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post #21 of 50 (permalink) Old 04-28-2017, 09:51 AM
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You missed the humor there...

HD owners have been long in the tooth when it comes to regurgitating how "so and so copied Harley", even as recent as the turn of the millennia with the TC-88B where those owners have been overheard mentioning how Japan copied Harley's counterbalancer to make their engines run smoother. Yes, there are actually fools out there that firmly believe that in 100+ years of internal combustion history that it was Harley Davidson who finally discovered the patent to reducing engine vibes via going from round to counterbalanced.

As such I find it quite humorous that an all new & modern HD design looks very much like a mid-80's Honda in every aspect save for the final drive. But I'm pretty sure somewhere out there a drooling lug nut is looking at Ascot pics and proudly proclaiming "they copied the Harley Street".

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One thing that factors in people suggesting X, Y and Z brand copied harley has to do with how Harleys have been promoted and how much its everyones default for cruisers. I see it everywhere, much like how a lot of people call any SUV a Jeep, they'll call a Tahoe a Jeep.
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^^^

This is true, to the uninitiated there are only three categories of bikes:

> Harleys - any cruiser, even if it isn't a Harley
> Ninjas - anything with fairing, even if it's merely a nose cone
> Dirt Bikes - anything with knobby tires, even if it's a cruiser/bobber

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Well, I'm not exactly looking, because I just got a brand new CB500F, which I love. That being said, the Rebel is really starting to grow on me, I could see falling in love with it with just a little customization. Maybe a big part of that would be both feet flat, which I've never experienced!
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Well, I'm not exactly looking, because I just got a brand new CB500F, which I love. That being said, the Rebel is really starting to grow on me, I could see falling in love with it with just a little customization. Maybe a big part of that would be both feet flat, which I've never experienced!

Better not go sit on one then - you'll be hooked

And wonder why anyone would ever build a bike so that you can't put both feet on the ground.
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Better not go sit on one then - you'll be hooked

And wonder why anyone would ever build a bike so that you can't put both feet on the ground.
For True! The whole world is not above average and male! And not everyone wants a bike with the bars a mile high and the pegs way out in front. I just want a naked sport bike that I can flat foot. I can manage fine, stops are easy, but man if the ground is at all uneven, I have to get off to move it. And, I'm just not that young and flexible anymore, it gets tiring to get my leg up over the seat.
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For True! The whole world is not above average and male! And not everyone wants a bike with the bars a mile high and the pegs way out in front. I just want a naked sport bike that I can flat foot. I can manage fine, stops are easy, but man if the ground is at all uneven, I have to get off to move it. And, I'm just not that young and flexible anymore, it gets tiring to get my leg up over the seat.
Flat footing is nice but over rated. I would rather have ground clearance, longer shocks, and a center stand. So I almost always have to back my bike out before mounting it. I'm 75, so I understand the "getting the leg over the seat" problem; have you tried mounting while standing on the left footpeg? That is the only way, with my 28-inch inseam, that I can comfortably mount my CB500XA with a tail bag.

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You know, I never thought of using the left footpeg😏 I know, intellectually that the side stand can hold the bike, but my instinct is to not trust it with my weight added on. I'll have to try to force myself to do it until I trust it!
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Flat footing is overrated but a lot of people feel they need it for the sense of stability and security. I think once you can get the balls of your heel down on the ground.. you're alright.
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Oddly enough, I like the looks of the Rebel more than the HD Street because the rebel tank looks more like the old Sportster tank. I really don't like the looks of the "flat" tanks on the Street.
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