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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all, new member here from South Eastern PA. Currently own a 2007 Electra Glide Classic and have started shopping recently for a Road Glide. New to this model line so any tips on what model years to avoid, common issues with certain years, etc? I realize major changes came in 2017 with the Milwaukee 8 and am leaning to getting a 2017 or newer but want to hear of any issues I need to be on the lookout for. Thanks in advance for any assistance and looking forward to joining the group
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Welcome, good luck in your search.

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First off, welcome to the tank!

Second, I would definitely suggest a 2015 or newer. The Rushmore design is just so much nicer and has a lot of great design/rider comfort features. '15 and 16 are pretty much identical and both have the tried and true 103 motor. You can get some pretty great deals on used bikes from those years and there are a bajillionity accessories available. 2017 was the first year of the M8 motor, so you have to decide if the M8 107 is what you want to focus in on or not. It is an entirely different beast – single cam (103 is a twin cam), slipper clutch, different suspension, and overall a different "feel". The M8s have more available torque and HP through the rpm band, and they are supposed to be a lot smoother – no more "clunk" from the shifter. But there have been some growing pains with the new motor as well. i.e. Oil sumping, warranty BS, etc

There are tons of posts and more knowledgable folks on here that can explain the nuances of each year. Just do a LOT of reading and get out and try a couple 103s and M8s. That is going to be your biggest advantage*– riding! Me personally, I have a ton of time and money invested in my '15 and it is perfect for me. I have zero desire to get into a newer bike.


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Welcome to the forum! I got a 15 with the 103 twin cam and has the "Rushmore" features and very happy with the bike and motor. The M8 feels better after a test ride and many here on forum are happy with them. However, I still feel that Harley has some more de-quirking to do with the M8s imo


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Welcome to the forum.

Like stated above, shoot for the 15 and later. In my opinion I would shy away from the 17's. Anything first year seems to have bugs and the M8 is no exception. There are folks that have 17's with no issues but I wouldn't want to take the chances. An '18 would be a better gamble than the '17 but even some of them had issues. I saw a new '19 Ultra puke it's fluid out on a dealer's parking lot when I was looking for a Road Glide. This lead me to skip the M8's and I go for a twin cam. I ended up with '15 with 8,000 miles that already had the pipes and mustang seat for $15k. I added Ohlins rear shocks.

The safe and least expensive bet is a '15 or '16 103 twin cam. Low mileage ones are out there with pipes and such for about half the price of a new one. The 110 twin cams did have some lifter issues so that wouldn't be on the top of my list for a used bike unless there was an extended warranty on it.

Good luck on your search.
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Q; Do all the '15 and up RG's have the Rushmore features or were they optional? What are they? Only difference I am seeing really is between the base model, Special, Ultra and CVO. Looking for an Ultra or a Special with Tour Pack added. Love the ability to remove the TP and go for the streamlined look, big reason I went with the EG Classic. I know the Ultra can be done but the extra cables for lights and speakers makes it a PITA.
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Congrats on your decision to move up to a Road Glide. It's definitely HDs best model for 2-up riding and touring. Good luck in your search to find the one that's right for you. By the way, if you see "Jackthe Bagger" on here (he's our chief moderator) you might want to ask him if the $50. bonus for new members who sign onto the site is still available. It was a promotion and may have ended but it doesn't hurt to ask him.

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Q; Do all the '15 and up RG's have the Rushmore features or were they optional? What are they? Only difference I am seeing really is between the base model, Special, Ultra and CVO. Looking for an Ultra or a Special with Tour Pack added. Love the ability to remove the TP and go for the streamlined look, big reason I went with the EG Classic. I know the Ultra can be done but the extra cables for lights and speakers makes it a PITA.
Yes, all 15 and up received the Rushmore upgrades. The main difference is in the wind management. They got vents to control the beard lift and buffeting. The 16 ultra's got liquid cooling.
The Special has the bigger navigation screen than the standard.
The standard would be the closest to your E-Glide. Personally I think the Special is the way to go if you are thinking slim down look.

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Welcome to the forum from Mass!

They are all good, I have had a 12,17 and 18 all customs/specials. The newer you get the more bells and whistles you get, but bells and whistles don't make it a better bike. There is a lot of good info on this forum, if you search roadglide pics on this forum you can put some models and pictures together.

Good luck with your decision.


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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help guys. I am mostly past the customizing stage, BTDT with the EGC. And I don't get to ride as much these days cept for the occasinal weekend ride or long trip with the wife. So I'm looking for the best touring option out there, although would still like to be able to go with the tourpack on/off and a different seat for the look when not riding long distance 2 up.

I did catch the thread about the $50 sign on bonus so I'll be sure to ask. Mebbe I'll even create a few accounts to get some money towards this
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