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Let me preface this by saying, I am doing this build thread to help me document my history with my first HD. I don't anticipate this being a wild build, but just simple things to make it more comfortable and to help me keep track of everything I do to it, and with it, over the years.

I bought this Superior Blue 2015 Road Glide Special in October 2018 with 19,135 miles on the odometer. It was basically a site unseen purchase because when I drove to Ashburn, VA to look at it, it was dark and pouring rain. The bike started and stopped and sounded good, so I took a chance and went with it. Interstate private sales are not easy, but I think I was able to get a decent deal considering the parts that the original owner already added to it. It was originally purchased in 2015 from Grove's Winchester Harley-Davidson. Upon purchase, the bike received: a color-matched detachable tour pak, sissy bar, speaker lids, tall windshield, hidden antenna, driver backrest, Harley Stage 1 Engine kit (SE Air Cleaner and Tuner), and RCX Header and Slip-ons. Here it is with all accessories as shown in the Cycle Trader ad I found it in.

I broke it in the right way with a 100 mile ride from the previous owner's house to home in 40 degree temps and 30 mph winds. I wore my snowmobile suit and boots.

Since October, I've only managed to put a little over 1000 miles on it, mostly due to poor weather and travel for work. In those 1000 miles I've already decided I'd like a new seat (solo+pillion) and new handlebars (12 or 14, still can't decide). The only changes I've made to it are a purchased luggage rack to carry my Cajon to acoustic gigs and a 14" tall smoked LRS windshield. I've also added vent screens I made from gutter guards. Here is the bike last fall with those items added.


I am really looking forward to taking this thing out on day trips and using it for what it was designed to do. This year it is at least going to Gettysburg Bike Week in July and I have a decent ride planned to Flying Dog Brewery through the back roads of central MD. It is due for a new front tire and brakes and the next big mod will be the seat. For those that actually read the whole post, thanks for following along.
 

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Looks great. Hope you meet us at Appalachian Brewery in July. If you're coming down to Flying Dog, hit me up. Good riding roads here and good beer there. Mine is titled as a blue 2016 Special. Just doesn't look very blue to me.
 

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So I've noticed when riding two up or in the dark, I don't like my tall LRS dark windshield. I attempted to ride without a windshield at all, and while I really like the way the bike looks, it was terrible to ride. Way too much wind. So I put my 14" clear Freedom shield that came with the bike back on. I like it, and I think it will be my "touring" windshield, but I wanted a better look when just cruising around close to home. Then I saw a thread about Memphis shades, and I really liked the look. Just so happened one showed up for sale on the classified section here on the board, so I made the jump to a slightly used black smoke 6.5" Memphis Shade. What a great compromise of look and function. The shield looks amazing on my bike if I do say so myself, but I really liked how I am looking way over the top of it, but still not getting blasted by wind. As I said, a great compromise.

Next addition will be the seat. After 3 days of riding it anywhere I had to go, my back hurts today.

Here is the comparison in look between LRS 14" and Memphis Shades 6.5".
 

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Next upgrade was the seat. I bought a used Low Solo Touring seat off this forum and purchased the matching passenger pylon new from Surdyke. I've only ridden it about 200 miles but I like it so far. I noticed a bad mark on the rear fender from the stock seat that I will attempt to buff out.

Next on the list is Fox rear shocks this winter.
 

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Christmas brought 12" Factory47 Legacy bars in chrome and H-D Kahuna heated grips. I put them on friday night knowing it was going to be 60 all weekend. I really like them both. The bars are the perfect height visually and are very comfortable. My arms don't get numb and my upper back doesn't hurt, after a couple hundred miles anyway. The grips are awesome. It was warm this weekend, but I had them on low just to use them and I can really see the utility when it gets colder again. Debating on spending money on the shocks this winter or waiting so I can put the money into my autocross car. The car will probably win out this year.
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Looks great. Hope you meet us at Appalachian Brewery in July. If you're coming down to Flying Dog, hit me up. Good riding roads here and good beer there. Mine is titled as a blue 2016 Special. Just doesn't look very blue to me.
Oh, oh, I want to go!!!! Send pre-route routes my way and hope to make it down south....Marked!
 

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Christmas brought 12" Factory47 Legacy bars in chrome and H-D Kahuna heated grips. I put them on friday night knowing it was going to be 60 all weekend. I really like them both. The bars are the perfect height visually and are very comfortable. My arms don't get numb and my upper back doesn't hurt, after a couple hundred miles anyway. The grips are awesome. It was warm this weekend, but I had them on low just to use them and I can really see the utility when it gets colder again. Debating on spending money on the shocks this winter or waiting so I can put the money into my autocross car. The car will probably win out this year. View attachment 409960 View attachment 409961 View attachment 409962
Bars look great. My buddy ordered a set of these too. I'll be putting them on soon enough. Install should be fast. No meat hooks to get the wires passed.

Gonna see ya this summer at GBW I hope.

Bike is looking awesome.

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thanks fellas. Install was very easy, no problem at all even with the extra heater wires. Now that I've done one, I could probably do it in an hour or so. I planned on going to Shark Week, but could probably make a day trip up to GBW to have lunch if some folks want to get together again.
 

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Christmas brought 12" Factory47 Legacy bars in chrome and H-D Kahuna heated grips. I put them on friday night knowing it was going to be 60 all weekend. I really like them both. The bars are the perfect height visually and are very comfortable. My arms don't get numb and my upper back doesn't hurt, after a couple hundred miles anyway. The grips are awesome. It was warm this weekend, but I had them on low just to use them and I can really see the utility when it gets colder again. Debating on spending money on the shocks this winter or waiting so I can put the money into my autocross car. The car will probably win out this year. View attachment 409960 View attachment 409961 View attachment 409962
Ya know what's funny, the grip height on your 12's looks like the height on my 14" Signature bars.
 

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Makes some sense of the "if you're thinking 12s go 14s."


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