all know what happens next when a Harley rider asks this question.......well......I responded with my typical "It's a M109R" hoping it satisfies the question, but not this time. She wanted to know what brand. So, I said "It's a Suzuki". Without response she turns and walks away and back inside the station where I see her approach a leather clad dude and relay the information.
    This is a standard response I get from Harley folks. They think it is a custom then find out it's a metric and run for the hills. It's as if they can't be caught assocating with the enemy.
    In another case I have actually watched two old Harley Farts approach the 9 and look at it for several minutes then one of them points to the Suzuki sticker on the back fender just about falls over his buddy trying to leave the scene of the crime. LOL! Funny stuff.
    More funny even is, He sent HER out to ask the questions. LMAOOOOOOOOOO




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    I love the rice burner/Harley banter. I usually don't engage in it unless invited because I like all bikes. My brother and I go back and forth cuz he's a Harley die hard and he likes to give me chit about my rice burner. One thing I noticed when I went form my 9 to the Concours is the Harley guys rarely wave at a sport bikes and now that they repealed the helmet law in Michigan the helmet-less guys don't like to wave at the helmet guys. Now I don't really care if people wave or not, this is just something I've noticed. I have had Harley guys randomly walk up to me and give me the ol "why don't you buy a real bike" comments and I just laugh. If it's done in jest I'm game but if it's done by a stranger they aren't worthy of my attention, I choose to ignore ignorance. Now with that said I really dislike the Prius people. LMAO


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    I hope I don't turn into one of these HD a$$holes when I trade my nine for a CVO Street Glide and then put a 120r in it to keep up. I love my nine and after 37,000 miles it givin me very little trouble at all but.......

    I. Want. A. Street glide.
    I rented one last year and rode all over Arkansas,Oklahoma, and Texas and I liked it other than the two gerbils in the motor (that's the only way to explain how something so loud can be soooooo slow).
    The radio, cruise control and comfort really grew on me. To make it worse, I can afford to buy an expensive for nothing bike and sink another $5000 in it just to keep up with the nine.

    Im just another one of many to make this same switch. But I'm selling the nine to my brother so it's not going very far!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonymontanna1983 View Post
    I hope I don't turn into one of these HD a$$holes when I trade my nine for a CVO Street Glide and then put a 120r in it to keep up. I love my nine and after 37,000 miles it givin me very little trouble at all but.......

    I. Want. A. Street glide.
    I rented one last year and rode all over Arkansas,Oklahoma, and Texas and I liked it other than the two gerbils in the motor (that's the only way to explain how something so loud can be soooooo slow).
    The radio, cruise control and comfort really grew on me. To make it worse, I can afford to buy an expensive for nothing bike and sink another $5000 in it just to keep up with the nine.

    Im just another one of many to make this same switch. But I'm selling the nine to my brother so it's not going very far!!!!
    Just drop a 109 in it.

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    I ride with Harley guys as well but they are not for the most part haters, sure I rib them and tell them mine is faster in nuteral anf there top gear lol but it's all in fun, I have no hate for any bike I think no matter what it is just get out and put the wind in your face even if it's a vespa get out and ride.

    as far as quality goes I'm sorry I think Harley is building on old tech. Harley will not divert from air cooled bikes when liquid cooled out performs every time, how many times have you guys been out on a freeekin hot day and say a beautiful HD on the side of the road in traffic over heated this is stupid if they took there fleet and added new tech. water cooled there bikes would be so much better off, but thats my opinion.
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    Smile Sour Harley Grapes ?

    Guys remember 98% of HD's are still on the road................ the other 2% made it home

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    Guys remember 98% of HD's are still on the road................ the other 2% made it home
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    Quote Originally Posted by bpoisson55 View Post
    I ride with all Harley guys for the most part. They love my bike but they are just so enmeshed with the whole Harley culture. They probably spend more on Harley clothes than they do their bike. I just don't get. I will give Harley this, the fit and finish on a new Harley is top notch. But damn, they are slow!

    Speaking of the HD Apparel Junkies.... I was riding on a particularly warm day this summer and came across a group of HD owners 4-5 outside the restaurant that we were all eating at. We came out of the restaurant about the same time and as they were getting ready to hit the road on their bikes, I was preparing to get on the 9. I am a AGATT kinda guy so I started to don my mesh jacket, full face helmet etc., and of course they were in the HD novelty helmets, with short sleeve HD T-shirts, belts, HD fingerless gloves, HD jeans, headbands, and HD chained wallets, and boots. They seemed a bit amused or perhaps bewildered at what I was wearing and then one of the HD guys yelled over at me.... "HEY.... why you wear'n all them clothes!?"

    I responded... Cause I'm not a HD rider who has to wear the uniform of the day! I get to pick my own ride gear"....

    The conversation ended at that!

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