The 114 engine is very strong the Stage 1 is not necessary in my opinion as to the rear case found it useful on trips. The suspension is outstanding, I rode a Goldwing & clocked 155k miles and an FJR 1300 which is fast as lighting. The Road Glide is prefect as is no modification are required.I am about to buy a 2022 Road Glide Limited and am trying to decide where to spend my money on initial parts. I have had my mind set on a detachable tour-pak, because my wife is a bit nervous about getting on the back. So, I figure, why have the big ol's seat if it isn't getting used? I would rather have a sleak look when I am alone.
But, lately I have been thinking about performance (sound, engine, ride) more.
I am considering a full Stage I upgrade (likely Screamin' Eagle, just because I want to stay 100% HD). I think it will give my bike a nice sound and a bit of pickup at the hgh-end.
On the other hand, having her and gear on the back makes me wonder about suspension. The RGL is better than the RGS (which is the look I would be going for without the pak). But, maybe not good enough (together we are about 400lbs).
So, I'm not sure where to put $1k+. It's in my budget for purchase, but if I do any of them down the line it's a separate hit to the checkbook.
Also, I don't even know if I NEED the Stage I or suspension. The bike might be just fine, as is (which is what my wife says).
So, where would you put your money for the first major upgrade and why?