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Heritage Softail vs Road King - Long Hauls

For those that have owned either I ask, with a windshield, are these bikes okay for Cross Country Runs or even 300 mile days in the Country? - I know, right seat makes a difference but curious about the bike itself handling Hwy Speeds and Wind for hours at a time and even the wind off a Semi passing by or being passed

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Cant speak to cross country runs, but did a few 250 or so mile days on the 02 and 96 softail. Little more turbulence than the RGU around semis, similar to the batwing. I was very comfortable on both and would not have hesitated to hop on either one of them to head for a long trip. Never did because I had the couch on wheels in the garage. Never did more than a quick trip to dinner with a passenger on the softail though so that may change things.

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Cant speak to cross country runs, but did a few 250 or so mile days on the 02 and 96 softail. Little more turbulence than the RGU around semis, similar to the batwing. I was very comfortable on both and would not have hesitated to hop on either one of them to head for a long trip. Never did because I had the couch on wheels in the garage. Never did more than a quick trip to dinner with a passenger on the softail though so that may change things.
Yeah Yeah......now to the point..........WHERE THE FUCK HAVE YOU BEEN Sunshine?
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Yeah Yeah......now to the point..........WHERE THE FUCK HAVE YOU BEEN Sunshine?
Life has been kicking my ass brother. Hit bottom, am clawing my way back up now, and glad to see a lot hasn't changed. Other than I think you bought a CVO? It's only been a few months but I've probably missed 6 or 7 bikes in that time.

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For those that have owned either I ask, with a windshield, are these bikes okay for Cross Country Runs or even 300 mile days in the Country? - I know, right seat makes a difference but curious about the bike itself handling Hwy Speeds and Wind for hours at a time and even the wind off a Semi passing by or being passed

Will the bike handle it, sure. My brother and I ran many 200-300+ mile days with his Softail and my RG. But when we got back I walked a lot better than he did, and I'm a decade older. He's on an 85 TG now ... Must have got tired of looking like a geriatric zombie on the dismount.

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Life has been kicking my ass brother. Hit bottom, am clawing my way back up now, and glad to see a lot hasn't changed. Other than I think you bought a CVO? It's only been a few months but I've probably missed 6 or 7 bikes in that time.
Hahahahaha.......still on the CVO.....and have been since WAAAAAAAAY back in Oct of '18

Sorry to hear of this my man but I know you are a good cat and you can't keep the good ones down - Hate hearing of this but love hearing that you are on the up........
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looking like a geriatric zombie on the dismount.
I look (and sound) like that now - Thx Man

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I gotta ask, what brings about the question?

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I gotta ask, what brings about the question?
Just looking at everything I got going on now and what my 5 year plan is (after the youngest finishes HS) and then looking at my Stable - Dyna stays, Bonnie stays........do I REALLY need a $40K CVO in my Garage? - What rolls does the RG play......Long Hauls Rides (SW and Such) and then days like last weekend where we bomb SE Wisc for 200+ miles........could not give these rides up...........but do I need the RG for them? LOVE the Tunes, GPS, Susp, Power, Storage and overall ride but pushing this 1000lb Sofa around the garage to get it parked and out for a ride are beginning to take its toll on the back - Yes, I could get a rolling stand, I know........just thinking out loud really - Nothing in HDs lineup can match what I have "Check for Check" but just curious what I could live without - I can BT Tunes to a Speaker like on Will's Kid's Bike.......I can use the same set up for Google Maps on the phone.....but will I be let down by the ride? - Will I miss a in dash GPS? - Will I miss a good system? - Will I miss the Wind Mgt of the Rushmore Faring? - Answer to all of those is more than likely Yes......just curious what I could replace the CVO with and still be happy and the only thing that comes to mind is a Heritage Softail with the 114 and Mono Shock (stage 2'ed of course) or a Road King....both with a Windshield and Floor Boards

Just thunking out loud really and am certain I would be let down if I tried to be happy on anything else......like this

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For those that have owned either I ask, with a windshield, are these bikes okay for Cross Country Runs or even 300 mile days in the Country? - I know, right seat makes a difference but curious about the bike itself handling Hwy Speeds and Wind for hours at a time and even the wind off a Semi passing by or being passed
can't speak for a road king, but i and the wife rode out to the Springfield Mile (300 mi) years ago on my '94 Heritage before i had the engine replaced.

you won't miss the 100 lb weight difference, or much storage (not that you store anything anyway on your rides anyway).

i think the wind (in the face and ears) is better on the FLSTC; it's not as stable at 80+ mph or when you pass trucks, but it's manageable. nothing keeping 2 hands on the bars and taught neck bearings won't cure.

haven't ridden the new ones, but with that M8 and super duper rear suspension i would definitely take a look and a good test ride.

you'll miss all the creature comforts, but i don't pay much attention to them when i'm in the breeze anyway.

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