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Old 10-18-2015, 07:47 PM   #1
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A Diesel pusher is like a Harley

Years ago I was having some paint and body work done on my 57 chevy wagon by a guy that had just competed a custom paint job on his fairly straight forward Harley bagger. Having had a couple of foriegn model street bikes in the past, I interjected that I felt Harleys were over rated even though I'd never rode one. So he insisted that I ride it. Needless to say I came back with a big grin saying " Ok I get the Harley thing now". Fast forward. I have a 2015 Windsport 34J gasser that will easily sleep 8 and love it (with a family of 6 I still wouldn't trade it for anything). When I bought the Windsport I couldnt afford a similar model Diesel pusher and thought "they were overrated". So this weekend my Dad let me drive his big Diesel pusher Tiffin Phaeton home from the coast. Needless to say I came back with a big grin saying Ok I get the diesel pusher thing now.
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I have an old DP (been in the family since new) and an even older HD (its been in the family for decades too)

IMO if you buy quality the first time around you don't have to replace it for a LONG WHILE!

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I thought you were going to say you saw a bunch of them parking at a bar all day and calling it a day of riding. ��
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:28 PM   #5
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I have an old DP (been in the family since new) and an even older HD (its been in the family for decades too)

IMO if you buy quality the first time around you don't have to replace it for a LONG WHILE!

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Well, Harley quality can be directly related to what era your talking about. The Late 70's & 80's quality was just a second thought when AMF ran the show. But when the family got the company back things really turned around. My 1st Harley scoot was bought in 1964(a '60 Panhead), and I will say it was a challenge to keep it running properly, not to mention like the old saying of Harleys marking their territory, it certainly did. But I was MUCH younger then and didn't care.
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First thing that came to mind- loud and slow?
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Isn't it harder to remove the mufflers from the diesel pusher?
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First thing that came to mind- loud and slow?
And poor handling..especially in the curves...

..and a boon to chiropractors..the no rear shock thing must be great ..
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A long time ago, the girl I was engaged to said to me "If we're getting married, you'll need to buy a motorcycle."

"Ok" I replied, "Why do I need a motorcycle?"

"To go touring of course" she told me.

A few weeks later, she asked "how would you like to go for a motorcycle ride next Saturday?"

"I'de love to, if I had a motorcycle."

She said "I'll take care of that, pick me up at 7:00 a.m."

What could I do? I picked her up, and we drove over to her friend's house. He wheeled two full dress Harleys out of his garage, pointed, and told me "you're riding that one."

We put in about 400 miles driving around back roads in the countryside. When I got up the next morning, there wasn't a muscle in my body that didn't hurt. Never the less, I was hooked. I bought a Moto Guzzi and we went touring.

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Isn't it harder to remove the mufflers from the diesel pusher?
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And poor handling..especially in the curves...

..and a boon to chiropractors..the no rear shock thing must be great ..
All Harleys come with rear shocks, some you might not be able to see such as on the Softail models but they are there.

My wife has probably put more miles on motorcycles than half the people on here have put on their DP and has never seen a chiropractor, she has logged over 150,000 miles on two wheels with 100,000 of that on Harleys.

Poor handling? might be compared to a sport bike, but so is a DP compared to a Class B, it's a totally different animal.
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All Harleys come with rear shocks, some you might not be able to see such as on the Softail models but they are there.

My wife has probably put more miles on motorcycles than half the people on here have put on their DP and has never seen a chiropractor, she has logged over 150,000 miles on two wheels with 100,000 of that on Harleys.

Poor handling? might be compared to a sport bike, but so is a DP compared to a Class B, it's a totally different animal.
Everyone likes to bash the Harley's and even on a motorhome forum. Same old thing, oil leaks, no shocks, bad handling, loud, etc. That perhaps may have had some truth 30 or more years ago but today's bikes are pretty solid machines. I have had 4 different Harley's over the last 36 years so I speak with confidence. Today I ride a 2012 Goldwing and I love it but I still like the touring Harley's too.
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I love seeing the old bikes out there, but I really have a problem with the removal of the innards of the mufflers and the extra noise. Sure they say it's for safety as are the flashing headlighs that bug the heck out of you when you have one behind you. We live on a main route to the local Harley dealer and, especially on event weekends, have to listen to the roar of motors the whole weekend. I asked a deputy about the noise level and he said it would be like trying to take their guns away from them.
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