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Harley's for touring

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Related Discussions' started by norton_rider, Oct 9, 2019 at 4:44 PM.

  1. norton_rider

    norton_rider

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    Hey everyone,

    Just curious has anyone had any of the following

    road king
    electra glide ultra
    wide glide

    around a 2003 or earlier carby twin cam

    anything you regret or prefer between the models considering getting one at a later date. Had an Iron 883 but had to sell it when I got made redundant so only got to half run that in.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Jerry Doe

    Jerry Doe Admin

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    I have an ultra classic electra glide 2018. Love it! They are now liquid cooled, handle quite well and have incredible torque. Its got navigation and is high tech. I have a screaming eagle stage 1. Its good for long trips, really comfortable at 90 mph+. I ride 600 miles a day no problem. Its seriously heavy to manoever around in the garage, but great on the open road. A true touring bike. I have never ridden a Harley before this... Quite impressed overall.
     
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  3. jbruney

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    Those sportys are good.... Don't have much use for the beasts you're asking about though. Make thunder & don't move as I like.

    Jerry I've a buddy that just had one of the liquid jobs toast itself. Under warranty though, but he gave it back towards a different model. CRS on which one. HD idea of liquid cooling is somewhat different from conventional concepts. Hope you are more fortunate. His was a smooth caddy though with good looks.
     
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  4. SteveMinning

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    I own a 13 Ultra Limited. It is without a doubt a wonderful touring bike. At 70 or 80 mph it is turning something like 2500 rpm. Very relaxed on the interstate. It also handles far better than I expected it to.
     
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  5. norton_rider

    norton_rider

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    cheers guys just the sort of info im looking for :) yeah never really got to experience the sporty running in wasn't a good judge was a bit on the cramped side for me I think. 6'3 an 14 stone.
     
  6. Fast Eddie

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    The main thing you gotta check out is the weight of the things. If you have a tight manoeuvre requirement in the garage / shed it can be a real issue.

    Street Bob is, I think, the lightest and also generally the cheapest of the big twins.

    If you’re 6’3 I’d forget about Sportsters.

    Not sure what year you’re looking at, but those 103 engines are fun. And the new 107 even more so!

    I rode a brand new Road King 3,000 miles in 2 weeks having never ridden one before, I loved it and didn’t even get the mildest sore arse.

    For their intended purposes, they’re great.
     
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  7. Onder

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    Well I looked at some pix of them and they are HUGE. In the midwest part of USA I guess they
    are fine but here, how on earth would I navigate most of the roads?
    Horses for courses I suppose.
     
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  8. Fast Eddie

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    Yeah, that’s more or less been my conclusion, so far at least.
     
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  9. norton_rider

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    I had a 1200 gsa te at one point which I did a bunch or miles on till it went through three engines an a couple of final drives in quick succession thanks to a dealer do ended up getting ride. so size an weight of the bike isnt really much of an issue was the height that used to drive me nuts on the gsa on off camber roads even with my long legs.

    Budgets gonna restrict me to 2003 latest or an evo engined one. All seem to be around the same sort of money between the three different models I'm interested in an yeah the sportster I had wrecked my back on a few short rides was just two cramped I think.

    I'd say currently the ultra an the road king are leading the way from a practicality point of view love the look of the wideglides though.
     
  10. jbruney

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    If you like the nimbleness of your English bikes the older iron sportys are about as close as an HD can come, which is why I've not much interest in the new larger varieties. Besides I've been through the gutty works of the sportsters & find them an enjoyable overhaul.
    For hauls I've still got the old GL1000 which gave me 860 mi per day years ago. I'm still eyeballing and old XLH about 12mi away that ain't going anywhere and may move on it soon. It'll go as far as I can in a day.
    Come this direction and I can set you up with my BIL's 2012 Wing for maybe under 10k. Cherry & low mi. Hah hah.
     
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  11. norton_rider

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    Cheers mate yeah those xlh's seem cool bikes! I wouldn't mind a old flathead one day but for now it's gonna be one of the more modern bikes :)
     
  12. trident sam

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    I had a year 2000 Road King (carb), about ten years ago. Only owned it for about a year, it was a great touring bike, except for the weight ! I learned to always back it into a kerb :). Never had any problems (it had only done @8000 miles) PITA changing rear tyre as you need to buy a side lift type bench to lift the bike. I liked it well enough, but it just wasn't a Norton or Triumph etc.
    sam
     
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  13. norton_rider

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    Ah thanks Sam :) great reply.
     

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