Thats whats beautiful about the new frame and swing arm. Bike can handle the roads well
Pfaat! Pre '09 just fine for 80 mph all day. A few low cost tweaks and any difference on the butt is purely imaginary - in the mind.
Back to the point, and not to digress, the core of the question is how does the Road Glide compare to a BMW k1600 GTL ?
I have been looking at the BMW k1600 GTL
and I want one. I have said to the wife that it fills a different and needed motorcycle niche in my garage than our present three Harleys. The RG is excellent on the 50-200 mile day ride. And the Deuce gives me a "total motorcycle experience in under 50 miles. Say I want to do an "iron Butt" with several of my riding buddies that already display their Iron Butt license frames on their bikes. And say I wanted to ride the four corners of the USA? The bike I would purchase today for that - sorry born again believers in HD - would be the BMW k1600 GTL.
Different bikes, different objectives, different experiences, all good.
BTW, wife's response to my rationale is how many days a year am I going to ride more than 400 miles to make it worthwhile? Do I have the free time. And regarding desire, why after 350 miles would I not want to stop at a hotel, put the feet up on the bed, and have a Martini? And she says, and we would still be ahead monetarily staying in hotels and drinking Martinis. She has a point.
So, the BMW k1600 GTL will not be parked soon in my garage - for now. Alas, have to stay riding only my 2 Harleys for now. The humanity of it all. Life is good.