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post #11 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 09:06 AM
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I am an ex motocross racer and have always used the front brake a lot and now on the Harley I can't imagine not using it.
Remember the first time you jumped on a 4 stroke MX bike after years of ring a ding ding? - I raced indoors (not quite AX but close) for a winter and went most of the season on a clapped out 250 with no front brake (back then, $$ went to fees and transport...who needs brakes) and LOVED how a 4t engine would brake for me - Could never do that on a 2 stroke where you needed every inch of brake you could get

Kids these days have no idea how easy they have it

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Its my opinion you should not trade in something you owe money on. Especially an item that is not a necessity. You will enter the deal in a disadvantaged position causing you to pay more interest on what you already owe and more for the bike you are going to buy. Guessing you have no more than a year or two on your loan, I would pay that off and then upgrade. The new RGs are awesome!
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Good comments by the rest of the gang. I recently traded an 09 EG Ultra (first Harley) to a new 15 FLTRUSE. I cannot believe the difference and I started on a Harley with the newer touring frame, fly by wire etc. For me, this bike is so much better in many ways - most of them mentioned in this thread. Timing and money aside, you would be very pleased with the RG.
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Remember to when you get back to the states with that bike you were going to have to pay taxes on it I was in for a big surprise when I landed in Mississippi with my bike I wound up paying $3200 in taxes just to register the bike
Really? Did you have you bike prior to getting to back to the states?

I stopped by the military HD shop, said I can't trade in my bike and better off selling to the local economy. But, I wasn't to fond of the price tag on the 2016 RG they were offering. $25k out the door, includes the 5 year warranty.

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Its my opinion you should not trade in something you owe money on. Especially an item that is not a necessity. You will enter the deal in a disadvantaged position causing you to pay more interest on what you already owe and more for the bike you are going to buy. Guessing you have no more than a year or two on your loan, I would pay that off and then upgrade. The new RGs are awesome!
True. My original plan was to upgrade in 2018 when I get back to the states.

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Sure did road it 3 years in Germany The dealer there won't tell you about the tax owed once you get back. They like to advertise tax, ain't nothing free. Some states have caps but many work on a percentage of value.

You can generally sell to a German local for more than you can get here.


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I would absolutely sell it to a local there where the Used Market for Harleys is at a premium and buy new with the same or lower payments.

Not only are you doing the locals a favor since Harleys are harder to find but you are selling it for way more than you could get back here.

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Remember to when you get back to the states with that bike you were going to have to pay taxes on it I was in for a big surprise when I landed in Mississippi with my bike I wound up paying $3200 in taxes just to register the bike
YEP they like to leave that fact out. If you know how to buy a bike you can beat the their price.


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Remember to when you get back to the states with that bike you were going to have to pay taxes on it I was in for a big surprise when I landed in Mississippi with my bike I wound up paying $3200 in taxes just to register the bike
That is why you pick your state of residency carefully when on are in the military.

Another plus for trade in is you only pay tax on the difference. In my case, on $6000.


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I like this thread

No fudge here. And just 1 take over attempt.
I was able to keep my 02 when picking up my 2015 Sorry.
I would prefer no pinstripe like some. However there were the other items. ABS linked brakes, gps, painted inner fairing etc.
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I went through the same exact thing, and decided to keep mine and "fix it up" put a couple grand into it, and still ended up trading. If you want a new one, some mods to your old ride might appease you for a year (or less in my case)

If you have your heart set on a new ride, and can afford it, just do it now. It will end up saving you in the long run.

The 2015 I bought is worlds ahead of the 2006 I traded. It is a fantastic bike! You will not be disappointed.

I am fine with the 4.3 radio, and feel no need to upgrade it. This bike is actually set up very well, and I haven't felt the need to add many things. I was able to pull a bunch of accessories off the old one and move over what fit, and sold the rest on eBay to the tune of $1800.


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