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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by sfarson, Nov 13, 2004.
Picking this one up tomorrow.
At first glance I cringed at the red wheels, but after looking at it for thirty seconds or so I think it's beautiful and well done which is saying something because I'm not usually a fan of red. Enjoy the new ride.
That was my first thought when I saw the wheels too. Then I was thinking that this bike could be a bit unique and I started to like them more. It's the first big twin I've owned and I'm excited to get familiar with it.
What year? Any mods?
Oh yeah, for what it’s worth, I hate the gold wheels on my ‘03. Your red ones look great by comparison.
Here is something new from Harley-Davidson that I'm semi-surprised to see:
It's a 2012 with 25,000 miles. It has Progressive springs in the front forks and the HD premium ride preload adjustable 13" shocks out back. All the lights front and rear are converted to LED. New tires, brakes & rotors, wheel bearings and a Freedom screen. I got a service manual and a cover too. No engine mods. Stock mufflers and air box.
That might well be the only one of its kind: a used Harley with no engine mods and upgraded suspension! Wish I could find its Road King brother.
I don't like to do many mods for the first couple of months either, but I highly recommend putting on floorboards.
We found Nemo.
Here's a pic from west side of Canandaigua Lake, heart of the Finger Lakes area here in western NY. I live close to this spot, have ridden past it a thousand times over the years and today is the 1st time I've ever stopped there! I guess we all take for granted what's in our own back yard at times.
Beautiful bike in a beautiful setting. Can't say I'm jazzed about any of the paint jobs on the 2021's, except for this color combo for this year's RK.
I've ridden to Lake Seneca a few times. Beautiful area. Stayed at the Glenora Winery once on a tour coming back from Niagara Falls. Really nice. Possibly, the best burger I've ever had was there....and I like my burgers.
Enjoy that 2 wheeled deliciousness!
I may be in the same camp. I took off my Arlen ness super sucker and Rineheart short shots and installed factory stuff on my Softail. The bike seems fast enough up to 90mph. I am getting tired of scraping floor boards. Eyeballing almost 2000 bucks in suspension upgrades from Legend. But I fear I may still be scraping floor boards.
I changed my FLHR air cleaner cover,heat shields and mufflers. To OEM stuff from another model.
Here is a pic of the wife and I last Sunday when we went and looked at the bike and closed the deal.
Got it home on Wednesday and squeezed it into the garage...its a tight fit, and the Sporty feels like a dirtbike now!
I have a few changes I want to do to it. The Freedom shield is a bit tall for me as I prefer to look over the screen. Its an 11". I may try a 7 or 8" to see if I like it better.
Great looking Ultra, Carl. I really miss mine on long trips. I am 6’ and really like the 7” screen. No buffering, an occasional bug may bounce off the top of my helmet.
I Iiked it so much, that I put one on the new bike.
These are in my HD collection, the SGS is a 2014 with Darkened Cayanne Sunglow the RK is a 2016 with the Bel Aire paint .
Both have custom Corbin seats, the RK has 13in. Ohlin rear shocks and a Darkhorse compensator and clutch pressure reduction lever assist.
The SGS has 13 inch rear shocks to make it steer easier and offer more ground clearance. The original 12 in. shocks made the bike great for straight line but it was work going into turns, the RK OTOH is a pleasure straight or turning.
I also wanted more ground clearance since I like to lean my bikes when I ride them, so far I have not touched a foot board on either bike but I know I have been close.
I got Amber tint film from Ebay and recovered the driving lamps of both bikes this makes a huge difference in the visibility for oncoming drivers and I find drivers pulling over to let me pass more often with the driving lamps on compared, to having them be clear/white lamps like the headlight .
NOTE after wiping the wheels down I put a coat of Vaseline on them, both the black and polished areas.
( I polish the metal first if its gotten corroded. I use Mothers metal polish.)
Then a lite wipe with a microfiber towel to get off the thicker stuff, this keeps the wheels looking pretty fresh till the next wash cycle and definitely keeps the corrosion at bay, WD40 on a towel works good for cleaning the rims prior to a Vaseline treatment.
NOTE both bikes have had all 3 sets of the brake pads upgraded to EBC HH++ sintered
2 sets in the front one in the rear.
I only use the hand brake to stop the bikes since the linked brakes with ABS work so well.
These are really good pads they work well in the wet and dry,
and stop way better than the wooden feeling stock pads do.
The best 95.00 brake upgrade you can get.
The spot on the right side cover of the RK is where the PO had drilled a hole for a cig. lighter power port, It was internally shorted I removed it and my Brother made a nice SS round plate to cover the hole with a small stud on it and a large washer, this is now covering the hole. I went to the HD shop and got a nice Challenge coin and JB welded it to the SS metal plate.
I put on a wireless charging dock on the left bars that makes recharging the phone easy plus it doubles as a navigation device.
It also has hand guards these were fitted so I could ride in cold weather these are easily removed/ installed and make a huge difference when riding in temps under 48 F
Went to a garage sale yesterday.