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  • FlamingHooligan Posts: 3
    Stock Poster FlamingHooligan
    15 May 2020 03:11 PM
    G'day Gents, Just thought I'd say a quick hello and introduce myself.

    Been a long time lurker and fan of Harley Davidson. Looking at pulling the trigger on a used bike either a Roadking (Really leaning towards the RK tbh) or a Heritage Softail classic in the 2010-15 range. Any pointers to a greenhorn would be appreciated.

    Cheers Chris
  • Ratbob Posts: 1348
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    15 May 2020 05:11 PM
    Welcome to the forum.
    Guess u know the two bikes are quite, well, totally different. Different, frame, suspension, engine etc.
    For me the seat of the pants difference is that the Road King handles better, has a more responsive engine (no balance shaft) and the harder panniers make life a bit easier, better to lock and leave and in the wet.
    Get you bum on both and definitely get some freeway speed time.
  • paulybronco Posts: 13510
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    15 May 2020 05:29 PM
    Welcome Chris. Being a fan and owner of a tourer, Street Glide i would like to see a picture of you on a Road King. Best thing to do is try a few bikes and see what you think. If your going to ride a tourer make sure you give it a decent run not just around the block
  • imoo6170 Posts: 766
    Sydney
    Performance Poster imoo6170
    15 May 2020 05:35 PM
    Welcome to the forum. As previously said test ride them to death and make sure you consider what type of riding you want to do - around town / short trips, touring, have a pillion or not etc etc. The dealers with be all over you so don't let them pressure you. There are lots of bargains out there.
  • FlamingHooligan Posts: 3
    Stock Poster FlamingHooligan
    16 May 2020 08:18 PM
    Thank you for the kind welcomes Gents. Looks like I have some test riding to do. Will report back!

    Cheers
  • gidgi Posts: 936
    NSW
    Performance Poster gidgi
    18 May 2020 07:42 AM
    welcome bud I am also with the above preference , but Im bias I have a 2012 RK from new ,my only comment would be the frame on the Roady  changed... (for the better ) after I think 09 - 10 sumfin to consider
  • FlamingHooligan Posts: 3
    Stock Poster FlamingHooligan
    18 May 2020 01:28 PM
    Quoting gidgi on 18 May 2020 07:42 AM
    welcome bud I am also with the above preference , but Im bias I have a 2012 RK from new ,my only comment would be the frame on the Roady  changed... (for the better ) after I think 09 - 10 sumfin to consider
    Thanks, mate, Yeah I believe it was 2009 that they brought in changes to the frame and engine mounting on the RK and other tourers.  I am looking at 2011 upwards to probably 2016. 

    As an aside, Project Rushmore added some nice upgrades to 2014 and up I believe (not entirely sure of the details here TBH) so that's a thing.

    From an aesthetics point of view (Personal opinion) I like the look of the solid panniers and the larger headlight on the RK. On the other hand, the Heritage bags don't do it for me but these can be removed and look quite nice without.

    C
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