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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-27-2015, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Over thinking the 2015 RGS

I have been riding since I was 5 and had to slide off the seat of a Rupp 1.5 hp minibike to reach the brake. Rode a Yamaha XS400 in High School then started living in big cities and over seas where owning a bike was too dangerous or just impractical. I finally bought a new 2004 XL1200C when I spent a couple years back up in WI and brought it out to Vegas with me 10 years ago. Put 40k on the odometer and made it unrecognizable to guys who sold them. Blacked out the chrome, jockey shifter, apes, lots of hand made add ons and off the shelf performance upgrades. Rode it to Sturgis 4 times, 1080 miles each way and once even did the iron butt straight back. Never really felt the bike fit me but loved the way it handled.

I got a chance to test ride a couple touring models when the new frame came out and fell in love. It was like the bike was built for me. Almost bought a Road Glide every year since but other things came up till now. Mid August of this year I sold the Sporty and got my 2015 Vivid Black RGS. The price was right and I got their .99% financing so I bit. One of the toughest things about changing bikes is that I had spend soooo much time on making that XL mine and now I had a totally stock bike again. Luckily I have my knowledge of what works as well as the massive collection of information on the web to help me from buying parts over and over like the last time before finding what works.

I began my research a few weeks in advance since I knew I what I was getting but wasn't quite ready to buy yet. This forum was one of the main sources of help for me since the 15 is a new beast but a lot have gone before me. I knew what I really needed first so I could keep the search small but there are certain things every stock bike needs to be comfortable as a good long distance ride. Windshield, seat, grips and bars are essential. If one of those isn't right for you it will be a bad ride.

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I started with the windshield since it was fairly easy to pick and would help even on shorter runs. Freedom Shields has a great rep here, they have every inch of size covered and a good price. I went with the 14" after a lot of measuring and dark grey tint for looks. It showed up about a week after I ordered it, looks and works great. Here is a shot of me on the highway with it installed. They say it should be level with your mustache area and it comes up just a little below so my first mod was a success in my book.



With that taken care of I started to look at grips but HD doesn't make the style I like anymore and nothing they have now intrigues me. The aftermarket stuff hasn't hit me yet either so I decided to wait till at least Vegas Bike Fest to see if anything looked better in person.

I wanted to nail down a solid Stage I setup since the HP and Torque numbers are pretty bad stock and the sound is kinda sad. I loved the V&H Sideshots I had on my Sport but not the right look or sound for my RG. I've always thought the Rinehart sound great but everyone has them and I need to be somewhat different. Started seeing a lot of good things on Fuel Moto and decided to spend time looking at the Jackpot pipes. Literally days of searching for video and listening to different pipes as well as studying hundreds of dyno sheets gave me a solid plan.
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Tracking my Fuel Moto experience

Wednesday evening (past CST business hours) I placed and order with Fuel Moto. I grew up 20 min from Little Chute, WI so it was great to support the home crowd. Their website is easy to get around and has a lot of great info. I've been on it almost everyday for the last week and filled my cart many times but I finally went through the checkout.

Shortly after placing my order I received a confirmation email. First thing Thursday morning I got an email saying my order was being processed. A couple hours later I was informed my order was complete and I got emails from UPS and FEDEx saying my order was shipping. So far Fuel Moto is hitting high marks in my book as everything was taken care of within hours of their shop opening and I have been kept informed at every step. I will update as things arrive but I should be receiving the Jackpot SPC 2/1/2 head pipes, 4.5" Pro Tour slipons, their stage 1 air box system and the Power Vision tuner with my customized map preloaded.

I just need to run the bike another 500 miles and get the 1000 mile check up done which I'm hoping will be completed next week end. If all goes well I should be at Stage I by the first Sunday in September, just after my birthday.
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Giving up a bike you have made a part you is a hard thing. When me and the wife got together 5 years ago I described to her my dream bike. She actually found it for me. Very little changed on it over the time I owned it. Just placed some of my personality on it. A couple of weeks ago things happened that required an immediate finacial change. Part of that was trading my bike off to lower payments. Turns out I did ok. I ended up with a '13 that is going to make a great ride.


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Congrats on the new ride. Welcome from Maryland.

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Congrats I've been considering a vivid black RGS myself but not sure I can part with my current scooter. Enjoy it.


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Thanks guys, loving it so far but it isn't really mine yet. The guy that bought my old bike rides with us now so it is like seeing an ex before I'm used to my new girl.

Anyway, I followed the forum advise and bought the JBL GTO638's to replace the stock speakers. Not a big change but I've been a JBL fan since my younger days working concerts and building car stereos. Just looking at the difference in the driver size they should be able to put out some decent sound when I get an amp to push them.


It's been documented here before so I won't spend a lot of time on it but the swap is very simple and only takes a couple minutes. Pull the cover off, unscrew the 4 #25 torx screws in each speaker and remove the power connectors. Reverse for install and enjoy.

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I made sure the tweeters were both to the inside. The higher the frequency the more direct the sound wave. Always try to have the tweeter as close to aiming at your ear as you can. As the frequency gets lower it matters less
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