I was told...so I did Harley

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by hapbob, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    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!

    Hap

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  2. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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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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  3. Badge320

    Badge320 Wild Hog No. 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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  4. Old Blue

    Old Blue Shallow waterman

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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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  5. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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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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  6. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    nice bike - congratulations!
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  7. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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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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  8. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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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
    Hap
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  9. oldogge

    oldogge Adventurer

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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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  10. Tilter

    Tilter Been here awhile

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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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  11. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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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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  12. milo

    milo Been here awhile

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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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  13. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Aspiring advrider

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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... :lol3
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  14. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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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

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    IN-STORE PURCHASE ONLY Contact dealer for pricing and availability.
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    Required to install Adjustable Rider Backrest on '09-later Touring models (except Trike).
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    MSRP US $219.95

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    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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  15. anotherguy

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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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  16. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    I agree for the most part, left mine stock for 50k miles and really didn't have any complaints; but some of the changes I wished I had done sooner because it made for a nicer ride. Wasn't money well spent since I did most of the changes within 10k miles of trading in the bike and then did it all again on my next bike. I didn't wait on this bike I already knew I would like the changes and just did it.
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  17. anotherguy

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    The main recommendation from me is shitcan those junk shocks. Those pneumatic door closers have no business being on a $20K bike. I have had great results with the Progressive 944. Not cheap but if you enjoy the lowered look w/o the lumber wagon ride. Lowers an inch but retains the travel of an unlowered bike. Ride quality is improved considerably. Money well spent. Built a 106" bike last week and he had installed Ohlins. The Ohlins have nothing on the top shelf Progressives. The forks may need some attention after you find out how good a late model touring bike can ride.
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  18. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Unless you've got really short legs, or are more into how a bike looks than how it performs, why lower it?

    I mean, you've just spent $ upgrading the shocks. Why make the bike worse by lowering it? :scratch
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  19. JerryH

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    Wow. You did good. Want to sell it cheap? I don't see any way you went wrong there. If it is a CA model, it has a cat and an evap system. The evap system can cause hard starting and poor running, but it is easy to remove. If it has a cat you will need a new exhaust to get rid of it, but most people put aftermarket exhausts on Harleys these days (actually they always have) Due to the EPA the stock pipes are too restrictive. There are only 3 issues I can think about as far as the mechanical stuff goes. The '09s uses a straight cut top gear, which does whine ( and many people complain about) but it will not hurt anything. It's actually stronger than a helical gear. The first big issue is overheating, again caused by the EPA. Harley even came up with some totally off the wall stuff to try and deal with it, including a fan for the rear cylinder, and cutting the spark to the rear cylinder at idle. The real cure is to simply remap the fuel injection, making it rich enough from idle to redline, and the high running temps will come right down. If you are going to switch pipes, wait and remap it to the engine set up the way you want it.


    The second issue, which applies to all Twin Cam Harleys, is to replace the cam chain tensioners, and possibly even the chains every 25,000 to 30,000 miles. The tensioner is PLASTIC, and just like Kawasaki's plastic oil pump gears, do fail eventually. But it is an easy job, everything is right under the cam cover. You do have to remove the pushrods to get the cams out. But it is no harder than tearing the whole rear end including swingarm apart every 10,000 miles on my Vulcan 750 to do maintenance.
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  20. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    Your wrong it applies to early models prior to 07, I'll let you do the research.
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