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Old 04-19-2019, 02:44 PM
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Cool Better Safe Than Sorry

Since starting to ride again, I have been focused on not owning more bike than I can handle as well as instruction and practice. I think it may be time for me to switch from my Sportster to a Softail. But before I make the move, I want to take the HD Experienced Rider Course to get more instruction and a knowledgeable second opinion as to whether or not I am ready for a heavier bike. So, I will take the HD "Experienced Rider Course". I was told that tip overs are more uncommon in this course and taped my engine guard with heavy duty duct tape to protect the chrome--just in case. Not an elegant solution, but an inexpensive protection of my engine guard, just in case. Yes, it is really ugly, but the tape can be easily removed after the course.

Old 04-19-2019, 03:00 PM
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Get two sections of heater hose and zip-tie them to the bars. You'll thank me later!
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Get two sections of heater hose and zip-tie them to the bars. You'll thank me later!
Old 04-19-2019, 03:19 PM
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That's an excellent idea.

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I'd hate to be the one to have to clean that duct tape off.
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:27 AM
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I have the ride like a pro guards on all the time because I tend to practice on a whim when the mood hits me. So knowing that my guards are already on is reassurance enough that if I make a mistake I should be safe. Not sure that I would have done the duct tape thing even when the heat starts to take place. I like the idea of the plumbing insulation if you are going to be on course and then when done simple to just cut tie wraps. Simple velcro straps would work with the tubing as well. Good luck and happy riding.
Old 04-20-2019, 09:30 AM
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That tape is no match for a 600lb cycle !!! Use the hose and zip ties !!!
Old 04-20-2019, 09:43 AM
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OP~ Good on you for recognizing the value of add'l training. Too many riders think they have all the skills needed after passing the BRC. It isn't true. It's ALWAYS a good idea to practice swerves and quick stops. Practice keeps proficiency.
Now, moving from a Sportie to a Softie isn't that big of leap. Think of it as "having a passenger on your Sportie, all the time." Without the inevitable screaming, lol. j/k.
Usually, we like to see 5000 miles of street experience before we recommend the "ARC." So, if you meet that, then DO IT! (The ARC is a hella fun, compared to the BRC.)
Take the course, and tell us what you thought of it.
It may incite others to want to improve their riding as well, once they find out there's nothing to fear but feat itself. (Thanks Teddy.)

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Old 04-20-2019, 09:44 AM
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LMAO. That tape is gonna be a bitch. Won't protect either.

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