What’s the best none Norton Norton ?

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I never ridden a dyna low rider s. But
All the reviews and the people at the 3 Harley dealers I went to locally all said the same. They love the dyna but said the softail is better in every way.
The mechanic at the dealer I bought mine at has a dyna low rider s and he said he’ll never sell it but after ridding the softail low rider s he said he thinks it’s the better bike.

to me it doesn’t matter. It’s a Harley. It’s not a forward controls land yacht. But what Harley calls “mid controls” are not very mid in my opinion. More like forward mids. And the pegs are so wide apart.

Is it a coincidence that the bike they’re selling is the one they’re praising?? Jus’ sayin’ !!

Anyway… My money is on you lovin’ the HD Scott. This is my first ever HD after years of puttin’ ‘em down and I love it! They are nothing like their reputation, they are surprisingly capable. Me and a SG riding mate just spent 3 days riding around Wales here in U.K. A real mix of roads, from fast dual carriageway ways to tiny goat tracks, and the bikes were perfect.

The only negative is the weight, but you just gotta accept that and move on.

My strong advice is to put some miles on before you tear into it. The M8s are a really nice motor. I did R66 on a brand new, zero miles, 107 Road King and it never missed a beat or loosened a nut. The torque and power is surprisingly good. On the SG (similar chassis to yours) the handling and braking is really good. You’ll most likely find yourself scraping the footpegs though, and the seat will probably be crap on the LRS (mine was painful after 70 miles) so you’ll have to change that if you want to do any distance.

So I’d get to know it a bit first mate, you might realise that you don’t want a highly strung, race bred, hot rod motor after all.

That‘s what happened to me anyway, I was planning a high comp 117” kit, big cam, etc. But I’ve now totally changed my mind. I’ve got V&H slip ons and a Fuel Pack on already and I think I’m gonna leave it be.

Whichever way you decide to go Scott, please start a thread, perhaps in ‘Motorcycle related discussions’ so we can follow your build.
 
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The new low riders are solid mounted with counterbalancer M8 engines , where the Dyna use rubber mounts and the twin cam engines. I think the current HD touring line may still employ rubber mounts to make them even smoother with the M8 engine.
 
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Is it a coincidence that the bike they’re selling is the one they’re praising?? Jus’ sayin’ !!

Anyway… My money is on you lovin’ the HD Scott. This is my first ever HD after years of puttin’ ‘em down and I love it! They are nothing like their reputation, they are surprisingly capable. Me and a SG riding mate just spent 3 days riding around Wales here in U.K. A real mix of roads, from fast dual carriageway ways to tiny goat tracks, and the bikes were perfect.

The only negative is the weight, but you just gotta accept that and move on.

My strong advice is to put some miles on before you tear into it. The M8s are a really nice motor. I did R66 on a brand new, zero miles, 107 Road King and it never missed a beat or loosened a nut. The torque and power is surprisingly good. On the SG (similar chassis to yours) the handling and braking is really good. You’ll most likely find yourself scraping the footpegs though, and the seat will probably be crap on the LRS (mine was painful after 70 miles) so you’ll have to change that if you want to do any distance.

So I’d get to know it a bit first mate, you might realise that you don’t want a highly strung, race bred, hot rod motor after all.

That‘s what happened to me anyway, I was planning a high comp 117” kit, big cam, etc. But I’ve now totally changed my mind. I’ve got V&H slip ons and a Fuel Pack on already and I think I’m gonna leave it be.

Please start a thread in ’other motorcycles’ so we can follow your build.
Wow , That is a glowing report . I have only sat on some these models : Low Rider S , Fat Bob and Sport Glide . Of these 3 , I thought the seating , pegs , and bars of the Sport Glide fit me best . Realizing this bike would be used for cruising and touring so comfort is top of list for me.
 

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Wow , That is a glowing report . I have only sat on some these models : Low Rider S , Fat Bob and Sport Glide . Of these 3 , I thought the seating , pegs , and bars of the Sport Glide fit me best . Realizing this bike would be used for cruising and touring so comfort is top of list for me.
The Sport Glide is a brilliant touring bike Tony. Just take the HD aspect out of it and view it as a brilliant allrounder tourer and it ticks all the boxes IMHO.

Ok, the proper touring HDs will be roomier, equipped with more tech, etc. But they’re a lot heavier too.
 

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Dyna LRS and Sport Glide:
Note my LRS has Leatherman panniers which are great.

Also a highly recommended Saddlemen SDC seat which is supposed to be the dogs bollox. Well, they lied, my arse was on fire at the end of each day!

My mate put a Sundowner seat on his SG and I simply could not believe how comfy it was / how stupid mine was! I haven’t decided what to buy instead yet, but the saddlemen seat will be on eBay soon !

Summary: The LRS is much more fun, much more ’hot rod’. The SG is much more comfortable and a far superior cruising and touring machine.

(And before someone says it… NO I’m not carrying a life ring on the back of the bike…)
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Dyna LRS and Sport Glide:
Note my LRS has Leatherman panniers which are great.

Also a highly recommended Saddlemen SDC seat which is supposed to be the dogs bollox. Well, they lied, my arse was on fire at the end of each day!

My mate put a Sundowner seat on his SG and I simply could not believe how comfy it was / how stupid mine was! I haven’t decided what to buy instead yet, but the saddlemen seat will be on eBay soon !

Summary: The LRS is much more fun, much more ’hot rod’. The SG is much more comfortable and a far superior cruising and touring machine.

(And before someone says it… NO I’m not carrying a life ring on the back of the bike…)
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Sundowner is Harley OEM option catalog seat correct ?
 
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Funny you should say that but when I'm out on mine listening to the mechanical thrashing ( to put it mildly) I think to myself if this engine blows what could I put in it's place? Two things influence me, (1) - Yamaha have had a long standing relationship with Norton, so I have no aversion to fitting Yamaha parts. (2) - it must really be a twin. XS650 too old I suppose, so TDM 850, 900 or TRX are top of my list. I'm going to start another thread on this I think...
Ive got a TRX850, that I bought off one of the design engineers at Norton around 2017, after he had a nasty highside on it. I built it back up as a bitsa build, obviously with a spattering of Norton 961 parts, headlamp, domi racer clock mount for example, just a few bits and bobs. Its awesome to ride, and really does feel like a nicely sorted 961. They even share the same Yamaha clutch plate part numbers haha
 

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Yes it does , seller is on here , “Gatsby” , he is brilliant with the Nortons in his care …. Plus he a very nice fellow to make a deal with , salt of the earth !
 

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Nigel I’m betting this it , believe I posted this opinion on here (or was it the Griso ) couple of whiles ago …. Should be in my shed in a couple of wks , big thanks to Gatsby ! View attachment 80912 View attachment 80913 View attachment 80914
Yeah, nice duck.
I had the pimped up version for a bit (Paul Smart Replica) but it was too pimpy for me and def the most uncomfortable bike I’ve ever owned.
I sold it on quite quickly… and before the prices rocketed !!
Yours has all the qualities of the PSR without the negatives.
Good choice !
 

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Remove this if it’s out of lines here.
just installed an Arrow pro race exhaust on my 2020 Diavel 1260s.
Only took 23 weeks to receive it lol.
 

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Covid parts on order lol. Ordered some ohlins. Won’t be in stock again until October. Still waiting on the exhaust.
Where’s the Ohlins going, front or rear ?

I put longer Ohlins on the rear of my Dyna S and they’re great! The thing was way too low as stock, then of course there’s the infinitely superior performance. Haven’t done the forks as they seem quite good, for my riding at least.

You‘re a bad man. Got me looking at 117” kits again…!
 
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