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Possible CVO purchase
« on: February 09, 2020, 03:13:08 PM »

I am seriously considering purchasing a 2011 CVO Softail Convertible, and I really am undecided.

As a background,  this would be my first Harley.  All my riding to date has been on either Japanese or Italian bikes.  My current ride is a 2003 Aprilia Tuono,  and I hate to move on from it,  but my knees ache too much if I am on it for much more than a couple of hours.  The positive attributes of the bike are that it is just RAW.  There is no other word for it.  125 hp, insane handling, and crazy brakes on a 425 lb machine all add up to insane fun,  but even with standard bars,  my 58 year old body just takes a beating on an extended ride.  I have a buddy who has always ridden Harleys,  and has a pretty serious Street Glide,  and he said the bike scared him when he rode it.  It has a pretty good bit of carbon fiber, and OZ racing wheels which just makes it that much lighter and responsive.

So.... I have been seriously considering a Harley,  and I am leaning towards a Softail of some sort, rather than a larger bike, and have found a nice looking 2011 CVO.  It is, admittedly, totally foreign to me, and just sitting on it feels "wrong", however, I am sure that is exactly what my knees need, so I figure I can adjust.  Still, I wonder if I will be satisfied with the performance.  I was reading somewhere, and someone bragged about their 50-80 mph 5th gear roll on,  and the closest I could equate that to was my 30-90 mph 3rd gear roll on (yes, it will pull hard from 3000 to 9000 RPM, but hardest past 6000 RPM). 

I know I am going to be giving up performance in every category, whether acceleration, handling, or braking,  but other than that I have no idea what to expect.  I love the looks, and the lengths I can go with customizing the bike to suit me,  but I am still finding it hard to pull the trigger. 

Anybody have any words of advice that might nudge me one way or the other?


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Re: Possible CVO purchase
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2020, 05:28:50 AM »

One word ... Rentals ... Try BEFORE you buy.



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Re: Possible CVO purchase
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2020, 03:45:44 AM »

I am 61 soon old mate. I have been on Harleys since 1995 and I LOVE the low end torque.
My current ride is a 2008 CVO 110 Springer and it is a gruntmaster "out the hole" !
Same same motor and frame as the bike you are considering
Now I used to race 750cc production class in the early 90's , so I have had my full range high revving Jappers.

Your knees will love ya for it. Oh , and your fuel consumption will be way better for sure.
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