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  • Ultramick
    Ultramick
    22 days ago
    G'day all, Not sure if I have already introduced myself a few months ago, but here we go again just in case.
    Been riding bikes for a while now, an old 305 cc Honda Dream when I was about 10 or 12, then a little 125 Honda when I started work, a 350 Honda and then did the old wife, kids, house, divorce thing. Met the greatest girl in the world who loves bikes and we married 22 years ago. We had a '98 Moto Guzzi California for 5 years and put 100,000 kms on it, then a '04 Ultra Classic, an '07 Ultra Classic, a 2012 'Ultra Classic all of which we had for about 5 years and 100,000kms. Last October I picked up a 2020 Ultra Limited and it now has 21,000 kms on it. Not sure if we will get another big bike again as I am now 68 and my muscles don't seem to have the strength they once had especially at low speeds with my wife on the back and I don't want to hurt her (or me).
    Mick.
  • bloodog
    bloodog
    22 days ago
    not sure I said welcome before so welcome 
  • steelo
    steelo
    22 days ago
    Welcome um. Thanks for the introduction. Glad to hear you are getting the k’s up on your bikes. Well done. You’ve certainly seen some refinements in the tourer range. 
  • Humbug
    Humbug
    22 days ago
    Welcome, lots of Ks means lots of stories. Hope you enjoy your time here.
  • Krash Kinkade
    Krash Kinkade
    22 days ago
    Quoting Ultramick on 25 May 2021 07:39 AM

    G'day all, Not sure if I have already introduced myself a few months ago, but here we go again just in case.

    Been riding bikes for a while now, an old 305 cc Honda Dream when I was about 10 or 12, then a little 125 Honda when I started work, a 350 Honda and then did the old wife, kids, house, divorce thing. Met the greatest girl in the world who loves bikes and we married 22 years ago. We had a '98 Moto Guzzi California for 5 years and put 100,000 kms on it, then a '04 Ultra Classic, an '07 Ultra Classic, a 2012 'Ultra Classic all of which we had for about 5 years and 100,000kms. Last October I picked up a 2020 Ultra Limited and it now has 21,000 kms on it. Not sure if we will get another big bike again as I am now 68 and my muscles don't seem to have the strength they once had especially at low speeds with my wife on the back and I don't want to hurt her (or me).
    Mick.

    G'day Ultramick you & wife get around!
    can understand what your saying, a mate of mine got the Harley Trike about a year back to keep his wife in comfort, it has the 114 m8 motor, they like it.
    also Welcome
  • Ultramick
    Ultramick
    21 days ago
    Quoting bloodog on 25 May 2021 09:36 AM

    not sure I said welcome before so welcome 

    Not sure if I even posted a message before, so thanks bloodog !
  • Ultramick
    Ultramick
    21 days ago
    Quoting steelo on 25 May 2021 09:37 AM

    Welcome um. Thanks for the introduction. Glad to hear you are getting the k’s up on your bikes. Well done. You’ve certainly seen some refinements in the tourer range. 

    Thanks steelo, some buy bikes to look at and polish, I buy them to ride. Mind you, I do wash it, but only when it needs it. I'd rather know that it's all clean and looked after inside first.
    There certainly have been some changes over the years, some good and some not. While I love the motor and suspension on the 2020 Limited, I don't go much on the hydraulic clutch ....... it's just a pain to find that sweet spot when doing U-Turns etc. Good to see they went back to the cable for the 2021s. 
    As far as calling them "Limited", well that's exactly what they are ..... very limited !   No pin striping, no front or rear mudguard trims, no extra rails around the panniers no CB radio (no-one uses them now anyway, but years ago it was very handy) no passenger grab rails.
    I guess I knew all that before I bought it and I still bought it so I'll shut up and enjoy it.

    Mick.
  • Ultramick
    Ultramick
    21 days ago
    Quoting Humbug on 25 May 2021 10:26 AM

    Welcome, lots of Ks means lots of stories. Hope you enjoy your time here.

    Thanks Humbug, Just back from a 260 km mid week ride with the boys and hopefully (Covid permitting ) I will ride down to Winton Vic on Saturday, watch the V8s on Sunday and back home Monday. It's about 570 kms from here (Orange) which makes a nice day ride. I often ride by myself because that way I only stop when I have to, and that means just one fuel stop on Saturday.

    Mick.
  • Ultramick
    Ultramick
    21 days ago
    Quoting Ultramick on 25 May 2021 07:39 AM

    G'day all, Not sure if I have already introduced myself a few months ago, but here we go again just in case.

    Been riding bikes for a while now, an old 305 cc Honda Dream when I was about 10 or 12, then a little 125 Honda when I started work, a 350 Honda and then did the old wife, kids, house, divorce thing. Met the greatest girl in the world who loves bikes and we married 22 years ago. We had a '98 Moto Guzzi California for 5 years and put 100,000 kms on it, then a '04 Ultra Classic, an '07 Ultra Classic, a 2012 'Ultra Classic all of which we had for about 5 years and 100,000kms. Last October I picked up a 2020 Ultra Limited and it now has 21,000 kms on it. Not sure if we will get another big bike again as I am now 68 and my muscles don't seem to have the strength they once had especially at low speeds with my wife on the back and I don't want to hurt her (or me).
    Mick.

    Quoting Krash Kinkade on 25 May 2021 11:01 AM

    G'day Ultramick you & wife get around!

    can understand what your saying, a mate of mine got the Harley Trike about a year back to keep his wife in comfort, it has the 114 m8 motor, they like it.
    also Welcome

    Thanks Krash, I test rode one of those trikes a couple of years ago and nearly took out 6 people who were at the shop watching. I started off with a sharp right hand turn to exit the parking area and went to straighten up (I was leaning to the left big time and it would not straighten up !) Eventually I realized I needed to turn the bars !! We did about a 5 km test ride an I couldn't give it back to them quick enough. I ran wide on every corner before I turned the bars. Maybe one day, but not yet.
    My wife loves the long trips we do, but she'd not interested in local rides. We rode over to Mandurah WA in March and  3 or 4 days after we got home she was ready to shoot through again. Trouble is, no-one wants to pay us to trip around this great country.
  • TJU
    TJU
    21 days ago
    Gidday Ultramick .. know what you mean about the stiffness of the Hydraulic clutch .. starting to get a bit of the arthritis in the Hands .. have a 2017 Road Glide Special .. haven't done it just yet but Rollies up here in Qld has these Hydraulic clutch items that are supposed to reduce clutch effort by 30% .. Memory not great but i think the are made by either " Rekluse " , probably wrong spelling sorry .. or Alloy Art .

    If you give Rollies a call they will know what they are .. or maybe some members here can chime in if they know what they are and if they are worth trying .

    Cheers .     
  • Ultramick
    Ultramick
    21 days ago
    Quoting TJU on 26 May 2021 05:43 AM

    Gidday Ultramick .. know what you mean about the stiffness of the Hydraulic clutch .. starting to get a bit of the arthritis in the Hands .. have a 2017 Road Glide Special .. haven't done it just yet but Rollies up here in Qld has these Hydraulic clutch items that are supposed to reduce clutch effort by 30% .. Memory not great but i think the are made by either " Rekluse " , probably wrong spelling sorry .. or Alloy Art .


    If you give Rollies a call they will know what they are .. or maybe some members here can chime in if they know what they are and if they are worth trying .

    Cheers .     

    I have fairly big hands and no arthritus, so it's not the stiffness that bugs me, although I found the cable was easier to pull in. It is that the "sweet spot" (where it engages) starts when the lever is about 1 inch out and finishes when it is about 1 1/4 inches out if you know what I mean. All the 2020s are the same according to other owners.
  • STEAMER
    STEAMER
    20 days ago
    I believe there is a kit to much clutch easier to engage. Someone else might know more about it.
  • beaglebasher
    beaglebasher
    20 days ago
    Quoting Ultramick on 25 May 2021 07:39 AM

    G'day all, Not sure if I have already introduced myself a few months ago, but here we go again just in case.

    Been riding bikes for a while now, an old 305 cc Honda Dream when I was about 10 or 12, then a little 125 Honda when I started work, a 350 Honda and then did the old wife, kids, house, divorce thing. Met the greatest girl in the world who loves bikes and we married 22 years ago. We had a '98 Moto Guzzi California for 5 years and put 100,000 kms on it, then a '04 Ultra Classic, an '07 Ultra Classic, a 2012 'Ultra Classic all of which we had for about 5 years and 100,000kms. Last October I picked up a 2020 Ultra Limited and it now has 21,000 kms on it. Not sure if we will get another big bike again as I am now 68 and my muscles don't seem to have the strength they once had especially at low speeds with my wife on the back and I don't want to hurt her (or me).
    Mick.

    Quoting Krash Kinkade on 25 May 2021 11:01 AM

    G'day Ultramick you & wife get around!

    can understand what your saying, a mate of mine got the Harley Trike about a year back to keep his wife in comfort, it has the 114 m8 motor, they like it.
    also Welcome

    Quoting Ultramick on 26 May 2021 05:21 AM

    Thanks Krash, I test rode one of those trikes a couple of years ago and nearly took out 6 people who were at the shop watching. I started off with a sharp right hand turn to exit the parking area and went to straighten up (I was leaning to the left big time and it would not straighten up !) Eventually I realized I needed to turn the bars !! We did about a 5 km test ride an I couldn't give it back to them quick enough. I ran wide on every corner before I turned the bars. Maybe one day, but not yet.

    My wife loves the long trips we do, but she'd not interested in local rides. We rode over to Mandurah WA in March and  3 or 4 days after we got home she was ready to shoot through again. Trouble is, no-one wants to pay us to trip around this great country.

    Your experience on the trike brought back some memories.  A bloke I was working with was going to a rally and he had a side car on his bike.so I jumped in. 
    We got  half way there and he asked me if I wanted to drive and I said yeah.
    It was  quiet country road stuff so I took it easy and for 50 odd kilometres I was thinking this is easy !
    Until  I had to make a left hand turn.
    I forgot I was driving a side car and tried to lean the bike  around the corner but it pretty much went straight ahead. 
    I ended up on the grass verge on the other side of the junction.  I managed to stop the  bike before I went through the barbed wire fence but.