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#541831 - 11/20/09 11:03 PM Re: question to any Harley riders [Re: mikeR1100R]  
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A lot of good input above. I've ridden H-D's for a long time and only recently an RT. I like them both.

There will always be a Harley Davidson in my garage.

Bill


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#541836 - 11/20/09 11:27 PM Re: question to any Harley riders [Re: Bill_Walker]  
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Originally Posted By: Bill_Walker
There are tons of places around now that rent Harleys. If you're thinking of buying one, rent one for a day (it's the only way you're gonna get a test ride anyway).

+1. Do an all-day rental, or two half-day rentals of different models, and ride as far and as long as you can. Even if there isn't a HD rental place near you, driving several hundred miles to find one is probably worthwhile use of your time. A few years ago, a guy flew in from Australia, rented an HD, and rode it in the Iron Butt Rally, but you don't have to go to that extreme.

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#541866 - 11/21/09 01:47 AM Re: question to any Harley riders [Re: majordad]  
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I've owned 8 different HD's and currently have a 2010 Road King with ABS. Never had any significant issues with any of them. Great for all day cruisin' with a sweet spot at 75-80mph. It won't keep up with the RT but is every bit as comfortable for the long haul although anyone who's ridden with me knows what it'll do in the sweepers...Bob Foley...where are you...? grin

If you buy one my advice would be get a 2010 rather than earlier year model. A few reasons: The TC96 motor with 6 speed (08 and newer models) has more power and torque than the TC88 (99' thru 07 models). The new frame/suspension and wider rear tire on the 09-10 models makes for a better ride and handling than prior years and has a 6 gallon rather than 5 gallon tank. The 2010 models have a helical 5th gear which has eliminated the "5th gear whine" notorious in the 08 and 09's.

Just my $.02

Rick


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2013 BMW R1200RT
2013 HD Road King
2011 Triumph Bonneville T-100

#541869 - 11/21/09 02:19 AM Re: question to any Harley riders [Re: ERdok]  
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Majordad, just another .02 to add to the already great replies you've gotten. I've been riding BMW's since 1974 and currently have a 2005 R1200GS and a 2003 Road King. I like them both ...alot for what they do and how they make me feel.

The GS is the true "do it all" bike for me, as an RT would be in most respects as well. Powerful (enough) for almost all circumstances, easy handling with very high limits for a big bike and just fabulous ABS brakes. "Tippy" low speed handling feel and a dearth of dealers is a big negative.

My 2003 Road King is my "smilemaker". Easy to ride, great to see (or be seen on), and the right mix of look, feel, and sound. I have mine pretty "dressed" but essentially stock mechanically and it is a fabulous match for the "riding style" down here in straight ,flat Florida (11 curves in 318 miles!). That said, when I lived up your way, I still had fun with it on the wonderful roads of rural VA and MD. It has been absolutely rock solid, no issues, no needs. Weeks go by with no battery tender and she still starts on the first push.

Hope this helps a bit; keep the RT; get an RK (removable WS is a big plus for the local riding I do) and enjoy both rides!


Steve
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#541889 - 11/21/09 03:54 AM Re: question to any Harley riders [Re: Tapatio]  
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Originally Posted By: Tapatio

Have you considered a Victory? I saw a Cross Country the other day and was really impressed.


My wife and I stopped at the Indian store outside of Charlotte NC last weekend. Most gorgeous bikes I've ever seen - if I was buying for looks, it would have been a done deal!

#542026 - 11/21/09 06:40 PM Re: question to any Harley riders [Re: DonD]  
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A pic of my 92 Ultra that I bought brand-new. It's kinda like driving a dump truck after getting out of a sports car.(rt) That's the best way I can describe it.
That being said, it's still a lot fun to just sit back & chug along. (& of course move over for faster moving BMW motorcycles) Added bonus, the rt does feel like a rocket ship when you get back on it.


Pat


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#542264 - 11/22/09 01:33 PM Re: question to any Harley riders [Re: TEWKS]  
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A few replies here have mentioned what I've experienced on my HD. When riding "around town" I find myself smiling?? I really like something about it and I can't put my finger on it? BTW....I refuse to put loud pipes on my bike, STOCK = reliable, to me.


Harley Electra Glide (Police), BMW's F650GS-P (retired), R1200RT-P (turned over to Jr. Ofc.) 2015 Harley Electra Glide (current)
#550946 - 12/19/09 07:30 PM Re: question to any Harley riders [Re: BailyD]  
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Keep in mind the dynamic of the rubber mounted FL bikes and how the late 80's thru the 2007 bikes felt like they were hinged in the middle when going through sweepers at anything over 50-60 mph.

I guess HD has fixed this issue with the new bikes but both of my old FL's 1992 FLHS and 2003 FLH had the dreaded death wobble that would almost initiate tank slap at legal California freeway speeds.

Other than that they were smooth all day long and great for relaxed cruising.


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#551438 - 12/21/09 11:35 AM Re: question to any Harley riders [Re: bondobob65]  
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I have tens of thousands of miles on Harley touring bikes. When comparing them to the RT, the tractor-trailer rig vs sports car analogy is, I think, a good one. A bit more physical input is necessary when riding the Harley, but the new ones are rock-solid reliable, comfortable, and will get you to where you're going without drama. My last Harley was a 2008 Electra Glide FLHT with ABS and cruise control. It was a great bike, very comfortable to ride, and it never let me down. If you're interested in one, I wouldn't hesitate to make the purchase.

Here's a photo of our '08 taken while on a trip from a couple of summers ago. We were enjoying perfect riding weather on the Skyline Drive in Virginia. smile







Steve
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2009 R1200RT - black sapphire metallic - SOLD
#552179 - 12/23/09 03:48 PM Re: question to any Harley riders [Re: majordad]  
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Depending on your height, I too would point you either to the Street Glide (any year) or to a 2010 Road Glide. They both sit nice & low where weight does not become a major factor. If height is not an issue, the Road King should also be considered. It's basically the entry level to the HD Touring family (windshield only, no radio, etc). It does tend to sit a bit "taller" than the other 2 choices. I'd be happy to answer any other questions you might have.

BTW - I do sell for the newest HD/BMW dealership in the NY Metro area.

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