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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Decisions, decisions...

OK, looking for opinions, which are never in short supply 'round here.

I have a 2015 FLTRUSE with 25k on the clock that I really like. She's been good to me so far, for the most part. It's mostly finished... would like to swap bars for some 14" Factory 47s. Beyond that, just ride on.

It should be paid off by the end of the year, maybe November timeframe. You probably see where this is going... The 2018s will be out by then.

While I really do like this sled, I do have the 110 reliability in the back of my mind. Factory warranty expires in 3 months, but I do have ESP coverage for 3 years beyond that. I have already had the bottom end rebuilt once & it does occasionally make some odd sounds down there now. Have seen at least 2 failures on friend's sleds with 110s. One dude was on his 3rd motor before he said "enough."

I do like all the bells & whistles she has, but managed for years before this one without all that.

I have ridden every model with the 107 & really like it. That being said, I have next to no desire to start customizing yet another one. Maybe I'm just getting old, but these days I'm more interested in just riding.

So, the ideas floating around my noggin are:

1.) Pay off the nut as planned & just keep her & ride off into the sunset, not worrying about what may happen... until mid-2020 when the ESP expires.

2.) Don't pay it off, & trade in on a 2018 Road Glide Special & pay that off. Negotiate the sale so the new one is configured the way I want it.

3.) Pay it off, then trade in on a 2018 Road Glide Special. Negotiate the sale so the new one is configured the way I want it.

So, let's hear your opinion along with why you'd go that route.


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Keep it. I doubt the 2018 is significantly different than the 2017. After you pay the 2015 off, make payments to a new savings account and then pay cash for a 2018, 2019, or whenever you need it. Put the Factory 47s on and enjoy a paid for ride. That's my plan anyway.
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I am in a similar dilemma and i am waiting to see what the new RGS looks like in that Bonneville Salt paint scheme. Unless the new colors blow my mind i will stay with my 15 RGS for another year or so.
BTW, by the time i read your thread and typed up a response, do you think SteadyEddie traded in his new bike yet again for something else? LOL!
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If you like it as it is, pay it off, keep it. You do have the ESP. Saving money on payments. Then once that runs out. Keep riding it till you think it's no longer sticking your money into it then go see what else is out there.

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Keep it!!!!!!!!!! Then again, I may be just a little bit biased. Let the lifters take out the top end and ESP can replace it with 117 parts
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Keep it. I doubt the 2018 is significantly different than the 2017. After you pay the 2015 off, make payments to a new savings account and then pay cash for a 2018, 2019, or whenever you need it. Put the Factory 47s on and enjoy a paid for ride. That's my plan anyway.
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I have a 2015 RGS. The 107 is great. And it will only be better for 2018.
That lower idle and the factory sound was very well thought out. And as you know it pull great out of the box for 2017.
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18s I dont think we will be all great, 107s are slow nothing really catches my eye..

Much better to keep and upgrade what you have and ride it.. No payments are a good thing.. besides you wont get crap for trade in anyway

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Pay it off then make a decision. The 2015 will have a higher trade in value in 2017 then it will in 2020 so you have to take that in consideration. Also the 2018 probably won't be that much different than the 2017 models so you may be able to find 2017 models for a discounted price once the 2018 models hit the floor. Remember the ESP is transferable or refundable if you get a new bike.


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I recently found myself in a similar situation, I ended up trading my nearly paid off 2012 for for a 2017 ultra.
I considered the same options and the only one that i did not want to do was to pay it off and then trade it in. It has been my experience that dealers (cars and bikes) will try to offer a lower amount for a paid off vehicle. I've told salesmen that what I owe has no bearing on the value.

if you keep your bike, pay it off and enjoy it.
if you trade it, don't pay it off have the dealership give you the value of the bike and use the money (that you were going to use to pay off your bike) as a down payment.

either way, enjoy yourself.
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