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  • Ratbob
    Ratbob
    1 month
    Quoting inkaporka on 19 Oct 2020 07:29 PM

    Update - the bike is booked in for an engine upgrade Friday, very much looking fwd to seeing what a difference that makes - was talked out of the tyre shredder option btw and am going for 107, cams & some headwork, significantly less expensive and should have advantages for engine longevity.
    Next step will be paint & LED indicators, may look at a brake upgrade depending on how the additional torque & hp goes.

    Will post updates as they happen, thanks again for the input.

    Cheers!

    Did you test ride the Breakout and if so what did you think of it?
  • inkaporka
    inkaporka
    1 month
    I didn't do a dealer test ride but a mate dropped by a few weeks back, and let me take his CVO Breakout for a blatt. Smooth & torquey engine, but somewhat lifeless I thought, compared to the FatBob, also really disliked the riding position, felt my nuts were wedged up against the base of the fuel tank and, my legs weren't able to stretch out enough. Nice suspension & brakes though.

    All in all that helped me make a decision I think I had really already made, balancing all the other factors such as relative economics etc, so very much looking fwd to seeing how the engine upgrade goes and continuing to show the ol FatBob some love rather than fork out $20k for a new bike, which I would probably want to customize anyway. Cheers.
  • Ratbob
    Ratbob
    1 month
    Quoting inkaporka on 20 Oct 2020 03:31 AM

    I didn't do a dealer test ride but a mate dropped by a few weeks back, and let me take his CVO Breakout for a blatt. Smooth & torquey engine, but somewhat lifeless I thought, compared to the FatBob, also really disliked the riding position, felt my nuts were wedged up against the base of the fuel tank and, my legs weren't able to stretch out enough. Nice suspension & brakes though.

    All in all that helped me make a decision I think I had really already made, balancing all the other factors such as relative economics etc, so very much looking fwd to seeing how the engine upgrade goes and continuing to show the ol FatBob some love rather than fork out $20k for a new bike, which I would probably want to customize anyway. Cheers.

    Thanks for the update, yeah I agree about the balanced 110 engine. I have the ole CVO 110 Fatbob and yeah the unbalanced 110 is way more responsive.  I think that’s also why I don’t like the M8s, that balance shaft robs a level of immediacy.
    Good decision. Enjoy the upgrade.
  • inkaporka
    inkaporka
    1 month
    Looking back, I probably should have bought a CVO FatBob instead of the bike I bought but if fact I had no idea they existed. I am glad I did a bit of research this time re engine upgrades, at least I will be glad as long as the results turn out as they been explained to me - the Stage 4 tyre shredder was set to cost upward of 7k, and anecdotally with significant negative impact on engine longevity - I am at the stage where I won't be contemplating another bike so I want this one to last.
    With the inevitable transition (assumably) to electric bikes & cars, vehicles will become soulless, with inanimate & clinically efficient innards - no lively vibration, no potent throb of the V-Twin or big V8, no muted but angry exhaust note to give an inkling of the adrenaline rush available on twist or mash of the throttle. We are in a threshold moment in time, and need to relish & appreciate every ride.

  • rick k
    rick k
    1 month
    I like your overview , but the transition definitely won’t happen overnight , we’ll still be filling up at the bowser for many more years . Yes I’m appreciating every ride I’ve got left  , just bought a 2006 fxsti and have no qualms about how much I need to spend on it to ride it for how ever long as I can 
  • Ratbob
    Ratbob
    1 month
    Quoting inkaporka on 21 Oct 2020 03:44 AM

    Looking back, I probably should have bought a CVO FatBob instead of the bike I bought but if fact I had no idea they existed. I am glad I did a bit of research this time re engine upgrades, at least I will be glad as long as the results turn out as they been explained to me - the Stage 4 tyre shredder was set to cost upward of 7k, and anecdotally with significant negative impact on engine longevity - I am at the stage where I won't be contemplating another bike so I want this one to last.
    With the inevitable transition (assumably) to electric bikes & cars, vehicles will become soulless, with inanimate & clinically efficient innards - no lively vibration, no potent throb of the V-Twin or big V8, no muted but angry exhaust note to give an inkling of the adrenaline rush available on twist or mash of the throttle. We are in a threshold moment in time, and need to relish & appreciate every ride.

    Mate I stumbled across my FB 110 in Qld, I’m in SA, flight over and a ride convinced me but yeah they aren’t too common and I think all 2009.
    I like your perspective on our riding future and don’t disagree. 
    Reckon I’ll stick with my old 110 TC to the grave. Cheers
  • Sidney
    Sidney
    1 month
    "With the inevitable transition (assumably) to electric bikes & cars, vehicles will become soulless, with inanimate & clinically efficient innards - no lively vibration, no potent throb of the V-Twin or big V8, no muted but angry exhaust note to give an inkling of the adrenaline rush available on twist or mash of the throttle. We are in a threshold moment in time, and need to relish & appreciate every ride." .. inkaporka



    AMEN.
  • Krash Kinkade
    Krash Kinkade
    1 month
    Quoting Sidney on 22 Oct 2020 04:15 AMedited: 22 Oct 2020 04:15 AM

    "With the inevitable transition (assumably) to electric bikes & cars, vehicles will become soulless, with inanimate & clinically efficient innards - no lively vibration, no potent throb of the V-Twin or big V8, no muted but angry exhaust note to give an inkling of the adrenaline rush available on twist or mash of the throttle. We are in a threshold moment in time, and need to relish & appreciate every ride." .. inkaporka



    AMEN.

    So true , I'll stick to what I have as built it for myself. I'll be with it till my time is up! if can no longer get petrol, I'll set it up for a Nitro mix!!
    but we don't know what's down the track.

  • mattt
    mattt
    1 month
    When I was getting ready for our 2018 16,000km Lap Around The Block (you can read about it here: https://hdforums.com.au/Thread/673172/1/) I took a then-brand new 2018 Street Glide for a day's test ride while my 90,000km 2011 SG was being serviced.  Couldn't see the $20,000+ changeover price difference in the differences between the two bikes. To my wife's absolute surprise I decided to keep my bike and spent about $4k upgrading the suspension ( discussed here: https://hdforums.com.au/Thread/672242/1)  and fitting some bits and pieces to tailor it more for my size etc. Bottom line is that I have the bike that I REALLY love riding ( I'd previously had a 1999 Sporty and a 2001 Fatboy).   I'm 64 and it'll be the one that I keep until I can't ride anymore, and then I'll pass It to my son.  It now has 121,000 kms of great stories 'built into it', the odd stone chip, scratch and scuff that each bring back memories.  By all means test ride lots of bikes to see if there's anything else that grabs you.  But if you can't see anything that warrants the changeover price,  invest in the bike you have and treat yourself by making it the bike that you always wanted.  Much less expensive and much more rewarding. 
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