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Administrator 08-01-2008 03:08 PM

2009 Harley-Davidson Touring Models Review
 

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2009 Harley-Davidson Touring Models Review

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Buzglyd 08-01-2008 03:39 PM

Very nice. Some time ago I received a survey from H-D on what I would like to see in a new touring bike. My first point was a better chassis. As horsepower has climbed from a pedestrian 45 to a mind-boggling 62, the motor was over powering the chassis.

Couple that with the fact that I ride the glide much faster than your average duffer this makes for a nice update. I might have to fleece someone into my '03 so I can score a new one.

sarnali2 08-01-2008 03:48 PM

They're blowing out '08's now, do you REALLY need an '09?

Buzglyd 08-01-2008 04:05 PM

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Originally Posted by sarnali2 (Post 190436)
They're blowing out '08's now, do you REALLY need an '09?

Well if I wanted an '08 I'd just keep my '03 and put the 95 inch kit on it. ABS isn't important to me cuz I lay 'er down.

longride 08-01-2008 04:52 PM

I want a new tourer too. I think I will wait for the 09 for sure.

Pete_Brissette 08-01-2008 05:13 PM

Worth the wait!
 
Buzz and LR,

I believe the new chassis is worth waiting to buy an '09. Much less wobble and flex, especially considering the increased load capacity of the bags that folks will undoubtedly pack at least 3 times past the 15 lbs total increase.

Can't go wrong with those Brembos either, with or without ABS. Add to that the throttle by wire, newly rerouted exhaust for cooling, etc.

And if my assessment isn't credible enough, I know that Mr. Mark Hoyer from CW said the new bike/chassis felt much more "one-piece." The implication being increased stiffness, etc...

Enjoy!

sarnali2 08-02-2008 08:10 AM

Well the newer frame sounds better but I have ABS and triple Brembos with fly-by-wire already and up here a bike that runs warm is a plus. I'd rather save a few grand on an '08

Buzglyd 08-02-2008 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sarnali2 (Post 190462)
Well the newer frame sounds better but I have ABS and triple Brembos with fly-by-wire already and up here a bike that runs warm is a plus. I'd rather save a few grand on an '08

Spend your savings on hookers and beer.

sarnali2 08-02-2008 01:20 PM

I was thinkin'....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Buzglyd (Post 190481)
Spend your savings on hookers and beer.


one of them nazi looking helmets and a bunch of HD Skull collection trinkets.......

Buzglyd 08-02-2008 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sarnali2 (Post 190483)
one of them nazi looking helmets and a bunch of HD Skull collection trinkets.......

Do you find you can lay 'er down as easily with the Brembos as you could with the old brakes?


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