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I rode a 08 Road King 96" 6 speed.What I found 1- throttle responce better than my 08 1800T 2- rode a little smoother 3- VTX has better riding position but you get used to that 4-handling was ok 5-that shake at stops is something else 6-linked brakes would be a good thing on Harleys For the extra 5-7 thousand on top of what I paid for mine. I`d think about that one.
 

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I found the opposite on the Street and road glides I rode both 2012's with the 103 motor. Throttle response was a little worse then the X, The HD clutch however was much better, Handling was much worse on the HD's especially in the corners (rear end seemed to wallow around) And yea they shake like a SOB. Now go ride a victory :mrgreen:
 

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For several years I was really jazzed up on getting a roadglide. Rode one at harley test ride days and totally lost my boner. I felt like there was no throttle response and lack of acceleration was the deal breaker for me. I do love the look though, and large gas tank and especially the 6 speed tranny. I'm secretly hoping harley improves the performance of this bike in future model releases.
 

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For several years I was really jazzed up on getting a roadglide. Rode one at harley test ride days and totally lost my boner. I felt like there was no throttle response and lack of acceleration was the deal breaker for me. I do love the look though, and large gas tank and especially the 6 speed tranny. I'm secretly hoping harley improves the performance of this bike in future model releases.
Wow, I could have written this review. Rode one at Americade and came away with the same thoughtds. Also rode the Victory Cross Country Tour and really liked it.
 

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I rode a 08 Road King 96" 6 speed.What I found 1- throttle responce better than my 08 1800T 2- rode a little smoother 3- VTX has better riding position but you get used to that 4-handling was ok 5-that shake at stops is something else 6-linked brakes would be a good thing on Harleys For the extra 5-7 thousand on top of what I paid for mine. I`d think about that one.
Interesting. I have a friend who came from an 05 1300R to the harley soft tail heritage classic. Beautiful bike and he loves it. Says it feels much more balanced and doesn't vibrate like the RK, RG, and SG.
 

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For several years I was really jazzed up on getting a roadglide. Rode one at harley test ride days and totally lost my boner. I felt like there was no throttle response and lack of acceleration was the deal breaker for me. I do love the look though, and large gas tank and especially the 6 speed tranny. I'm secretly hoping harley improves the performance of this bike in future model releases.

Me too. For a long time I was lusting for a Road Glide. I rode it for about 3 feet and hated it. Had Victory not had the cross country I'd probally be riding a Street Glide. Over all I just felt too cramped on the street glide.
 

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The last couple of years I have seen Streetglides just all over the place. I love the look of them. I think the bags just look perfect how they are set up and match the bike. I like the batwing on there and the fact that it looks bagger but sporty. I bought my X at the end of riding season in 2010 from a buddy. I had ridden another buddy's 1800 about a year earlier. At the time I was not super interested in the X. I like my inline 4 kaws....When my buddy with the 1300 said he was gonna be selling it, I inquired and went and took it for a ride. I really liked it and I bought it. About 7 or 8 months ago my finacee and I were on vacation in florida and went to the bike dealer near daytona (harley) I sat on a couple streetglides and immediately disliked the look and feel while seated on the bike. I have never ridden one but was really turned off by looking down at the fairing. Like someone said earlier, it just feels like a big piece of flat plywood stuck on there to me. Visited a friend of mine who lives down there and has a fully decked out ultra. I sat on that in his garage and again, it just turned me off...
 

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I like mine... Found it to be much better than my VTX for going the distance... 45k in 3 years...

But to each his own....


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Just took my Brother in law's brand new Road Glide for a spin with the lady. The vibration is weird but feels about the same when moving. The fixed fairing takes some getting used to, but the interaction with the systems and the sound is great. He is 6'8" and my sister is 6 ft and they fit just fine on there, but we could definitely tell that the Glide is a shorter chassis.

Otherwise, the power felt just as good, fast take off and smooth. Mine feels like an unrefined beast in comparison.

If I had the cash......
 

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I like my Harley.....

but, then again I like my Gold Wing and my VTX and my Burgman 650 too. I don't eat the same food at every meal and I don't ride the same bike on every run. I love the pulse of the Harley's motor and the sound as we go down the road. It has a great stereo and so does the wing so that makes them both fun. I wear the ipod on the VTX and have tunes on it too. The Burgman 650 is my go to town and run errands bike so I don't worry about music on it.

Funny how someone can just sit on a bike and know that it isn't any good? Put a few hundred miles on it first. The Wing has a fixed fairing and thanks to that the steering is very light and agile since you only are turning the fork and not the fairing.

I like motorcycles and not just a brand. I have yet to recieve a thank you card from Honda EVER for buying their stuff but, I did get one from Harley when I bought the bagger. I joined HOG (Harley Owners Group) and get a nice magazine with a lot of event info and such in it but, when I bought (2) new Gold Wings I didn't get anything except BIG payments.

Motorcycles are a blast and I like them all and the people associated with them as a rule, with some exceptions. :lol:

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Funny how someone can just sit on a bike and know that it isn't any good? Put a few hundred miles on it first.
If you are referring to me let me explain...The way my X feels when I throw a leg over and sit there, it feels comfy as if I am down IN the bike. I thought the Streetglide would feel the same way but it didn't. I have good friends who have Harleys and every bike feels different. One of my buddies has a wide glide and he also has a piped out R6. Before I bought my X, I rode both for a very short distance. It did not take very long before I knew that although the R6 was a peppy SOB and light as a feather, I would not want to own one and ride it on a regular basis. His wide glide felt very similar to how my X felt when I first got it. Last year another friend of mine bought a used Heritage Classic and I rode the a short distance. That bike felt very sweet and I would love to own something like that. I had always heard that the Softails had a feel for sitting "in" and not sitting "on" and the dynas were opposite. So the wide glide (dyna) felt nice to me, the heritage felt nice to me (soft tail). My cousin last year bought a fatboy (softail) and I took his for a ride and it felt as if I was sitting "on" and not "in" it. It did not feel all that comfy to me. I rode a few ultras within the last 10 years that also felt pretty good to me and the fairing layout did not seem to have that very flat feeling or appearance that I got when I sat on the SG and my other buddies new ultra.

The very first Harley I ever rode was one owned by a guy I used to work with. I believe it was like a 78 (AMF days) and it looked like a rat bike. It was a bagger with a fairing and this guy rode the hell outta that bike. Even though it resembled an old ratty bike, it was a blast to ride. Comfy and fun. I still LOVE the look of the SG and may someday own one.
 

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lack of throttle response on the HD 103 w throttle by wire

the lack of throttle response on the newer HD Touring bikes is programmed in. The throttle by wire is deprogrammed(for a better word) to not give 100% throttle in the lower gears, it makes for a much easier and safer bike when riding a big heavy bike 2 up, loaded in parking lots, or in town, because the bikes get quite top heavy and i used to bicth about how the 1800 X was a bear at slow speeds, hard to manuever due to being so top heavy and the quickness of the throttle, always had to try to feather the throttle and clutch a lot in town or in parking lots, when riding 2 up.

Vance and Hines has a plug in module to correct that program, may get that at some point, but right now, its not really an issue on my 2012 Road Glide Ultra, i ride like a Grandpa anyhow. the 103 cu in w 6 speed is a hell of a touring setup, and i am satisfied with it, around town the heat is bad, but it is a touring bike, and thats what i plan on doing with it. :doorag:
 

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Your bike isn't tuned very well

If the throttle response on a Road King 96cc 6 speed is better than the response on your VTX1800T, your motor must not be tuned very well.
A Honda VTX1800 (110cc), properly tuned, blows the doors off a Harley Davidson 96cc.
No contest.
 

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That was my bros. 08 RK. I forgot to mention the fuel pack. He said that made better throttle responce. When he rode mine stock he said the motor was not impressive same with brakes lousy seat but it handled way better than his RK. I`m thinking of a PC & custom map but the guy says about $900 CAN.
 

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You can't argue with the fact 93% of all Harleys are still on the road. So the other 7% that made it home think that old technology they paid so much for is worth it.
 

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hmmm......roadrage.....

I don't think that you know anything about how much the Harley technology has changed over the last 60 years. From the knucklehead, to the panhead, to the shovelhead, to the evolution, to the twin-cam, you are clueless. The change from a carburetor to electronic fuel injection was a major thing in how these bikes started and idled and ran. Going to a belt drive in 82' from years of chains was another major move that made a huge difference in riding and maintenance. My Harley has cruise control, unlike your VTX, and my Harley has self cancelling turn signals, unlike your VTX. I have ridden Harley Davidson motorcycles since 1981 and after tens of thousands of miles I have NEVER been stranded on the road by one. There are rally's all over the country that attract millions of motorcyclists and most of them are Harley Davidson's.

You are riding a bike that even Honda decided to quit making? LOL Yepper you sure do know a lot about Harley's. :-?

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dang...another harley vs vtx thread and i fell for it.....
so pointless...
envy is all i see when you get past the verbiage....
bang for the buck and reliability = honda..
period
love affair = vic / hd
so far the vic reliability equals my x....and it is peachy with punch.

same as it ever was....
same as it ever was...
 

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hmmmm?......

So you sold yer VTX 2 1/2 years ago and bought an American made bike and still support a motorcycle that isn't made any more? Have ya considered therapy?



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You can't argue with the fact 93% of all Harleys are still on the road. So the other 7% that made it home think that old technology they paid so much for is worth it.
It is true that 93% of all Harleys are still on the road.....But this is how they are traveling on the road :firstplace:

 
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