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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-24-2017, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanksgiving (Eat) / Black Friday (Ride)

There was no way I was going to go wait in line to buy something on Black Friday and I definitely didn't need anymore food so today was a perfect day to go for a ride.

I just started meandering around the back roads in middle Tennessee and eventually found myself in Normandy, TN where Normandy Lake and the George A. Dickel Distillery is located.







It was in the upper 50s and sunny. Perfect temperatures for riding the RGU.

I also stopped in at the local Harley shop and won a $10 gift card door prize that I used to buy a 115th anniversary shot glass.

I did sit on the new Low Rider Softail. I might go back tomorrow and take one out for a test ride.



I like that 1970s look of the new softail and the owner assures me that they can plug and play install cruise control and put forward controls on the bike. They already have the bike marked at $1000 off MSRP, but for me that is just the new starting point for negotiations.


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Today I went back to the dealer ready to test ride several of the 2018 Softail lineup.

The bikes I was interested in riding in order of interest were:

Low Rider
Sport Glide
Fat Boy
Heritage


First, I will say that the stock suspension on these bikes is the best OEM suspension I have ever experienced on a cruiser style motorcycle.

The bikes absorbed imperfections in the road and with the exception of the Fat Boy handled the curves very well. I will say that these new softails have the edge over my M8 Road King.

I love the look of the Low Rider. It was the 1st bike that I test rode. As soon as I got going on the bike I knew something was wrong. It was a different bike than I sat on in the dealership and I quickly realized that the monkey who set the bike up didn't put the handlebars in the correct orientation. They were rolled forward and very uncomfortable, especially when riding in the wind. I went around the 4 mile block and pulled in and told the salesman that the bars weren't right and to get me the blue one I sat on yesterday.

Much better the second time riding the Low Rider. It handled well, felt good, and even though it only had the single disk in the front the brakes were much better than earlier bikes with one disk. My two negatives with the Low Rider was the lack of cruise control and the mid controls were a deal breaker for me. The sales staff said all that could be changed, but the techs said not easily. The mid controls go through the primary so that would have to be changed out and there is no kit so it would mean buying the individual parts for the Sport Glide and swapping them over. Also, no adding cruise according to the techs. At least not yet.

Then I hopped on the Sport Glide. The Sport Glide has forward controls and the handlebar positon had me leaning forward slightly. This bike can handle the curves! It comes with electronic cruise control, the quick release bags and quick release fairing. Definitely a fun ride. It also has upside down (USD) forks and overall is a nice modern package. My personal negatives about the bike are the limited color choices, the fairing limits the different handlebars you can mount, and the seat wasn't very comfortable. If I could mount the Low Rider bars and seat on the bike and it still look and function good i would be interested in this bike once they come out with more color choices.

Now I decided to try the Fat Boy just to try the floor boards and was curious about the fat rear tire. OMG! That bike SUCKS! I went into the first set of curves and the bike kept wanting to stand back up on me. Plus, the stiff tires didn't play well with the suspension and the 107 felt underpowered moving all that wheel and rubber. I turned around and took it right back. NO WAY would I buy this bike. LOL!

What can you say about the Heritage. If you want a bike that you could fall asleep on while riding or just parked under a shady tree, this would be the bike to get. The rider triangle is amazing. The new frame and suspension give it a good ride. I didn't push it as hard in the curves as the other bikes just because it is not the kind of bike you push hard in the curves if you know what I mean. This would be a bike that if I bought would be a replacement for the Road King. They are too close in use to own both.
My only negative about the Heritage is the wire wheels requiring tubes.

I ended up telling the sales staff that I am going to have to wait until next year and see if Harley brings out more options for the bikes.

Y'all can go to Harley's website if you want to see the bikes. I didn't fell like taking photos today.
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There was no way I was going to go wait in line to buy something on Black Friday and I definitely didn't need anymore food so today was a perfect day to go for a ride.

I just started meandering around the back roads in middle Tennessee and eventually found myself in Normandy, TN where Normandy Lake and the George A. Dickel Distillery is located.







It was in the upper 50s and sunny. Perfect temperatures for riding the RGU.

I also stopped in at the local Harley shop and won a $10 gift card door prize that I used to buy a 115th anniversary shot glass.

I did sit on the new Low Rider Softail. I might go back tomorrow and take one out for a test ride.



I like that 1970s look of the new softail and the owner assures me that they can plug and play install cruise control and put forward controls on the bike. They already have the bike marked at $1000 off MSRP, but for me that is just the new starting point for negotiations.
I see you like the blue ones (so do I qith the red-ish ones). It is really amazing how humans are.

Anyway, really beautiful bike. I also like that 70's look.

Keep us inform about when you get it.
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Cool pics. My bike is done for the season. Salt on the roads already. I've had 3 lowriders. All shovels. Had a lot of fun on them but it'd only be a bar hopper for me now. I could not ride them as far as I ride the RG. I would like to have another 48 Pan.


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I liked the fatboy. But that's what i had before the rg so I can throw that thing around the curves.

I hated the pro street break out. Now there's a bike that sucks in curves but man does it get up and go in a straight line!

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I liked the fatboy. But that's what i had before the rg so I can throw that thing around the curves.

I hated the pro street break out. Now there's a bike that sucks in curves but man does it get up and go in a straight line!
Learning to throw something around the curves and a natural ability in the curves are worlds apart IMO. Where I live and ride it is all about the curves.


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Looks and sounds like a perfect day!
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It's funny how some like certain bikes and hate others.

Me personally, I love the Fat Boy & the Breakout.

They handled great to me and I rode both bikes 20 some odd miles in the canyons of SoCal.

If I was to put another Harley in the garage, it would be a Breakout.

For me the bike just felt right.

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