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Old 06-29-2009, 08:54 AM   #11
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You know, you hear different accounts of the Road Glide fairing. Some guys claim the buffeting drives them crazy and others (like you), say it's totally calm.

I've only ridden a Road Glide up and down the beach here so I can't really say for sure.

The lighter steering would be a bonus for sure.

I thought my dad's Road Glide was a much much better ride than the Electras I've ridden. The steering was lighter and didn't get blown around the road nearly as much either.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:10 AM   #12
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You know, you hear different accounts of the Road Glide fairing. Some guys claim the buffeting drives them crazy and others (like you), say it's totally calm.

I've only ridden a Road Glide up and down the beach here so I can't really say for sure.

The lighter steering would be a bonus for sure.
I've got an 04 RG and love it. A friend of mine had one and the buffeting did bother him. He got an Ultra and was happier with that though he thought the RG had better stability on the highway. I do get some buffeting if I sit up straight. The wind comes over the top and strikes the top of my helmet. I ordered a Clearview windshield which is 1/2 inch taller with recurve. That should help a bit. I'll find out in August when me and the same buddy do an Iron Butt to Denver and then a week of riding in the Rockies.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:14 AM   #13
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I liked the Road Glide in principle but the seat is too low, my favorite has always been the Dyna Wide Glide or the Willi G Wide Glide from 1980 or there abouts
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:24 AM   #14
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A dude I know is selling his '89 Low Rider Convertable for $6K or so. I'd love to jump on it, but the vife is saying otherwise.
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:35 AM   #15
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A dude I know is selling his '89 Low Rider Convertable for $6K or so. I'd love to jump on it, but the vife is saying otherwise.
A decent shape Shovelhead is money in the bank. You can't go wrong with it, you might make a few bucks.
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:38 AM   #16
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A dude I know is selling his '89 Low Rider Convertable for $6K or so. I'd love to jump on it, but the vife is saying otherwise.

FXR! Great bike!

(Ken, the FXR went from Shovel to Evo in '84, IIRC)

They put the 'beefier' front end on the FXR in '88 (the year I had).

Other than the leaking base gaskets, which all the Evo's were prone to do, not much wrong with them. A couple had output shaft seal problems, and a few had front pulleys come off, but those were not FXR-specific.

Although I still have yet to see one in the paint, I'm pretty much convinced after looking at pictures that the guy that designed the new Triumph T-Bird 1600 used to own a FXR.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:42 AM   #17
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FXR! Great bike!

(Ken, the FXR went from Shovel to Evo in '84, IIRC)

They put the 'beefier' front end on the FXR in '88 (the year I had).

Other than the leaking base gaskets, which all the Evo's were prone to do, not much wrong with them. A couple had output shaft seal problems, and a few had front pulleys come off, but those were not FXR-specific.

Although I still have yet to see one in the paint, I'm pretty much convinced after looking at pictures that the guy that designed the new Triumph T-Bird 1600 used to own a FXR.

It's a pretty nice bike. You can tell it's from the '80s but would be a great ride. It's got mild cams and a very slight bore. I'd use it mainly for my 80 mile round trip commute, but doubt it'll be in my garage any time soon.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:02 PM   #18
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Smoke, just tell the old lady it's in the garage and that's that. Works for me! Your mileage (or beating) may vary.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:40 PM   #19
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Smoke, just tell the old lady it's in the garage and that's that. Works for me! Your mileage (or beating) may vary.

I would if I could but we just had #2 born last Monday. My son is doing quite well and I'd love to see him reach adult-hood which I don't think would happen if I came home with another bike.
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I would if I could but we just had #2 born last Monday. My son is doing quite well and I'd love to see him reach adult-hood which I don't think would happen if I came home with another bike.

Well!

Congratulations and condolences are in order, then!


Could you say the bike is for him when he grows up?

I know my wife wouldn't buy it, but YRMV...
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