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> Which Harley for LONG rides?, Stay in the saddle the longest?
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post Jul 19 2014, 07:53 AM
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I just finished a 3190 mi. trip up the east coast and back on a '03 Heritage. One conclusion, I need a softer ride. So, it's time to move up to the touring class but which one? I like the looks of the Street Glide, the Ultra Classic looks like a good fit because of the travel packs etc., but when you get right down to it, aren't they all on the same frame/suspension? So, wouldn't the riding comfort level be the same on all of the touring class models? I'm not all that excited about the hard packs cause I can load up a travel bag. I ride single all the time so I'm interested in rider comfort only.
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post Jul 19 2014, 08:12 AM
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The riding comfort level is not the same even though they are on the same frame and suspension.
The Ultras have lower fairings (storage and airflow difference).
The RoadGlide's upper fairing is fixed to the frame not the handlebars. Very many prefer that.
The streeglide sits lower to the ground (a bit).
As you mentioned, some have more storage than others.
Various seats are available for all bikes. Perhaps all you need is a different seat.
For long rides, I have found relief by using seat beads. Especially when its hot, the beads allow a little airflow under you (a little).
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post Jul 19 2014, 09:35 AM
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IMHO, Roadglide for comfort and handling, hands down! It is the model, according to a survey I read somewhere, owned by more Harley mechanics than any other. Maybe because they are NOT the popular model used and can be bought as trades for less? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif)
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post Jul 19 2014, 06:47 PM
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I've got a Mustang seat, the widest one they make, with a backrest. (The backrest is the only way to go.)
I did 833 miles in one day and at the end of that I'da done some strange and wonderful things for a new bike.

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post Jul 19 2014, 10:09 PM
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Another two votes (we own two of 'em) for da Roadie. Although firm is good in a seat, I think Mustangs are unreal hard. Corbin? Perfect. But, obviously, if you like it, fantastic.
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post Jul 20 2014, 08:23 AM
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I think the Roadglide was the best bike in the lineup but for some reason they are not making them this year. I felt more confident in the handling of my Roadglide than I did in the handling of my Sportster.
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post Jul 20 2014, 12:41 PM
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Road Glide.... IMHO and if you ride solo all the time you should check out the Road Glide Customs....

I'm sure they'll bring the Road Glide back in a couple of years anyway...

btw, You sure got a Great Looking Heritage... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)



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post Jul 20 2014, 06:23 PM
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why you think the call then Road KINGS?
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post Jul 20 2014, 06:44 PM
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I think the Road King would be my second choice. I am not a fan of the Batwing fairing and the king is a great bike.
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post Jul 21 2014, 08:29 AM
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spend the $100 at the stealership for on of those HD gel seat pads

It made a difference for my VRod on longer trips ...


Most cost-effective option before you throw money at a new scooter ...

As far as BlackCloud use for anal beads ... I guess it is a preference thing ... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)
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post Jul 21 2014, 10:12 AM
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The problem with the Softails is not the seat or the suspension, but the riding position. This is why so many claim you do not sit "on" a softatil, but you sit "in" them. The laid back position puts more weight on your tailbone. While this position feels more comfortable to most when first sitting on the bike, it puts your weight on a contact spot with less meat on it. It also allows for less repositioning than the more upright riding position on touring and Dyna models. Thus being on a bony part of your ass for a longer period of time makes for a sore ass. Since the suspension, riding position and seats are virtually the same for all touring models, whether it's a RK or a UC, how they feel on your ass will be the same. Of my Harleys....the old Dyna with it's long travel suspension and the more aggressive shock position, gives a better ride than my RK. Much of this depends on your build, and your weight and the same is not true for everyone. We have ridden with many a Softail rider that whined less about their sore ass than us after a long day in the saddle.
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post Jul 21 2014, 06:08 PM
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Hard to tell from your pic but it looks like you already have highway pegs on your engine guard....

That and more frequent stops (don't wait until you're feeling tired) have made my riding experience great on my Softail...

The Heritage is after all "Chariot of the Gods"... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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post Jul 21 2014, 07:06 PM
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(IMG:style_emoticons/default/stupid.gif) Unless you just have a craving, and the money, I'd just put a Mustang Solo on that Softail and ride it.
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post Jul 21 2014, 07:34 PM
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QUOTE(Night Rider @ Jul 21 2014, 08:29 AM) *
As far as BlackCloud use for anal beads ... I guess it is a preference thing ... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)
That reminds me, are you gonna want those back?

QUOTE(Buck @ Jul 21 2014, 10:12 AM) *
While this position feels more comfortable to most when first sitting on the bike, it puts your weight on a contact spot with less meat on it. .... Thus being on a bony part of your ass for a longer period of time makes for a sore ass.
In my case, the whole thing is bony with less meat on it. That's why I gotta have a cushy seat and that mat of beads.
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post Jul 22 2014, 06:34 AM
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El estúpido, me!, ran out and bought a custom seat for my Deuce the week I bought her; way back in '03. Custom seats have dick for padding but, when I'm not on it, make the bike look snazzy.

Decided to ride the thing to Tennessee. Forgot to mention I also moved the front pegs forward two or three inches and had WildOnes drag bars installed. My riding position was stretched. Arms stretched and legs stretched and my ass resting on my coccyx. Even with one of those inflatable seat cushions, that are supposed to make up for movement on my ass's contact points it was painful. Never said anything cause I was already the "butt" of Lou's jokes about my rain suit. But man, never again!!! There is a reason Softail's are called bar hoppers. Of course Mike and Sick, present company excluded, cause those two maniacs ride their soft ails all over creation.

Go with the softer seat and keep the driver back rest. Nice that the Heritage has floor boards too...

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post Jul 22 2014, 07:32 AM
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QUOTE(LoudnProud @ Jul 21 2014, 04:08 PM) *
Hard to tell from your pic but it looks like you already have highway pegs on your engine guard....

That and more frequent stops (don't wait until you're feeling tired) have made my riding experience great on my Softail...

The Heritage is after all "Chariot of the Gods"... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)



I hope I still feel that way after out ride to Illinois, that's a lot of miles in a short time. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/schreck.gif)

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post Jul 22 2014, 08:02 AM
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QUOTE(Jarhead @ Jul 22 2014, 07:32 AM) *
I hope I still feel that way after out ride to Illinois, that's a lot of miles in a short time. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/schreck.gif)



we can stop for breaks when needed ... see y'all at Robert's and Anitas (IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif)
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QUOTE(Jarhead @ Jul 22 2014, 07:32 AM) *
I hope I still feel that way after out ride to Illinois, that's a lot of miles in a short time. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/schreck.gif)


No worries.... You'll just Love it even more.... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif)
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post Jul 23 2014, 06:41 AM
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Yes, I have the highway pegs and I mounted them low so I could use them in the lower position or put my heal on top of them for a higher stance. I did pretty good for most of the ride but I did 833.5 miles one day and I'll not do that again. Anyway, it looks like changing bikes MIGHT give some more comfort but not enough to justify 10-15 thousand for a decent used Road king/Glide.
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post Jul 25 2014, 06:44 PM
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Here is my 2 cents worth. I've had a Sportie, several versions of Softails, a Dyna, Electra Glide, and a Trike. All have traveled long distances. First, in my younger years (I'm 69) the Softails and Dyna were fun. The E-Glide was the perfect distance rider. Trike is OK, but the ride is a bit harsh. Couldn't hold the E-Glide up anymore with my shot knees so it was the trike or a rocking chair.

Good Luck, and keep riding!

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I've toured and owned a Road King, Street Glide, and a Road Glide. The Road Glide was best followed closely by the SG. I also toured extensively on a 93 FXDL. It was better than the Road King.
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