HD Road Glide: 15 months, 22,000 miles

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Cakeeater, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Just a question: how high did you get your windsheild? I got a 15 inch windvest and really like it, much better than stock. Amazing what a tiny bit of windshield shaping can do....

    I used to ride with an Airhawk seat pad all the time...but on my last trip I stored it. Rode my 1060 mile day without it and felt fine. The seat pad is nice on my arse, but the extra height pushes me up into the windstream/buffeting just a bit more, so it's a mixed bag.

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  2. fatpony

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    I got a 16" Cee Glide and it's just right. Seat height and the way the bars make you situp or slouch are about as important as how tall you are. I really like the Zeph seat. Aired down its' still not rock hard and it lowers the seat height about 1/2-3/4 inch. Pumped up it adds about 1". It also can push forward about 1/2 to 3/4". Inflates faster than it deflates, nice to massage a numb butt. I also have found a Mustang rider backrest much more comfortable than the HD model. Mike
  3. fxdlmarsh

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    I, to ride a 2012 roadglide ultra, Nice balance having the ultra, and GSA. my recomendations is if you don't want the hassel of BMW services . lean toward milwakee iron. you won't be dissapointed. and well be excited to join the family. I've owned many from 883R's to V rods, to my first touring. I, have no regrets. Goodluck, be safe.:clap
  4. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Thanks Fatpony.

    I really like the HD backrest...like the adjustability on the fly and I do leg presses against it while I ride to straighten out my pins. It hasn't broken yet.

    correction: I have a 16 inch windvest. I had read about ceebaily as well but decided on the windvest. The stock seat is fine, now, nothing to write home about (we all write home, right??), but it gets the job done on long rides. Someday I'll look at that Air zeph seat.

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  5. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    I'm the OP. Today I stopped by one of the big HD dealers in town for a thingamig.

    Then I walked to the sales floor.

    I noticed that they had not a single road glide on the floor -- and they have a lot of bikes for sale. Salesman told me "Road GLide Ultras are the hottest thing we have, period. They sell just as soon as we get 'em".

    I asked what kind of discount they sell 'em at. He said msrp or maybe at most 500 bucks off msrp.

    He also said my 2011 Ultra with 22,000 miles would sell in the neighborhood of msrp minus $4,000.. Since I got mine late in 2011 for a $3,000 discount, I'm pleased. Course, he might have been blowing smoke up me bunghole. Still, seems its a popular bike.

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  6. Mountain Cruiser

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    That's what I heard too, MSRP at best. The NEX military sales gave me a quote for a 2013 Road Glide that is $2145 below MSRP. I might be able to get a further discount if I ask them.

    How about the extended warranty. That is about $1400. Is it worth it?

    Also, are you looking through your wind screen when riding? How is it in the rain?

    Thanks.



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  7. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I've got the Sun-Ray seat on my RK. All day comfort and the heat really makes a difference on cold days, really warms the whole body.

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  8. CharlieFox

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    Is that lever for a reverse gear?

  9. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Yeah, I have the Mamba reverse gear. Don't use it much solo unless the bike is fully loaded but it's very handy when riding two-up as the passenger floorboards restrict rider my foot movement (30" inseam). Also nice not having to worry about "parking smart" when pulling into a space.
  10. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Don't have the extended warranty. Mine still has til next August on the two-year unlimited warranty. Haven't had any issues so far.

    I do not look through the windshield. I look over it. Only time I duck under is to avoid birds....flying pebbles...whathaveyou.
    I have a smoked 16 inch.


    It is terrific in the rain. I stay almost completely dry if I got througha quick thunderstorm. Long steady all-day rains...different story.

    Cakeeater
  11. Night Ryder

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    There's a lot of smart farkles on that Road King
  12. Night Ryder

    Night Ryder Been here awhile

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    Do how does the Road Glide compare to the Road King? Always liked the looks of the king, but the Glide has that terrific dash board
    In town or on the highway, does one have a real advantage?
  13. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Under the plastic they are the same bikes so it really boils down to personal preference regarding looks and whether you want a inboard stereo.

    I chose the Road King because I wanted the option of being able to ride without a fairing in front of me in hot weather and around town. It does fine on the highway and there are a number of windshields available if the stock doesn't suit you. You can see from the pic that I've added fairing lowers and I also use National Cycle hand guards in cooler weather. Those plus the windshield and I've got all the wind protection I need.

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    The Road Glide's fairing is further away from the rider than the batwing is, so buffeting can be a problem for some riders. One guy, Marc Parnes, converted a Street Glide to a Road Glide. Pretty interesting thread and gives a lot of feedback about the two types of faired Harleys.
    http://www.hdforums.com/forum/touring-models/494387-road-glide-fairing-on-street-glide.html
  14. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    I've ridden a few RG and owned a RK and now have an Electra Glide the RK is closest to riding a naked bike with a windshield; the fairing protection from the EG is far superior to the RK IMHO and I imagine the RG is just as good or for what I've been told even better. The beauty of the RK for me was that it offerred more of a pure sense of riding having that big clear windshield up front (or none at all), with EG/RG it's more of a cockpit feeling and in that cockpit you have some nice things. I mainly use my bike for road trips so a EG or RG fits me better but I still think the RK is the best looking. The bikes all share the same frame but the experince when riding them all feel different.
  15. slipknot

    slipknot Been here awhile

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    I took four versions out for test rides at a local dealer. The Street Glide has really bad buffeting thanks to the short windshield and the shorter shocks makes the smallest bump too familiar.

    The Electra Glide Ultra has really good wind control and is easier to ride than the weight would dictate. I found it as easy as the GL1800 Honda.

    The Road Glide Ultra, same as the EG Ultra except the instruments were more distant but easily readable and the frame fixed fairing is better in very windy conditions.

    The Road King is noticeably lighter with a lower center of gravity thanks to only a detachable windshield. The forward visibility for navigating campgrounds, parking lots, single track trails:lol3 is really nice. I felt like I was on an easily manipulated machine, that I could easily make it do what I wanted it to do regardless of the conditions. Obviously it has less weather protection but when the weather turns nasty we still put on appropriate gear regardless of the ride. So that is a wash. As far as weight the Road King comes in 70 to 80 pounds less than Ultras or Classics. At 810 or so it is not light but I've picked one up off the engine guards and I found it easier than I anticipated. Even if I were to carry a passenger I prefer the Road King with the detachable trunk/backrest. Solo, I can travel very light and with only a dry bag for the tent and bag. The only thing I do not like is the hideous fender trim:puke1.