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Old 12-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #1
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Street Glide vs. Electra Glide Classic

Okay, I may cross over to the dark side. I've owned a couple of H-D's, and really liked them. Want to do a little more touring, and I'm old enough for some comfort.
These bikes are pretty close in price.
My usual mission (other than to Starbucks) would include 5-600 kilometre days. Usually, I'm lightly loaded (the bike, not the rider) and one up.
Or, should I just save 8K and throw a windshield and bags on a Super Glide Custom?
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:04 PM   #2
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The touring frame is a much more comfortable platform than the Dyna. Plus you'll get a stereo, optional cruise control, ability to upgrade to intercom/CB. Tons of options for seats/tourpack/racks/backrest etc. I think the Streetglide looks cool, but I'd buy the comfort of the Classic...... Then again, that's just me, I'm on my 3rd Roadglide, what do I know...?
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:37 PM   #3
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The FLHTC, Electra Glide Classic could be the best value from Harley. The bike price is almost equal to the Street Glide but has the tour pack, extra lights and passenger floor boards for starters. If you add the quick detach system to your tour pack and pick up a used Street glide seat the look is similar. Here is mine with those same additions.

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Old 12-20-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
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Electra Glide Classic owner here. There were many reasons I chose the Electra Glide over the Street Glide. I like the seat height as high as I can get from Harley. The Electra Glide's seat height is slightly higher than the Street Glide's. I'm not that tall (5' 10"), but since Harley's seats are so low to the ground, the higher the better. Also, ground clearance on the Electra Glide is better.

I go on a couple of long distance trips a year and having a top box is crucial. But, even around town, I use it ALL the time. Can't imagine not having it.

To me, the Electra Glide just looks more complete. The Street Glide looks like they didn't finish the bike. Maybe I'm just so used to seeing Harleys with top boxes that I'm biased, but overall, I like the look of the Electra Glide better.

For me, the better question was which of the three models of Electra Glide to go with. In my opinion, the best value was the Classic. I don't like lowers, I would never use the CB and anything else I might want to add doesn't justify the additional price of the Ultra or Limited. I really like my chrome side case protectors and can't figure out why they aren't on the top of the line Limited. I like the look of them and the functionality.

If I had to do it all over again, I'd still buy the Electra Glide Classic. The only other Harley that I would consider is the Road Glide Ultra. Sweet bike. But, in my opinion they ruined the standard Road Glide by slamming the suspension. Had they not done that, it would have been a tough decision between the Electra Glide and the Road Glide.

If I were to ever consider a Harley without a top box, it would be the Road King. Because, in my opinion, the Road King truly embodies what a motorcycle should look like.

And one final point, I spent years on sport touring bikes. And some of them were great motorcycles. But this Electra Glide (Bought it last May) has put the fun back in motorcycling for me. I smile like a little kid every time I ride it. No bike, since I was 12 and riding my Honda 70, has made me smile like that.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:26 PM   #5
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If I had to do it all over again, I'd still buy the Electra Glide Classic. The only other Harley that I would consider is the Road Glide Ultra. Sweet bike. But, in my opinion they ruined the standard Road Glide by slamming the suspension. Had they not done that, it would have been a tough decision between the Electra Glide and the Road Glide.
It's easy enough to swap out the rear shocks to get the standard ride height back on the Road Glide custom. Street Glide for that matter, too. New take-off standard height shocks are always available on fleabay or any of the HD forums. If you can get used to the look, don't discount the Road Glide. I'm a big fan of the frame mounted fairing, it takes all the fairing weight (and wind buffeting)off of the forks/handlebars, and puts it right on the frame. Helps with stability on the highway, and helps it steer 'lighter' than what it is....
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:38 PM   #6
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It's easier and less expensive to convert a EG to a SG and with the EG you'll have everything you need for touring. Purchase the kit to remove the Tour-Pak, put a short shield on and you'll basically have a SG, you can do the reverse with the SG but it will cost you more. The SG also sits an inch lower so you lose some ground clearence and it's a harsher ride. If you purchase a newer limited EG it does not have the front bumper on the fender and the wrap around saddle bag guards making it's even closer to the SG when stripped down. I think for the money the EG is a better buy, since the SG is a stripped down version of the EG for the same price. IMHO.

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Old 12-20-2012, 04:48 PM   #7
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Both of these are on the touring chassis, as such both are fine bikes. The street glide is lighter, simpler. The electraglide is heavier, more crome, more goodies. Not that much more money. Which ever you like and can afford. get and ride. Dio not worry about anything else. Me, I would get the Road Glide for the frame mounted fairing, but on a bike of that weight and wheelbase, it makes very little difference. Of the 2, the Electra Glide is the best value for accessories and chrome. And get the ABS, I have tested them, they work well, The big pig does not stop well, tires slide early. You need any help you can get.

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Old 12-20-2012, 05:02 PM   #8
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While we're at it. The Road King? Comments? Tourability vs. the other two?
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:20 PM   #9
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While we're at it. The Road King? Comments? Tourability vs. the other two?
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FLHT that came with a Tour-Pak and stereo owner. I can listen to the stereo ... and smoke at 90 mph. Try that with a Road King.

The Tour-Pak is cavernous and strips off quickly ( even empty that thing has some weight perched way back past the rear axle and you'll notice the difference ). As others have said , start with one that has the bells and whistles and take off what you don't like. Most of the time I'll run with a solo seat and no Tour-Pak. I priced a set of fairing lowers/leg shields from harley ... they're proud of that shit and charge accordingly so you may want to factor that into the price.



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Old 12-20-2012, 05:23 PM   #10
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While we're at it. The Road King? Comments? Tourability vs. the other two?
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No contest IMHO the EG is the way to go for touring. I owned an EG standard back in 2003. Added a detachable top case and it worked great for long hauls. The road king can work with a windshield I guess as well but still does not have the amenities of the glides. I personally never cared for the road kings especially with a windshield attached. They are heavy under powered pigs IMHO. I've ridden nearly all HD's and the performance of the glide is superior. Back in 03 the EG standard was the most bang for the buck you could get. Not up on HD now so it sounds like they replaced the standard with the street glide by reading the posts. I had a Dyna Standard for while too and that was also much better handling HD then the soft tails......go for a test ride, decide for yourself is my advice.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:29 PM   #11
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While we're at it. The Road King? Comments? Tourability vs. the other two?
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Just traded in my 09 Road King with 62k miles for the Electra Glide Ultra Limited, the RK was a great bike and I had zero complaints when touring. I loved the looks of the RK, it's versatility being able to take the windshield off or on, I had a Tour-Pak and other goodies it was what I though the most comfortable bike I ever owned. Well the EG is more comfortable and offers better protection from the elements (no wind buffeting), radio, cb, intercom, trunk; it's also heavier and not as versatile. The RK might be the best tourer that HD makes, but you'll have to put money into it to get the comfort of the EG. With the RK you can add a Batwing fairing, radio, Tour-Pak and make it all quick release and you have a great around town bike. I wouldn't have traded mine in but after 62k miles I wanted trade it in while it still had some value.

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Most of the difference in weight is up high and you can feel the difference. If I had to ride on dirt or gravel roads often I'd prefer the Road King,. also noticed that headwinds and crosswinds are more noticeable on the EG, none of these characteristics are a problem just pointing out what I feel are different between the two.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:26 PM   #12
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Its kinda neat seeing how many guys here that ride, ride Harley. After all the years I poo-pooed the whole lifestyle thing, I'm really getting into the bikes.

I still gear up, though
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Its kinda neat seeing how many guys here that ride, ride Harley. After all the years I poo-pooed the whole lifestyle thing, I'm really getting into the bikes.

I still gear up, though
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The guys I tour with have gotten used to my Aerostich and actually get a little peeved that I just hang out while they're doing the raingear dance under an overpass when it starts to rain. I just smile

Great bikes, I've done some big days on mine and wouldn't want to do them back to back to back on anything else.

Really bummed I don't have a big trip planned this next summer... really need to do something about that.
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:48 AM   #14
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The short suspension on the touring bikes already compromises cornering clearance and ride quality, I'd rule out the 1"-lower Street Glide on that criteria alone.

When I was buying, I was torn between the RK and the Electra Glide Classic because where I am they cost nearly the same and the EGC is great bang for the buck. But I went with my heart and got the RK. For touring, the only thing it lacks compared to the EGC is the tour-pak and stereo. The batwing is a toss-up. It gives a bit better wind protection for your arms and hands but you're stuck with it even on the hottest summer days. The RK's large stock windshield still gives very good protection and there are loads of aftermarket options for larger windshields, hand guards and detachable batwings with stereos (I use my android and a Sena SM-10).

I added a detachable tour-pak and fairing lowers to my RK, as well as HD's Sun-Ray seat, which is the heated version of the seat that comes on the Ultra. It makes a great two-up tourer. For solo touring, the saddlebags and a seat bag or sissybar bag would more than suffice if you are a light packer.

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Old 12-21-2012, 05:49 AM   #15
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Being a 30 year Harley tech and owner I've probably more Harley miles than most. Hell I've probably got more miles on other people's bikes than most IMO buy the Road King and dress it accordingly. The most versatile touring platform package of all.
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