I hate too say it....but talk me into a Harley

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by hobo99, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    I put those 13" RoadKing shocks on to gain a little height over the 11" stockers and that seat in the pic is on its way to be reupholstered with a 2" lift of hard foam under the front base to give me some more legroom to the pegs. They don't make a seat high enough for me on this bike, so I've gotta modify a bit. The bike's worth the trouble :D.
  2. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    Picked up this week!
    This thread sparked my itch!
  3. Belgian

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    Talk you into or out of a Harley?

    I wouldn't know. I bought an Electra in 1978, first started it on the 19th, at 14:00 exactly. Sadly enough, back then, nobody knew AMF-ers were not exactly good, to say it nicely.
    I still have it.

    Does that answer your question?
  4. blueridgexplorer

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    I sold off my 1150 RT to move to a Harley so I would be forced to slow the pace down to a more sane level. My 08 Electra Glide is a nice highway bike, looks, runs and sounds great. However a bumpy two lane road is not much fun due to the lack of rear suspension travel and it is short on cornering clearance, speeds must be kept low. Even with the rear shocks pumped up it can still be a bone jarring ride 2 up. How I wish Harley would put some decent suspension travel on their bikes!
    The F800GS has spoiled me with the much better suspension and handling and with a new seat is pretty comfortable 2 up and gets ridden more than the Hog.
    Guess that explains why the H.D. is up for sale now. If the 800 was a little smother at 75 mph+ on the highway it would be almost ideal.
  5. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    ^^ Chucking the air shocks for HD's premium hand adjustable shock shocks and adding the premium cartridge kit to the forks makes a big difference in the handling. Costs around $700 total if you buy the parts from a discount online shop like New Castle HD.

    As far as your F800GS problem goes, trading it for a Super Tenere would sort that out nicely. :wink:
  6. blueridgexplorer

    blueridgexplorer Adventurer

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    Just checked the H.D. site, don't see these items listed for the 08 Glide?
    Is it really that much difference with such short travel?
  7. twinrider

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    The shocks make a big difference, and the cartridge kit is a nice improvement as well. If you can't find the HD stuff for your year, Ohlins is selling replacement shocks. http://www.ohlinsusa.com/harley-davidson

    Kyle Racing has a vendor thread offering 24% discount on shocks.


    For the forks, Race Tech gold valves and springs.
    http://racetech.com/ProductSearch/2/Harley/FLHT Electra Glide/2006-12
  8. phillyrube

    phillyrube Long timer

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    They are nice, ever had to change a tail light bulb? OWWWWW

    As far as the OP's question, look at the issues with cam chains, cam tensioners, oil pumps. Make sure there is an aux oil cooler installed. I have had Harleys for years, my only complaint is you have to spend at least a thousand to get decent performance from the engine.
  9. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    Looks like it's for 09 and up, here is the link. http://www.harley-davidson.com/store/hand-adjustable-rear-shocks I just put them on less than 200 miles ago and so far I like how it feels; I will most likely will upgrade the front suspension too.

    I've read that the premium shock will work on earlier models but can't confirm that.
  10. Omarius

    Omarius Been here awhile

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    You should buy a Harley because they are financiers for MV Agusta. Every time a straight piped sportster buzzes past my house, I remind myself of that.
  11. Bueller

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    Were.
  12. HOT DAMN!

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    Way less to do with the travel and much more to do with the type of shock and how it's set up. I have never owned a bike that did not have to go out for suspension work to be set up for my weight or style of riding, ever. If you never have, you don't know what you're missing.

    Those stock air shocks are complete junk. If you're serious, start HERE with some Ohlins or Penskes, and this guy will build them custom for you and your needs.

    While your bike is the old chassis, a dialed suspension will still make a world of difference.
  13. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Hmmm, wonder what happened to the OP? He hasn't posted in the 2yrs since he started this thread! :huh

    I got my first Harley Oct '11, a Softail Deluxe, and I'm loving it! :wink:

    Happy Holidaze, Mark H. :D
  14. wyno

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    Hope he bought a Guzzi instead.
  15. Nadgett

    Nadgett Been here awhile

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    If he had bought a Harley he'd probably be here complaining about it.
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    telejojo Been here awhile

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    Could'nt give me one.................................:puke1
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  18. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    They are the exact same air over shocks Honda used on the 1200 Gold Wing. A bike noted for its plush ride. Junk they ain't.

    However, Harley riders (as a generic group) believe Harley's claim that the shocks are completely impossible to perform maintenance on. Honda, on the other hand, identifies them as a maintenance piece. Giving not only information on how to service them, but selling repair parts for them as well.

    Take those stock air shocks and simply change the fluid, like you would on a fork. Remarkable things happen with fresh fluid, and enough of it. If you feel adventurous with a spanner, replace the bottom out bumper
  19. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The main problem I had was getting the settings right when switching between solo and two-up, and this was when the shocks were low mileage. For me, the premium hand adjustable shocks are much easier to dial in and perform better.
  20. HOT DAMN!

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    We've already tried that route with swapping up to 10wt on a few bikes with the same shitty results, so we can agree to disagree, the air shocks absolutely suck. :deal

    Come ride my Ohlins suspended Ultra and you'll undoubtedly agree.