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Old 02-20-2015, 11:29 AM   #1
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2015 Harley Road Glide

Any inmates have a chance to ride one of these yet?

I've been in talks with the dealer about picking up a '15 Road Glide. Initially I was set on a used model. After weighing my options it's looking like it makes more sense to go new (interest rate in my favor). I'm really curious what folks have to say about the effectiveness of the redesigned fairing. From what I've read on the interwebs it seems that the biggest complaint (and really it didn't seem like too many people were complaining) was buffeting. The redesign is supposedly supposed to correct that issue.

This sales guy is probably having a fit. I already have my financing set up through HD. He knows I want to buy a bike. I'm just not in a real big rush
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:24 PM   #2
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I like how all these Harley threads keep coming. Its awesome. You best resource is www.roadglide.org. It seems that some of it has been eliminated but not all. Just depends. If I were you, you should at least test ride it. If they wont let you do that then I would move on to another dealer. Looks like you havent test rode on yet. Also Motorcycle Consumer News gave the RGS a good review.
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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I like how all these Harley threads keep coming. Its awesome. You best resource is www.roadglide.org. It seems that some of it has been eliminated but not all. Just depends. If I were you, you should at least test ride it. If they wont let you do that then I would move on to another dealer. Looks like you havent test rode on yet. Also Motorcycle Consumer News gave the RGS a good review.
I have test ridden one. What I haven't done is ride a '13 or earlier to compare. Thanks for the link.

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I like how all these Harley threads keep coming. Its awesome.
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic here or not
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:56 PM   #4
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Go for it. Sounds like it makes sense financially, and the redesign is a good one. By all accounts, the new venting is great, and there is some buffeting for some with the stock windshield. Nothing that can't be addressed by the aftermarket... I really, really like the RG I test rode. Especially in Vivid Black...
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:05 PM   #5
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I rode a 2015 CVO Road Glide at a demo days late last year. I own a 2011 Road Glide Ultra.

The new design is much better in regards to buffetting. The old design had issues. I fixed mine completely with a Madstad shield, but the new fairing looks and works better -- at least with a higher touring shield on the CVO.

The bike also handles better.

And the stereo and electronic dodads are all newfangly.

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Old 02-20-2015, 06:02 PM   #6
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I took a '15 Road Glide for a ride at a local demo event this past Fall.

If I were to be in the market for a Road Glide or Street Glide, no question to go with the Road Glide!

I noticed no buffeting issues, unlike on the Street Glide, must be due to the Street's batwing fairing/short windscreen vs. the Road Glide?

Also, I was wearing a full-face helmet on while riding both models.

The bike just seemed to fit me better and the airflow was clean.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:08 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies!

I've ridden a street glide a bit, and really enjoyed it, but just prefer the fork mounted fairing that's mounted a bit further out. Feels like I have more room to stretch out. MrsSperz and I are headed to the dealer tomorrow so she can take a ride with me. Let's see how it works out.
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:25 PM   #8
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Fork mounted fairing? I thought the Road Glide was the only Harley with a frame mounted fairing?
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Old 02-20-2015, 11:03 PM   #9
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I ike it.

I may get one when I get old.

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Old 02-21-2015, 01:41 AM   #10
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Fork mounted fairing? I thought the Road Glide was the only Harley with a frame mounted fairing?

Yea, that's what I meant to say! Whoops
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:54 PM   #11
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Today was a good day.

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Old 02-21-2015, 04:37 PM   #12
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Congrats. I rented a 2013 Road Glide for a day and was impressed. I can only imagine a 2015 is better!
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:20 PM   #13
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Today was a good day.

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Wow. You didn't dilly-dally!

Whatcha think of the ride?

And I'm jealous....mainly because it's gonna be ten below zero here tomorrow morning. Spring is a long way away....

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Old 02-21-2015, 07:07 PM   #14
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Good deal. Let's see a pic! I'm just up the road from you.
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Old 02-21-2015, 07:29 PM   #15
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Here are a few pics my fiance snapped on the way out..





Initial thoughts? This thing is heavy as fuck. Keep in mind my background is sportbikes primarily, with the last bike being a Buell Ulysses. The Buell was a great all around bike. But it really didn't do what I wanted it to do and felt a bit sloppy at 40k.

Took the bike for a quick ride this evening and any doubts drifted away pretty quickly This bike is very easy to handle at anything just over walking speed. I'm looking foreword to putting some miles on it and getting more comfortable. One thing that jumped out immediately was the complete lack of rear suspension travel. With my fiance on the back it felt like we were running over bricks at the slightest of bumps in the road. This was something I had anticipated based on reviews on other forums. 99.5% of the time I will be riding solo so I'll see if it something I can live with.

Other than that I've wanted this bike for a long time and am really happy with my purchase.

Exhibit one. Sperz1 circa 1984

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