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  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3832
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    16 Apr 2017 06:12 PM
    G'day fellow owners of the new M8 powered tourers. I thought I would start a thread just for these motors.

    I have only had mine for 2 weeks now, and am finding it hard to like the mother.

    These motors are way to smooth and after riding my 110 Softail around, this Roadking feels like a sewing machine.

    I hope a few thousand Km's will change my opinion, but if not, this one will not last long in my shed.

    What are other owners experiencing?
  • steelo Posts: 2507
    Adelaide
    Forum Legend steelo
    16 Apr 2017 06:30 PM
    That's just progress for you LB. Take padding out of the seat to make it more punishing.
  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3832
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    16 Apr 2017 06:36 PM
    Posted by steelo on 16 Apr 2017 06:00 PM
    That's just progress for you LB. Take padding out of the seat to make it more punishing.

     Don't like the seat either, I want to swap it for a Streetglide seat

  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3832
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    16 Apr 2017 06:36 PM
    Posted by Hot and Heavy on 16 Apr 2017 06:05 PM
    Cams?

     Might weld up the engine mounts lol


  • -kiwi- Posts: 187
    Ballarat Victoria
    Stock Poster -kiwi-
    16 Apr 2017 07:24 PM
    So your saying......it doesn't feel like a Harley......to us old school riders?
  • Geoff3DMN Posts: 1532
    Castlemaine
    Motor Head Geoff3DMN
    16 Apr 2017 08:38 PM
    I've only done 1500kms on my M8 Street Glide so take that into account when you read my comments.

    At first I found myself thinking... this doesn't really feel like a Harley motor, it's TOO smooth (the first few hundred kms).

    Then I started to notice things about the motor that 'feel harley',  the gearbox is still a harley box, it's just a little less prone to clunking as hard and the look of the bike is still 100% harley tourer, looking forward and looking down... it's pure Harley.

    And the motor, after a while I stopped noticing that it was 'smoother' and started to feel the (lesser) vibes... I started to be able to tell the engine revs by feel again.

    Yeah it doesn't smack you in the face like the earlier models but it's still there, it's just more subtle, it took me a while to adjust I think.

    And then I thought back to my dyna and how the vibrations would make my hands (which have arthritis) tingle and go numb and how that restricted my riding and I started thinking the trade off is worth it, for me at least where I wanted a bike I could travel 800 or 1000kms in a day and get off and be ok (ish).

    Do I think the motor is too smooth?  No... Not now, not after a a few weeks.  The motor started to feel nicer too as it was run in.

    On balance I think it's a good motor for a tourer, for an Electro Glide Ultra Classic or a Street Glide, and I reckon for a Road King that is used for long distance touring.

    I don't think it'd work as well in a short distance bike like a Softail (touring softail like the Heritage Classic excepted) and I think it'd be a mistake in the Dyna range.

    But yeah it's definitely a very different motor, I reckon give yourself some time to see if you adjust before you start welding engine mounts.







  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3832
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    16 Apr 2017 09:20 PM
    Thanks mate, been riding Harley's for a long long time, and this is a big adjustment 
  • Sunny Jim Posts: 35
    Stock Poster Sunny Jim
    16 Apr 2017 11:43 PM
    I have one- roadglide I can't really fault it. It does everything right and a pleasure to ride on long run. I am struggling to fall in love with it though.  Twincams are great!  but I will persevere with this baby. I have changed the bars and am about to order a cam from Tman Performance. 
  • keith Posts: 1808
    Perth West Aust {SOR}
    Motor Head keith
    17 Apr 2017 03:45 AM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 16 Apr 2017 07:20 PM
    Thanks mate, been riding Harley's for a long long time, and this is a big adjustment 

     Its a bit like when FM radio came in, takes time I suppose ? May be a few low Km's bikes coming back on the secondhand market.

  • markwoumla Posts: 1482
    Performance Poster markwoumla
    17 Apr 2017 09:42 AM
    Posted by keith on 17 Apr 2017 03:45 AM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 16 Apr 2017 07:20 PM
    Thanks mate, been riding Harley's for a long long time, and this is a big adjustment 

     Its a bit like when FM radio came in, takes time I suppose ? May be a few low Km's bikes coming back on the secondhand market.

     

    Keith,,   What a nice way of putting it !!!!  And there are some that like to go back to AM .... Decisions ,, decisions ....

  • Krackers60 Posts: 1528
    Melbourne
    Motor Head Krackers60
    17 Apr 2017 10:39 AM
    Posted by keith on 17 Apr 2017 03:15 AM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 16 Apr 2017 07:20 PM
    Thanks mate, been riding Harley's for a long long time, and this is a big adjustment 

     Its a bit like when FM radio came in, takes time I suppose ? May be a few low Km's bikes coming back on the secondhand market.

     Keith, I was thinking the same that there will be low mileage M8s on the market sooner rather than later. I suppose it all depends on what you want out of your new bike.

    Interesting comments so far. 


  • steelo Posts: 2507
    Adelaide
    Forum Legend steelo
    17 Apr 2017 11:01 AM
    Keep going fellas. Don't give up. 
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  • JR888 Posts: 128
    Sunshine Coast
    Stock Poster JR888
    17 Apr 2017 01:34 PM
    Like you LB I have only had mine a short time, bit of a story but I picked it up while at the QLD state rally.
    Anyway my new ride is the Road King but it must be so different to yours as I could not be happier with it. I bought the demo off the showroom floor, they were reluctant to sell it as it hadn't been a demo for very long, and it came with Stage 1 breather and tuner, Stage 2 cams, Vance & Hines headers and the Screaming Eagle street cannons - great package.
    I had intended buying a Heritage but when I took this for a test ride I just had to have it then and there.
    All I can say is What A Beast, plenty of grunt, good sound and much more comfortable than my old 1200 custom. Just waiting on the top box to turn up and then I'll post some pics. 
  • Krackers60 Posts: 1528
    Melbourne
    Motor Head Krackers60
    17 Apr 2017 01:53 PM
    Posted by JR888 on 17 Apr 2017 01:04 PM
    Like you LB I have only had mine a short time, bit of a story but I picked it up while at the QLD state rally.
    Anyway my new ride is the Road King but it must be so different to yours as I could not be happier with it. I bought the demo off the showroom floor, they were reluctant to sell it as it hadn't been a demo for very long, and it came with Stage 1 breather and tuner, Stage 2 cams, Vance & Hines headers and the Screaming Eagle street cannons - great package.
    I had intended buying a Heritage but when I took this for a test ride I just had to have it then and there.
    All I can say is What A Beast, plenty of grunt, good sound and much more comfortable than my old 1200 custom. Just waiting on the top box to turn up and then I'll post some pics. 

     I  don't think that it's a fair comparison between a 1200 Custom and a M8 RK. Any new bike would be more  comfortable but I do understand what you are saying. 

    Enjoy your new ride. 

  • keith Posts: 1808
    Perth West Aust {SOR}
    Motor Head keith
    17 Apr 2017 03:02 PM
    Posted by markwoumla on 17 Apr 2017 07:42 AM
    Posted by keith on 17 Apr 2017 03:45 AM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 16 Apr 2017 07:20 PM
    Thanks mate, been riding Harley's for a long long time, and this is a big adjustment 

     Its a bit like when FM radio came in, takes time I suppose ? May be a few low Km's bikes coming back on the secondhand market.

     

    Keith,,   What a nice way of putting it !!!!  And there are some that like to go back to AM .... Decisions ,, decisions ....

     Hiring a M8 for your trip will be a good insight and comparison ? Out bush AM is still great at night time for the ABC, old habits never die !!

  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3832
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    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    18 Apr 2017 08:51 AM
    I did a 600 Km ride on her yesterday, and I think I get it now. With that smoothness comes the comfort of a semi big day in the saddle. This bike is more than capable of plus 1,000 Km days.  I will get some power dual headers and V&H 4.5" HPO's, and that should add a bit of thump.

    These Screaming Budgie mufflers are crap.
  • Krackers60 Posts: 1528
    Melbourne
    Motor Head Krackers60
    18 Apr 2017 10:56 AM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 18 Apr 2017 08:51 AM
    I did a 600 Km ride on her yesterday, and I think I get it now. With that smoothness comes the comfort of a semi big day in the saddle. This bike is more than capable of plus 1,000 Km days.  I will get some power dual headers and V&H 4.5" HPO's, and that should add a bit of thump.

    These Screaming Budgie mufflers are crap.

     Sounds promising.......

  • Geoff3DMN Posts: 1532
    Castlemaine
    Motor Head Geoff3DMN
    18 Apr 2017 12:16 PM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 18 Apr 2017 08:51 AM
    I did a 600 Km ride on her yesterday, and I think I get it now. With that smoothness comes the comfort of a semi big day in the saddle. This bike is more than capable of plus 1,000 Km days.  I will get some power dual headers and V&H 4.5" HPO's, and that should add a bit of thump.

    These Screaming Budgie mufflers are crap.

     

    Yep, I'm not happy with the Screaming Budgie mufflers either.


  • Winger Posts: 711
    Adelaide
    Performance Poster Winger
    18 Apr 2017 09:33 PM
    Be interested to hear what you think of the V&H setup, Lofty. Not keen on the SE's myself, but want to wait 'till warranty finishes before pissing off cats etc. I reckon you've hit the nail on the head. The smoothness of the new motor allows me to have a much longer day riding comfortably. The 700k days we did on the Snowy Run proved that. They ARE certainly different to the twin cams,that you're used to, but they grow on you! IF you hang on to it for a while!!!??
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