Pleasurable riding at its best
I traded in a super nice Suzuki VS 1400 Intruder for this bike, a 1991 FLSTC, Heritage Softail Classic. I bought it at a Harley Davidson dealer and it looks brand new. My bike came with an S&S Super E carb, Vance and Hines fat drag pipes, an aftermarket cam, a Corbin seat, aftermarket milled wheels, and the color is blackberry.
This bike is not as quick, nor does it put the power on the pavement like the VS1400 Suzuki. Also, it doesn't handle as effortlessly as the Intruder. That's all the negative I have to say. It does vibrate some, but nothing that bad. I've had Harleys before, and they all vibrated.
The FLSTC likes to go straight. Out on the highway it cruises real nice. On mountain roads, you have to be intentional about what you're doing and drive the bike. I wouldn't really recommend it for a new rider. It does feel stable in sweeping curves, but it's not designed to run down sport bikes.
This bike is designed for cruising. It is cool at the highest degree. The big twin engine delivers power in throbs, and at idle it sounds like a legend. Parts are plentiful. Oil changes and general servicing cost more than the metric bikes I have owned. But, I do all the servicing myself, so I should be able to minimize the cost.
One thing I have noticed is that old men stop to wave, and women admire the old Harley. That never happened with the Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki's I have owned. Take this bike out for a cruise, and you'll not be in a hurry to come home.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st January, 2012