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Old 03-08-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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I was told...so I did Harley

Brought home today. Bone Stock... 2009... 6K miles I rode it home bought it 5 miles from my house...been looking far and wide for a Niced Used Harley and found it by pure luck down the road! And we have never met before..
Lots of input from this site...Looking for any more inputs on what I need to do now!
What Seat? I like the drivers backrest. Option?
Handle bars seem a tad low...anyone have input on that?
Does this have a Cat? If so Do I need to remove it?

I know go ride it...but look at the snow!

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Old 03-08-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new bike, you don't need to do anything unless you want to. I have the adjustable riders backrest from HD and I like it a lot, I would not buy the non-adjustable I adjust mine often while riding down the road. If the bike is not pinging I wouldn't worry to much about a cat or not, my 09 didn't really ping, but my 103 did often so I did a stage one (air filter, mufflers, fuel management. The stock bars I'm pretty sure can be adjusted a little in the clamps.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:30 PM   #3
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I've got a 2011 Road King. You are really going to enjoy riding that bike. I've got the same passenger back rest. My wife is very comfortable riding on the back. I would install a luggage rack (detachable) on the back and hit the road.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
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Congrats!

I'm tall and fat. So far, for comfort, I have put on Heritage bars from the dealer (they are higher and farther back), an adjustable seat back, and extensions to widen the floorboards.

The bike now fits me like it was custom-made for me. I still need highway pegs, but I'm not sure if I need adjustable ones or not.

Have fun getting yours set up the way you need it. Take your time and enjoy the ride!
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:09 PM   #5
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Get some miles on it before you decide what to do with it. It may serve you well just as it is. The frame upgrade in 09 really did Harley Touring bikes justice. In the limited saddle time I have had on them, I was impressed! Congrats.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:13 PM   #6
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nice bike - congratulations!
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:34 PM   #7
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Seat: How far and long are you going to ride? If you are going to log serious miles, go ahead and pay for a Russel Daylong saddle now. You'll likely end up there anyway, and you'll not waste money on other seats.

If you don't ride that far or long, maybe the stock seat will work for you.

BTW, the most comfortable seat Harley makes is the Police saddle, often found on eBay for low price. Do you research to make sure you get all the needed parts. Mustang makes a matching passenger seat

Bars: Heritage Bars are a great start. Might be all you need.

Little known option is the HD street slammer cover for risers and for Road Kings. #55854-07 This allows you to raise and pull-back any handlebar you choose. Personally I use a 4" pull back riser and Heritage bars, and find the comfort wonderful. All my cables fit, but won't promise that your's will too.

Cat: Unlikely you have a cat. In 09 only the California models had one.

Other: Get some lowers, the cloth ones work fine. In the chill or the rainy mess you'll like them.

Watch for bad front wheel bearing. The 09's had a problem with that. Not a big deal, but if you hear any odd noises from there check it out.

Great motorcycle, and it will be a joy for you.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:17 PM   #8
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Hey

Hey Eric can you explain more about what adjustable is? On drivers backrest?
I am unsure what I'm looking for?
I really think the barks are to low..I noticed right away and I've never changed bars on any other Bike ever!

I have at least a few weeks before riding weather so have it a bit torn apart for cleaning and want to get a few things adjusted and added now for something to do.
Thanks for the congrats and I want your inputs if you are familiar with this bike
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:40 PM   #9
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Hap,
Nice bike. I have a black and chrome 2001 Road King and have enjoyed a number of multiweek trips on it. It came with a detachable luggage rack and I added small bags which attach onto the chrome bar in front of each
side bag. They provide convenient storage for tools, raingear, misc smaller items you might want to get to quickley. I also added a bag behind the windshield and a magnetic tankbag. There are also detachable topcases available but I just use a "RAC" bag if I need additional storage.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:43 PM   #10
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This is a terrific site but I would definitely hop on over to hdforums.com. Tons of info and a terrific aftermarket of used stuff. Good luck; road king is a bike I'd definitely like to own again
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:45 PM   #11
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Congratulations on the new ride! It's beautiful! I especially dig the wheels. The best thing that ever happened to my Harley wasn't the pipes or the intake or any of the farkles...it was the Corbin seat. It transformed the bike completely from an around town cruiser to a long distance traveler. I've heard guys on the internet who have had issues with Corbin, but I've had about 8 of them over the years - including 4 of the bikes in my garage right now - and I absolutely love them. I've bought them off the shelf or with all sorts of custom patterns and options - always great service and always an heirloom quality product. I'm sure there are other companies making fine seats as well. A good seat is worth every penny.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:56 PM   #12
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Congratulations on finding a bike like that, especially so close by! I was deciding between an 09 Road King like yours or the Electra Glide Standard, which are essentially the same bike. They were both the same price new. I liked the looks of the RK better and like the flexibility that it's windshield is removable. I didn't care for the handlebars though and the seat wasn't quite as well shaped or comfortable to me. The salesman said "yeah, most people change handlebars on Road kings". I ended up buying the EG simply because I have other un-faired bikes and the seat and handlebars are PERFECT for me.
You should sit on an EG at a dealer and try those bars. I'm sure they'd be a inexpensive swap, unlike going to ape hangers which will require new cables, brake lines, etc. The one thing I did change was to replace the restrictive airbox with a K&N unit. It comes with a new back plate, filter and mounting hardware. You still utilize the stock "ham can" chrome cover. You'll gain more with this than any exhaust. AutoZone will order it at 15-20% off if you're interested.
Enjoy that motorcycle!
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:03 PM   #13
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Congratulations on your bike! Fortunately, there is a huge aftermarket for your bike so finding the right seat and bar configuration should be a breeze. Although, I think there may be too many choices...
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:26 PM   #14
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Hey Eric can you explain more about what adjustable is? On drivers backrest?
I am unsure what I'm looking for?
I really think the barks are to low..I noticed right away and I've never changed bars on any other Bike ever!

I have at least a few weeks before riding weather so have it a bit torn apart for cleaning and want to get a few things adjusted and added now for something to do.
Thanks for the congrats and I want your inputs if you are familiar with this bike
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I'm not sure about other makes but HD makes a riders backrest that adjust forward and back with a lever that you mount on the left side by the side cover

Adjustable Rider Backrest Mounting Kit

52596-09A

IN-STORE PURCHASE ONLY Contact dealer for pricing and availability.

Required to install Adjustable Rider Backrest on '09-later Touring models (except Trike).

MSRP US $219.95





You buy the actual backrest separately to match your seat style. The backrest itself comes off easy and is also adjustable up and down as well as front to rear.

I was there for the prep of my 09 RK and they had me sit on the bike and moved the bars towards the front or rear until I told them that felt good to me, If the bars are feeling low to you maybe you can just loosen them push them forward to raise them up a bit and tighten it down. For what I understand changing out the bars is fairly common if you stay within the wire length, I've also heard of some pretty pricey installation charges to do it.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:31 PM   #15
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Leave it alone and ride it 5K miles. Then you'll know what needs attention so the money will be well spent.
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