It is a heavy touring bike, any way you look at it, it's not going to handle like a lightweight crotch rocket or a stretched out chopper.
I've ridden thousands of miles with and without a tourpak. The only difference I've ever felt is in strong quartering sidewind. The tourpak increases the contact surface area and acts a bit like a sail.
Had both chopped and king tourpaks, chopped is for looks only and it's functionality definitely suffers over a King. If you're going to get a tourpak that is detachable for the odd long distance trip, do yourself a favour and get the King tourpak, you'll be happy you did after the first trip.
Balance your load between saddlebags, keep heavier items as low as possible in the saddlebags and keep the lighweight stuff in the tourpak again with the heaviest items packed the lowest in the tourpak.
You'll notice the most difference in low speed handling and emergency stopping with the extra load.
I find the biggest difference in handling comes with adding a passenger vs putting the tourpak on or off.
I don't notice any real difference with the chopped tour-pak (tp) on or off the bike unless it is really loaded with the bag on the rack atop the chopped tp. Bottom line when loaded, you're adding weight up high where it can be more tippy (higher center of gravity). That said, look at all the other bikes with big trunks. Take your time to see if you notice any difference and get used to it if you go that route. I have no regrets.
I've currently got the king TP off my 81 on my 10. On the (much lighter) 81 the TP was quite noticeable and made the bike feel a good bit sluggish regardless of what I was doing.
On the 10, from low speed (residential street U-Turns), to brisk lane changes (traffic slalom), to upwards of 80MPH (highway stuff) the TP is completely ignore-able...I forget it's back there.
Above 90MPH the 10's ability to glide through the air was noticeably, adversely, affected. Granted it was a rather windy day, but traffic was running 90-95+ and keeping up with it took way more focus it normally should have.
So - for me... - the TP will be going back into the shed immediately after bike week is over. But in the interim they're extremely handy to have ... Especially when you riding with a group of people that likes to view your bagger like it's 'Moms Purse' ("Hay can I put this in there"..).
Well i will agree with some of the other members here that i would go king, i just recently purchased a quick release tour pak and i went king for the extra space and comfort for my other half when she rides with me, also putting on footboards soon, since i wont be using it all the time no sense in getting the smaller version. Just my 2 cents on this and as for a change in handling, yeah its slight but more noticeable when i riding with a passenger. Good luck.
I have an 09 that didn't come with a tour pack. I wound up just recently buying an aftermarket tour pack from mutazu. I only use it 2 maybe 3 times a season when my girlfriend and I are on a road trip otherwise it always off the bike. I will say that there is a slight different feel to the bike when its on but its nothing you wont get used to quickly. oh and the one I bought is a king tour pack
several factors involved. if you are comparing tourpacks, the rushmore styled chopped has more room than the old style king. so while I may not notice mine (2013 chopped), you may notice it on yours. also, whether you have it installed in the two up or solo position. again, looking at mine, I have it mounted in the solo position. and if you load it with rain gear, etc. it won't be as noticeable as if you load it with lead bricks.
so there are a multitude of variables that will affect whether or not you will notice it and to what degree. but, hd sells bikes all day long with tourpacks installed from the factory, so it must not be too awful or people wouldn't buy them....
Do yourself a favor and just get the King Tour Pak because you'll love the extra space when in road trips. When I first installed the king tour pak on my 08 the bike felt a little top heavy and I noticed that the tour pak caught more side wind and it pushed the bike around a little bit more. If you leave the tour pak on and ride with it all the time you'll get use to it and after a little time you won't even know you have it on the bike. JMO
Does anyone have any experience with this heel shiftter? i typically don't care for heel shifters as i'm the type of rider with my foot all over the board and find standard heel shifters often in my way, lol. recently i put love jugs on and find reaching around them to up-shift more annoying...
Well last night I pulled the trigger and ordered myself a set of LoveJugs for my ‘19 RGS 114.
This bike is the hottest running bike I ever had.
Anyone install these with the frame mount? Any pointers would be appreciated.
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Has anybody dealt with this guy and had a good experience? I read many reviews about people not receiving what they had paid for, and hoped it would be different. Really a cool looking product, but I finally gave up after 12 weeks and had my credit card company dispute the charge.
I've seen other people have issues with this company so I thought I would share my expierence as well.
I'm building a custom Heritage bagger and contacted Bagger Bags and placed my order for stretched saddlebags. Excited as hell to get them, mock up the placement then send off for paint. Boy...
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