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First time Harley owner (new pony in the stable)

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I've always loved the look of the Harley Springer (spring vs. forks front suspension) and when Harley came out with the Crossbones springer, it was the perfect retro look to me.
Harley only made the Crossbones from 2008-2011, so they are pretty rare, and even more rare to find one with low miles. I found this one for $16K with only 12K miles and in amazing shape.

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Back some 14 years ago when these first came out I couldn't afford one, and about five years ago when I could afford one and looked around, anything selling had too many miles on it. I actually had given up on even searching for this and bought a Yamaha Raider 1900, only to turnaround and sell it on a trade-in for the Crossbones once I stumbled on this one. I anguished over whether I should sell the Raider for this, but I decided if I' was ever going to own a Harley Crossbones, it was now or never.

The dealership I bought this from was a good 2, 1/2 hour ride from where I live, so I had a nice ride home through mostly crowded stop-n-go Los Angeles freeway traffic. The bike split lanes perfectly, and once traffic opened up I was able to appreciate the fun factor of the bike. It has tons of torque and the front springer absorbed the road bumps so well you'd never know it wasn't regular forks.

This bike normally has a spring rear seat, and since I love that retro look, I set about buying one. They sell for about $500 new from Harley, but I got a fantastic deal on a new condition used one for $150.00! I'm waiting on the seat pan and mounting hardware I ordered to arrive so I can put the seat on and will take new photos once I do that.

I'm heavy into modifying my bikes to make them uniquely mine, and I've already replaced the flashy floorboards this came with with the retro black ones you see. I'm going to ceramic coat the pipe heat shields (they cover most of the pipes) black, and have all kinds of plans to make the bike very 'reto' looking.

In case anyone is wondering, I still have my VTX 1300, and still love it more than any bike I ever owned.
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Very nice HOP. Based on the other bikes you have had, I can see why you wanted this one. Enjoy.
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