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« on: April 02, 2007, 08:52:39 am »

I just picked it up on Saturday.
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2007, 02:38:29 am »

Congrats... Have put many miles on E-G's from rentals, domestically and overseas.  They never failed to impress.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2007, 03:06:40 am »

Sweet!  Over the years they've become the majority touring motorcycle, at least throughout the northwest US.  Long distance riders too, more than ever before.  One of my brothers has a mid 70s version of that bike in black and white and fishtail pipes.  He rode it on an 8 state tour a few years back.  Held up well and it was nearly 30 years old at the time.  Enjoy!
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007, 05:54:46 am »

Good for you!  I'll bet you like that 07 big motor?
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2007, 11:19:29 am »


Good for you!  I'll bet you like that 07 big motor?


I am still in the break in period and will have to see what it can really do after that is over. My initial ipression is that power delivery is very smooth and the handleing is much eaiser then my Sportster. I think you could say the Sportster is brute force and the Eglide is refind. Keeping in mind that this is a Harley and not a Sport Touring bike. But so far I have a large smile on my face.
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2007, 11:34:52 am »

Great bike. I rode one to Sturgis in 1996, and loved the all day comfort. The motor needed a few more ponies back then, but it was a smooth and comfy ride. Lotsa wind protection...

Congrats!
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2007, 02:19:42 pm »

hey congrats on the new ride.  My dad just picked up his new '07 electra-glide, ultra classic last Thursday.  It's the same color scheme as yours too.  I drove it around the surrounding neighborhoods for a while - first time on a Harley.  Definitely a different animal than my Bandit but I certainly can see the allure for the cruiser types.  I felt like I was sitting in a recliner on wheels; extremely comfortable.  I was suprised at how smooth and relatively agile at speed it is for its size and weight.  The wind screen distorted my forward vision somewhat but otherwise a nice bike.

Does it seem like your 6th gear is a bit too tall to you?  That's been my dad's only complaint so far.  It's ok for cruising the interstates but he says it almost lugs when he tries to roll on at 70mph in top gear.
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2007, 04:43:46 pm »

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 Bigsmile Looks great! Congrats. Cool The new, lower tour-packs look good. Thumbsup
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2007, 07:29:08 am »

I have only got it up to 6th gear once and that was over 70 mph. I have heard others say you have to be in that range to be able to use it.
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2007, 07:31:26 am »

Nice dresser; I like the color.
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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2007, 12:10:05 pm »

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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2007, 01:20:47 pm »

Thanks for the comments after I have put a couple hundred more on it I will update this with report on how it is doing. The only farkle I am planning to add to it is a GPS mount for my Quest 2 that harley makes for the dressers.
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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2007, 09:24:56 pm »

nice scooter... i haven't ridden a new 96" yet. really looking fwd to it... to compare with my 88". i have ridden a few 95" and for the $$ it takes to upgrade, i don't see the return on the investment?

but there are a few other nice differences with the 96".. e.g., it'll punch out to a 103" very easy, 6 speed, 30% less clutch pull, auto primary tensioner, etc. enjoy 'er... al



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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2007, 08:14:43 am »

Update:

Rode for over 300 miles on Saturday and the bike runs well. Have had no problems with the heat and it is comfortable for my wife on the back. The engine pulls well thru 5the gear but when cruising at 70 mph in 6th there is very little torque available. I did pass a car going from 70 to 80 an the acceleration was smooth and linear in that it does not kick you in the seat. If I needed to speed up quickly then a down shift to 5 would be necessary. As far as the back hurting no problem there but then I had part of by spine fused last year and so I do wear a back belt when riding. I am thinking about a new seat but I want to put more time into the current stock seat first. It maybe that I need to get used to it. The longest stretch I can go is about 80 miles then the butt is numb. However, recovery is fairly quick not like the stock seat on my Sportster.
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2007, 09:30:37 pm »

I love the paint scheme on your bike.  Mine is 18 years older than yours, but they both look great
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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2007, 09:47:33 pm »

That is a lovely motorcycle.  On my tours the bikes I meet the most on long tours are GS's, RT's, Wings, and Electra Glides.

I've always loved the E-glides and hope to rent one this summer to ride to the coast.  Enjoy yours and look forward to more reviews.  
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2007, 09:12:57 am »

I looked at the same bike except for the color Sunday. Very impressive, especially for the price.
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2007, 03:49:50 pm »

So what's with the tassles on the handlebars? I'm just curious, not trying to stir anything up.
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« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2007, 05:13:15 pm »

beauty!!   Wish i had one!!

  I  just finished a ride on my buddies  new streetglide..He was worried bout the tall 6th gear also..Guess he never rode a japanese bike...I didnt notice any problem with it..It Should lug a bit in  overdrive!!!   It still accelerated  in 6th near as good as  the 06  5 speeder we had with us.
 thought it worked nice!!
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« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2007, 10:42:02 am »

I'm not really into Harleys, but that is one pretty motorcycle.   Thumbsup
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« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2007, 01:50:47 pm »


I am still in the break in period and will have to see what it can really do after that is over.


I don't understand the concept.
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« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2007, 02:23:56 pm »




I don't understand the concept.


Hd has a breakin period for their bikes. They want you to baby the engine for the first 500 miles. I have heard different reasons why this is but the most prevalent is to seat the piston rings and something about the cyclinder walls. The other school of thought is that you ride it hard and to heck with the baby part. I came down midway between both extremes. Now that I have 6500 miles on it the engine pulls well in gears 3, 4 and 5 but has very low torque in 6th gear. The sweet spot for this bike is 2500 to 3000 rpm. I am happy with the bike.
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« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2007, 03:21:56 pm »




Hd has a breakin period for their bikes. They want you to baby the engine for the first 500 miles. I have heard different reasons why this is but the most prevalent is to seat the piston rings and something about the cyclinder walls. The other school of thought is that you ride it hard and to heck with the baby part. I came down midway between both extremes. Now that I have 6500 miles on it the engine pulls well in gears 3, 4 and 5 but has very low torque in 6th gear. The sweet spot for this bike is 2500 to 3000 rpm. I am happy with the bike.


*smile* I know.

The "baby it for the first xxx miles" is a hold-over from years past. Modern machines can be ridden normally; the biggest need is to not beat on the engine when it's cold, don't - DO NOT - let it over heat and do not lug it. Wink
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« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2007, 03:30:50 pm »

Since you moved from a Sporty to a Big Twin, I'd be curious to hear about how the weight difference is for you.

I'd consider a move up to a bigger Harley one day (actually have my eye on a used Dyna T-Sport FXDXT - basically a larger version of what I tried to make my Sporty into), but the thought of adding another 150lbs of weight for low speed maneuvering concerns me.

I had all kinds of trouble keeping my 700lb ST1100 upright (low back problems that prevent me from "muscling" a bike if I get too far off center at 5mph or stopped) but my 580lb Sporty has been a breeze in that department, due entirely to it being a lower bike, which allows me to use more legs and less back if I hit a little sand in a parking lot, or moving it around in my garage.

I love everything about my Sporty except for the wind blast and unhappy motor, both only above 75mph. If I lived somewhere else, I could cruise at 75 all day and be happy (not into the ton - I hit it during Buell demo days on a Firebolt just so I could say I did it, but not interested in spending much time there) but here in Vegas, freeway speeds START at 75, and is the bare minimum to keep from getting run over.  Crazy

Anyway, I'm wandering all over the place now (poster child for Adult-ADD). Just wondering how the weight is compared to the Sporty. Thanks!!
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« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2007, 07:52:18 pm »


Since you moved from a Sporty to a Big Twin, I'd be curious to hear about how the weight difference is for you.

I'd consider a move up to a bigger Harley one day (actually have my eye on a used Dyna T-Sport FXDXT - basically a larger version of what I tried to make my Sporty into), but the thought of adding another 150lbs of weight for low speed maneuvering concerns me.

I had all kinds of trouble keeping my 700lb ST1100 upright (low back problems that prevent me from "muscling" a bike if I get too far off center at 5mph or stopped) but my 580lb Sporty has been a breeze in that department, due entirely to it being a lower bike, which allows me to use more legs and less back if I hit a little sand in a parking lot, or moving it around in my garage.

I love everything about my Sporty except for the wind blast and unhappy motor, both only above 75mph. If I lived somewhere else, I could cruise at 75 all day and be happy (not into the ton - I hit it during Buell demo days on a Firebolt just so I could say I did it, but not interested in spending much time there) but here in Vegas, freeway speeds START at 75, and is the bare minimum to keep from getting run over.  Crazy

Anyway, I'm wandering all over the place now (poster child for Adult-ADD). Just wondering how the weight is compared to the Sporty. Thanks!!


At low speed it is different then the Sportster. What I have found is that you need to keep it upright and straight even at a corner because if you turn the handle bars you will be off balance and could drop it. I have come close a couple of times. What you need to do it to get the bike moving before you turn the bars in the parking lot or when making a left or right turn from a stop. The center of gravity is lower than a Sportster and I just adjusted to it. Now the Sportster seems lightweight to me.
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« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2007, 10:30:04 am »

Sweet bike.  I haven't tried one of those yet, but I figure that I've met enough riders who love 'em that I probably should...
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