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Old 07-26-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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Jeep vs harley

I have a Harley Davidson Softail that I've been riding for a couple years and I got the itch for a new toy and bought my 2000 TJ about a week ago... Got it home and first thing took the top and doors off. Started buying stuff for it and I am having a blast with it... Took it down the road after i got the top off and instantly was hooked. I live in clarksville tn and I've been having issues with bad drivers and it kinda spooked me as far as riding my motorcycle around here. So I've got a dilemma going on, I could sell the bike and get some more cool stuff for my jeep. Just thought Id share... Turns out all the jeep owners were on to something...haha

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Old 07-26-2014, 11:24 AM   #2
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I have a Harley Davidson Softail that I've been riding for a couple years and I got the itch for a new toy and bought my 2000 TJ about a week ago... Got it home and first thing took the top and doors off. Started buying stuff for it and I am having a blast with it... Took it down the road after i got the top off and instantly was hooked. I live in clarksville tn and I've been having issues with bad drivers and it kinda spooked me as far as riding my motorcycle around here. So I've got a dilemma going on, I could sell the bike and get some more cool stuff for my jeep. Just thought Id share... Turns out all the jeep owners were on to something...haha
I'm sure you'd miss the bike somewhere down the line, I say jeep it. Two toys are better than one.

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I bought a 03 Harley Heritage Softail Classic new and found myself riding it less and less each year due to the crazy drivers and close calls I had many times. After 11 years with it I sold it 2 months ago and to tell the truth I don't miss it at all. I feel much safer in my Jeeps then I ever did on my bike. Maybe I just needed to get it out of my system but I'm very happy to have passed the Harley faze of my life in one piece.
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Having spent some time in Clarkesville years ago... No way no how would you catch me on a wheel around there.

Sell it and build the Jeep the way you want it!
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:34 PM   #5
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i say sell it and make more mods to the jeep.

I have a sport bike in the garage I'm trying to sell in the garage now. Anybody want a r6, price to sell?
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:38 PM   #6
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I have wanted a HD the last 20 years but seeing what a street bike did to my son's knee (which kept him from attending SEAL BUDS after earning a contract with them) convinced me I'm better off in my Jeep.
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Old 07-26-2014, 02:59 PM   #7
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I rode motorcycles for 30 years. I gave it up for the same reasons, other driver. Got cut off by a truck making a left turn in front of me. Put it up for sale the next day. I'm having just as much fun, and can use the 01 TJ in more bad weather days than anything else. Top off during the summer is fun too.

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Old 07-26-2014, 04:53 PM   #8
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Same story, different specifics. My wife and I gave up riding when we started our family. She had her own bike and we made a couple of long-distance trips that were a lot of fun, but we had our share of friends that fell victim to clueless 4-wheelers.

We thought we'd get back to it when the kids were old enough to get by without us, but that was before cell phones and texting. So now I have a sports car for open air fun.

Our Wrangler isn't a daily driver for me; it's a project build for our off-road business, but the idea is the same.
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:06 PM   #9
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Same story here. After having a guy fly off the freeway off ramp in a beat up pickup truck, and stop three feet from me on my bike, I road into the nearest shopping center and called a newspaper and put a add to sell the bike. I have crashed several times over the years and I road for over 20 yrs. but not any more. That one sealed the deal for me.
Besides with the doors off and the top off I get almost the same feeling of freedom in a TJ as a bike gives.
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:49 PM   #10
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I say keep it if you think your going to ride it. I got both and I plan on keeping them both I love riding both of them and I am just more aware and watch other drivers but if your happy with just the jeep sell it and do your mods It is your choice


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Old 07-26-2014, 06:23 PM   #11
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As much fun as the jeep is, I could never get rid of my bike. I'll hang onto both. The bike just has something that the jeep does not, even with the top off.
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:46 PM   #12
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I'm still on the fence about it... Maybe take a short breather from riding and take it out in a couple weeks, hopefully It will feel good to crank down the highway. Till then I'll just play with my TJ
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:49 PM   #13
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I was in the keep the bike camp till I hit a deer on my bike.
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:13 AM   #14
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We have a saying in my group, "With age comes the cage". Like others I rode for over 30 years and finally gave up the bike due to crazy drivers, one wreck and sciatica that kept me from enjoying riding anymore. With the top down and doors off, the Jeep is nearly as much fun PLUS I don't get bugs in my teeth or have to wear a helmet.
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:57 AM   #15
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I had to sell my Ducati ST3 and bought my JKU to replace it. I love my JKU, but my soul misses my DUC. Its a hard choice to make, but my family helped me choose wisely. Good luck.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:02 AM   #16
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I went from two wheels to three wheels in 1971 I was having a problem keeping the Harley up right, and built my last trike in 2003,
I have been ass ended two times a year ago and have not been riding much any more, and that why I got my TJ,
the problem in Hot Springs is we have a lot of retired people over 90 still driving, and people texing, and I know some day I will have to stop driving too,
so I,m going to sell my Trike and buy more things for my TJ.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:17 AM   #17
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I dont know, I have both and ride my Harley way more then the jeep. Have always loved bikes and will always love them. been riding most of my 53 year life. now if you ask my girlfriend she will take the jeep in a minute over the bike, just because of all the crazys that drive down here in SW FL.....but as long as your enjoying what your doing.... then thats all that matters....
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:32 PM   #18
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Sell it and buy a beater yj to smash on the rocks lol, but really if it were me I'd just wait to see how much you get on the bike with both to choose from. If you can't justify keeping it then sell it.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:01 PM   #19
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I've had bikes all my life last one a Harley Fat Boy--then I lost two friends in one year to motorcycle accidents if they had been in a Jeep they would have been fender benders--sold my Fat Boy and I've had just as much fun in my Jeeps ( I've had three ) plus can't get 3-4 people on a bike at the same time--Bikes--not fun in mud--not fun in snow--not fun on hills--not fun in sand = just not as much fun as a Jeep
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Sheep Dog, I'm sorry you lost friends to motorcycle accidents.Yes, bikes are dangerous to ride, but the ones of us that continue to ride understand the risks, and enjoy the rewards. I have owned Jeeps and motorcycles for many years now, I hope I can enjoy both for many more to come.
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Sheep Dog, I'm sorry you lost friends to motorcycle accidents.Yes, bikes are dangerous to ride, but the ones of us that continue to ride understand the risks, and enjoy the rewards. I have owned Jeeps and motorcycles for many years now, I hope I can enjoy both for many more to come.
Stay safe and enjoy
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:09 AM   #22
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Had 2 Harleys, saw too many people getting hit or in wrecks. Sold the bike and got a 2005 tj. Have never missed the bike yet. Here in Illinois the season is just too short to ride much. With the jeep I can put the top on and use it more. Some of the local bars are starting to have a jeep night which is cool.
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It's funny that I come across this thread.

So I have a Street Glide at the moment. I'm not going to list all that has been done, but a LOT. My next step was deciding what I was going to do about the front wheel (if anything). I saved that for last.

Anywho, I've had this bike since I lived in Alabama - where the riding season was 12 months a year.......now I'm down to pretty much half of that. To add to that reduction, my TJ gets most of the attention when going anywhere with friends (passengers) or even rides to work.

I love the bike, but it's not getting the attention it deserves, especially since it's 3X the cost of the Jeep. I must admit that I've thought about moving on, but I think I'd be devastated if I did, even if I don't get to ride as much as I would like - it's a heck of a fence to be on.

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my Harley and both sport bikes are gone. Same Story as others, I will keep the TJ
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:21 PM   #25
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Wow. These stories are an eye opener. So many close calls. A couple of things I noticed about other drivers when I have my jeep out 1) nobody ever 'doesn't see' the jeep. And 2) I never get cut off in traffic. Ever. If anything drivers go WAY around me giving an extra wide berth. Where I live, tires can stick out past the fender flairs, and mine do. If drivers want to feed their fenders into those wood chippers turning at 70 mph, they can be my guest.
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:05 AM   #26
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I got T-boned on my soft tail in 1998. Totaled the bike. Put me in the hospital for 3 weeks.
I went 1 year without a bike, and it drove me CRAZY.
Other than flying a airplane, nothing compares to a motorcycle.
I like my jeep, but I would not trade my Harley for a jeep.
No way!
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Never owned a road bike so I cant say much about the harley. But i can tell you to get a dualsport. Best thing I ever did! Riding dirt bikes my whole life it was bound to happen adventualy and im so glad it did. Sorry to say it but no Jeep will ever compare to what you can do on a offroad bike. Flying down 2' whoops at 50 mph and banging bars on trees will never get old. I actualy feel way more comfortable doing this than i do riding in traffic. But at the end of the day you can hop out onto any road and legaly ride back home. For sale sign in the background isnt for the bike lol
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:32 AM   #28
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I'm in Clarksville too. Bad drivers almost took me out twice plus my gf hates riding motorcycles so I sold mine and ordered a Jeep.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:15 PM   #29
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I've had tons of nice weather days lately... I still get drawn to the jeep. Kind of enjoy shorts and flip flops cruising down the highway top and doors off and left foot on the step bar.. Little more comfortable than jeans and riding shoes. I'll give it some more time, maybe I'll get on it and have a blast sometime.

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