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Posted: 8/23/2017 11:28:16 PM EDT
Don't know what the hell's gotten into me. I can't explain it. But I gots to have a Harley Road King. Not drooling for a new model or a custom built model. I'd be elated with an older RK. Not decided on a specific color. Black, Silver, Burgundy, ...hell I don't know.  What the hell is going on ????

Fuck, I don't even ride. Never have. I should get checked. Soon.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:32:24 PM EDT
[#1]
Mid life crisis?
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:34:16 PM EDT
[#2]
My Streetglide is fun when I have time to ride it. Do it.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:44:53 PM EDT
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Mid-Life Crisis?  I just turned 59 last week. I've owned a number of sports cars, a Porsche 911, a few Vettes, even an NXS.  Never a motorcycle. I'm just infatuated with the look of a Road King w/hard saddlebags.

I'm married so this would be a nice weekend fun toy we can both enjoy.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:48:20 PM EDT
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Best model hd builds in my opinion.  You won't regret owning one. Get a 10 or newer.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:53:48 PM EDT
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Interested in a 2005 Police RoadKing with hardly any miles? It's all set for escort work. Siren, air horn, rear blue & red wig-wags on the radio box, mustang pillion pad, anti-wobble fixture on engine, etc....
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:54:52 PM EDT
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Life is too short for slow motorcycles.

Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:56:05 PM EDT
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They don't have to be slow.  My 99 has 136 hp.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:56:20 PM EDT
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Best model hd builds in my opinion.  You won't regret owning one. Get a 10 or newer.
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a 10 might be a little out of my budget. I really don't want to finance. I figure an older model with low miles will have most issues identified and fixed.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:57:53 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:58:37 PM EDT
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They don't have to be slow.  My 99 has 136 hp.
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On a pig of a bike like a Road King, that's still slow.  
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:00:20 AM EDT
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OP, I'm a lifelong motorcyclist. I'm thinking if you made it this far without owning one, you can make it the rest of the way without owning one. Everybody likes the idea of owning a bike, it's the reality of owning a bike that some people have problems with. Get some training, then get some more training. Get a small cheap used bike and learn how to ride before you get a large motorcycle.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:01:28 AM EDT
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I don't have a problem with Slow. Slow is Good. My son rides an R1. It's too damn fast. Me no likey fast.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:05:08 AM EDT
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On a pig of a bike like a Road King, that's still slow.  
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It's a touring bike, not a sport bike
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:05:22 AM EDT
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OP, I'm a lifelong motorcyclist. I'm thinking if you made it this far without owning one, you can make it the rest of the way without owning one. Everybody likes the idea of owning a bike, it's the reality of owning a bike that some people have problems with. Get some training, then get some more training. Get a small cheap used bike and learn how to ride before you get a large motorcycle.
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Thanks for the Pearls. I appreciate it very much.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:06:08 AM EDT
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i wanted an older one not a fan of the twin cam , bought mine a few years ago .watched craigslist for quite awhile saving money got a 1997 with 5000 miles for 7500 cash , took it out to Sturgis\Yellowstone and all over Michigan I love mine
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:07:34 AM EDT
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My FLHPI has stage four mods. It's anything but slow....and it's still comfortable to ride long distances...and I don't look like a monkey fucking a football riding it. 
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:08:33 AM EDT
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yep , defiantly take a motorcycle safety class and a cheap jap bike to learn on then get a king
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:10:10 AM EDT
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A lot of decent deals on cycletrader"dot"com.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:10:40 AM EDT
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I tried crotch rockets but they cut of the blood flow to your penis really ! no thanks anyone want an sv650 lol
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:11:50 AM EDT
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i wanted an older one not a fan of the twin cam , bought mine a few years ago .watched craigslist for quite awhile saving money got a 1997 with 5000 miles for 7500 cash , took it out to Sturgis\Yellowstone and all over Michigan I love mine
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Awesome. That's how it's done.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:15:13 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:21:29 AM EDT
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Those new Road King Specials...

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Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:47:10 AM EDT
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My son's Road King......notice the home-made turbo....

He's pretty close to breaking into 10 second 1/4 mile
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 1:17:34 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/24/2017 1:29:31 AM EDT
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Make sure you buy the Harley jacket, shirt, jeans, glasses, headband, underwear, socks, boots, wallet, belt, and front plate for your car... Also the "Harley Parking Only" sign for your garage.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 1:44:26 AM EDT
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In for the crash and burn..
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 6:41:32 AM EDT
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That's how it starts.  You do have to be a little crazy or you won't do it.

Good luck on your search.  Maybe you have a bike out there that wants to find you.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 6:44:35 AM EDT
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Take an MSF course and always remember they don't see you and really are trying to kill you. Then ride the shit out of your new bike.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 6:46:12 AM EDT
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Dealer had the black and grey RKS when I picked up my 48.   I was damn tempted to renegotiate the deal.  
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 6:56:32 AM EDT
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Don't know what the hell's gotten into me. I can't explain it. But I gots to have a Harley Road King. Not drooling for a new model or a custom built model. I'd be elated with an older RK. Not decided on a specific color. Black, Silver, Burgundy, ...hell I don't know.  What the hell is going on ????

Fuck, I don't even ride. Never have. I should get checked. Soon.
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My neighbor did that once... Now he has eight Harleys. He says he has to "...get a motorcycle every time I get an AR15..."
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 6:57:02 AM EDT
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OP,

Take a Riders Safety class and get a bike, it is big fun.

2005 Road King with 44,000 miles on it, still going strong.

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Link Posted: 8/24/2017 7:33:34 AM EDT
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I loved my RK and rode it to work almost every day.  I broke down and got an Ultra Limited a couple years ago since I had to have all the 'gadgets' as I got older.  The RK was a smooth ride and just a pleasure to be on.

BTW, I've owned just about every make and style of bike... The Axis trio (Jap, Italian, German), Allied (Brit), and even a couple of Commie bikes.  Dirt, tour, cruiser, go-fast, and 'all the above in one'.  The RK was my first HD and put a big smile on my face.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 7:41:13 AM EDT
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The RK is the only HD product I'd consider, but I can't make myself buy a cruiser and the lifestylers have ruined the brand for me.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 7:48:49 AM EDT
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Mid-Life Crisis?  I just turned 59 last week. I've owned a number of sports cars, a Porsche 911, a few Vettes, even an NXS.  Never a motorcycle. I'm just infatuated with the look of a Road King w/hard saddlebags.

I'm married so this would be a nice weekend fun toy we can both enjoy.
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NSX**
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 7:54:16 AM EDT
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Fuck, I don't even ride. Never have. I should get checked. Soon.
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Then you'd just be following the typical fatality statistics.  By all means, make a Harley the bike you learn on.  Get on out there and become some minivan driver's nightmare.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 7:55:02 AM EDT
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Pre-2008 if you want to work on it yourself. After that, you're more tightly bound to the dealer's networked diagnostics equipment.

Gen 1 Twin Cam is what I'd go after. Take it up to 95" or 103", install cam drive and compensator sprocket reliability upgrades...maybe a 6-speed transmission if you have everything out of the frame. Then add a chassis stiffener and go have fun.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:02:54 AM EDT
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OP, I'm a lifelong motorcyclist. I'm thinking if you made it this far without owning one, you can make it the rest of the way without owning one. Everybody likes the idea of owning a bike, it's the reality of owning a bike that some people have problems with. Get some training, then get some more training. Get a small cheap used bike and learn how to ride before you get a large motorcycle.
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This person has a good point. Take classes.alot of classes. When you know your ready get a cheap jap bike and go for a ride. Cheap AND small. Trust when i say, life sucks less when your kicking a 3-400 pound 1,000 dollar bike of you while laying in a ditch vs a 750 pound 6,000 dollar bike.

One more thing, when you think you've been riding long enough w/o an accident, that you cant wreck...you will wreck.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:03:50 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:05:03 AM EDT
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I just did 5177 miles in 13 days on my '96 FLHR.  It's got over 80K on it and little electronic crap to fool with.  Evo motors can be rebuilt damned-near infinitely so when that time comes that's what I'll do instead of a new bike.  

It's never left me stranded in all these years.  With regular maintenence it is as dependable as I could ever ask a machine to be.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:06:45 AM EDT
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I want one just to park at home and be able to sit on it and look at it.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:08:29 AM EDT
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Doesn't work. Some jacka** will screw with the carb settings when your not looking.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:12:12 AM EDT
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OP, I'm a lifelong motorcyclist. I'm thinking if you made it this far without owning one, you can make it the rest of the way without owning one. Everybody likes the idea of owning a bike, it's the reality of owning a bike that some people have problems with. Get some training, then get some more training. Get a small cheap used bike and learn how to ride before you get a large motorcycle.
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^ This.

Listen to the man, he knows of what he speaks. A Road King is NOT a bike for a newbie.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:12:15 AM EDT
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You'll like roaring down a country highway with no traffic early on a cool summer morning.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:24:02 AM EDT
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Make sure you buy the Harley jacket, shirt, jeans, glasses, headband, underwear, socks, boots, wallet, belt, and front plate for your car... Also the "Harley Parking Only" sign for your garage.
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And the most important tip. Rev the motor every chance you get, esp while sitting in traffic, apparently Harleys cant hold their idle, cause every damn Harley rider does it.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:26:06 AM EDT
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Rode my road king to work this morning.

Get a 2003 and later with fuel injection.
Or a 2009 and later for the improved non death wobble frame.
Take the class.

Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:27:37 AM EDT
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Fast enough to have fun, not so fast that I need to be doing 2-3 times the speed limit to enjoy it.

Bought a Road King and rode my R1 about 3 times in as many years before I sold it.  A bit more work to toss around a touring bike, and it scrapes a lot sooner, but they're still fun. I never had a bike that wasn't fun!
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:30:43 AM EDT
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So which one you lusting for???

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Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:33:23 AM EDT
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My first road bike was and still is a 2003 RK police.  They're heavy pigs but fun to ride. I really don't like road bikes at all, prefer dirtbiking in the woods, but they're great bikes
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:34:56 AM EDT
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OP,

Take a Riders Safety class and get a bike, it is big fun.

2005 Road King with 44,000 miles on it, still going strong.

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So nice.  I love the perspective pictures from the rear.  The bike just has great lines!
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:39:13 AM EDT
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Take the MSF, and then buy what you want.

The wife and I both ride. Neither of us had ridden much since dirt bikes in high school. But we decided to jump back in. Bought a Dyna Wide Glide, which we both enjoyed. But that back pillion wasn’t cutting it for date night. With work and kids, two bikes just didn’t make fiscal sense.

So we traded the Wide Glide in on a Road King last weekend. She rode it in to work Monday, and said she's in love. I'm pretty happy with it, too.

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Do it, OP!
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