Road Glides are Hot, Street Glides are Not

Apparently, Harley dealers are having trouble selling Street Glides, but can't seem to keep enough Road Glides in stock. Some of us fr...

Apparently, Harley dealers are having trouble selling Street Glides, but can't seem to keep enough Road Glides in stock.

Some of us from our riding club rode to several Harley dealers yesterday in an attempt to find some Road Glides. One of our members wants to buy one.

None of them had any 2007 models on the showroom floor. Each dealer had two used 2006 models, however. Only one dealer had a 2007 Road Glide, but it was still in their shop waiting to be prepped.

The sales manager at Biggs Harley Davidson in San Marcos told us that for whatever reason, everyone wants Road Glides now. On the other hand, he's having trouble selling Street Glides. They have lots of 2007 Street Glides in stock.

At one time, Street Glides were all the rage, but now, they're as cold as last week's meat loaf.

He said he's had to do things like adding key pieces of chrome, adding some pin striping, or even repainting them altogether, just to get people to buy them. If he adds all the right enhancements, people buy them. But as they are, they just collect dust.

If I had my choice, I'd take the Road Glide. The Street Glide is designed for looks. The Road Glide offers more usability. Perhaps the Street Glide is losing it's novelty value?

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  1. Id agree there a cool bike,,

    Drifter

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  2. Well first off, I wouldn't trust anything that Biggs says. In my opinion, its the worst HD dealer I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with. I just bought an 07 street glide from Orange County HD, and its the bomb.

    Besides the stationary fairing is a bitch to get use to on the road glide


    Whoredog

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  3. The stationary fairing was no problem for me and this is my first HD. I had a Honda VTX 1800 with a windshield and you would feel when a truck or large vehicle goes by. With the RG you feel NOTHING its sweet! all because of the stationary fairing. The SG and RG are the EXACT same bike from the handle bars back. Its just the fairings that are different. I am in the New England area and RG are cold as Feburary. SG are still the most popular by far. Its about looks not practicality. Kind of like womens shoes.

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  4. I love my Street Glide. Don't like the Honda look of the Road Glide

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  5. This my Third RG, Actually my first was an 89 Tour Glide. Paid $9600 for it, put 276,000 miles on it and sold it for $10K. Bought an 04 RG, sold it 15k miles later for $400 more than I paid for it. Just picked up my 07 RG. Let's see, $1500 cheaper than the SG and I get cruise control......hmmmm

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  6. I have an '05 'Glide and thought I wanted a BMW. I bought a new K1200 GT and sold it after about 2,000 miles. I kept the Harley and will never go back to anything else. I learned the hard way that nothing comes close on a long ride. The Bimmer is a great piece of engineering art, but the most uncomfortable thing I have ever ridden!

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  7. Does anyone have any thoughts on aftermarket pipes or slip ons for the Road Glide? Also, I am looking for more comfortable bars - maybe apes. Any thoughts? (I am 5'11").

    Thanks

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  8. I bought my 07 Road Glide 9/06 put 5k miles on so far and I love it...last bike was a 99 FLHRCI...the fixed fairing on the glide is the best thing since canned beer...
    Pipes go with 2 into one Rinehart add the Powercommander and get it dynoed you get 23 more HP and it sounds like the sh*#.
    Windwarrior77

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  9. The Street Glide was an extremely popular bike in Daytona this year for Bike Week. My 07 is sweet and many dealers I have talked to tell me it's a very popular seller.
    Chief X

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  10. Frame mount fairing...love it. My 07 FLTR was made for interstate riding. 96 inches with a six speed the very slippery frame mount fairing coupled with cruise control make for an effortless, relaxing ride.
    The only things I intend to change out are higher end speakers for the Harmon Kardon, Bubs and a Corbin seat.
    I did replace the brake lines with stainless F/R. the only way to go.

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  11. I wanted a street glide to begin with but after testing both I switched to the road glide.sat better for tall riders.felt stabler.I put 4200 miles in 13 days in comfort and speed.effortlessly does 100 mph all day.got 50 mpg.steers effortlessly,handles bumps n road hazards effortlessly.very well thought out boke if u look at it closely.

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  12. I bought my RG in june. I like the bike. 10,000 great miles as of today. The fixed faring in no problem and rides well. The head lights work well being fixed to frame. I put an Ultra seat on it for my wife the stock seat did not sit right for her. In Wisconsin the SG in number 1 for sure. One of the reasons I bought the RG was to be different. So if you see the brite Orange one it might be me.
    My only gripe is the fuel light is hard to see in the sunlight.

    Smitty

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  13. Bought a 2008 FLTR w/ABS, dk bl pearl. Did 800 miles in 1 day the first week, Rapid City,SD to Telluride,CO for the Blues Festival. It's the best highway cruiser I've ever owned, cuts thru that Wyo. wind like it's not there. The 6 gal. tank & cruise are sweet. Will keep the OEM mufflers, they sound OK & don't attract attention of Denver's finest. Handlebars are not back far enough, but am getting a backrest & they may work, I like the feel, just too far forward. Put Progressive 440's & TruTrack on & it is solid, even noticable at slow speeds. I only had the air cleaner & remap for engine upgrades, and will probably stay with that, 40-50 mpg is nice. This is a much, much better road bike than the King or batwings.

    Mikman

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  14. Take a look at Heritage bars for it. they will fit with only a slight strightening of the brake hose all other fit fine.
    It will allow more for flexable seating. Worked on mine.
    Smitty

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  15. I picked up my road glide 1/05 its the best bike I have been on, they handle at speed or going slow they just handle well for a big motorcycle. as far as the street glides looks lower a road glide and put a short windshield on it and it looks sweet Ill stick with the road glide kmvallee

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  16. 5 1/2 inch shield did not work well on my RG. Looked great but , I took it off the same day. puts all the wind right in you face. Looked great but
    Smitty

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  17. I have owned many bikes this is my third harley my Road Glide which is parked next to my VTX 1800R is probably the best of the harley's I have owned well thought out...if the the only short comming is the powerplant...if it only had 1800cc it would be unbeatable...mybe next year as a CVO...we could hope

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  18. I just counted and I have owned 12 bikes in almost 40 years of riding. 6 were Harleys and 6 were metrics.
    I just picked up a 2008 Road Glide and I love it.
    There is no best bike for everyone.
    This one just happens to be best for me right now.
    It is not important what you ride what is important is that you ride.

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  19. on my 5th bike and only new bike i have ever purchased , droolled over the streetglide for a year and finally got one , , sorry but i hate the square fairing on the roadglide .,reminds me of a goldwing , love the streetglide

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  20. I picked up my '07Road Glide in July. My second Harley (first was an E- Glide), my 20th bike. The problem in the northeast (NW VT)is nobody carried a Road Glide. But North End repair was able to find one for me. It's the absolute best handling bike I have ever ridden. I will change the seat to a Mustang Touring come spring.
    I like it also because it is not flashy, it's NOT ART as the bumper sticker says. It's just a good, solid road bike that can handle any weather condition I've ridden in so far. I might wimp out and get some heated grios for when it's below freezing. I am looking for a Road Glide pin for my vest. Any info?MoonmanVT

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  21. I just picked up a '08 SG. It's awesome! I've already put 5K miles on it and loving the new drive-by-wire throttle. Not a fan of the RG at all, the front fairing is just not visually appealing.

    Tito

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  22. smittym901a2mitty901a201Winter is here in Wisconsin and as I get ready to park my RG for a couple months i can look back on how much I have enjoyed so far.
    My wife bought it for me on fathers day this year 13,000 miles so far with only on minor defect. The low fuel warning light started coming on at 1/2 tank. I changed the seat to an ultra for her and have a set of Heritage bars for it to help with my bad shoulder. Tour pack and coffee cup holder.
    The bike is great, if I needed more power than the 96 has I would buy that Buel 1125R 146 HP .
    I still like to ride my Fat Boy but find myself taking th RG more and more. The bike handels great at all speeds and is not efected by loading it down for a trip.
    the stock pipes are a bit to quiet but that a sign of the times. I tried a 5 1/2 inch shield on it that was a mistake.
    When it comes to a Harley more than any other bike you buy the one YOU want the one when you sit on it demands you take that one home. If you have not given the RG a look check it out you may like it like I do mine.

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  23. TO ALL THAT SAYS THAT ROAD GLIDES ARE HOT AND STREET GLIDES ARE NOT. YOU ARE PROBABLY GAY. ALSO AT SOME TIME YOU HAVE PROBABLY OWNED A GOLDWING OR A BMW SOMETIME IN YOUR LIFE OR AT SOME TIME WILL OWN ONE. I'M NOT KNOCKIN ALL FLTR RIDERS, I AM A TECH AT A HARLEY DEALERSHIP, ROAD GLIDES DO RIDE GOOD. BUT IF I HAD TO CHOOSE LOOKIN LIKE A HOMO ON A ROAD GLIDE OR LOOKIN COOL ON STREET GLIDE, YOU CAN BET I'LL BE CHOOSIN THE STREET GLIDE, THERE THE COOLEST LOOKIN TOURING BIKE HARLEY HAS EVER HAD. FLTR RIDERS ARE BITCHES AND FLHX RIDERS PICK UP THE BITCHES!

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  24. What are you 15? I must be gay because I bought a Road Glide? Give me a break. My '07 RG is my first Harley and I love the thing. It was the only Harley I sat on that fit my 6ft+ frame. I test rode the Electra Standard, Street Glide, Heritage ST, but felt crampt. Rode out to the Black Hills this summer and it was a dream on the highway as well as the canyons. Everyone is different, but for me, this bike is perfect.

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  25. Ride a glide 100 miles per hr. plus across the desert for hours and hours,then compare it to anything else with a none frame mounted fairing. That why people buy them. I put 30,000 miles on my glide last year my road king sat in the garage with its bottom lip out.

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  26. I JUST SOLD A TOTALLY CUSTOMIZED STREET GLIDE WITH 13" APES AND CUSTOM PAINT YESTERDAY, IT WAS AWESOME LOOKING, BUT I SAY GOOD RIDDANCE! TOOK IT ON ONE LONG TRIP AND IT WAS LAME. I WILL PICK UP MY 3RD ROAD GLIDE THIS FRIDAY (08) AND CAN'T WAIT. I'VE OWNED EVERY HARLEY, AND BY THE WAY TECH BOY, THE RG IS BY FAR THE LEAST GAY OF ALL OF THEM. YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER. YOU SOUND LIKE A WANNA BE WHO RIDES ONLY FOR HOW A BIKE MAKES YOU LOOK. ONE OF THESE DAYS YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH THE ACTUAL RIDE ITSELF..THEN YOU CAN CALL YOURSELF A RIDER. NON-POSERS LOVE THE ROAD GLIDE (SO DOES WILLIE G. DAVIDSON BY THE WAY--HIS FAVORITE BIKE--YOU CALLING HIM GAY?) IT HANDLES LIKE A HARLEY WET DREAM. AS FAR AS DEALERS GO, IF YOU BUY ANYWHERE BUT EL CAJON HARLEY YOU ARE GETTING RIPPED OFF ROYAL! BIGGS AND NEW YORK MYKE'S SD HARLEY ARE MONEY MONGERS AND SD'S SERVICE DEPARTMENT HAS LIED TO ME, TRIED TO RIP ME OFF ON LABOR, AND SCREWED ME AROUND ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. I NOW DRIVE 30 MILES MORE TO GO TO EL CAJON FOR EVERYTHING I NEED.

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  27. LOL TECH GUY PROBABLY REALLY RIDES A SUZUKI 100 DIRT BIKE WHILE WEARIN HIS HARLEY T-SHIRT IVE OWNED 4 NEW H-DS CRUISERS AND RODE THE CRAP OUT OF EM ALL AND MY CURRENT ONE IS A ROAD GLIDE AND IS BY FAR FAR AWAY THE BEST OUT OF ANY OF THEM I ALSO OWNED 3 H-D STREET BIKES SFT TAIL CUSTOM AND WIDE GLIDE AND A LOW RIDER THE ROAD GLIDE IS HARLEYS BEST KEPT SECRET AND ANYONE WHO RIDES ONE FOR ANY DISTANCE WILL KNOW WHY ILL NEVER RIDE ANYTHING ELSE THERES LOTS OF DOOSH BAGS ON THESE BLOGS AND THE SO CALLED HARLEY TECH IS DEFINATLY ONE YA I LIKE THE LOOKS OF A 57 CHEVY BUT IF YOU EVER DROVE ONE ESPICIALLY WITH NO POWER STEERING BRAKES OR AC YOU WOULD WANT TO LEAVE IT PARKED MOST OF THE TIME AND JUST LOOK AT IT

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  28. From A sales stand point working for Harley-Davidson, your opinion is backwards for sure.
    We rarely have used Street glides and find it VERY hard to sell used Roadglides if we have them. It's just that simple.
    We don't allocate (order) many Roadglides because they don't sell as well as the Street Glides. We that MEMEBERS of some clubs, (usually the most popular member) of the group has convinced everyone that the Road Glide is the BEST handling touring bike out there sooo all the other memebers that look up to that guy agrees and then it starts! Same thing happens with exhaust systems. One popular dude thinks VH is the best thing going, so the rest of his buddies can't get past it. My advice is to use your OWN personality and buy what you WANT to.

    WHEELS

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  29. being in sales, you need to say that, because every harley showroom i've been in lately is full of 07 streetglides that they're trying to give away, and they tell me they can't keep roadglides in stock. admit it, the street glide is a decent bike, but it wobbles like crazy, ( Just got rid of one) and they're not that great on long hauls. there is no better handling Harley than the roadglide, and I've had them all, except a sportster and wideglide. sales people are going nuts trying to figure out how to move streetglides.

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  30. It must depend on what part of the country you're in. Dealers around here can't keep streetglides on the floor, or get more in fast enough. The dealer closest to me won't order a RG unless someone orders one.

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  31. So which dealership do you sell at that you can't move your used RG's? I'll stop in next week to make an offer on one. I can't find one anywhere at a decent price, everyone loves them. I have yet to hear anything bad about the RG from someone that owns or has owned one.

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  32. I WENT LOOKING FOR A ROAD GLIDE AND WAS ABLE TO FIND ONLY 2 (BOUGHT ONE OF THEM)... BUT BIGGS AND EVERY OTHER SAN DIEGO DEALER HAD A FULL HOUSE OF 07 STREETGLIDES. ONE SALES MGR (I WON'T GET HIM IN TROUBLE) TOLD ME THEY ARE TAKING ALL OFFERS ON STREETGLIDES. BY THE WAY, "TECHBOY" I WAS WATCHING A SPECIAL ON THE HELLS ANGELS THE OTHER NIGHT ON CABLE -- AND SEVERAL OF THE CALIFORNIA CHAPTER MEMBERS WERE RIDING ROAD GLIDES. SO MUCH FOR YOUR "GAY BIKE" THEORY. TELL THEM THAT TO THEIR FACE...THEY'LL PUT A DENT IN YOUR NINJA..OR WHATEVER FOREIGN IMPORT YOU'RE RIDING.

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  33. heres my RG 10 mintues the tour pack is off other seat is on and it like a different bike
    <img src="http://www.hdtalking.com/harley_gallery/data/507/medium/rg111.jpg" />

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  34. Wow, I came across this sight looking for information on the street glide. I love the looks, haven't ridden one yet. I'm a bit nervous only because I've only owned a 72 sporster and i now ride a 2002 custom 1200 sporty. I'm wondering with the wieght of the fairing, how it will ride. The Road glide fairing is not fully attached, i think less difficult to manuevre. not really sure but looking forward to test riding. ALTHOUGH, i'm chomping at the bit to order a new, "LUXURY" bike. Girl thing I guess. I'd like something with a bit more protection, comfort.. GPS, LOJACK, , I want to change out the exhaust to V&H big black duals. So easy to take care of when you don't have the time and you live on the ocean... Shit, I can't take the money with me, might as well spend it right?

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  35. RG's are cool, but I have to disagree on one thing. The RG has to be tricked out for it to look good off the show room floor. You can slap a 21/18 inch wheel on the street guide and call it a day. The RG looks incomplete like it's missing something.It is a cheaper bike but it looks cheap. RG's looks to much like the kawasaki 1000 police bike.

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  36. STREET GLIDES ARE THE BOMB! I don't know what you left coast dudes are on out there but they can't keep a street glide around here(SE Florida) especially the Vivid Black FLHX When you go out in the parking lot of a large scale event and head for your Sled you better remember exactly you parked it because all thats out there is Road Glides everyone has one. Now if your riding a St. Glide it sticks out like a white guy in a Baptist Church in Alabama. And its the best looking Scoot out there. Thanks for letting give my $0.02

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  37. I have a friend that is really interested in the 08 street glide but heard there was a problem with vibrations when traveling fast, have any of you experienced this problem or any thing else with this bike? Email me at sdakcowgirl@hotmail.com with your comments. Thanks

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  38. I have a 06 street glide & do feel the vibrations from the fairing at speeds over 60mph - any one got a good fix? Otherwise I luv my ride

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  39. can anyone tell me how to get rid of the fairing vibration the street glide gets at high speed?

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  40. I have a 2008 Street Glide and have no fairing vibration problems. This may be something specific to 06 models, or maybe just your bike for some reason.

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  41. You can get rid of the vibration on your Street Glide by upgrading to a Road Glide.

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  42. I just got my 08 STreet Glide and have gone 100 with NO vibration. They must have figured something out from 06 till NOW.

    Beautiful Street Glide. Daytona had a nice mix of bikes. Yes, Street Glides were abundant.

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  43. I have ridden a few Metrics in my time. Finally decided to go HD. I test rode the '08 Street & '08 Road Glides. For my stature 6' +. I fit better on the Road Glide. I even ordered one and can't wait to ride it.
    Both have thier points, but like a previous poster stated fit the bike to you not you to the bike.

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  44. I picked up my '07 Road Glide last May. Love the bike. At 6'+ it was the only Harley that fit. By the end of June I had over 3000 miles and a trip to SD under my belt. My only gripe was not being real crazy about the front end. Looked cheap. So I put on a Klock Werks 12" windshield, Harleys windshield trim and a set of mirrors to dress it up. What a difference. In my eye it is now perfect.

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  45. I have an 01 RG and love it. The old time batwing just doesn't get it done anymore. For the posters interested in a better set of bars, I installed a set of wild one chubby 1 1/4 RG bars. They are essentialy the same geometry only with more pull back you can reuse all your wiring/cables. The bike handles great, easy counter steering.

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  46. IT'S LUDICROUS TO SIT HERE AND ARGUE ABOUT WHICH BIKE IS BETTER --BOTH HAVE THEIR STRENGTHS, BUT ONE HAS MORE WEAKNESSES..THE STREETGLIDE. STREET GLIDES ARE LOWER SITTING, HOT LOOKING BIKES THAT ARE EASY TO CUSTOMIZE, BUT JUST DON'T PERFORM ON LONG RUNS...THEY RUN ROUGH, GET BLOWN AROUND, AND ALWAYS SEEM TO BE PUSHING WITH THEIR ENGINE/TRANNY SETUP. oH, BY THE WAY, DID I MENTION THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO POWER? I HAD AN 07 SO I SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE. ROADGLIDES ARE THE BEST PERFORMING TOURING BIKES HARLEY MAKES, PERIOD. I'M ON MY THIRD. IT COMES DOWN TO THIS; YOU WANT PEOPLE TO THINK YOU'RE OLD SCHOOL WITH A BATWING, HAVE AT IT. IF YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT YOU KNOW HARLEYS, AND YOU AREN'T WORRIED ABOUT POSING FOR OTHERS, YOU'RE RIDING A ROADGLIDE. PERIOD. BY THE WAY, CHECK OUT ALL THE NEW BAGGER MAGAZINES, AND SEE WHICH BIKE IS SHOWING UP AS THE BIKE TO CUSTOMIZE; ROADGLIDE. I THINK THE BATWING LOOKS OK, JUST NOT FUNCTIONAL. THE SHARK-NOSE FRONT END OF THE ROADGLIDE LOOKS FAST SITTING STILL. NUFF SAID.

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  47. Upgraded from '07 Road King to '08 Road Glide w/ABS. I put 10k on the RK in 5 months and with the long trips the Custom was just not good enough for travel. Leather saddle bags and the headlight on the RK along with the feel when sitting on it and the beach bars was great, but on the long haul, it was not as comfortable as i would have liked. High speed wobble above 65mph, blown around some with the removable ws. It did fit well though. The Road Glide is a great bike and more comfortable on the long haul in regard to wind, warmth, stability etc. I do not like the bars so i will try the Heritage bars, i get pain between my shoulder blades/neck after about 350 miles, especially in colder weather. I think an inch or two closer bars will allow my elbows to bend and relax the shoulder/neck muscles. I have had no problem with the fixed faring, it took no time to get used to it, one day. I do have a mysterious wobble on deceleration starting at 40mph with hands off bars and gets to point at 30mph where i have to grab on or risk total uncontrollability. The RK leathe bags, even with the lock kit kept popping open on the freeway and i've lost hundreds of dollars worth of contents. Like someone said, buy the bike that suites you, not your friends expectations. I wish i could own one of every model HD. Maybe some day but time is running out. Just completed my 10k service on the RG and in shop to check the wobble etc. Love the RG as do most all Harley models.

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  48. I have an 05 RG. Love It! Won't own anything else. Mysterious decelerating is coming from the crappy Dunlop tires. Had the same issue on mine. Put some Metzler ME 880's on her and she as smooth as glass. Highly recommend the Metzler ME 880's. I was in a extremely heavy downpour in Rapid City coming down the mountain from Keystone. Never felt safer.

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  49. Don't know where you live but down here in South Florida its the other way around. Who would want a headlight that points forward when your leaning into a turn? I love my Street Glide and wouldn't trade it for TWO HEADLIGHTS even if its chromed out.

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  50. Bill, on a Street Glide your headlight points slightly in the opposite direction of your turn... remember back to your MSF course... "Counter-Steering". A Road Glide actually provides you more light on a turn because of the fixed fairing... It's simple physics, but most people forget about it because its second nature to use push pull counter-steer.

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  51. Bought an 08 RG with ABS. 7200 mi in two months not a problem, only came home to work to pay for the next trip. The Heritage bar are something to look into. I was told to look at Police Road King bars also. If you pay enough to wheter the fairing is turning your worries will be over soon, in the wreck because you not looking at where you are going.

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  52. I am on my second 05 RG. Road around Bend 0R Last week were I found my 95 CI with 2 into 1 SE pipes with the HD custom #'d paint, vivid Black with Red flames. My traded in 05 RG was real lame lookinq. And the 95 ci screams and I am getting the same 42 to 50 mpg. I am missing the wider and futher back handlebars. HD part #56570-98 which are designed for the RG. They are 31.5" tip to tip, 10.5" base width, 8.75" rise and 9.5" pull back. For me that stopped the shoulder pains on longer rides. And I ride many 350+ miles p/day. They are designed by HD for RG so all the stock cables fit. I found a longer clutch cable to be best however. I am trying hard to get use to the stock bars, but the ones above are going to be ordered agian soon.

    I have a trunk on order, looks best wo trunk but the function of the trunk wins. I am trying to decide about the Klock 12" windsield, just not finding many reviews. The short ws on this new RG looks hot, I just don't like all the bugs in my teeth LOL. Cascade HD, Bend OR now has 3 used RG.

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  53. I HAVE A 07 STREET GLIDE WHICH I HAD AN UNEXPLAINED ACCIDENT I DO NOT KNOW IF THE BIKE SPEEDED UP ON IT,S OWN OR VEARED OFF ON IT,S OWN.
    I HEARD FROM A RELATIVE IN WISC. THAT SPOKE TO A DEALER ABOUT MY ACCIDENT HE ASKED WHAT MODEL HE SAID YOUR KIDDING I HAVE 3 CUSTOMERS THAT HAD CRASHES.

    ANYBODY KNOW OF ANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS MODEL.

    RAGBOWHUNT1@AOL.COM

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  54. RWofWA, I have the 12" smoked Klock Werks windshield. I love it. Makes the RG look lower & sleeker. I'm 6' tall and when I'm in the saddle the wind hits me right at the top of my forehead. Got a couple of buddies that are a few inches shorter than me that have rode my bike, they say it's perfect for them. They're completely in the pocket. I honestly don't think you will go wrong by buying one. Bought mine directly from Klock Werks when they got their first shipment in, doesn't matter where you buy, they're the same price everywhere.

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  55. Being 6'5" and an atheletic 360lbs (former o-lineman)fit is EVERYTHING!! The world is NOT built for my kind. I too wanted a SG BAD for over a year and got ready to pull the trigger but found after sitting and riding a RG which I hated due to looks I fell in love with the bike! For the first time I rode in comfort, had sounds and could just enjoy the ride. So now I'm a happy owner of a 08 RG Annv.edition. So in closing be part of the ride not just on it.

    DA TRAIN.

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  56. All Harley touring bikes are bad about REAR STEER! It sometimes feels like the bike wants to go the other direction in a curve. I installed the True Track set up and this problem is gone! Most dealers will tell you that rear steer doesn't exist on Harley touring bikes. But anyone who has ever ridden one will tell you that it does!

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  57. I have owned 4 diff road kings, two of my good friends had a 05 RG and a 07 SG. Looking for a new bagger with fairing I borrowed both bikes for 2 diff trips to the same place 300 miles each way. The road glide with the fixed fairing Was hands down by far the best bike of the two. The 88 with stage one out did the stock 07 with the bigger engine. No wind issues with the RG the fixed fairing was the key. The SG was all over the road in wind, wobble and had to fight the fairing for control. The RG was like cutting warm butter with a hot knife. No effort and just slid right through. I went out on craigslist and found a 06 RG with a stage one and vance & hines pipes & the Zeplin air bag seat it had 1300 miles on it and got it for 13k cash in hand. He wanted 16.5 but i got it down to 13k. He was about to loose his house and needed Cash. I have raced light to light with the 07 SG and i blow'n his socks off every time. I can out corner him as well on long trips. As far as looks.. My Rglide sitting next to the SG looks way hotter. I have the vivid black, with chrome wind trim, Short dark black windshield, Leather bag covers and tank bra. It catches everyones eye. They walk up to my bike to check it out and do not even give his 07 cobalt blue bike a look. The Road glide chrome windshield trim kit with short black windshield is the Key to make that bike stick out. I added a set of purple led's to the bike and at night it looks so HOT. Never again will i own a king, or think of buying a SG. My bike of choice for life is now the Road Glide. I will sell my RG next year for what i paid or more and pick up a 08 with low miles for a steal of a deal and ride the hell out of it.

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  58. As far as the shoulder cramps go, I just put a HD Comfort Stitch touring saddle on my '07 Road Glide. This made all the difference in the world for comfort and improved the handling(hard to imagine since it handles so well). The detatchable backrest out my wife too far forward in the saddle while pushing me ahead about an inch with the stock saddle. Now staying in the saddle between gas fill-ups is possible and no more shoulder cramps. I also just put on a set of V&H Wide Ovals after doing sound comparisons at Americade last June. My gas mileage is now around 50 mpg. Every time I ride this bike I am just amazed at what a wonderful handling, comfortable machine it is. Still haven't found a "Road Glide" vest pin.

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  59. This forum is starting to make me laugh!

    I wouldn't be caught dead with faggoty lizard lights on my bike. All those little neon light kits are just for rubbies. Seriously, those things are one of the bullshit accessories that tell the whole world you're a homo. You might as well put big leather tassles on your handlebars too. LOL!

    I have a '08 SG and couldn't be happier with it.
    I used to think that RGs were seriously ugly, but they kinda grow on ya. I took a friend of mine's RG for a ride and it's pretty damn comfy too. I still wouldn't trade my SG though.

    FTW.

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  60. I assumed everyone knew? My '79 Guzzi with Vetter "Frame" mounted fairing is great, my '05 Dyna with detachable-fork mounted shield is NOT!.
    What is this revolation with the Road Glide- Frame mounted is always better. Now if they would only give me nore than a few bucks for my Dyna on trade- I'd have me a ROADY.

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  61. I assumed everyone knew? My '79 Guzzi with Vetter "Frame" mounted fairing is great, my '05 Dyna with detachable-fork mounted shield is NOT!.
    What is this revolation with the Road Glide- Frame mounted is always better. Now if they would only give me nore than a few bucks for my Dyna on trade- I'd have me a ROADY.

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  62. Question concerning the st.glide
    and the road glide. What is the
    difference between the two. I know
    the flaring is one. But can that be changed to look like the st.glide? What other can someone
    tell me. Also is it cheaper in price. I am looking for a st. glide
    but wondering how can I get a better price if there is a bike out there that I can change.

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  63. The differences I can tell between the StreetGlide and RoadGlide are the seating positions, the handlebars are different, and the steering, especially cornering is more precise and easier on the RG because the fairing is independent of the fork. The wind has no effect on the on the steering movement of the fork, only the frame. Try one out, you'll feel the difference.

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  64. I found this thread while doing a search, and I have to say that after owning two BMW K1200LTs (2002 with 70K and a 2007 with 10k), I just bought a 2008 RG in candy red. When I test drove this bike on the highway there was no wind or wobble as felt in both my BMWs. I am glad I took that road glide for a ride. I am now sold on the HD RG and don't plan on ever looking back.

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  65. OK, in 1980 Harley released the FLT/Tour Glide model. The predecessor of the Road Glide. I own one. Now frame mounted fairings were around before the 1980 FLT. They will be around as long as there are motorcycles on the road. They are superior over fork mounted fairings and windshields. Google "cuts through wind like a hot knife through butter". The dual headlights, again 1980 FLT. Harley introduced this model as a sport tourer. Cycle world even did an article on the FLT vs BMW R100RT. It was the first five speed rubber mounted big twin. All baggers eventually adopted this frame and engine. I don't know where people get them confused with a Honda look. Must not know motorcycles very well. I have regular sealed beams and they work fine for me. I ride a great deal at night. Though I ride hard it just happens that I do not ride with the sports bikes. I would but I know that I would not be able to keep up with them. When I upgrade it will be a road glide. Like I've read before it's Harley's best kept secret. Let's keep it that way. OK sell enough to stock parts in years to come.

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  66. Keeping my Fat Boy but would like an answer based on fact not emotion if possible about RG verses SG and the faring weight and control.ROde the RG and found making a tight u turn felt "heavy".I'm 5'9" and the windsheild prevented a clear line of sight though it was a borrowed bike.After the negative comments here I'm wondering if either will work for me.Stability and front end weight are my main concerns.Any comments?

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  67. Keeping my Fat Boy but would like an answer based on fact not emotion if possible about RG verses SG and the faring weight and control.ROde the RG and found making a tight u turn felt "heavy".I'm 5'9" and the windsheild prevented a clear line of sight though it was a borrowed bike.After the negative comments here I'm wondering if either will work for me.Stability and front end weight are my main concerns.Any comments?

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  68. Any time you go to a touring bike with any fairing and hard saddle bags it is going to "feel" heavier at first. The RG and SG have the same frame, so the only difference is going to be the fairing. I have riden a RG over 30,000 miles and a FHLT (SG) only a few hundred so I may be biased. However, I know the SG has much more weight on the handle bars than the RG. The fairing weight on the RG is distributed along the frame and not solely on the front forks. This also allows for the weight to stay much more predictable which is most noticed at very slow speeds. I personally can turn the RG in about a five foot less raduis than the FHLT (SG). I think the biggest obstacle for any rider is to get use to the extra bike that you are riding. I took out my wives 02 LR the other day and thought I was almost on a dirt bike. The bat wing fairing is more "traditional" to the HD history, however I am seeing more and more RG's as more and more riders are seeing the difference. I ride with a BMW and use to ride with Yamaha's which all but eh BMW hav ebeen replaced with Harleys. And not by my kidding. Once they started spending more time around the Harley, they saw the better world. Enjoy all the rides.

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  69. I think hd dealers order obout 10/20 streetglides for every 1 road glide. They are hard to find. My dealer in marion il has sold most of the street glides before they came in. So I,m not sure the author knows what he,s talking about.
    My present 07 RG has 8499 miles on it and iv'e had it for 3 months. It had 1200 on it when I bought it.
    The only complaint is gas mileage is 9 mpg worse than the 05 RG that I put 21K on in 2 years, it got 46 to 50 mpg at 78 mph 2 up loaded down.
    Road Glides are the most popular models with HD dealer owners and are most always traded in for another one by their customers who have them. The #,s they sell however are way less than the popular (wish I had one) Street Glide.

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  70. Picked up my 09 RG on 10/20. I love it, the ride and look. Thought I would keep my first Harley forever (03 883R Sportster). Test road the SG & RG, the RG won hands down. My 03 Sporty was orange, and my 09 RG is also orange, just like that HD color...

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  71. Roadglides are cool. I own a custom shop where we customize harleys. When our roadking customers want to change their bikes they're buying after market street glide (batwing farings). i'm trying to push the roadglide faring on some customers but they're stuck on the batwing. I like them both so I have them both but i'm dumping the roadglide..La. Harley and bartels have roadglides in stock...that's if you're looking for that old kawasaki 750police bike. That's what the roadglide looks like to me..

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  72. I have a 2007 Ultra Classic all decked, raked , 200 rear and 124 S&S. I am currently converting it to a Roag Glide. To Test it out. My bat Wing at 124 MPH scared the crap out of me (WOBBLE front end). Yes I like to go fast and wanted to go faster. I will keep this updated.

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  73. I love both the StreetGlide and RoadGlide models. I studied both models a month or more before I bought my bike. StreetGlides, no doubt, have a sexier gauge cluster. This is the only thing going for the StreetGlide. I finally bought my 2006 "Firey Red Pearl" RoadGlide and eventually removed most of the chrome, striped it and had the pieces powder coated in black semi-gloss. The results were OUTSTANDING. My bike handles like a street fighter. I added some black finned parts from Covington that really set the bike off. I wish I could attach a picture. I couldn't be happier. I'll be adding some black contrast cut Roland Sands wheels and disks and I'm done.

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  74. Ok. So what is the deal with everyone knocking on what type of bike someone else is riding. Hey, if you like it then buy it. It shouldn't matter to anyone what someone else is riding. Ride the one you got with pride. I yust upgraded from a 99 Sportster to a 09 Street Glide and I love it. I also like the look of the Road glide but i guess it's not for me. Yup I'm one of those guys that has to sit on a bike in front of a mirror in order to see what I look like on it. So what? It's my money, not yours. Reading some of the posts on here make me feel like I have to ask someone about what type of bike to buy.
    It's a harley isn't it? And I'm damn proud of mine.
    Jerry

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  75. Had quite a few Harleys over the years and when the 2009 Touring bikes came out with over 300 changes made to them, I ran out to get my hands on one. Now, the big question, which one to go with? It was between the SG & the RG, the RG was $1500 less than the SG and sported a much more functional fixed fairing with glove boxes, full passenger floor boards and cruise control. The only two things I heard negative about the RG is that it is hard to get use to the fixed fairing and when you turn, the lights go straight in stead of turning with you. Ok, since I was unable to test drive before I bought, I had to go by the word of people that own RG and owners that do real riding and some cornhole that rides to the bar 5 miles up the road and back. I want my bike to handle awesome and be functional as a "touring" bike should. The whole thing about getting use to the fixed fairing is nonsense, you will not even notice it when riding and as far as the lights pointing straight when turning is nonsense too, nobody "turns" handlebars when making turns, you lean the whole bike into a turn, hense the lights point in proper direction on HWY. exits etc. I have had everything from Sportsters to Softails and I will never get any other bike ever again other than a RG, I have had this bike only 2 months and racked up over 3000 miles already. I did do some needed changes for total comfort though, such as Corbin seat, Arnott Bilstein Air shocks, upgraded the stereo to Hawg Wired 150 watt amp w/ speakers. V&H Monster Oval slip on pipes, Screamin Eagle heavy breather intake. I never post comments but when I was looking on the internet for advice on which bike to get, this post would have been exactly what I was looking to hear. My advice to anyone who is thinking about getting a RG is to get it, if possible go with an 09. Most important thing, dont listen to anyone telling you to get the SG because the fairing is smaller and looks "cooler", it's a Harley, your gonna look cool no matter what, and a fairing is a fairing, get one that is fixed and relieves all that weight off your handlebars and allows you to blast by 18 wheelers on the HWY at 85 mph without getting blown off the HWY. This bike will cut threw the wind like a hot knife through butter. If your gonna bar hop and put 1000 miles on your bike in 5 years than save your money all together and forget touring bikes and get a Sportster.
    Ride Safe & Enjoy!

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  76. First of all if you have ever ridden any distance especially Interstate driving and have had the opportunity to do it on a RG you would know that there is no comparison. It is literally riding two different bikes.
    Also, the fairing on the RG sits much further away form the rider giving it that BIG BIKE feel. Kind of like driving an old Lincoln or Caddy where the hood sits way out in front of you. One thing though is I think stock is lacking power.
    I did the Stage One upgrade..K&N filter,Rinehart True Duals and remap. This also raises your Redline from 5500 to 6200. Makes a world of difference.
    I test drove an 08 Sreamin Eagle Ultra...the wind on the highway fought the fairing soooo much that the power difference was negligable.
    AS with all Harleys, if you are a true biker there are certain mods that you should make on any of them. Different seats, bars windshields etc.
    The stock Harley windshield on the RG is JUNK. They start to shake on highway at about 60-65. Clearview makes a tall windshield that is stable and tall(you can look through instead over) fits perfect and is 2" wider.
    As for which sells better, Hands down it is the Street Glide...Another thing is on RESALE..The RG is about the only Harley where if you do Functional Mods to it , guys looking for them will actually pay for them as they DO Know what Comfort and Ride really are.
    I havent seen any posts on here recently and would like somebody to respond.
    RW of WA if you read this I would like to haer from you..have some questions about those handlebars.

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  77. Eighteen Inch Dirk4/15/2009 06:40:00 PM

    Let's face it, when I owned an FLHX, I couldn't buy a date. After trading it for an FLTR, I sleep with a different chick every night. They ladies love me and my FLTR. If I had a dime for every hot blonde chick that hit on me at stoplights, I'd own both this FLTR and another FLTRSE. Chicks dig them, they ride, great, and scream hetero all the way.

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  78. Anybody that is a REAL BIKER knows the difference between a RG and ANY other Harley RIDE.
    NO comparison between the Bat Wing and the Shark Nose.
    I rode a 2009 screamin Ultra and my 04RG with the Stage One and Rineharts actually felt like it had the MORE power as that Bat wing fairing fought the wind so
    bad.
    Also, these color matched inners look nice but they do pick up raod glare.
    So wake up guys.... The only true touring bike that is comfortable is a RG

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  79. Here is one that always gets to me. Operating temperatures for all the touring bikes is 230 degrees farenheit. On a hot summer day ALL of the ULTRAS,or Road glides with the fairing lowers are running above that. Doesnt mattewr if you have the vents(especially in traffic) but they run hot. I have the Harley Super premium Oil Cooler and it makes a slight difference but when its oover 85 degrees the bike will get up into the 240's.
    Only solution, First invest in a Digital readout dipstick and monitor it closely. You WILL find yourself removing those lowers in the summer.

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  80. While at a Party (not a biker party) I ran into a guy who had an 02 Ultra. I have an 04 FLTRI(fuel injection). After talking I asked if he had fuel injection which he didn't. He then said that he didn't like the FI.
    A Non Biker friend (high tech type guy) overheard our conversation and said that guy was an idiot. How could anybody not want to have FI.To sum it up....when you dont have something you knock it.
    TGlad to see Harley has gone to all fuel injected models now...a great improvement.

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  81. H-D isnt making the road glide next year so this thread should die with it.
    Now we all know H-D will reintroduce the RG in a few years but they are still makihng street glides...why?...because they are out-selling RGs by massive numbers. The crappy economy is driving damn-near everything these days.

    I say ride what ya like. I'll stick with my street glide for now. The CVO RG is hot, but the regular stocker isn't all that great looking (in my OPINION, so none of you RG riders should think I'm trying to knock your ride). Proof of that lies with the fact that H-D had only one model out at a time with the shark nose fixed fairing, but 4 models with the fork-mounted batwing fairing. (However H-D isn't making the electra standard next year either.)

    Again: Ride what ya like.

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  82. i'm 6'2" 210 lbs. road glide fits me better took a while to love the looks ..i admit i like the style of the street glide fairing but the road glide handling is way better.. i look good off the bike so keep an eye on yer old ladys while you guys continue your debate i'm goin for a ride!!!

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  83. its just plain and simple no matter where you go everyone has a different opinion. Over here in California and especially the Bay Area the Road Glide is the hottest bike out. Street Glides are good bikes aswell. its all a matter of taste. its the same frame on both bikes the only difference is the fairing. the road glide fairing cuts the wind and street glide or "batwing" fairing fights it in my opinion i own 2 road glides and would never buy a different touring model.then again its all a matter of opinion right?

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  84. Sorry guys, but the Road Turd looks exactly like it's name....a turd. I am ashamed to be a Harley fan and have them put their name on that bike. The only Harley of the bunch that looks soooooooo horrible.

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  85. Um, seriously? You're ok with the ugly-as-hell vrod but you're ashamed of the road glide?
    Whatever.
    I love my SG but also think the CVO RG is badass.
    Ride what ya like.

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  86. I think Ray Charles designed the fairing on the Road Glide.

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  87. well dumbfuck if ray charles did he did one hell of a job. obviously if you are ragging on a road glide ur not a harley fan. go buy a fucking honda and sit in your closet and stop whining. everyone has different styles which is what makes the world go round. ride on and ride what YOU like and be happy that when u go out into the parking lot everyone doesnt have the same damn motorcycle.

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  88. maybe you're blind too then, because that fairing looks like ASS. but hey, like you said.......ride what you like......a Harley that has a "HONDA-looking" front end.

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  89. yeah, like the last guy just said.........if you think the Road Glide looks like a Harley, then it must be a geographic thing, because most people where I live think it looks like a Honda as well. but hey, to each their own.

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  90. First off Road Glides not selling is proof most people who ride don't know jack. I Ride H-D for a living (with lights and siren).

    My own bike is a Road Glide. Unless you are brain damaged it should take you about a 1/4 of a mile to get use to the fairing not moving.

    After that, I doubt if you ride the Road Glide for a good test drive without getting hooked. The fixed fairing being carried by the frame put the center of gravity on the bike right where it should be.

    This makes the handling far superior. Then while on the Highway with cross winds and Semi Trucks you will notice another advantage.

    Long rides are not as fatiguing since you don't have all that lateral movement of your arms that you don't notice during the ride but feel after.

    The Road Glide is great at low and high speeds. If they could only make a fixed fairing with the look of the Street Glide.

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  91. So the official announcement finally came from H-D that they are not making the RG next year.
    Can we stop the pointless bickering now? ...at least until they re-introduce the RG in a few years?

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  92. Eighteen Inch Dirk6/13/2009 01:50:00 AM

    Let's all just face it: if HD is stopping the FLTR, it's because there's a long term value that will be reintroduced at a later date. Now, if they are continuing it, they'll load it up like a sea-barge and call it a Holiday cruzer. Obviously, 99.9999% of Females would rather be with Male FLTR pilots than Donald Trumps no limit Visa Card.

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  93. For sure they will come back with a Road Glide.
    Probably be water cooled and have all the options available on an Ultra.
    I think thats what all true RG owners would like to see.
    I think one of the reasons they dont sell well is that most guys want all that shit thats on an Ultra and dont want to put the time and money into making a RG with all the creature comforts of an Ultra.I have Taken the time to add a Tour Pak, Faring Lowers with installed vents,sattelite Radio, GPS,Screamin Eagle leather heated seat,Clearview windshield and the list goes on. The Bikes still actually looks stock and I have had guys with Ultra's ask me what Model my Bike is.
    This is the true way a RG should be. And WATER COOLED, WE ALL KNOW that our bikes run too damn HOT.

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  94. BRAVO,
    I coudn't agree more with a loaded up water cooled RG. I have been riding with a Frame Mounted Faring since 1970.
    Had it on my 1969 CB750 Honda(Vetter Windjammer)also had music.
    Have logged over 350,000 lifetime miles and yes I have had Gold Wings as well.
    I now own a loaded up 2004 Road Glide with over 50,000 miles and would never own anything else.
    Would have had a Harley alot sooner if they would have been more reliable in the early days.
    SO if you are a REAL BIKER you would know that thr RG is by far the best HARLEY RIDE.
    I am also a member of the Iron Butt Club(1000 miles in 24 hours)
    try doing that on anything else than a RG.

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  95. Oh give me a break! Any "REAL BIKER" blah, blah, road glide, blah, blah...
    So according to "MB of OH"'s logic, I guess "real bikers" sit around talking trash on the internet about what authentic bikers they are and everyone who doesn't like a particular bike, isn't a "real biker". What a load of complete crap.

    Also, as for the 1000 in 24 ironbutt, I DID do it on something other than a RG...a 2000 FXST. Yep, you're reeeeal tough doing an iron butt on a touring bagger...you know, the exact sort of thing the bike was designed for.

    Here's a news flash...everybody thinks what they have is the best. That's why they bought it.
    Anybody who has nothing better to do than knock other people's rides because it isn't what they ride is a loser.

    I have a 00 FXST and a 09 FLHX.
    I like them both.
    I have ridden many bikes over the years including friends' Road Glides and they were cool bikes too.
    Ride what ya like. F--k what other people think.

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  96. First off I would like to say that I am knocking any model of Bike (even nonHarleys) for that matter.
    I am a true believer in you should ride what fits you and for what type of driving you do. I would like to congratulate Aaron doing his 1000 miles on a non-touring machine. I would also like to add That I made that ride at 60 yrs old. Two wheels is two wheels, when your on the highway doing 80 and look at the ground I'm sure there is not much difference whatever you ride.
    And I do like the look of the Steet Glide better than the RG. I do think the BW Faring is much better looking.And I know that all the BW Faring bikes outsell the RG.
    But as far as ride goes the RG IS BY FAR the best riding Harley.
    IT also gets better MPG due to the aerodynamics of the Shark Nose.
    I am also not a "Bar Hopper" I PREFER Interstate driving and I Road tested an ULTRA CVO as well as a BMW1200LT and a Gold WIng. The RG just happened to be the most comfortable to sit on, handled great,but also lacked power.Stage One and Rinehart Pipes upgrade took care of that problem. Unfortunately the GOLDWING is suited better for the Highway and technologically light years ahead of Harley.
    So it is my feeling that they will re-introduce a loaded up water cooled RG(maybe even with a GPS that is not a toy)and they will probably outsell the current RG 5 to 1.I just think that is what RG Riders are about.

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  97. Ok, "MB of OH", thanks for clearing that up.
    I think we're actually on the same page but it's hard to tell from an internet post what tone the person is using, or if they're being sarcastic, etc.
    Sorry if I over-reacted.

    I'm just so damn sick of "virtual bikers" (you know, spend more time posting on the net than actually riding) slamming other peoples rides instead of appreciating them.
    I mean, one of the best things about going to rallies is walking around looking at other people's sleds. They aren't all something you like, ride, or can afford, but it's fun to check them out anyway.

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  98. Well Said Aaron,
    I'm especially always checking the other Bikes.
    Might always find some thing I'd like to add to mine.

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  99. AND AARON,
    Thats a hard trip to make in a freakin Lexus

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  100. I want to channg the stock handlebars on my 04RG.There is one in particular I'm leaning towards which are the Wild Chubby. They say they are made especially for the RG but they run $199. The width is only 31" and it has 14" pullback which is more than any other bars I've seen.
    Just hate giving 200 bucks for a set.
    Like too know if anybody has them and how they feel.
    Would REALLY like to hear some input.

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  101. Why are we seeing so many 2009 CVO RG turning up for sale.5 on EBay right now.For a Limited Production(3000) seems like alot.
    I test drove one at a Harley Ride & Drive Demo day.
    There were alot of things I didnt like..Those spun aluminum gauges are impossible to see in the sun was my most major complaint.
    I also would have liked to seen it have the same extras as the 01 CVO.
    Such as Tour Pak and front Lowers.
    Would like to hear from someone who owns one.

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  102. Well, well. To the pundits who said the Road Glide was dead -- Look at the new 2010 FLTRX Road Glide Custom! Street glide rear-end on a Road Glide, with a few other mods. Shark noses are here to stay!

    My own ride -- a 2008 Road Glide with Street Glide rear end mod, 103", Clearview tall windshield, lotsa other stuff...

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  103. I just started riding last year. 05 883 Sportster. Every one I knew who rode dropped comments like, "cool ride" "Bout time you got a bike" and the phone rang off the hook with, "lets go ride". Pretty much all of them said, "Doesn't matter WHAT you ride as long as your RIDING!"

    So, year later, and taking a few trips on the ole 883. One not long ago, the last ride was for 2100 miles, and earning the golden rider award for crazy, I sold my first bike and upgraded to the 06 Road Glide. Looked at the Street Glide and the Road Glide. Did some researching, and the Road Glide and the fixed fairing just seemed to play out best for me.

    Point is, I like them both and learned one lesson in the last year with all the people I ran into on my Sporty.

    "Doesn't matter WHAT you ride, as long as your RIDING!"

    Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down.

    CADman....OUT!

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  104. Well I guess the rumour about discontinuing the RG was Bull. Looks like Harley is trying to make it look like a Street Glide with a Shark Nose.
    I still think that mid year they will introduce a RG Ultra with all the shit thats on a Ultra Classic.
    I still think that what the RG riders are about,this RG that calling a Custom is to just get new people to like the RG.
    As for the new Biker CADman seems like you really got the bug.Of course it must have been rough putting all those miles on your Sportster...RG was the right choice!
    You are also starting out in a great generation to ride...When I started riding in 1969 I had to put up with comments like Rice Burner and so forth.
    Before buying my O4 RG I Road tested a Gold Wing and a BMW.I liked the Gold Wing but the seating position with no floorboards was not nearly as comfortable as th RG. But if I would have liked it better I would be a GW rider.
    So I agree with your theory...2 wheels is 2 wheels, Ride what suits you and what YOU like

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  105. I am still waiting to hear from someone who has changed handlebars on a RG.
    Which ones work without having the expense of changing the cables and brake lines.
    Thanks

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  106. I love ALL Harley's, I have had many over the years and finally got a Road Glide, I wanted comfort. I almost did not get it because I listened to novice bikers that said that the fixed fairing was hard to get use to (the only thing that I had to get use to was how it cut through the wind like a knife) and some other asshat said that when you make turns, the headlights point in a fixed direction (never turned my bike before, you have to lean into turns, so that made no sense). If your thinking about getting one, do it, don't ask questions from anyone else other than people that have them, that's where you will get the truth. A wannabe biker will tell you how cool the SG is and you should get that instead (this is usually the guy that says real bikers don't wear helmets and has ape hangers and swears they are comfortable and safe). SG is a great bike as is ALL Harley's but if you love to ride and plan on doing more than bar hopping and want the best possible ride for distance than you get a RG. It is a fact that can not be argued that the RG is the best and most comfortable Harley for long distance riding, that fixed fairing is absorbing all that wind resistance and side winds from passing trucks etc instead of your handlebars. Back to that real biker comment, a real biker is someone that loves to ride, does not own a trailer for it, does not matter what kind of bike it is nor does he care what anyone else rides, helmets is up to you, personal choice. Having grease under your fingernails, ex-con with tattoos covering you entire body, no helmet, wearing club colors does not make you a biker. Just love to ride and that makes you a biker and for the record, don't take offense to what I described above because most of that describes me but I love to ride every chance I get, if my bike had a pussy, I'd fuck it.

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  107. what a bunch of crap i own a 04 eg classic and am pushing 40k with gear drive k&n and a big fat cannon of a header and ridden in 50 plus mph wind from arizona to up here in wa state and dont seem to have a problem with wind or any thing else except paying almost 90 fukn bucks for fuel filters what a fukn rip off. clue up H/D stop rippin us off.AND FOR YOU FUCKING IDIOTS THAT ARE BUYING ALL THE JAP CRAP CARS AND BIKES (SUPPORT OUR COUNTRY) and keep ridin ALL HARLEYS

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  108. Fck it all,HD rules!!! I love my 2010 street glide.Rode a 04 roadking classic and traded up. To each there own.Class vs style!

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  109. Just traded my '06 1200 xlc in on a new 2010 Street Glide. The upgrades this year make it one fantastic bike. I make hops from Miami to Orlando effortlessly. It will probably be the last bike I'll ever own.

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  110. I would still like to hear from someone who has put on the Wild Chubby handlebars with the 14" pullback.
    Cant get an answer if you have to change cables and brake lines

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  111. 2006 street glide fairing pc of crp on my bike.Dealer fixed 1st time but have had to replace mount 3 times after dealer tech droppred bike in paring lot. And today yes ratting and vibration started agian I will be raising hell with service mgr , becauuse this set of fairingmounts didnt make three months.

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  112. Funny how folk who have NEVER ridden a RG complain about how "the stationary fairing is a bitch to get use to on the road glide" or "Who would want a headlight that points forward when your leaning into a turn?"...

    Keep believing the hype!!! That's right.. RG's suck!!! Go out and buy the bat wing bikes!!!...





    That way Harley's best kept secret STAYS such, and all the posers can buy the other bikes and stay OFF the RG's! Plus the laws of supply and demand will keep the RG's MSRP lower.

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  113. I can't believe this thread is still going.
    Who cares? Ride what you want for Pete's sake.
    I see too many bikes purchased for image and ego. They don't get many miles on them as they spend most of their time sitting in front of a bar. While the owner says to himself "am I cool or what" and tries to act like he's some kinda bad ass biker. Real bikers RIDE they don't sit around trying to see who has the pretty bike parked outside.

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  114. I was going to say something, but, my bikes warming up in the drive and the wifey has her vest on,, were off!!

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  115. I own a 09 street glide and love it!!! If I wanted a bike with a fixed fairing, I would buy a sport bike!!! There's a lot of SG haters, the reason is because they want one.. I will put this challenge out to any RG owners, go to ur nearby H-D dealer and test ride the new street glide... I bet ur buy one.

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  116. Well Anonymous,
    The SG is a very nice bike. I have ridden one as my wife was considering moving from her LR to either the 2010 SG or RG. The new seating position makes both these bikes more friendly to the shorter inseam than the past. The bat wing is a traditional HD item so you may have not looked any further. HD has not done a good job promoting the fixed fairing. However if you'd looked more closely you would note that the 2010 SG and 2010 RG are the SAME bike with exception of the fairings. And hey the SG weights 10 lbs more!! I've been riding the RG since 05, I love it to. All "riding" salespeople will tell you that the RG is the most stable and balanced bike of the HD line. It's just that the batwing is tradition. So what? I had a HD salesman tell me last month (this dealership has both HD and Honda) that the most comfortable long hauler is still the Goldwing, but he sells a lot of HD’s to GW riders because you ride on a Goldwing and ride with the HD. Two summers ago I rode a 2500 mile trip with a GW and must admit I had to really push my 95ci, cammed and far from stock HD to keep up at times. Even the GW is a nice bike, but not a bike for me.

    This whole thread needs to get over the arrogance of model superiority and celebrate HD riding more. Especially on a RG!
    RWofWA

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  117. I am sick and tired of this comparison between Road and Street Glides.
    When you are doing 80mph on the highway and look at the pavement it doesnt matter what the hell you are riding (Could be a 250Yamaha)its all the same...Problem is I think Street Glides only take their rider to the next closest bar.
    As for the frame mount faring if your not used to it in 10 miutes or a few miles you dont belong on a bike in the first place.
    Take it from me I am not one of these Die Hard Harley riders where nothing else is even considered a motorcycle.
    I have had the pleasure of riding cross country on a Gold wing, Electra Glide and of course the RG.
    Its just to bad Harley hasn't put some of that Gold Wing technology into their bikes.
    Its nice to have a little heat blow through your vents and on a 90 degree day not have to worry about overheating.
    Honestly I bought the Road Glide because it was comfortable and I like the way it handled. Rode a New 1800 scremin eagle ultra and the wind fought the bat wing faring the whole time, and with a crosswind it was all I could do to stay in my lane.
    Im sure the SG is a great bike....but when it comes to long distance Highway riding it is a NO BRAINER there is no comparison between the two. Th RG is the winner hands down,
    AND for that matter....other than maybe some comfort issues(No Floor boards, a little high seating position, maybe not as cool in the looks department, The Gold Wings technology is by far the winner in my book.
    If Harley is going to contiue with the RG lets at least water cool it and borrow some of Honda's technology. Its also real nice to be able to listen to your radio without having to blast it, and their built in GPS is a quality item... Not like the toy they put on Harleys.
    But to have this RG vs. SG is totally rediculous. WHO THE HELL CARES! They are both two wheel machines and that should be enough for any Biker

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  118. I read all the posts took a hour conclusion people with street glides say they are best people with fugly road glides say they are best so it comes down whichever you own will be the best THE END!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  119. I ride an 07 Street Glide with just over 50k on it. I have made several long trips on it and I don't know what vibrations people are talking about. I enjoy riding whenever I get the chance. I am also an avid fan of the RG So instead of buying a new bike I'm going to buy an RG fairing and install it on my SG. New bike at a fraction of the cost. Besides it costs 2K not 20K and I already have cruise and a few other gadgets installed on my bike. Why start over.

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  120. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, before I got my Ultra Cool SG, I rode a 90' Kawasaki Voyager with a frame mounted fairing and it rode great but I figured after 117K I needed a new bike and truth be told I should have kept it and my $0 per month payment. It still rode like new.

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  121. I just bought my first HD and it's a RG fully blacked out w rinehart black drag pipes. I have had only Japanese sport bikes and raced them when I was younger, the fairing on the road glide IS easy for me due to that fact. The SG bars seem heavy in the wind but hey don't be scared... we ride for the enjoyment and friends why spoil it with my dicks bigger than yours comments.

    Ride On!... RD

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  122. I was just reading this thread RG vs SG, SG vs RS, etc. They both are nice bikes. I live in Va. SG are the popular bike here. I got a RG. It was the only one the dealer had, and they damn near gave it to me and added some free chrome, couldn't turn that down. I love this bike. And all the SG riders I know have grown in love with it to. Plus its different in a nice way. And I don't like bashing another guys bike just because our taste in rides is different.

    As for the fairing being stationary, if you really ride and are making tight turns (like in parking lots, etc.), then you already know you look / turn your head in the direction you want to go, so you don't pay attention to the fairing anyway.

    Ride what you ride, just be safe while doing it!

    R Mc.

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  123. I had a 97 Ultra, put a fresh re-man 80 cube in it, power commander, and etc.... Still just couldnt keep up with my friends. Test drove all the touring models for months. Finally got to test drive the 2010 RG and went home with it. Never realized what I was missing. Im 6'+ and finally get to stretch out a little. Less vibration, and dont get pushed around as much, like stated in previous posts. Purchased in April and now have 6500 mls on it! Great Bike for me, and the pavement still looks great!

    Ride man, ride.

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  124. Love my 04 RG. At 80 years old, I'm into COMFORT! To hell with what people think! I upgraded to a Stage two, changed to buckhorm bars, added Tour Pak, air horns,50 watt bulbs, and a Clearview windshield (That was a MAJOR improvemnet>) My only lament is that I do not have ABS brakes, otherwise I am A very happy rider. Have 25K+ and still rolling.

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  125. I had an 2005 electraglide and did 38,000 before I had to give it up. Now I have a 2007 RG. The ride is totally different and I have 37,000 on my RG now and I think it rides way better for long distance and I don't feel beat up. Its awesome in the wind and what can I say. I still like my 1998 fatboy but I ride it for shorter distances now. As long as you ride does it matter what HD model you have?

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  126. I have owned a 79 FLH for 25 years and was convinced on buying a street glide. I looked at the road glide a year ago and thought it was the ugliest bike ever. This year it grew on me, probably because everyone and there mother owns a street glide. I just purchased a 2006 road glide with 8900 miles. I would never go back and change my mind. What a smooth and stable ride. Just change the tall windshield for a sporty look and ride the hell out of it. The bike tracks on the highway like its permanently connected due to the frame mounted fairing.
    Like someone else said, the street glide is yesterdays bike.

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  127. had a 04 electraglide, made to look like a streetglide rode her 30k miles. bought a new 09 RG 5k late last year. much better handling bike, needed taller bars.i installed 14 inch chubbie bars,(the bomb)expensive but worth it! love the bike, might not look as nice; but handles much better,but hey who wants to look like a black crow in the flock when you're ridin' the REAL EAGLE! different but the leader of the family.the only thing i miss is the carb!the 04 found a new place to nest!

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