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FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    One of my pals is letting me take his 2015 Street Glide Special for a weekend test ride.

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  2. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Nice! Impressions?
  3. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    Love almost everything about it, BUT........

    The big fairing, music is cool, turbulent air is not......

    Suspension felt way too stiff.......

    I found myself slouching which caused my lower back to ache after a while.

    Rode a 2002 Road King as well, and believe it or not, I liked it better. I know I sound like a broken record, but the 2017+ Road King Special is the one if I’m gonna go Harley. That’s the one that stirs something in me. I could tweak the ergos for my comfort for sure. My wife loved them both.
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  4. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    This one.

    I did get out and grab a tag today on my Duc.

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  5. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    I test rode a new Street Glide several years ago, just for grins. I HATED the environment created by the fairing and windshield, especially the buffeting I experienced on a short sprint down the interstate. Love the styling of the Bat Wing fairing, always have, but...no thanks.

    Front? Rear? Both?

    Trying to design a motorcycle to fit the maximum number of riders ergo-wise must be a constant challenge for m/c manufacturers. My '06 Road King had rather low-rise bars, and I found them - and the subsequent riding posture - perfect. My '14 Road King, on the other hand, had rather high-rise bars, and I found the riding position uncomfortable, so much so that I swapped them out for a lower-rise bend. My present ride (my '04 Heritage), has the exact same bars that my '06 RK came with, and they're perfect...for me.

    I loved my '06 RK, but came to very much dislike my '14 RK, so much so that I was ecstatic to trade it in on a ten-year-older bike. It was amazing to me that the same basic motorcycle could be so vastly different in character, personality and, most importantly, functionality.

    If I were in the market for a new Harley, it'd likely boil down to either a Heritage Softail or a Road King, with the Heritage probably getting the nod.
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  6. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Something like this, perhaps:

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    The windshield would get wrapped up in flannel and stored away, and there's the tall handlebars I find so uncomfortable - swap them out, peel off several sets of reflectors, install a set of chrome fork legs and a pair of Screamin' Eagle slash-cut slip-ons and I'd be good to go. :)
  7. Bartimus

    Bartimus Been here awhile

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    Looking good my friend, glad to see it's winding down, and you will get some wind time. (like you could forget how to shift) hahahahahahahahahahaha

    And for RedUly: From the 2016 R1200RS operators manual:

    Changing setting The riding modes can only be changed while driving under the following condition:
    No drive torque at the rear wheel. No brake pressure in the braking system. This operating mode is active when the motorcycle is stopped with the ignition switched ON.
    As an alternative, the following steps must be carried out:
    Turn back throttle grip. Do not actuate brake lever. First the desired riding mode is preselected. The new selection is not activated until the specified conditions are present in all affected systems.

    Glad to hear the weather is finally cooperating, and maybe a little bit of Spring is heading your way. Enjoy Amigo!
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  8. RedUly

    RedUly Esse Quam Videri Supporter

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    Thanks for the instructions. Somehow I accidentally changed it back into normal mode a week ago. I can't really tell a difference to be honest. But still it's nice to know how to do it.
  9. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem Supporter

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