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New Harley Davidson of Erie impresses

I stopped in at the new Harley Davidson of Erie location on 12th Street near the airport yesterday not once but twice – I just couldn’t get enough.  First I stopped off just to check things out.  There was a great crowd, and bikes everywhere.  The dealership had their new and used bikes on display and just as awesome were all the riders’ bikes parked out front.  Seemed like everyone was making this an occasion.  I think everything is better about the new dealership than the old – more bikes and more space to view them, seems like they have much more gear on display, parts area is a lot easier to navigate.  I also really love that they have conference type areas for HOG meetings and such – I think that this will be great for local riders.  Service is over on the side, and one thing that hasn’t changed is how helpful David is down there.  On my second after-work stop I listened to him talk to an older couple about buying his first Harley.  They were mesmerized as he spoke with pride – he’s still got that bike twelve years later.  His quote to them was something like “If you’re half as happy with your Harley as I’ve been with mine…”  I didn’t quite hear the last part but they were smiling.  I think the salespeople should give him a kickback, lol.  Anyway after he was done with them I talked to him about a new exhaust I am looking into for my 2010 Fat Bob.  I currently have a Vance and Hines Big Radius 2 into 1 and I love it.  It, in combination with a HD Heavy Breather Air Cleaner Kit, Andrews 48h Cams and a Dynojet Power Vision and a custom tune by Eric over at Horsepower, Inc., makes for a tremendous upgrade in performance at a very reasonable cost.  I’ll be talking about that in more detail in the next few weeks but for now I’m thinking about switching from my Big Radius to a Vance and Hines Big Shots Staggered.  I know, I know – I’ll lose power going from a 2-1 to a 2-2, but this one supposedly has a “Power Chamber” that helps reduce some of the loss.  A few less HP with a really sweet look and sound should be worth it.

Make a long story short – I asked David about the pipes and he looked in the back to see if they had any bikes with the Big Shots – he did, let me listen and now that I’ve heard them I love the sound so I’m probably going to go for it.

I’m going to head over to the Harley of Erie again this weekend to check things out.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Ride safe,

Rob

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3 Responses to New Harley Davidson of Erie impresses

  1. Jack says:

    The place looks enormous! It looks like Erie is growing in terms of HD motorcycles!

    Look forward to reading your review of your new pipes too!

  2. Alex says:

    Sounds fantastic! When is it most crowded? I’m still new and looking for some people to ride with.

    • admin says:

      I’ve been there three completely different times now and it was crowded at all three of them. I think though that if you are looking for people to ride with you might want to check out joining the Harley owners group if that’s what you have, or looking up some of the riding groups on places like meetup.com – there are pretty regular rides scheduled there. In fact there is a group on there called Erie ROad Riders that I’ve heard good things about, and it doesn’t matter what you ride. Good luck!

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