HD question

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Deans BMW, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    True about the buffetting. I'm 5 11 with 32 inseam and with a FF helmet and stock windshield, i got buffetting. Much more when I used an Airhawk air seat. (pushed me up about two inches).

    I got a taller windvest (I think 16 inches) and dumped the airhawk (for shorter rides) and the buffetting is waaay better.

    With a 3/4 open face, there's hardly any buffetting at all with any combo. It's the size of the helmet for me. My big noggin and cruddy Bell helmet made for some noise.

    Of course, I still rode 12 grand in four weeks on it with the stock sheild :)

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  2. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Apparently HD is going to redo their manufacturing faciities of the fairing, and redesign it slightly.

    No way would they drop it for any length of time. Hottest bike on the sales floor according to the dealers I talk to.

    Wouldn't surprise me if it gets the water cooled heads too. It's the most "sporting" of the big tourers.

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  3. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Yeah,if they could move the fairing and shield a little closer to the rider to fix the windflow issue for the bigger guys then the bike would be awsome.
    I did put a 1,200 mile day on my 2008 once,and the bike was great except for the irritating loud,dirty wind issue,the radio is useless with all the wind noise.
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  4. DAKEZ

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    They addressed this (very nicely) with a couple of air damns that mount to the top of the engine guard behind the Shark Nose.

    They come standard on any 2012 or newer Road Glide that is fitted with lowers. It can be retrofitted to the older models as well and no tools required ... Just snaps into place. I believe they are $39.99 for the pair.
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  5. DAKEZ

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    Source? :ear

    Edit: Nevermind. :D
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  6. PMC

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    They are fantastic bikes and no need to Pirate up, my Stich gear works just fine on the Ultra Limited.
    Already mentioned - the new frames got it right, no more disconnected feeling.

    If stock seat and all that fit you thats great but there are good inexpensive seats you can try before you buy if you need something different. I can't believe how good the Sundowner is on mine and I paid well under 300 bucks for it.

    Best bike I've ridden for big mile days and it even works for the wife riding on back for hours on end.

    Good luck on your decision!
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  7. ERD

    ERD Custom Rider

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    I agree with pretty much what everyone said and add the following:

    Comparing 2008 and 2009+ frame: 2009+ frame is stiffer, etc. but both are still big and heavy and will float at more extreme conditions that might be a walk in the park for a typical ST bike. If your using it to log on the miles in comfort, there are NO differences in terms of comfort between the two. 2009+ frames are longer and more stable at higher speed (90MPH+) but suffers when in manuvering around tight parking lots. The extra length on the 2009+ models are all in the neck and frame and none at the seat.

    Comparing Roadking to ElectraGlide: Roadking has a lower and forward handlebar. While the ElectraGlide has a higher and rear-swept handlebar. Comfort and preference are up to the individuals. Those with longer arms and preference for the ST styles seating might prefer the RK more.

    Comparing RoadGlide to ElectraGlide: I dislike the RG fairing. HD has redesigned the RG fairing numerous times due to buffeting and vibration issues. The RG fairing, while larger than the EG and frame mounted, is also more forward with some weird aerodynamic design. Most RG owner end up changing out to aftermarket windshields like Klockwerks fix the problem. Most RG will have fairing rattle problem.

    ElectraGlide Classic/Ultra/Limited. There are three models to choose from. The Classic is the value leader. No bells/whistles but still comes with radio and tourpak. This is the one to get if you are on a budget. Add the popular options like ABS and cruise you're still thousands below the Ultra. Ultra is a Classic with intercom, CB, lowers, cruise, and extra tourpak lights. The limited has all the bells and whistles. With the exception of ABS, almost every one of the options can be purchased and installed by the user and/or dealer.

    ElectraGlide Police : If you don't care for the radio, this might be the one to get. Some dealers will have one or two as leftover orders that they can sell to civilians. They will remove all the police-specific items like lights and siren but leave most of the parts and wiring in. It has a better seat although most dealers replace them with regular seat for civilian sale. ABS standard, no frills paint, and about $1-2K cheaper than a classic!

    What do I ride? I ride the Classic for long distance with the wife. The Street Glide for HOG meeting and rallies. The Buell if I want to carve the corners.
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  8. Low Down

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    Sounds like your BIL's bike could use some TLC... I ride an '07 EGC, and have no issue with vagueness runnin' 80-85.
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  9. ERD

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    Check the tire pressure and the rear air shock pressure. Seen lots of rear shocks with no air pressure causing vagueness.
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  10. Low Down

    Low Down ADV Misfit

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    It sure is a nice mount when the forks have fresh oil and the air shocks are dialed in just right... :deal
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  11. PMC

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    Disclaimer or not - great post :1drink
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  12. Deans BMW

    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    ERD, agreed a great post and the most informative yet. I have yet to ride either the new Road Kings or the EG Classic, but I will soon.

    Thanks everyone for the great replys. :thumb
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  13. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    Keep in mind that the handle bars and seats are easy to change around on the HD touring motorcycles, and especially on the Road Kings and Road Glides, because of no faring requiring extra wide-at-the-base handle bars. ERD's post doesn't really mention that. It is a good post otherwise.

    Point is, if you are moved by a particular HD touring motorcycle, but find a different HD touring motorcycle to fit better, it's very easy to make one fit like the other. Find the HD that speaks to your soul, find the HD that speaks to your comfort, and make the 1st fit like the 2nd. It's easy, not that expensive, and gets you the HD your heart says you want, without compromising comfort.

    (Personally, I have a Road King. Have two different seats for different uses, One handle bar, BUT have different risers I use for different seats. The risers are a little-known secret on the Road Kings requiring an inexpensive trim piece to allow. The batwing bikes don't allow that because the faring is in the way. Not sure about the Road Glide, but think it might allow different risers.)

    Get the HD you want, and then make it the HD you need it to be.
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