2018 Harley Q and A and Ride Reviews, please bash "The Company" on the other thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by n8mandy, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. n8mandy

    n8mandy Revmeister

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    Just what it says, I'd like to ask questions and hear Inmates reviews w/o dealing with trolls... err people with better taste than me in motorcycles.
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  2. n8mandy

    n8mandy Revmeister

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    Soooo...

    I'd like a breakdown of which models come with ABS and TC. And is TC an option on all of them, just standard on the Tourers or what?
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  3. 1aretea

    1aretea Been here awhile

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    I currently ride a 2015 RK police and I love it, the ABS reflex linked brakes are as good as any other man. I had a 2017 SGS and that was too smooth with the M8 motor. Great bike and handled well for a big bike. The new 2018 HD's are something to check out.
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  4. desmoface

    desmoface Been here awhile

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    I really dig that new fat bob but reading the hd forums, the m8 has a few teething problems..that and the price tag is hard to swallow - that said, I dig it.

    Steve
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  5. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    The 107" starts at ¥25,000,000 a tad over $23,0000. The 2016 CVOs were over ¥50,000,000.

    I didn't do anymore than sit on one.
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  6. Revan

    Revan Throttle Jockey

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  7. JRMAL

    JRMAL Been here awhile

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    I'm looking to downsize from a 2013 RoadGlideUltra to maybe a new 2018 LowRider. 65 years old and the tourer is getting heavier.
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  8. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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  9. rwahl

    rwahl Been here awhile

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    I would like to take the new Heritage for a ride. It looks GOOD - like a vintage Harley to me.
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  10. Crilly

    Crilly Been here awhile

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    What Harley has TC?
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  11. old scoot

    old scoot Adventurer

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    If TC is traction control then no Harley has it. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. I do like ABS but there is a large number of riders that don't like any electronic rider aids.
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  12. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    Rider's Domain

    Harley-Davidson completely revamps its 2018 Softail line-up offering an all-new chassis and larger eight-valve Milwaukee-Eight V-Twin engine. But how does it ride? Come along as we put it to the test in this Riders Domain First Test Review. Want more? Be sure to read our written preview article or First Test in the above link.



    My favorite of the bunch.
    Cheapest, looks the best, and should be the most fun to ride.
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  13. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    According to the above linked report... none.
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  14. DirtyRoadie

    DirtyRoadie Been here awhile

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    I'm loving the looks of the new Soft tail Classic. Does anybody know how much suspension travel it has?? It's almost like they are intentionally not publishing this spec. I frequently find myself, with the wife on the back, on dirt roads and would like more than the 2 inches of travel offered by the 2017 Heritage. My mountain bike has more than that.
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  15. rider33

    rider33 Long timer

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    I don't know, if you read enough online you can find problems with anything. I had a TC88 with the dreaded 'cam shoe' problem, 'put 60,000 miles on it before I sold it, 'no issues, of any kind. I currently have an M8 with 5,000+ miles on it including 3+ hours in bumper to bumper traffic on I25 outside of Casper following the eclipse. 'Cars were overheating right and left, the M8 was dead stable and didn't miss a beat on the 2,000 mile trip home either. Highly stressed, overly complicated, and delicately built these things are not. I can think of several Japanese and European bikes I've owned that have given me significantly more problems actually, YMMV.
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  16. Motocicleta

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    According to the motorcycle.com intro at: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactu...son-introduces-all-new-2018-softail-line.html

    "The new shock position and rear suspension geometry deliver a rear wheel travel to shock stroke ratio of about about 2:1, and the shock stroke has increased to 43mm, giving Showa more stroke to work with for handling bumps. Aside from better control of the rear-wheel movement, the longer strokes allow for a softer stop when the suspension bottoms. Fun fact: two bikes (the Heritage Classic and the Fat Bob) received dampers with 56mm of stroke and the associated increase in rear-wheel travel, but before you ask, these longer shocks will not be available as accessories for the other models."

    So all that works out to about 3.4 inches for most of the models, and 4.4 inches on the Heritage and Fat Bob.
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  17. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Bikeslut

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    4.4 inches for the heritage
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  18. kten

    kten Been here awhile

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    Never has 4.4 inches been so gratefully received.....
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  19. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Take that Heritage Softail, put the wheels and brakes from the FatBob and the fenders from the Softail Slim, keep the bags and windscreen and you have Sport Touring Harley style. Kind of like my Victory Sport Cruiser that is my Avatar
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  20. billmags

    billmags Scoot Jockey

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    Test rode a Road King and RK Special last Saturday. Loved both but the Special was a little too stiff on rough roads. Would like another ride- they were being stingy with the mileage I could do on the Special.

    Currently waiting on a '18 Heritage to come in to see what that's like. Still undecided but I'm thinking the RK standard might win this comparo.
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