Ok, so I have always been into motorcycles. Ever since I was young and saw my first Harley-Davidson on the street, I wanted one. When I got into high school and got my license I really wanted one, but we were poor and with my job I could barely afford a crappy Ford Probe. Yes, my first car was a 1990 Ford Probe GL, it was bright red and had a manual transmission. Back in high school I loved that car but can't even stand the thought of it anymore. Anyway, I ended up getting my first motorcycle a couple years after I graduated, it was a 1991 Kawasaki ZX600D (Ninja.) I picked it up from a guy I worked with for $500 with no title and not have been running for about 2 years. I got it running but was never able to get it legal and as a result never rode it that much on the streets. A couple years later when I was making better money, had a roommate to help with bills and could afford it, the opportunity arose for me to look at some Harley's. A co-worker at the time had just purchased his 2003 Sportster 100th anniversary edition and was showing it off when I decided, screw this, its time for me to have my Harley. I went down to the local Harley-Davidson dealer to look at some bikes. At this time I didn't know crap about Harley's, I didn't even know anything more than a couple names of them. But I couldn't tell you any differences between them or tell you which was which. When I got there, a salesman automatically saw me and started showing me some of the used bikes. He asked how much I was looking at spending and tried talking me into this ugly yellow Fatboy. Dont get me wrong, it was a very nice bike. However I was not interested in a yellow bike, I wanted a black bike! We kept looking and finally something caught my eye. It was a little smaller than the Fatboy, but it was bigger than the Sportsters the salesman was pointing out. (BTW, if you are even halfway larger than an average female, I would not recommend a Sportster. You might be content for a while but will shortly want something bigger. Having made your initial purchase the wrong decision. Its one thing with bike that cost a little less, but not a Harley. If you are wanting a bike to learn on, I would recommend buy a less expensive bike to start with, then upgrade.) It was a Dyna Super Glide, Not the fanciest bike but it had a good design and I saw potential!
The first thing I did was buy a new seat and passenger pegs, so that I could give people rides. From there I decided to change the handle bars, the stock bars were comfortable to ride with but I didn't exactly like the look. I changed them out for some drag bars. This changed the look of the bike for the better. Next was the rear shocks, I threw on some lowered progressive shocks that gave the bike a better center of gravity and more aggressive feel.
Next was the exhaust system. The stock Harley exhaust system is built for a near whisper quiet sound and that had to go! I wanted my bike to rumble like a Harley should. I decided on a down sweeping short pipe by Vance&Hines called the Sideshots. Thats what I left it at for a while, adding small things here and there like some tear drop mirrors by Arlen Ness.
In 2008 I had an accident and the bike was nearly totaled. At that time I worked for the dealership I had purchased the bike from, and they hooked me up with my employee discount on the repairs. I ended up getting all new 2009 parts for the bike, including the Street Bob short rear fender and sparto tail light. The speedometer was also updated to include the 6th gear indicator and clock. I also put some of my own money into it and bought an underdrive pulley for the belt drive. The tech hooked me up with a Softail outer primary black cover and black forward controls. He got the same style handle bar setup, only he replaced all the chrome with black per my request. The exhaust was also replaced with black heat shield setup and baffles removed for an even aggressive sound. In the end, I was very satisfied with the end result!
I have had my Harley now for a little over 5 years and have enjoyed every minute of it!
(All images on "My Harley" post are property of the author except for the stock image of 2006 Harley FXDI)