Likes and dislikes
Compared to the '86 600. I'm not sure about any carb mods, but the '86 with a Supertrapp muffler seems to have quite a bit more power. Nothing could beat it across an intersection from a stop light. I think the new one could use a smaller front sprocket.
I'm still getting used to the new turn signal switch. When actuated, it self-centers, and takes just a little nudge to de-activate. Well, more that once I've over nudged, and turned the opposite side on. My previous *cough* sportsters had a button on each side that were real handy, One push "on" one push "off". Can't be too tough if the cheeseheads came up with it.
That big rack on the back... what the heck is that for? a cooler? pet crate? TV? The '86 had a soft bag just big enough to carry a phillips screwdriver, license registration, insurance card, and a couple of sodas on the way to work. It was just enough. The new bike has no place for these things.
Those big hand guards... When acknowleging other riders, it takes hand removal from the grip to give the sign. And I thought EVERYONE was supposed to give the wave. Around Freeport, I've been snubbed more times that not. Unless I'm holding the clutch in, or doing some kind of anti-death manuever, I wave. Is it arrogance on their part? If you out-of-towners see a guy on a blue '08 that looks like he's doing 1/2 a jumping-jack, it's me.
Now for the likes... brakes.. OMG do they have more power. Or maybe I'm just going slower?
fuel capacity.... the dealership filled it for me a week ago, and I'm still waiting for it to run out, so I can check mileage.
I stopped in at FHK, and learned that the turn signal can be cancelled by just pushing in on the lever... good. And I did order a small bag to attach to the rack.
I guess the bottom line is, I really liked the '86, it'll just take some time for the fondness to fade. (And some farkle for the new one)
Last edited by Eric O; 06-19-2008 at 01:11 PM.
Reason: forgot the likes