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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by tessalino, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. greycountyduc

    greycountyduc Adventurer

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    Yeah, now that's more like it, guys shootin' the shit about roads and ridin' and places they been.

    I haven't road tripped to the U.S. since '87 when I toured in the west, Montana, the Rockies, Yellowstone, then into Wyoming and on to Sturgis, just on my own but travelling with a few here and there. Camped with a great bunch of Harley riders at Spearfish that week, partyin' and havin' fun.

    I'm happy as fulk today, just took my forks for springs, valving, and shock in for service for my trackbike, sold a pair of vintage mufflers, and bought some bling for my street bike, all TODay!! WHooHOo

    Tom
  2. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

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    Friend of mine just traded in his '09 Ultra with over 100K miles on it for a new Ultra Limited, he won't shut up about how much better he likes the new one either...:lol3

    Hopefully HD will release a non CVO RGU some time this year, I'd like to try one out before trading our 2013 RGU for a Wing, or Vision. I think the Roadmaster is out of the running because of the engine heat, but going to test ride one to see for myself.

    How is the Wing treating y'all thus far? :ear
  3. Red9

    Red9 Been here awhile

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    I'm liking it. Put 10,000 on it in Aug, Sept.:D

    Have to admit I like the look and storage capacity of the Harley better but in every other aspect the Wing (for me) is a better fit.
  4. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    Agree. That's what it's really all about Vs. "my bikes better than yours" bull. IMO, all of the touring style bikes from all brands are great, and they all will get you where you need to go equally.

    Some like red, some like blue, some like black. Expecting everyone else to like the color you like is .... lame?

    Let's trade riding experiences, not personal preferences.:D This spring and summer, we plan to ride down to the Nashville, Tenn., area, and do a whole Music Tour type of thing. Also planned is a trip to the Grand Canyon, a decent run from Illinois. It's going to be great. Fun part is picking out roads other than the major slabs. We also look for unique Motels, something other than the major franchise chains.

    Where are YOU going?:D

    bob
  5. LudemJo

    LudemJo Iron Butt Dreamer

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    Planning a trip to Maine on my Electra Glide in August. Leaving Leesburg, VA on the slab up to Amsterdam, NY. After that all backroads up through Lake Placid, Burlington and eastward to Portland, ME and ultimately Bar Harbor. We are planning nine days on the road. I find it comforting to know there are about a dozen dealers along our route, although I really doubt I will need their services.

    I an REALLY looking forward to this trip!

    John
  6. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    That sounds like a fantastic trip. One of the areas I've never been to is the far Northeast - Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, etc. Ton's of History there, and I'm sure it's scenic, etc. Nine days on the bike is one of the greatest human battery chargers there is! Realigns your Zen isotopes... whatever they are(?).:D

    Try to take some pics!:beer

    Bob
  7. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

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    Sounds like you have a great fit with the Wing. We enjoyed our test ride to lunch on a Wing the day before buying the RGU. The one we test rode had an aftermarket seat on it that kept my knees out of the fairing, but didn't cramp my wife on back. She liked the pillion area a little better on the Wing too. My biggest problem with the wing is having AADD, there are just too many knobs, buttons, and do dads to play with. It's no wonder y'all rarely wave...:lol3

    That being said, had the Wing dealer been open on Sunday or Monday we'd probably have bought the Wing instead. Kinda glad it worked out the way it did now though. I've owned a buncha Hondas over the years, the RGU is my first Harley. Thus far it's been a much better than expected experience. The bike is really nice, the dealers have been very helpful, and HD's demo seat/windshield program is a great customer perk the other manufactures should offer.

    If my wife isn't able to ride any more than she has been lately I'll just keep the 2013 a while longer for her. I bought an '04 R1150GS to play with solo before leaving for work this trip. :D
  8. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    I like motorcycling diversity, but unfortunately where I live finding motorcycling diversity is like trying to find ethnic diversity at a David Allen Coe concert.
  9. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer Super Supporter

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    I'm as ambivalent about motorcycling diversity as I am about ethnic diversity... I am glad there are many choices but if everyone in the state rode a Gold Wing or an MT-07 I couldn't care less. Similarly I'm unconcerned about the color and racial make-up of people around me. God I love this country!:deal
  10. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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    Here's my 2nd new HD. Got it in 1996. Fun bike. I was younger in 1996, too.:D
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  11. Mikemm

    Mikemm Long timer

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    wow, so funny to see that in almost 20 years, almost nothing has changed. :lol3

    (and im talking about the bike, in case that isnt obvious)
  12. AK650

    AK650 Long timer Supporter

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    Where do we start. Brembo brakes w/ABS, sequential port EFI, CANBUS, Fly by wire throttle w/electronic cruise control, catalytic converters, liquid cooled heads(some models), larger diameter/upgraded forks, completely redesigned frame, etc......

    Funny, almost nothing has changed.

    Jeff
  13. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    It may look the same but a noted, there are a lot mechanical changes. Personally I have never been into having the latest look or newest fad. If something looked good 20 years ago then it still looks good to me today. IMO, the Road King has always been one of Harley's best looking bikes.
  14. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    Obviously your knowledge of motorcycles had totally stagnated! :lol3
  15. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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  16. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer Supporter

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    I stopped by the new Six Bends Harley Davidson shop on my Ural and had a nice visit.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/39tpUttTv_TmrMmkJQwpUN5U2RMv69WdRciNvBhD9og?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZMP3CdezlL0/VMf9XtdBPnI/AAAAAAAAWf8/Zozo2CL_5rM/s800/0127151336.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>

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    Perfect riding weather here in Fort Myers, FL.
  17. Red9

    Red9 Been here awhile

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    We get it.... you're a motorcycle cop who doesn't like his HD. What I find funny is, when you asked to be a motorcycle cop wtf did you think they were going to ride around on?
    And how the fuck could you not know of all the changes in the last 5 years?:norton

    Personally what I think we got here is a closet pirate with a Poncherello complex.
  18. Mikemm

    Mikemm Long timer

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    Is there something in particular I just said that wasnt true? Of course there isnt. Cause all that crap is real. I just happen to see it so often because we own a fleet that collectively puts on a half million miles a year. Of course I knew there was changes in the last 20 years.. but visually, its quite the same. Even the front fender in that picture looks exactly like the front fender they just went back to for the FLHTPs

    Sounds like you missed the posts where I said id still take a harley over a car any day.. Try reading the thread before making assumptions.

    Other truths? My 2011 with its first oil leak at 8k, then the 2nd at 22k. Front wheel bearings toast at 12k. New headlight bulbs almost every time im caught in a torrential downpour. Saddle bags with those shitty latches that vibrate open at highway speed, sending the contents flying all over the interstate. At least the updated latches actually stay closed. Bolts that continuously rattle loose just from typical highway riding.. parking the bike in a closed garage fills the house with an obnoxious raw fuel smell. Chrome flaking off the mirrors.. riding on the interstate and having the exhaust pipe welds break at the Y and youre suddenly holding the exhaust on with your foot.

    Others in our fleet with 2014's with oil leaks at 8k. Broken shift lever shafts right at the casing (leaving them stranded on the side of the road without a way to shift) in less than 10k.

    But hey, its loud and shiny
  19. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam Supporter

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    An acquaintance of mine stopped by the Harley Davidson shop today, rode out on a 2010 Sportster, his first motorcycle ever.

    He is the sterotypical HD guy.......a 24 year old Asian with a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering working for one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, and is into high performance sports cars and high tech electric gadgetry. Also bought a full set of gear....hi-viz full face helmet and jacket with armor, boots and gloves.

    Yep, HD is definitely struggling with their aging demographics, I give em 7-10 years then they'll have to put a fork in it for sure.
  20. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer Super Supporter

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    @Bar-none, I'll bet you don't get much, "get a real bike" at the dealership... Nice looking ride you have there. I like that little Honda you have too..:deal:freaky