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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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a natural progression...

1st HD was a rigid Sporty bobber ('95 1200 & a weld-on rigid back half); loved it for what it was and rode the hell out of it. Not surprisingly, I (and my kidneys) wanted a bit more comfort, so I picked up a Breakout. I put many miles on the breakout, but for whatever reason forward controls kill my feet on longer trips. So, I decided to trade up to a Road King. The King is a great bike, but I kind of wanted a frame-mounted fairing for the occasional ride in high winds. Plus, after my wife's first >100 mile trip, she decided that I needed a tour pack with a nice, comfy back rest.

Long story short, it made more sense to just upgrade vs. adding all the needed accessories to the King. So, 2 days ago I traded up to a used '17 FLTRU in Black Quartz...loving it so far. I'm still trying to get used to saddling-up with a tour pack in the way, and the hydraulic clutch is definitely new, but I'm getting the hang of it. One thing that I was pleasantly surprised about, was the power increase (butt dyno) of the M8. Even with the added weight of the bike, it's noticeably more powerful than the 103 of the King.

First impressions:

I haven't been in strong winds yet, but the moderate winds I have been in still have an effect on the bike (it always will, no matter what), but at least it doesn't steer me around anymore like the windshield "sail" on the King.

The Ultra is noticeably more comfortable (smoother ride) than the King. I can only guess this is a result of the added weight and the shocks since they share the same basic frame/suspension design (I assume the shocks are stock at this point).

I love the look of the fairing (both the main and the lowers), but don't care for the look with the tour pack on.

The stock "T-Rex" handlebars have GOT to go...not comfortable at all for me.

Definitely adding QD mount for the tour pack as it will only be on there when the wife and I are taking an extended ride. (Still trying to find a laydown/curved license plate mount that'll work with a bottom-shining taillamp lens - feel free to point me in the right direction if you know of one).

All in all, I may add more bikes to the stable in the future, but I don't think I'll ever need to "upgrade" again. (famous last words...)

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hidey ho from oHio! welcome to the forum!

you've made a great platform choice with the RGU and will surely enjoy many miles of smiles.

do you open all the vents in the fairings? i find that when open they provide an added function of stability.

i love my Milwaukee-8 too. prolly the best HD stock engine yet IMO.
great torque pull right off idle makes for a super enjoyable touring engine.

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I've played with the vents a little bit; the lower vents are always open (some for my benefit, but mostly for the engine), and I've had the 3 upper vents open/closed. I haven't noticed much difference yet in how it handles either way, but I've only put on ~100 or so miles.

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With the engine running hotter than I'm used to, I'm curious how it will fair during our MANY days of 110°F+ weather in the summer.

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I've played with the vents a little bit; the lower vents are always open (some for my benefit, but mostly for the engine), and I've had the 3 upper vents open/closed. I haven't noticed much difference yet in how it handles either way, but I've only put on ~100 or so miles.-WRM
the top vent is instrumental in canceling the low pressure zone behind the windshield, which helps with buffeting if you wear a helmet.
the two side vents IMO are the ones that have a tunnel effect on handling.
the vents in the lowers help with cooling. i only close mine when it's raining or below 60°F



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With the engine running hotter than I'm used to, I'm curious how it will fair during our MANY days of 110°F+ weather in the summer.

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i can only speak to 94°F in traffic. it was much better than my '94 evo.
i had the coolflow fan installed and that helps pull air from the rear cylinder head down and exits on the inside of the exhaust. very helpful IMO

where are you located?
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where are you located?
In Phoenix, AZ - smack dab in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. It's above 110°F frequently in the summer, and I've seen the rare occasion when it hovers around and slightly above 120°F. I'm not too sure what the "cool flow" fan is, but I definitely have some sort of fan cooling things off because I can hear it running for a few minutes after I shut the bike off.

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In Phoenix, AZ - smack dab in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. It's above 110°F frequently in the summer, and I've seen the rare occasion when it hovers around and slightly above 120°F. I'm not too sure what the "cool flow" fan is, but I definitely have some sort of fan cooling things off because I can hear it running for a few minutes after I shut the bike off.

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prolly your radiator fan. "water buffaloes" (RGUs) use them for engine cooling.

but it's a dry heat, right lol
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Congrats and Howdy from Cowtown!
I always leave the top fairing vent open, seems to smooth out the wind.
They're all open in the summer!


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