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    2009-10 Electra Glides

    Has anyone here ridden an '09 or '10 FLH with the new frame design & suspension tweaks? If so I'd be interested in your thoughts as this may be my next 2-up touring ride.

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    2009 Street Glide

    Over Thanksgiving we rented a 2009 Street Glide and rode it two-up over the Thanksgiving weekend from St. Augustine to Cocoa Beach, FL and lots of stuff in between. There was no tour pack so we made use of the long and narrow side cases and found we had plenty of room for a weekend's worth of packing.

    I've ridden a few different HDs over the last 5 years and this one was the best of the bunch. It had the 96 CI EFI motor with the 6 speed that makes plenty of power for two-up riding. The brakes were great -- but I was riding a non-ABS version so I can't speak to the advantages of ABS. With the stock mufflers you can easily start up for those early morning rides without bothering the neighbors.

    We didn't get much riding in the twisties over the weekend but I'd say what cornering we did was an improvement over my previous HD rides -- while Street Glide had better cornering clearance than my '06 softail, I still managed to scrap the footboards a few times because the Street Glide has the lowered suspension. The Street Glide's ground clearance and lean angles don't match the Road King or the Electras according to the specs. Despite the limited cornering clearance, I really enjoyed riding this bike and so did my wife.

    Straight line tracking is just what you'd expect from the big HD bikes -- we encountered lots of cross winds over the weekend and the bike was rock steady.

    The Street Glide saddle is a low slung sport version that puts you in the slouched position which wouldn't be comfortable for long days. The rubber-mounted motor does vibrate (HD shake) a lot at idle while waiting for the lights to change. It had a radio but at speed it was more annoying than enjoyable.

    With Street Glide's touring chassis, motor and transmission I'd only have to add a touring seat and a tour pack (or luggage rack) to make the bike comfortable for two-up touring -- but I'd still prefer to have the taller suspension and better corning clearance of the Road King or Electras.

    If you haven't had a chance to ride one I'd suggest finding a Demo Days or rental opportunity. I can't wait to ride one again and I'd love to take one cross country.

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    Thanks TexanRT.

    I had never ridden a FLH before but did take a '10 Street Glide out on a demo ride. Unfortunately I didn't get on the EG. I like the look on the SG, except for the 2-into-1 exhaust. Just seemed to me that there is too much empty space on the left side compared to the '09's.

    I was also concerned about the "slammed" rear suspension (I believe it is about 1" lower than the EG). The demo route didn't have any tight corners or broken pavement so I couldn't determine how easily it would drag hard parts when leaned over or how easily it would bottom out on a pot hole.

    I think I would also miss not having the tour pack on longer hauls thus the reason for the EG.

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    I'll pretty much ditto what TexanRT said.

    I have a 09 Electra Glide Standard (HD discontinued it for 2010) because I didn't want the TourPak. I use a dry bag just like on my BMW's. For riding two up the TourPak with its backrest would be benificial. The EG Classic which comes with the TourPak is probably the best value now and is the same cost as the Street Glide. The Street Glide has less suspension and comes w/o TourPak, passing lamps, fender light, crash bars, and probably a few other things. ABS is an $800 factory option, and with the throttle by wire cruise can be dealer installed if it doesn't come on it.

    I'm amazed how easy and well this bike handles, and yet how rock stable it is. Cornering clearance is good, the floorboards touch first and hinge up. The seat-handlebar-floorboard relation on the Standard is perfect for me. (In fact it's my only motorcycle I have with the stock seat) Overall it handles as well as my 1800 Gold Wing did which is a nice complement. I did add HD's Touring mufflers (49 state street legal), opened up the air box with K&N's intake kit, and re-mapped the ECM to make it run the way it should. It doesn't have the GL1800's power but I never feel it's lacking. The Brembo brakes work well. The fuel injection is spot on.

    The number of accessories Harley offers is amazing. I added a rear docking kit which accepts a "click-on" back rest and rear rack. (this can be added to the TourPak models making the TourPak quick removable too) These pieces mount solid yet individually snap on and off in seconds. (In the photo my Drybag is on the rack). I also have the fairing mount for a Zumo. I let the dealer install the heated grips.

    Compared to a BMW, removing the rear wheel is a PIA. The good news is the tires hold up pretty well. I replaced mine at 9,800 and could have gotten another 1-1.5K. For comparison I get about 7K on my BMW.

    This is to a Road Glide road test, by a non-Harley tester which may provide useful... http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...-glide-custom/

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    Voni had an Electraglide once - Oh wait! - that was an Electrolux. Never mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Voni had an Electraglide once - Oh wait! - that was an Electrolux. Never mind.

    Yeah yeah, and the difference between an electralux and an Electra Glide is.... on the electralux the dirtbag is on the inside.

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    I should have used a smiley. I didn't want to start bashing anything or anybody. Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I should have used a smiley. I didn't want to start bashing anything or anybody. Sorry.
    It was funny ... and the joke was obvious even to me.

    I just wonder why we so often see BMW forums taking about HD?
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    Talking percentages

    98% of all harleys made are still on the road, the other 2% made it home

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancogan View Post
    It was funny ... and the joke was obvious even to me.

    I just wonder why we so often see BMW forums taking about HD?

    Converts to our cause ?

    Actually, since I teach Riders Edge classes for HD and get to ride the machines, I have to say that the frames and suspensions are much, much improved from those even five years ago. Only real gripe I have about most of the HD line is that they don't have much clearance for the kind of lean angles I am comfortable with, and I scrape things a lot. The engine heat in south Louisiana gets a bit much too, but they are nice bikes nonetheless. Just not my kind of ride other than the V-Rod.

    The bikes, set up with the tour packs are very good for what they are intended, and a lot of people make long trips without any problem. Rent one and check it out. The Rentals desk in any HD Facility will set you up and take good care of you.
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    Almost all harley dealers rent. Most will agree to apply part or all the rental to the bike purchase if you ask in advance. If not then ask to apply to gear sales, that have a higher profit margin. HD makes very good gear.

    So rent one for a day or weekend, much less expensive than discovering you made a mistake.

    At Idle roll the throttle forward, this cuts off the back cylinder and reduces heat. Really interesting feature.

    They make a really good bike. To me my Beemer is always urging me to go faster, ever faster and farther always farther. That is a good thing, except when you get caught.

    The harley only says farther, faster it can go, but it is not it's thing.

    If this is acceptable to you, then you should be very happy. Unless you build up the engine a lot they are quite reliable. Intake, better exhaust, remap, all good.

    There are some good sounding pipes that are not real loud. Harleys sound much better with pipes anyway.

    Harley after market is wonderful, they have 7 speeds now, they have 6 speed with reverse, they make better shocks, and forks, and they even have ABS

    I would like to have both BMW and HD depending on mood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Voni had an Electraglide once - Oh wait! - that was an Electrolux. Never mind.
    Model bashing doesn"t do any good. I see that you apologized later on, but the cat was out of the bag so to speak. Up until then it was a reasonable conversation.

    Model bashing should be banned period and this site's moderators should take it to heart & ban the practise outright. Anybody & everybody gets one warning and then your history. There are other sites where you can get into bashing if that's your game. This site shouldn't be one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Voni had an Electraglide once - Oh wait! - that was an Electrolux. Never mind.
    The vacuum wasn't one of those shared activities for you and Voni?
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