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A young kid here with a new HD RG Special 114 in vivid black has been trying his best to get me to race him every time I see him. This afternoon I took the bait and made a couple of my best effort runs at it. The first time I had him off the line but by the end of 2nd gear he was bike-link ahead, then we had to stop. Second time, again I had him off the line again for a short distance and he caught me as I went into 2nd gear, and by 3rd gear, it was clear I would not catch up no matter how far we went, and my VTX is no slouch. The megaphone exhausters on that HD have very strong and dominating sound effect as well, and I had no problem hearing it from my backseat position. Kudo's to pushrod technology

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A young kid here with a new HD RG Special 114 in vivid black has been trying his best to get me to race him every time I see him. This afternoon I took the bait and made a couple of my best effort runs at it. The first time I had him off the line but by the end of 2nd gear he was bike-link ahead, then we had to stop. Second time, again I had him off the line again for a short distance and he caught me as I went into 2nd gear, and by 3rd gear, it was clear I would not catch up no matter how far we went, and my VTX is no slouch. The megaphone exhausters on that HD have very strong and dominating sound effect as well, and I had no problem hearing it from my backseat position. Kudo's to pushrod technology
That says a LOT beating a well tuned VTX 1800, wow.


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I am very surprised, and I have ridden ,and owned many Harley's Most of then up graded and tuned.

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the 107 and 114 top ends are 21th century



and I am NOT a Harley guy


more fuel/air IN, more exhaust out = greater horsepower.
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I am very surprised, and I have ridden ,and owned many Harley's Most of then up graded and tuned.
All of the 96, 103 and 110 HD's around here have played second fiddle to my VTX at one time or another, but I've never toyed with one of the Milwaukee Eights before. I am impressed with this one, a 114, and I think all of the RG Specials are 114. It's possible that this bike has had some extras done to it, but I know it looks stock. The only noticeable difference is the riders, he is probably 120 LB wet, while I am a tad over 300 #, I don't know how much difference that makes. Wish there was something I could blame it on but I think my X just met it's match.
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Having owned both a VTX 1800 and an M8 I would have believed, and have stated the opposite. That he would beat you off the line but you would reel him in and pass him in the long run.

How far did you two go before having to slow down?

Off the line is kind of subjective given that different riders may very well have much different capabilities of getting a good launch. I'd be almost willing to bet that you could do a quicker launch on an M8 than you can on your X.

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Harley loves the 107/114....

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the 107 and 114 top ends are 21th century

and I am NOT a Harley guy

more fuel/air IN, more exhaust out = greater horsepower.



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Having owned both a VTX 1800 and an M8 I would have believed, and have stated the opposite. That he would beat you off the line but you would reel him in and pass him in the long run.

How far did you two go before having to slow down?

Off the line is kind of subjective given that different riders may very well have much different capabilities of getting a good launch. I'd be almost willing to bet that you could do a quicker launch on an M8 than you can on your X.
The first run was about 1/8 mile start to stop, second one about 1/3 mile. I did hit the rev limiter just momentarily in both 1st and 2nd on the longer stretch, dang it. I have a friend that has a 110 and this one seems to have WAY more power than the 110 does, I mean WAAAAAY more, not even close.

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Yeah, my FB is a beast for sure. And I recently had a new exhaust, K&N high flow filter and a torque cam installed, along with a tuner and a new tune. Now the peak torque is reached at about 2.5K and plateaus until about 4.5K, instead of a gradual climb and sharp dropoff. I had a couple of incidents when it was stock which made me hurry to buy a new seat with a backrest. Now, I wouldn't ride it without one.

I still think in a longer haul you'd reel him/me in.

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