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Old 03-05-2015, 06:46 AM   #1
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Which Harley?

My search for another bike has taken a few odd turns but it seems that my favorite wife wants another Harley. One with a tour pack and wrap around arm rests, she is strictly a passenger but this will be "her" bike and titled in her name.

So we are looking for a late evo or early twin cam Electra Glide with EFI and red is her favorite color. We will only ride 2000-3000 miles a year on this bike. I see two on CL that look interesting but are polar opposites. I have already been in contact with the seller of the 1999 but not with the 2007 owner.

I have not decided on any bike but of these two options, which would you choose?

#1 https://sarasota.craigslist.org/mcy/4881589000.html

#2 https://sarasota.craigslist.org/mcy/4913112144.html
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:14 AM   #2
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in 2000 harley went to 4 piston calipers which work pretty good (I've got a 2002)

1999 and earlier, now mind you I have not ridden one of these so this is based on the design of these year brakes not on first hand riding experience, but the brakes look really questionable.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:15 AM   #3
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I'd go with the'07. Better brakes, electronics, EFI, etc.
I've got 97K on my Road King and it runs and rides like a champ.
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:08 AM   #4
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I'd go with the 07. I've got an 08 with about 105,000 on it and it's never been apart.
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:32 AM   #5
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Well the early voters seem to be favoring the late model higher mileage one. Interesting.

Thanks for the responses and keep 'em coming.
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:37 AM   #6
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Since you'd only be doing around 2,000 miles a year riding 2-up with your wife, another option would be to rent an Ultra instead of actually buying one. That is, if it's just a couple of trips a year.

There's quite a few guys out there who really wanted something like, say, a Dyna Street Bob but buy a bagger for those 2-up rides with their SO. However, those 2-up rides might be once in a blue moon or just once or twice a year while on vacation. If that's the case, renting an Ultra might be more feasible. YMMV

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Old 03-05-2015, 08:40 AM   #7
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Wow, impressive miles on these bikes.

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Old 03-05-2015, 09:14 AM   #8
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The 99 will most likely be carbed and will definitely be a 5spd, it will also most likely be an 88 and therefore have the notorious plastic cam chain tensioner. The 2007 will be a fuel injected 96 with a 6spd transmission. Its a more reliable and robust engine with better fuel economy. It also has the speakers in the tour pack, something your wife will appreciate. Not to mention the better radio with an auxiliary input.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:22 AM   #9
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I would go with the 07 also. The miles are substantially higher but they should not be a problem. You should be able to talk him down a bit too.
If you get the EVO you will wish you had the 6 speed on the first big stretch of highway. You know how folks drive down here on the highway. Gotta keep up in comfort!!!
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:26 PM   #10
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Another vote for the '07. I wouldn't be surprised if the '99 was EFI and while I have no experience with that era, I've heard the EFI at the time was pretty bad. That was also the first year of the Twin Cam and there were a lot of bugs worked out by '07.
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Old 03-05-2015, 02:11 PM   #11
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In 99 EFI was optional, in 2000 I think it became standard on the touring models. It was a different system back then though and not very favorable compared to the 06/07? and newer Delphi EFI.

It'll still be an 88 either way and while not a terrible engine the 96 already came from the factory with the hydraulic cam chain tensioner and high flow oil pump. The cam chain tensioners are the biggest issue reliability wise with the 88. Other than that the 96 and 88 are pretty much the same motor, just more stroke on the 96. It does make a bit more power and compared to a carbed 5spd 88 it gets a lot better fuel economy. 1 buddy of mine has a late 90's E-Glide and it gets 35mpg while the buddy with the 08 E-Glide gets 40-42mpg.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:23 PM   #12
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Buy the 07 and cruise inland around Arcadia....
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:35 PM   #13
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After putting on well over 200K on the HD FLH platform (2000 - 2013 models), I would say if you had to chose between the two, and only the two... Pass on both and rent like another person said.

In my opinion, you should look for a 2009 (or newer).

There were so many changes that came wit's the 2009 model that it is a completely different bike....

I think it's better to save up a little longer or search a little longer to find the right bike than to settle....

Good luck with whatever you do.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:20 PM   #14
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In my opinion, you should look for a 2009 (or newer).

There were so many changes that came wit's the 2009 model that it is a completely different bike....

I think it's better to save up a little longer or search a little longer to find the right bike than to settle....

Good luck with whatever you do.
I agree with the advice above, though you're likely going to be spending at least 12k for an '09. The new frame makes a lot of difference. And you might just find you're putting more miles on it than you currently think. I'm 51k into a '12 Road Glide Ultra---so I'm biased.
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Old 03-05-2015, 10:18 PM   #15
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Another vote for the 07. With how simple (comparatively) that engine is, it would not be terribly difficult to put a new top end on it when it gets tired.

However if there is any way possible you can swing for an 09+ go that way. The only thing I didn't like about the 09 was the spongy floorboard feel. Felt like it would let your feet slip off. That's it. Best touring bike I have ever ridden and that is coming from a guy who never thought he would give up his sport bikes.
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