2006 Harley-Davidson Touring: 2009 Harley Road King Classic (with the leather bags)
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I traded my 2006 HD Softtail Deluxe for the 2009 Road King Classic. 2 Main reasons, I wanted to do more 2 up riding and I needed the bigger bike for comfort and ride on longer trips, and needed more room to pack stuff. 96 cu.in" motor is nice and needed- as the 88 is just not enough for the long road trips. 6 speed very nice - and love the real cruise control.
The 09 Road King really rides well and holds its line, even in windy conditions. The stock seat is comforable- surprisingly, but if you don't get a better seat for your passenger, you will lose her. I bought the Sundowner touring seat. Very comfortable for passenger and good support for the driver too.
I got the ABS on mine, as the only close calls I've had on bikes in the past were connected to locking up the rear wheel. I've never had to use the ABS yet. Its nice to know its there. BMW has been putting ABS standard on their bikes for a decade. Its about time HD finally got around to it.
I just did 2400 mile trip, and the HD Road KIng was very nice. If I had to do it again, I probably would go with the Street Glide, so I can LOCK the bags. AND the leather bags are subject to weather when on road trips. I got caught up in the looks when buying as the Road King has more Bling and the Street Glide -stock is very plain. The Street Glide also has a little different seating postion and handlebar position that I like better than the Road King.
One situation though on the trip bothered me. Getting caught in a Traffic jam due to a wreck. An AIR COOLED bike on a summer day in traffic. Not a good mix. Had to pull over and shut the bike down. Liquid cooled technology is out there for a reason.
I bought Harley becuase I wanted resale value, but I'm disappointed as when I tried to look into trading for a new Steet Glide, they have really come down in value and the new ones have gone up in cost. So, I'm not sure I would go Harley again, -mainly due to the 2 dealers I've tried to use. They act like they are doing you a favor - to sell you something and then work on it. One issue I have had is uneven front braking and ive had it back to the dealer twice and they said they fixed it and there isn't any difference. $20 K for a bike and they can't get the front brakes fixed and no one follows up. Poor service, poor attitudes. Not ALL HD dealers are like that. Find a good one and trade there even if its farther from your home. There is a good network of HD Dealers out there, so when you are on the road, its nice to know you can get something done... not too far away- compared to other brands.
I've also spent about $2800 in add ons, that I would prefer to buy- in a pkg - like a car, instead of FULL Retail after the sale when they will give you nothing for the stock set up that you won't use (grips, pegs, seat , exhaust, lights)
I'm thinking about BMW touring bikes now. Better engineering, better service, better bikes, but maybe worse resale value and not many dealers (compared to HD) Different seating position and higher center of gravity takes some getting used to on the BMW's.
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