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Got the option right now to buy a 2015 RGS with 11k miles on it matte black. Took it to Patriot Harley in Fairfax. This is a private sale off someone I know. (he paid the 190 sales inspection.

So this is a good bike, has a stage 1 kit on it, SE Filter, Tuned and flashed, blacked out pipes full system Reinhart and 10-inch bars, Sounds pretty good...

So I am thinking of purchasing. He is selling for 17k. Not bad considering these would be sold around 22-23 at a dealer.

So I want to know if I should buy this bike as is, and do the repairs on it myself at an indy shop or take it to the dealer, order parts online aftermarket or have the dealer deal with it. They said the repairs would be around 1800-1900 on it.

So the dealer said that its leaking clutch fluid and cylinder needs to be changed. How much would this be? Any good aftermarket ones?

The second issue is the shift sham cap by the shifter (not sure if I am pronouncing this right) The mechanic said this is a common issue on these bikes. Anyone else heard of this? Any aftermarket parts to change out so it'd don't break again? Is this really a big issue?

The third issue, front brake pads need to be replaced and brake pad needs to be rotated? Not sure what that means? Id probably just buy EBC brake pads, there like 20 bucks online. Easy peasy to do it yourself right?? not sure about rotating the brake calipers, Cant remember if that's even the term they used?

The fourth issue is the front tire is shit. Needs to be replaced and the thingy changed off the rime, cap I think. Not sure again. Looks like those fuckers tyring to say all this shit is wrong with the bike, fuckin Harley trying to make as much money as possible.

Fith issue is it needs an oil change. Of course, there going to say that haha.


Other than that they said it sounds good and don't think anything wrong with the engine. The bike is solid and seems like only wear and tear shit. Very hard to find a clean 15 RGs for 17k with a stage 1 kit add-ons right?

If I have to eat 1800 bucks that's fine still be 18800 out the door even with these repairs.
 

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There all more expensive and most dont have add-ons that are as low in price. Again this is a 15 RGS with Stage 1 kit for 17k. Not gonna find anytng like that at no dealer and dont want to buy private more than 50 miles away as could have issues just like this one. At least its in the area and easier to deal with.
 

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Hey folks,

Got the option right now to buy a 2015 RGS with 11k miles on it matte black. Took it to Patriot Harley in Fairfax. This is a private sale off someone I know. (he paid the 190 sales inspection.

So this is a good bike, has a stage 1 kit on it, SE Filter, Tuned and flashed, blacked out pipes full system Reinhart and 10-inch bars, Sounds pretty good...

So I am thinking of purchasing. He is selling for 17k. Not bad considering these would be sold around 22-23 at a dealer.

So I want to know if I should buy this bike as is, and do the repairs on it myself at an indy shop or take it to the dealer, order parts online aftermarket or have the dealer deal with it. They said the repairs would be around 1800-1900 on it.

So the dealer said that its leaking clutch fluid and cylinder needs to be changed. How much would this be? Any good aftermarket ones?

The second issue is the shift sham cap by the shifter (not sure if I am pronouncing this right) The mechanic said this is a common issue on these bikes. Anyone else heard of this? Any aftermarket parts to change out so it'd don't break again? Is this really a big issue?

The third issue, front brake pads need to be replaced and brake pad needs to be rotated? Not sure what that means? Id probably just buy EBC brake pads, there like 20 bucks online. Easy peasy to do it yourself right?? not sure about rotating the brake calipers, Cant remember if that's even the term they used?

The fourth issue is the front tire is shit. Needs to be replaced and the thingy changed off the rime, cap I think. Not sure again. Looks like those fuckers tyring to say all this shit is wrong with the bike, fuckin Harley trying to make as much money as possible.

Fith issue is it needs an oil change. Of course, there going to say that haha.


Other than that they said it sounds good and don't think anything wrong with the engine. The bike is solid and seems like only wear and tear shit. Very hard to find a clean 15 RGs for 17k with a stage 1 kit add-ons right?

If I have to eat 1800 bucks that's fine still be 18800 out the door even with these repairs.
Seems kinda high with those repairs. That bike sold new for 23K. I'd expect a lot more than 4 K off a 3 1/2 yr old bike. Have you searched for leftover 17 s ?
 

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The main thing is if you feel the deal is decent and are comfortable with it. As far as what they found that needed attention, i would bring it up to the seller and see if he can help you out with the added costs. You could save some by wrenching yourself or an Indy if you know of a good one in your area. Doesn't sound like they found alot wrong so it should be a solid bike. Give it a shot maybe the seller will let the dealer fix the items and pick up the tab since it's a pretty easy sale for him not having a bunch of tire kickers coming to his house. I think if your paying 1800 out of pocket you may be able to do better by shopping around for a different bike. How about the 15 on this website from a fellow forum member for around 15,500 i think.
 

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Gonna sound a little brutal on this but I have a '15 CVO RGU. I'd be lucky to get 26k out of it right now with the new M8 on the market. Don't kid yourself if you think that bike would sell at a dealer for 22-23k when a new RGS is a few grand more with all the latest and greatest on it. I'd say 18k is more realistic at what a dealer could actually get out of it. Any time you're under what a dealer would sell it for, you're normally ahead of the game a bit.
 

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so kbb lists it as $15,850 for dealer trade in, and $19,580 for dealer retail. course with the dealer retail, they would have already taken care of those deficiencies for you, as well.

i think it's kinda high myself.
 

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So the seller owes around 17900 for the bike still.
...... seller might have to eat more of that if there's that much repair/maintenance work to do.
.... Has the 10k service been done ?
........ has the rear tire been replaced ? rear brakes ?
... If not, why is the front already toast ? they usually last twice as long.
..... i'd deal a little harder
 

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I'd tell him to do all the work and then that's a decent deal. If not I'd pass. There are better deals out there. A stage 1 upgrade is a dime a dozen. If you keep shopping you may find a bike that has a lot of aftermarket upgrades for that price. In Jan 2013 I found a 2011 Street Glide with 14k miles with ABS, security and $4500 in extras for $17,800. Book value on that bike was over 19k. Twin Cam prices are dropping. Look at these 17K bikes with only 3k and 4k miles on them.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Harley-Davidson-Road-Glide/232661296298?hash=item362bb1a4aa:g:3OAAAOSwwcRaf0Hr&vxp=mtr
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Harley-Davidson-Road-Glide/232660001787?hash=item362b9de3fb:g:lV4AAOSwMQhafbjr&vxp=mtr

Good luck with your search!
 

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Here is the bike. The rear brakes were done last year and the rear tire was replaced. Any good aftermarket master cylinder online?

Anyone selling anything similar? Only want black color. Don't matter what kind of black
 

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I just went through buying a Road Glide and I am going to tell you what everyone else here is saying.......there are better deals out there. Just go to cycletrader.com or chopperexchange.com and search for what you want. I guarantee you will find a better price.

Including the repairs you need to do into that purchase price I think it is too much to pay considering the market right now. Only way I would even consider this bike is if the dealer can quote you on repair costs and then the seller either gets the repairs done or reduces the selling price by that much then you do the repairs yourself and save more money.

The Stage 1 is nothing crazy and almost every HD gets that as soon as it is bought don't let them sell you on that being done already. They wouldn't give you a higher trade because you had that on the bike so why should you pay more when you buy it.

JM2CW.
 

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Any good aftermarket master cylinder online?
I converted both my 10 and my 81 to hydraulic clutch. Both master cylinders were pristine OEM take-offs that came from swap meets for $35. And I got both slave cylinders off eBay $25 for the 10, and $100 for the 81.

There's options if you give it a bit of time..
 

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As stated several times already, the price is high for what it is. I'm curious as to why the front end has taken such a beating at 11k miles. Sounds like the owner is upside down on the loan & he's trying to get out from under it.
In 2015, I rode my brand new RG out of the dealership for $19k and some change. It now has a stage I, using a new FM pipe scored from ebay, a FM air cleaner, and PV tuner. I run White Bros e series mufflers that I already had. That was all done for roughly $1k.
I think I'd pass & keep shopping.
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Edimean ask the dealer if the recall on that bike was done for the clutch and master cylinder..I know they had issues with the hydraulic clutches because I had my 15 RGS taken in several times for that. The brakes you can do yourself or find an indy and buy your own tire online and have the indy install that as well. Also the shift cam shaft was another known issue that HD replaced for me under warranty. Check to see if there is a recall on that as well. That shaft seems to be made from some cheap chines pot metal. Definitely ask them what recalls are applicable to that bike.
 

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As posted in another thread I purchased a 2017 RGU with 2,500 miles for 20K. I just finished Stage I for 650 dollars.
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It sounds like you really want that bike bad. Is the owner your friend? Do you know him? As others have said I think a better deal can be had on a bike that’s ready to ride and enjoy! But in the end it’s your money. Do what feels right.
 
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