Harley Davidson Forums

Loading


Hello

Guest

Welcome to the harley davidson forum. Join our discussion today for FREE!

CREATE ACCOUNT

Membership Benefits

Get your questions answered by harley davidson community gurus and industry experts. Exchange your experience with another members. Access full features forum. Get a members discounts for your harley parts & accessories.

Road King or Street Glide

Touring Models

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Jan 26th, 2011, 08:16 PM     #1
Start The Engine
Ride: 2011 Street Glide
 
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2009
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 34
My Mood: My Mood
Vegas Sam is an unknown quantity at this point
Road King or Street Glide

I need help, I have a 2008 Black Road King with about 8,000 miles. When I purchased the bike I had the bike lowered front and rear and a new seat installed so that I could be flat footed at stops. I had a rider's backrest installed and my handlebars replaced. I'm 5'7" with a 28" inseam. My RK is very comfortable to ride for as long as I wish.

I will be retiring in a couple of years and have been looking at the new bikes. I like the RK's looks but I also like the looks of the SG. My plan is to keep whatever I purchase for a while.

I have been thinking of getting an orange RK, get it lowered and have pipes installed for a little rumble. I would also like a solo seat as my wife refuses to ride with me.

Have the 2011 RKs had any issues? Has HD taken care of the high speed wobble? Has the exhaust been re-routed so as not to burn your leg? I believe I read where HD had changed the frame and addressed these issues, is that true?

While the RK looks good so does the SG! I have never ridden a SG but have read that fairings take some getting used too. That said, I like that the SG has a sound system, I like the short windshield, I like the idea that if raining the fairing redirects the rain around you, not the case on the RK.

I would like your opinions on both the RK and SG, I will filter through the responses and make my choice. I would like to thank you for your opinions in advance. It's great to have this problem, how can I lose they are both harleys. Oh, one last issue, 2011 or 2012?

Sam
Vegas Sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 26th, 2011, 09:36 PM     #2
Moderators
Ride: 2008 Street Glide
 
Dr. Dolittle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 1st, 2008
Location: Woodstock, Georgia
Posts: 6,519
My Mood: My Mood
Dr. Dolittle is on a distinguished road
Re: Road King or Street Glide

When I was looking to upgrade from my Sporty 3 years ago, the final 2 bikes I whittled my choices down to were the same as yours.

I obviously chose the Street Glide for the following reasons:

1. Fairing offered better protection to the upper body and hands
2. Sound system
3. More info available from the variety of gauges
__________________
2008 Street Glide - SE Slip Ons - SE Stage I A/C - Hogtunes amp, speakers, and tweeter pod
Dr. Dolittle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 26th, 2011, 11:53 PM     #3
Start The Engine
Ride: This month a 2010 FLHX
 
randaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 25th, 2010
Location: Huntsville Alabama
Posts: 10
My Mood: My Mood
randaddy is an unknown quantity at this point
Re: Road King or Street Glide

...I've owned both the RK and SG...you can't go wrong with one or the other. Both have their pro's and con's. I've also owned the Ultra Classic too and they are great bikes. I think my next one may end-up being a Road Glide...never owned one of them. However, I did own a Honda 750 with a Vetters Wind Jammer on it back during the 70's and it was hottest thing going then, Good Luck.
__________________
randaddy
North Alabama
randaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 27th, 2011, 12:33 AM     #4
Warming The Wheels
Ride: 2004 FLSTCI
 
Join Date: Nov 2nd, 2008
Posts: 110
My Mood: My Mood
pigrider is an unknown quantity at this point
Re: Road King or Street Glide

I currently have a heritage softail and if I ever get another bike the sg is on top of the list. Just somthing about that bike that just does it for me. I know several people that's got rk's and love them but for me there'e just something about them that don't look right. I guess it must be that the SG's have more of a cruiser styling but have all the good stuff to load it up and go touring.
pigrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 27th, 2011, 12:53 AM     #5
Contributor
Ride: 2008 Electra Glide
 
dbmg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 4th, 2010
Posts: 4,364
My Mood: My Mood
dbmg will become famous soon enoughdbmg will become famous soon enough
Re: Road King or Street Glide

The fairing is no big deal. The added bonus of tunes is cool. Its already lower so no additional cost. Either way the pro's far out way the cons.
Good luck.
dbmg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 27th, 2011, 04:32 AM     #6
Start The Engine
Ride: 2011 xl1200x
 
Join Date: Jan 18th, 2011
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Posts: 10
LouEyez is an unknown quantity at this point
Re: Road King or Street Glide

I had a RK cvo (2008) and I also have a 2011 SG. Both amazing bike, and like you said some pros and cons to each...
To pick up on what you said, one thing you should look into is if you can flat foot a SG. If you cant make the necessary modifications to do that, then you have your answer.

If you can, it is my personal belief that harley will be coming out with another RK CVO this year or next year...I say this because they havnt had one since 2008, and the RK CVO I had is probably one of the best bikes I've ever ridden.

In Feb is when I believe they will announce the new line up, so wait for the 2012s before you make up your mind...there might be something you like more in there somewhere

L
LouEyez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 27th, 2011, 12:42 PM     #7
New Family
Ride: 2009 HD Streetglice
 
Join Date: Apr 7th, 2010
Posts: 7
Indyrider is an unknown quantity at this point
Re: Road King or Street Glide

If your counting votes, I'd have to vote for the SG. I traded by 01 Heritage in on a new 09 SG and rode it to Alaska and back in 2010. The ride was 10400 miles and it was a great comfortable ride the entire way. I had new WS installed 6 1/2 high and 2 inch pullback handlebars installed and it made like riding in your easy chair.
Indyrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 27th, 2011, 01:25 PM     #8
Community Leader
Ride: 09 FLHX Street Glide
 
Iceman24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 13th, 2009
Location: Eastern NE
Posts: 3,683
My Mood: My Mood
Iceman24 is on a distinguished road
Re: Road King or Street Glide

Quote: Originally Posted by Dr. Dolittle View Post
When I was looking to upgrade from my Sporty 3 years ago, the final 2 bikes I whittled my choices down to were the same as yours.

I obviously chose the Street Glide for the following reasons:

1. Fairing offered better protection to the upper body and hands
2. Sound system
3. More info available from the variety of gauges
Similar as Dr. D, but add:

4. More long trip storage capacity
5. Comfy seat (vs. Sportster)
6. Style (sorry, I like the BW fairing vs. shield)

Agree - you can't go wrong w/either bike...I opted for Street Glide. Good luck w/your decision!
__________________
MSgt, USAF (Retired)
2009 FLHX - Vivid Black
2003 XL1200S - FF Red
Iceman24 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 27th, 2011, 09:34 PM     #9
Start The Engine
Ride: 2011 Street Glide
 
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2009
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 34
My Mood: My Mood
Vegas Sam is an unknown quantity at this point
Re: Road King or Street Glide

Thanks Guys, great comments! Are any of you height challenged and any where close to 5'7"? That was one of my original concerns, that the SG couldn't be lowered enough for me to be flat footed at stops.

Would my dealership be able to tell me if they could get it lowered to fit me?
Vegas Sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 27th, 2011, 09:52 PM     #10
Play The Throttle
Ride: 2014 Electra Glide Ultra Limited FLHTK
 
Join Date: Jan 2nd, 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 183
bonsi57 is an unknown quantity at this point
Re: Road King or Street Glide

Try two dealers and see if you get the same story. Plus you can get competing pricing so you can get the best financial deal too. Both bikes are great. Try a test ride on each so you feel the difference. Good luck.
bonsi57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
road king or street glide which would you buy?? take 5 Touring Models 50 Aug 24th, 2010 09:40 PM
Road King' electraglide or Street Glide? bubbacraft Touring Models 14 Mar 18th, 2009 07:12 AM
Street Glide Tank on a Road King? redfred1 Touring Models 0 Jan 8th, 2009 11:45 PM
Road King V. Street Glide? hogie New Member Introduction 5 Nov 11th, 2008 07:37 PM
Road King vs Street Glide opinions - but wait! wallymn99 Touring Models 16 Jul 6th, 2008 10:33 PM