2006 Softail or 2010? Will it matter?

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by Monolith, May 8, 2009.

  1. Monolith

    Monolith Member

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    Howdy,

    I own a 2006 Heritage, and I am about to invest in some upgrades. Custom seat, new exhaust, Stage III kit, etc... Before I invest $$$ I wanted to make sure that there was no real advantage to upgrading my bike to an '09 or '10. I understand that the '07 and higher have a 6 speed transmission and a bigger engine, but after you upgrade to a Stage III, does it matter if you started with an 88 or 96 engine? Will the 6 speed transmission make much of a difference? Are there any other differences between ’06 and ‘09/’10 that I should be aware of?

    I appreciate your thoughts and opinions,

    Monoltih
     
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I'd definitely wait until the 2010's are out before making any big financial decisions. Since they did such a big revamp of the Touring family for 2009, maybe this year will have some surprises for the Softail club!
     
  3. Skratch

    Skratch Active Member

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    I agree with Smitty. One or the other isn't enough reason but both together the decision gets a little easier.

    For what it's worth, I like my 6 speed over the 5 speed. It's not a HUGE difference, but its a very noticable difference. At 55-60 mph its just a nice smooth low rumble going down the road.

    At this point I'd wait for the 2010 model year. If for anything else, I don't really like the paint schemes of the 09's. As far as mechanically, not much difference from 07's to 09's. Softail I think has remained pretty true to its roots.
     
  4. Monolith

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    Thanks for the feedback. I am going to hold off on the Stage III upgrade until the 2010's are released. I have done some reading and have seen that they have removed some models for 2010 and are adding another water cooled model.

    I was going to get a custom seat made, but I am going to hold off on that too, I think switching up to a 07+ after the 2010's are released is probably the best idea. No sense investing 1000's customizing something when the foundation is not exactly what I want.

    From what I have been able to find, the models they are discontinuing for 2010 are: FLHT Electra Glide Standard, FLTR Road Glide, FXSTB Night Train, FXCW Rocker "standard" (The FXCWC remains), FXDL Low Rider, and XL883C 883 Custom.
     
  5. speedyron

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    Well we know whats in store for 2010. So whats the choice your gonna make. I dont see much difference in the softails. Just thinking of the price youd pay for a 2010 would give ya lotta upgrade dough.
     
  6. KingHeritage

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    I traded my '07 Heritage in on an '09 and couldn't be happier!!
     

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