I have Harley fever and yes I admit it! I’m signed up to take the Rider Safety Course on September 9 – 11. With an anticipated license in hand and the desire to ride, I can hardly wait to get my hands on some Milwaukee Iron! I visited my local dealer today to check out the two models that I have zeroed in on.
First one is the Nightster from the Sportster line. This is an aggressive and nimble looking beast. In a Black Denim finish with 1200cc engine, this bike has plenty of power. The other key attribute that I need … it is low to the ground. Just 25.7 inches high it would provide confidence for a newbie rider. This bike weighs 562 pounds.
Bike # 2 on my radar is the Fat Boy Lo from the Softail line. A very different bike from the Nightster, the Fat Boy is the essence of a Harley cruiser that epitomizes the aggressive low cruiser appearance with a bad ass motor … a counter-balanced Twin Cam 103B V-Twin engine. Harley says that to give the Fat Boy Lo model its distinctive road-hugging stance, they’ve dropped the front and rear suspension 1.15 inches. That makes it the lowest seat height of any stock Harley-Davidson model at a down and dirty 24.25 inches. Perfect for smaller riders or those who just like to feel down in the bike. That makes is a great choice for me. On the minus side it weighs a whopping 731 pounds.
So, should I go with the aggressive, nimble Nightster?
Or spring for the ultimate Boulevard Cruiser … The Fat Boy Lo?