Later over coffee, Donna and I asked each other if we would buy a water cooled Harley. Both said no. More discussion on new bikes and inevitably we came around to replacing Big Red ('09 Tri-Glide). It had 35,000 miles, was out of warranty, was going to need rear tires /brakes soon and already had gone through a drive belt and transmission rebuild. We bought these things to ride, not wait around in overpriced stores while they get fixed. I can fix just about anything on the bikes but not so easily without a garage. Our full-time lifestyle just doesn't lend itself to that. So we look for things with little maintenance required.
A phone call later we located a 2012 Tri-Glide at our favorite dealer in Cookeville, TN, Boswell's Harley-Davidson. A few weeks later the deal was done. New bike, new warranty, new payment (just a little bigger than before) and some fun making it mine.
Here's what I really like about the new bike:
- Rides smoother.
- Rear brakes actually stop well.
- Shifts smoother with no annoying 5th gear whine.
- 2 tone paint - Ember Red SunGlo/Merlot
- Improved trunk latch
- Screamin' Eagle pipes, Donna really likes the sound!
- Road Tech GPS
- Chrome wheels
- Chrome front forks
All told, it's a better bike in that Harley improved on many of the mistakes they made in '09. Here's a photo we took when we picked up the bike...I've added a lot of bling but haven't taken time for a new pic. Soon...
Okay, enough of that, I'm going riding...
Stu and Donna