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I test rode the "dark side" at the rally... one word... AWESOME! :shock: :D

Don't get me wrong, I'm not getting rid of my custom VOL anytime soon, but I think I just discovered my long hauler for 200+ mile runs! 8)

I test rode the 2008 Road Glide first. Because I used to ride sport bikes, the "frame-fixed" fairing didn't bother me at all. You definitely sit up (on top) of this ride vs "in" a lowered 2", Corbin YG saddled VOL. Fit and finish typical EXCELLENT HD quality. Yes, I was already thinking of how many ways to mod this, customize that... :shock: :D Steering was light (similar to the VOL). It handled well in the crowded parking lot (at speed). I'm sure, with some practice, I could flick it around like the VOL at 10mph and less. It was a self-guided ride so I started out by pulling out of the parking lot and directly on to Casino Drive (35mph) for about 1 block. Made a left on to the highway (for about a block - 35mph). Then left on to a town road for about 3/4 mile at 35mph. Right on to a double lane city street for about 3 miles... eye-balled for cops and opened her up! Wooo hooo! Power from the 96" motor was excellent, nice torque and hp. She got up to 60mph no prob in 4th gear (remember this is a 6speed tranny). Buffeting was minimal. I'm sure there's after market add-ons to smooth out the air. Next, applied heavy brakes to a stop sign... NICE Brembo ABS brakes! No fade, completely MORE than enough... I was warned by the HD Rep to ease into the brakes vs grab a handful... they will bight! :D Right turn on to a wide open double-lane city street, with no traffic for about 3 miles. Again, opened it up... this time to 80mph with the stereo blairing! NICE! But the stereo (speed sensitive volume) couldn't handle the volume at speed. Again, after market, higher wattage speakers will fix that problem. At this point, there was a strong cross-wind (L to R) coming across the road. I could feel the wind pushing from the left on the bike, but nothing bad. I brought the VOL up to the same street after my demo ride and it was getting pushed around a bit... so the Road Glide sat well in the heavy cross-winds. Next I brought the RG down to another stop... right turn on to that previous little highway in the beginning... downhill at approx 60mph... slowing to the speed limit (45mph) just as 4 HD State Troopers come haulin' past at 80mph! Missed me by _ that much! :D Traffic started to back up at Casino Drive, so I got to feel the bike at idle... ROUGH! Gotta tune up the demo rides HD! I know that they are a little rough at idle, but even my buddy who has ridden HDs since the 70's said that the Road Glide's idle was WAY TOO ROUGH. Nothing a proper tune wouldn't help. Cruised down Casino drive and into the parking lot. Manuvered well at low speed and easily stopped on the mark the HD Rep pointed to. Overall... 4.5 stars (outta 5 stars). I give it high marks in all categories, but a little down on the stereo and the idle... both that potentially could be corrected.

Next I waited 45mins to test ride the 08 Street Glide. I had high hopes for this HD, but it came up shy of the Road Glide. I won't bore you with the "color" I gave on the Glide's review, but I will share the highlights...

The weight of the batwing can definitely be felt in the steering. I'm sure those of you that have the bat wing on the VOL/C50 know what I'm speaking of. I specifically wanted to see the different between the RG and SG at speed... buffeting, stereo, stability, wind noise, etc. Unfortunately for the SG... it did not live up to the RG's comfort and handling in my opinion. In the performance area, very similar feel for power and delivery, but much more buffeting at speed. Again, I could feel the weight of the wing on the front end on slow speed turns. In the same cross wind, it seemed that the fairing caught the wind and acted almost like a sail. Some of my buddies that own HD Classics said they've had trouble with this in the past with the bat wing in heavy winds. The stereo actually was better at speed! Estethics... I could sit flat footed on the SG, but "almost" flat footed on the RG. I liked the SG, but not so much after I rode the RG. I gave the SG 3 outta 5 stars. Low marks for slow speed handling, buffeting (sail like action in winds) and front end weight on steering.

All in all, both great bikes, but the Road Glide is my personal preference for the long haul. I GOTTA GET ME ONE OF THESE! Awesome ride with nice features and a great motor/tranny. It even comes standard with cruise! :D

Now only if I could convince the wife! :shock: :wink:

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Interesting, the first thing SG riders do is can the factory windshield for a standard EG model or one of several after market windshields. The second thing we do is add an air baffle to the front forks. This results in no wind noise or buffeting. Unfortunately, the buffeting and wind noise is not fixed as easily on the RG. If you want a loud stereo HOG Wired makes several amplifies and speaker systems that will blow you right off the seat. I have to tell you that I don't have any problem with the factory model, even cruising at 90.
 

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Thanks FX... are you riding the SG or UG? I'm leaning towards the RG because... (1) different looks, not as common as the bat wing, (2) steering feel, just personal preference, lighter feel, and (3) I eventually will hot rod it out and customize it (I can't resist) and I definitely want something different to start with.

After the initial purchase (months/years in the future) I'll opt for the quick detach sissy bar w/rack and the quick detach mini tour pack for the long trips. I gotta make it comfy for the Mrs!
 

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The RG is truly a great bike but helmet buffeting is a common complaint. I ride an SG. Rodogy (JAB) rides an RG so you can probably ping him for the ins and outs of that bike. Phil over on HD Forums is putting out something wild like 150HP out of his RG.
 

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Some one say RG......



Yeahp....great hadling bike.....as for speakers yeahp couple things ya can go with Hog tunes is my set up its good does the job ....Hawg wired ...shoulda spent the cash on that set up......as for buffeting couple shields out thier for that....I ride shorty's so....it happens....crosswinds....this bike is the king of handling that....ride right outa a semi on the freeway and yall never know ya were next to one...bike is very at home on the freeway.....but to my suprise it handles great in the twisties..for a large bike....Congrats on the test ride.....damn those 08's and bremo's...and 6 gal tanks.....!
 

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^ ^ ^ ^ ^

Sweet steed and my favorite color too! See ya got the tour pack and PM wheels on her... nice!

Chances are, I'd switch between the shorty and the full face from time to time. Hog Tunes or Hawg Wired sound like the way to go, plus I'd probably try to add rear speakers on the tour pack too.

I'm glad there are some "dark side" RGs here for intel purposes. :D :D

Thanks guys!
 

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I'm currently riding a Road King Classic and it is a great bike. However...

My next bike will be one of the two rides listed above. I've got a great riding bike with factory installed electronic cruise control, but would love to also have tunes. Additionally, I ride year-round so a little more wind blocking up front would be nice.

The wife is in the cue to get the next bike purchase to replace her C50. We are thinking about a Softail Heritage. She's ridden one (I used to own one) and loved it. Now that she has 10,000 plus miles of experience on her C50 she is ready to move up to a bigger bike. I'll then get her C50 for daily commutes! Every time I ride her C50 it makes me smile and she grumps at me for riding "Her" bike.

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Rodog said:
Some one say RG......



Yeahp....great hadling bike.....as for speakers yeahp couple things ya can go with Hog tunes is my set up its good does the job ....Hawg wired ...shoulda spent the cash on that set up......as for buffeting couple shields out thier for that....I ride shorty's so....it happens....crosswinds....this bike is the king of handling that....ride right outa a semi on the freeway and yall never know ya were next to one...bike is very at home on the freeway.....but to my suprise it handles great in the twisties..for a large bike....Congrats on the test ride.....damn those 08's and bremo's...and 6 gal tanks.....!
You punk!

you thought that we wouldn't notice the aftermarket rims, airbox and bars!!!!

It looks sweet!

LOL

My brother inlaw is still in LOVE with his. He has the gun metal greay one that they insist on calling black. Very nice bike. I loved it when I rode it.
 

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looks like a good hack. I like the blue in the site or the crimson glo red.
 

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Nice scoots! Love the sidecar... don't know if the Mrs. would like that though. The wheels and goodies look great too.

Thanks for sharing!

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looks like a good hack. I like the blue in the site or the crimson glo red.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh..... Crimson Red Sunglo.............

AWEEEEEEEEEEEE why did you have to mention that color and HD.... Now I'm gonna be longing for my Crimson Red Sunglo, Heritage Softail...

Darn it anyway..... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's all I'm gonna think about all day!!!!!!!

Thanks a lot.....

And they have one at American Harley.... I might just have to go and check it out!!!!!!!!....

But, I have no $$ for it.... Geeeeee Wizzzzzzzzz!

I'll just keep dreaming.....
 

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Edmo said:
I'm currently riding a Road King Classic and it is a great bike. However...

My next bike will be one of the two rides listed above. I've got a great riding bike with factory installed electronic cruise control, but would love to also have tunes. Additionally, I ride year-round so a little more wind blocking up front would be nice.

The wife is in the cue to get the next bike purchase to replace her C50. We are thinking about a Softail Heritage. She's ridden one (I used to own one) and loved it. Now that she has 10,000 plus miles of experience on her C50 she is ready to move up to a bigger bike. I'll then get her C50 for daily commutes! Every time I ride her C50 it makes me smile and she grumps at me for riding "Her" bike.

Edmo
I didn't think the HSTC was bigger than the C50. It felt smaller when I sat on one. My wife also likes this bike and we looked at them before we decided on the Vulcan 1500. It is a real nice looking bike though, one of my favorite HDs, with the RK being my favorite.

You get the "her bike" thing too! I get that when I ride our Vulcan...
 
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