Which Bike should I buy ?

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Discerner, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. Discerner

    Discerner Member

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    Hey all, I need some advise please. I am buying a new Harley as soon as I sell a house we have on the market. My question is, can someone tell me the differences between the Softail Deluxe and the Road King. I assume that the Road King is a bit more comfortable on long rides but I love the Softail looks, the lower seat etc.. My question is this, is the Softail okay for long rides from state to state. Will it be comfortable. Most of my riding will be in town but I would want the comfort for those longer rides. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Many, many folks do long distances on Softails, Dynas, and even Sportsters. Add a windshield, saddlebags, backrest with "T Bag" style luggage, and maybe upgrade the seat and you're good for many hundreds of miles. That being said, the touring family of Harleys was specifically designed for this application. The frames, fairings, and suspension were designed to keep you in the saddle all day long.

    Every "which bike should I buy" post boils down to this - you need to do an honest evaluation of the type of riding you will do the majority of the time. Touring? Quick trip for coffee? One up or two? Daily commute?

    Use the search function and you'll find numerous interesting threads for your research. Then I heavily recommend you demo or rent the one or two models you're seriously considering. Spend the better part of a day doing this if you can, maybe even a weekend if you're leaning towards touring.

    Then,buy the bike that makes your heart skip a beat!!

    Good luck and let us know how it goes. :cheers
     
  3. Discerner

    Discerner Member

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    Hey thanks for the info, I appreciate it much.
     
  4. Lancer

    Lancer Junior Member

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    Well said Top, If Momma ain't Happy, nobody is Happy :newsmile038:
     
  5. USMCCWO5

    USMCCWO5 Junior Member

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    Softtail, hmmm. :newsmile07:
    Road King, yea its the KING! :newsmile047:

    I am biased towards the touring line. I looked at the Deluxe with whitewalls and spokes, then decided that the Road King Classic was for me. You will most likely love the bike you buy, because it is yours. Buy the one that speaks the loudest to you.
     
  6. gs34

    gs34 Junior Member

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    LOL!! With the current state of the housing market, Maybe you should be asking questions about the 2010 or 2011 models!!!!
     
  7. WHM1

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    Either one of those bikes would serve the basic purpose. We take long rides with other couple... 4 bikes. My wife rides her own Deluxe and the other girl rides a Road King. My wife has ridden over 500 miles in a single day and says she could do more... After putting the windshield..saddlebags and a few basic items the price become equal since the Road King comes with those items so do not let the base price be the decision maker.
     
  8. MIHDrider

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    You have some great info here. Definately demo or rent what you are considering. IMHO the RK is the way to go, but I am biased towards the touring line as they fit me better.
     
  9. Discerner

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    Ha Ha, cry... you are right, the house has been on the market for nearly a year. But it gives me something to look forward too.
     
  10. 01dynaglide

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    I would say ride both bikes. Ride solo and then ride with your wife and see which bike fits your needs, wants.