Jon Henke
Bruce "McQ" McQuain
Dale Franks
Bryan Pick
Billy Hollis
Lance Paddock


Recent Posts
The Ayers Resurrection Tour
Special Friends Get Special Breaks
One Hour
The Hope and Change Express - stalled in the slow lane
Michael Steele New RNC Chairman
Things that make you go "hmmmm"...
Oh yeah, that "rule of law" thing ...
Putting Dollar Signs in Front Of The AGW Hoax
Moving toward a 60 vote majority?
Do As I Say ....
QandO Newsroom

Newsroom Home Page

US News

US National News

International News

Top World New
Iraq News
Mideast Conflict


Blogpulse Daily Highlights
Daypop Top 40 Links


Regional News


News Publications

Second Thoughts
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, June 18, 2007

Last week, I wrote up the drive test I took on the new Can Am Spyder. I really liked it.

The trouble is, it costs $15,000, which is pretty pricey. And, apparently, the first year's production run has already been more or less sold out. That kinda makes it hard to get one, even if I had the 15k.

But, I've still been thinking. A lot. And what I've been thinking is that, for half the price, and with no wait at all, I could get one of these.

2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R
2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

And it gets about 50mpg, compared to 35mpg for the Spyder. Naturally, the increased fuel efficiency for my commute is my only interest in it.

The drawback, of course, is that to get one, I'd have to get a motorcycle license, which is a pain. I've got to get my temp permit, which requires that I take the two written tests. Then, I've got to take the MSF safety course, since it's been so long since I've ridden, and that costs $238. That's a hassle.

I just don't want to have to jump through all those hoops.

Which is not to say I won't jump through them, since I got my California motorcycle 1-year temp permit today, and I registered to start the MSF course on the 29th.

But I'm not happy about it at all. In fact, I almost didn't even fill out the credit application at San Diego Harley this morning.

No, really. I was that upset.
Return to Main Blog Page

Previous Comments to this Post 

In my experiance HD has really crappy customer service though, and their quality is tending to crap...

Old man had a 2003 softtail that was NOTHING but trouble...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
Oh Dale, you face such unique hardships ;)
Written By: shark
URL: http://
I had two Japanese bikes when I stumbled on a deal on a 1987 883 Sportster.

It wasn’t very long before I sold one of those bikes for nearly nothing and gave the other one away. That ’87 was wonderful. The Evo engine redeemed all the nonsense of the AMF years; it never gave me a moment’s trouble and never dropped a single spot of oil. I rode it all over the metro Atlanta area all the time (no car) and as far away as Nashville and St. Augustine, Florida.

It’s twenty years later than my bike, now, and I don’t know about the the new ones. However, I think that if I could go back and live those years over again exactly as they happened — to include how it ended, with that drunk wiping me out on I-20 — I’d do it. Just because of the Sportster, which really is a splendid design.
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—
If I recall, Dale, you’re in CA. So, when you do the driving test look up on the Internet for people who will meet you at the testing facility and let you use their small bike (Honda 125, or whatever) for a fee. I don’t recall what I paid; I only wished I’d listened to people who told me there was no way I was going to get my 2000 Indian Chief (with the 1300 cc S&S) through that course.

Dammed if I almost didn’t do it, and it’s a completely tiresome and silly thing in the first place, but save the hassle and bring a small bike — though I’d say that of all the V-twins, the Sportster (along with Buell) would be amongst the tightest turn radius (which was the issue with CA’s test).
Written By: Richard Nikoley

Add Your Comment
  NOTICE: While we don't wish to censor your thoughts, we do blacklist certain terms of profanity or obscenity. This is not to muzzle you, but to ensure that the blog remains work-safe for our readers. If you wish to use profanity, simply insert asterisks (*) where the vowels usually go. Your meaning will still be clear, but our readers will be able to view the blog without worrying that content monitoring will get them in trouble when reading it.
Comments for this entry are closed.
HTML Tools:
Bold Italic Blockquote Hyperlink
Vicious Capitalism


Buy Dale's Book!
Slackernomics by Dale Franks