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    Harlow to all my PK buddies... kiamh here signing in from Appleton,WI,USA...
    Creating this thread to share my awesome experience of a solo Harley adventure in the US on 15~16 August 2006.

    Most of the regulars here know me as the HD-crazed Phantom rider Anyway, when my company sent me to the US for a training/working trip, I grabbed the chance to explore the HD dealership in Appleton. I had to walk 3 miles in the afternoon sun to get from my hotel to the HD dealer, but it was a walk full of expectation & hope... (hardcore hor...)

    As expected, I overshot my budget buying HD merchandise As I was leaving, I spotted the <RENTAL> counter with a cute HD salesgirl. Curious, I went to enquire the rental rates... OMG, weekday rates for a Sportster was only US&#036;50&#33; (US&#036;75 for a Big Twin). Optional full coverage insurance cost another US&#036;40. DAMN&#33; I couldn&#39;t let this chance get away, so I signed the documents & waited for them to get ready my rental ride, a 2006 Glacier White XL1200C (Sportster Custom)

    Anyway, after a quick review by the cute salesgirl, I straddled the Harley & fired it up for the first time. WOOOOO HOOOOO&#33; A feeling beyond description, a dream fulfilled (partially) I twisted the throttle & off I went on a trial ride in the carpark. After getting a thumbs up from the salesgirl (& getting used to ride on the right side of the road), I went off into the wide open spaces of the USA

    24 hours was all I had to enjoy my first HD ride, alone & in a foreign country no less. My only possessions were my backpack, a half cap helmet & a sudden rush of adventure spirit. I didnt have a map & I didnt know where to go, but I didnt care I WAS RIDING A HARLEY

    I spent the next 4 hours or so riding aimlessly around Appleton, Menasha, Greenville, Black Creek etc. stopping only to take photosThroughout the day, the feeling of the wind in my face, the feel & sound of the legendary VTwin rumble was just an UNBELIEVABLE RUSH&#33;&#33; Finally, I returned to my hotel at around 9pm, forced to stop by the dark skies

    The next day, I rode the HD to my training class. My colleagues were almost as excited as me, straddling the bike to take photos. One of them even commented that I was crazy.. Ha ha ha, they just didnt understand

    My class ended at 230pm that day, giving me a final 3 hours before I had to return the bike. Again, I rode around the county roads, just enjoying the ride & the sights & sounds of the US neighbourhood. Along the roads, I passed many other HD riders, even getting to see some rare bikes that might never hit Singapore shores: namely the Valkyrie Rune & the Suzuki M109R

    My adventure ended on 16 August 2006 5:30pm when the 24 hr rental expired. But the wonderful memories of my solo tour of the sights & sounds of USA on a HD will never be forgotten

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    My Photo Album --- > here

    Not many photos, as I was too excited with the ride
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    kiamh.. congrats on ur partial dream come true yeah...

    SO when u intending to fulfill it totally?
    haha.. i m like salesman sia..

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    Nice one Kiamh finally get to ride it . shiok right i would see if i ever get to rent one oversea too
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    Originally posted by fengdrew@Aug 18 2006, 10:54 AM
    kiamh.. congrats on ur partial dream come true yeah...

    SO when u intending to fulfill it totally?
    haha.. i m like salesman sia..
    After my wedding lor...
    At least the itch is partially appeased
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    Originally posted by Alexander2004@Aug 18 2006, 11:01 AM
    Nice one Kiamh finally get to ride it . shiok right i would see if i ever get to rent one oversea too
    Yeah.... I&#39;m still feeling the adrenaline rush now...
    Go for it Alex, if you ever go to the US, just DO IT, the experience is worth every cent you spend

    Just remember to bring your Spore license (with Class 2) & a credit card (for the fully refundable US&#036;2000 deposit)
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    Wha ha ha ha.... after 1 month you got your license and you already started to ride a Harley&#33;&#33; Congratulations&#33;&#33; Glad your itch has been appeased and not aggravated (such as some of us. No names mentioned )

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    Wow hahahaha

    A dream Half fill.

    Shiok rite, Vibration, sound & wind......

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    martha fooking biatch&#33;
    u creeped up to states TO RIDE HARLEY&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;
    u sneaky little... grrrrrrr.....

    MUMMY&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33; I WANNA GO BACK AMERICA&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;



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    Originally posted by kiamh@Aug 18 2006, 11:11 AM
    Yeah.... I&#39;m still feeling the adrenaline rush now...
    Go for it Alex, if you ever go to the US, just DO IT, the experience is worth every cent you spend

    Just remember to bring your Spore license (with Class 2) & a credit card (for the fully refundable US&#036;2000 deposit)
    knn&#33;&#33;&#33; so cheap&#33;&#33;&#33;
    i fooking jealous now.
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    wau go usa juz to do some wide turning. hahahaha

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    Im jealous.

    harleyyyyy.
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    this is cool.. i like harley too
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    Originally posted by arjen@Aug 18 2006, 01:16 PM
    Im jealous.

    harleyyyyy.
    I know....

    For me, I tried the 2002 Fatboy on their 100th Anniversary 4 years ago in Australia. That was about 1 year after I got my license, not 1 month&#33; Worse still, I got no camera

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    you did bro

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    i also wanna rent bike~~ triumph daytona 675~~&#33;


    counting down again to the final class of license..

    riding.. freedom.. it comes together..

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    COOLLLLLLLLLLL

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    The only comment I can make is....... ...

    I still remember a line I heard long time ago when I first started riding.

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    Originally posted by GerardSantaCruz@Aug 18 2006, 12:14 PM
    knn&#33;&#33;&#33; so cheap&#33;&#33;&#33;
    i fooking jealous now.
    yup, considering the great experience, US&#036;90 for rental inclusive of insurance is really worth it...

    The US&#036;2000 is refundable (as long as you don&#39;t crash the bike )
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    Nice experience and opportunity you have..
    Thx for sharing.

     

     
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    Good for you&#33; Did the same thing when I was in Vegas on business...

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    wah cool man...did u managed to get a look at their V-rods>??They are like my dream bike...wish i am rich enugh to get one in a few yrs time&#33;&#33;&#33;and i onli have aq class 2B now...ahz...Help me~&#33;
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    Originally posted by swirlacer@Aug 21 2006, 01:15 AM
    wah cool man...did u managed to get a look at their V-rods>??They are like my dream bike...wish i am rich enugh to get one in a few yrs time&#33;&#33;&#33;and i onli have aq class 2B now...ahz...Help me~&#33;
    Haha... I never give up a chance to visit HD dealers. Wanna have a good inspection of the VRod, just visit the Singapore showroom in Leng Kee.

    IMHO, the Night Rod looks cooler though.

    If you like it, just go for it
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    Thanks to everyone who took the time to read my little thread
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    Wonderful.. I.. feel the itch already...
    Im as jealous as almost everyone.

    Just curious though, does singapore have HD rentals too?
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    Originally posted by theyasman@Sep 3 2006, 07:14 PM
    Just curious though, does singapore have HD rentals too?
    hmmm... don&#39;t think so...

    One problem I have now is, after feeling the legendary VTwin... my Phantom will never feel the same again
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    Hi kiamh1,
    How envy of you,your dream of riding the Harley have come true . that feeling is

    fantastic right?

    I suppose U R at Home now&#33;

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    Still feeling the itch ?
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    Originally posted by nivleK1985@Oct 2 2006, 06:14 PM
    Still feeling the itch ?
    definitely... Chocolate has not felt the same since I got back
    patience... launch date is currently pending (for another year or two )
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    o... after my NS ar ?
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    Originally posted by nivleK1985@Oct 2 2006, 07:12 PM
    o... after my NS ar ?
    nope... waiting to upgrade to the next age bracket so my insurance will be cheaper
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    Originally posted by kiamh@Oct 2 2006, 09:54 PM
    nope... waiting to upgrade to the next age bracket so my insurance will be cheaper
    haha okie

    so u&#39;ll be the 2nd one among our batch to get harley ba
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    Originally posted by nivleK1985@Oct 2 2006, 10:00 PM
    haha okie

    so u&#39;ll be the 2nd one among our batch to get harley ba
    hahaha... hopefully (actually I&#39;m planning for my wedding now, so bo lui )

    I like the way u say "our batch"... kindof like I graduating class liddat
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    2004 batch

    Ok I pao ang bao for ur wedding &#036;20 ok ?
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    Originally posted by kiamh@Sep 3 2006, 08:36 PM
    hmmm... don&#39;t think so...

    One problem I have now is, after feeling the legendary VTwin... my Phantom will never feel the same again
    It will never be the same. So does your Phantom feel like a bicycle now? That&#39;s how I felt after changing over.

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    Originally posted by gohjohan@Oct 3 2006, 05:11 PM
    It will never be the same. So does your Phantom feel like a bicycle now? That&#39;s how I felt after changing over.
    not that bad.... I still have some feelings for my Phantom
    but the oomph is just not there anymore....

    my current expenditure (tax, insurance & petrol) on the Phantom is almost negligible.. won&#39;t be the same with a Harley though... financial comfort is still important to me, so need to be really careful before I jump in. Definitely not while I&#39;m planning my marriage..

    gohjohan... u are one lucky dude
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