Street Glide vs. Electra Glide Classic

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by skysailor, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Leaning heavily towards a Super Glide Custom with nice bags and a detachable windshield. Realizing the comfort level on the touring frames vs, the number of times I'd really need that vs, the price, etc., makes the Super Glide look like the best choice for me.
    Lyle
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  2. hdxbones

    hdxbones Adventurer

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    How about the Switchback? Bags, windshield, floorboards, touring size wheels/tires for 16,100(US)....

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  3. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Super Glide is a different ride than the SG or EG.

    Since your considering a Dyna frame how about a Switchback? Comes standard with detachable hard bags and windshield.


    Ooops, hdxbones beat me to the punch.
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  4. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    It's more than the frame. After owning a Softail standard I swore off single front brakes on bikes weighing 700 lbs. The brakes on the touring bikes are excellent and ABS is a nice safety feature. If I had the budget to buy a new Dyna, I'd be looking for a used '09-'10 RK.
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  5. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Can't put my finger on it, but there's something about the way the Switchback looks that leaves me cold. It just doesn't talk to me.
    Lyle
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  6. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    I'm sure the vent in the wind shield does make a difference. I've often thought it might be a good idea. Gold Wings have had them for years, and it does seem like it should reduce the draft behind the windshield.

    BUT, will you give my suggestion a try? Get out on the highway, close the vent, put your feet up on the top of the crash bars, and hug the tank with your legs. See how nice and calm it is once you block the air coming up around the tank. The fork wind deflectors help to do that, and at $350.00 less than the wind splitter windshield.
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  7. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    I'm sure it's a great bike. I wanted SO to consider it. Wouldn't. Didn't like the front fender. Didn't like the small hard bags.

    She went with a Super Glide Custom and will eventually add leather bags or a pinion bag. Her one way rides are seldom over 150 miles, so she doesn't think she needs a screen.
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  8. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I'm running fairing lowers now and ran the fork wind deflectors prior so I know they make a difference. But for me the lowers reduced the air hitting my chest, while the wind splitter eliminated the turbulence coming over the windshield.

    Surprisingly, the National Cycle hand guards also made a noticeable difference in the amount of air that hits my chest. Highly recommend them as well.
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  9. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    SmilingKen, great looking bike...and I peeked at your blog. For a late bloomer, you are riding. Good luck to you!

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  10. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    The bags aren't big enough IMO. Cruiser chassis with touring looks? But the engine is up to 103. Some people want dual brake discs up front. Still bit of a ground clearance issue. Its a compromise for someone looking for a cruiser, but wants the ability to tour. I think it's decent if your cruise to tour ration is like 70:30. Or you are a fan of the Dyna line. Or you have a split personality like this bike. :D

    Honestly, why
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  11. milo

    milo Been here awhile

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    I agree with what others have pointed out. These bikes don't have much suspension travel as it is. The Street Glide and Road Glide (I think) have even less. If you carry a passenger much the EG Classic has the Tourpak with backrest. HD sells a nice kit that allows it to be easily detachable. Riding with and w/o it I could definitely feel the extra weight up high and back. In my case I seldom carry anyone so I didn't even want the back box nor radio. So it was between a Road King or EG Standard. The Standard is no longer offered now so I would buy a Road King if I were replacing mine. The RK is basically what the original Electra Glide was, before they offered the batwing fairing.
    One nice thing about Harley is they make a ton of things for these bikes. For instance I added docking hardware which is almost invisible. This allows their nice back rest and or luggage rack to snap on or off in seconds. On longer rides I click them on to strap my dry bag on the seat and camping gear on the rear rack.

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    It appears the EG Classic and Road Glides are discontinued for 2014.


    Discontinued in all global markets
    • XR1200X™
    • FXS Softail® Blackline®
    • FLHTC Electra Glide® Classic
    • FLTRX Road Glide® Custom
    • FLTRU Road Glide® Ultra
    Discontinued in North America only
    • FLHRC Road King® Classic
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  12. bobobob

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    Got a link to that info?
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  13. NonDairyCreamer

    NonDairyCreamer incomprehensible

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    Discontinued Road Glide for 2014 is just BS from the shark nose crowd. Supposedly HD is going to drop them so they can tool up for a water cooled version but since 1984 I have never heard a rumor about what HD is going to do that ever turned out to be true. They have a policy: any employee that leaks any information about inside work is dismissed.
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  14. milo

    milo Been here awhile

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    marshrat Been here awhile

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    Of that discontinued list, I am astounded to see the Road King Classic.
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  16. milo

    milo Been here awhile

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    I am too, they may have mistaken and meant the standard Road King. Of course I'd prefer the standard RK with it's hard bags and mag wheels with tubeless ires. But I think the "Classic" sells better.
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  17. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    From what I've seen on the various forums, the standard RK seems to be the better seller for the reasons that you've stated.
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  18. Rabon

    Rabon Been here awhile

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    I ride an Electra Glide Ultra (with Lowers) and have spent a great deal of time on Road Kings. I live in Coastal Alaska and spend a lot of time in Western Canada and average a little over 20K miles per season with a large percent of my riding in the rain. If you spend a lot of time in harsh weather the RK is not in the same league.
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  19. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    When I searched HD forums for info on that windshield, all I could find were uncomplimentary comments. I suspect the posters there were more worried about form than function, though.

    It's good to hear a positive review on this. When I saw a pic of it, I was pretty confident it would better than the stock shield. The buffeting on my 04 RK was pretty bad.

    Can you see over the screen? How adjustable is it?
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  20. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The screen sits lower than the OEM shield, neck high versus nose high with the OEM ( 5'7" with a 30" inseam). As the pic shows, about the same height as the tops of the mirrors. Around town you can feel more wind on your face than with the OEM shield, but once traveling at higher speeds it provides better wind protection than the stock screen thanks to the way the vent works. It's not adjustable, mounting the same way the OEM does, but the vent allows you to direct air where you want it.

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