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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Say bye to the center fill cap. They're already phasing it out. Most of the 2021's have already moved back to the right-hand side fillers. They're having issues with the center pop-tops freezing up and not opening properly.

    I had to use my fucking pocket knife to pop mine up the other day.

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    I had to use my fucking pocket knife to pop mine up the other day.
    Seems to be a widely known problem if it was enough of an issue to bin the design all together. When it happens to me, I'm heading to the dealership to see what - if anything they're doing about it.

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    What mileage are harley engines like the 103 good for?

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    200 miles to a tank is good. Call it 35-40 mpg maybe?
    I know it is out of character for me. But I honestly don’t pay any attention.
    I also ride it like I stole it a lot. I rarely leave a stoplight without winding it out.

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    I meant lifetime. Who’s the guy that had 250k on a monster? Would a used harley with 50k worry you?

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    Oh. I actually don't know. I bought mine with 4k on it.
    I know a guy who just turned 100k on an ultra. He did gas, oil, brakes and tires. Not much else.
    I think some of the earlier twin-cam engines had a thing with the hydraulic lifters. I am pretty sure the 103's are better there. Maybe check my math on that one.

    No, I don't think 50k would bother me. Except that I would expect the bike would probably need wear items; fluids, brakes, tires, battery, etc. Nothing different than any other make/model here.

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    Buddy of mine has commonly put on over 50k in 4 years or so on the last few HD's he's bought. If I was interested in any of his bikes when he sold them, I wouldn't have hesitated. All were in great condition and ran perfect when he sold them.

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    Had the ME888 rear mounted. What a difference! It's been a while since I've had a somewhat new tire on there. But from what I can remember, these are TONS better in the handling department than the OEM Dunlops. We'll have to wait to see what kind of mileage I get out of it. Hoping to get the front on this weekend.

    I even rode to work in the spotty rain today on purpose. Even on wet pavement they don't give away much from what little wet usage I've encountered this far. Big improvement...

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer View Post
    So as a street glide owner do you think the fork mounted fairing over the frame mounted isnít as big a deal as itís made?

    Or does it feel more sporty and engaging?

    Iíve never ridden a sport glide but I road my friends road glide, and I felt like I was riding a Jetmoto or something, I was anxious going into corners because I felt like the thing just wanted to go straight

    I attribute that to no feeling from the bars?

    I dunno.

    Considering a bagger rather than an adventure bike and have my eye on a SG.
    What ever happened to this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    What ever happened to this?
    My brother actually bought a ‘16 road glide in addition to his breakout and my friend bought a Indian chief (? Their version of the road king?) but with an aftermarket batwing which seems like a comparable Street Glide set up…

    So I’ve had a little bit of seat time on both and plan to have more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer View Post
    My brother actually bought a ‘16 road glide in addition to his breakout and my friend bought a Indian chief (? Their version of the road king?) but with an aftermarket batwing which seems like a comparable Street Glide set up…

    So I’ve had a little bit of seat time on both and plan to have more.
    I'd say the Chief is more along the lines of the Softail/Low Rider/Street Bob. Nice ride & the 111 Thunderstroke is supposed to be an awesome mill.

    The CHIEFTAIN is more along the lines of the Street Glide. The Challenger is their Road Glide counterpart.

    So you're still at the kicking tires point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    I'd say the Chief is more along the lines of the Softail/Low Rider/Street Bob. Nice ride & the 111 Thunderstroke is supposed to be an awesome mill.

    The CHIEFTAIN is more along the lines of the Street Glide. The Challenger is their Road Glide counterpart.

    So you're still at the kicking tires point?
    Pretty much. I kinda love my Street Bob and it’s 107 and how sporty it feels for a harley.

    I’m not impressed with the 111 in my friends Indian. Also buying the Bronco first week of August so maybe a bike change after that.

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer View Post
    Pretty much. I kinda love my Street Bob and it’s 107 and how sporty it feels for a harley.

    I’m not impressed with the 111 in my friends Indian. Also buying the Bronco first week of August so maybe a bike change after that.
    I must've missed the part about your Street Bob. LOL!

    Was there anything in particular you didn't like about the 111?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    I must've missed the part about your Street Bob. LOL!

    Was there anything in particular you didn't like about the 111?
    Yeah I ride a 2018 street bob 107. I have a luggage rack with a bag and a fork bag and that’s been plenty and fine for one overnight.

    Do I need a bagger? Probably not.

    I just thought the 111 would be noticeably more powerful than my bike and it wasn’t .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer View Post
    Yeah I ride a 2018 street bob 107. I have a luggage rack with a bag and a fork bag and that’s been plenty and fine for one overnight.

    Do I need a bagger? Probably not.
    I thought the same when I bought my Low Rider. That lasted less than 1000 miles though!

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    I just thought the 111 would be noticeably more powerful than my bike and it wasn’t .
    Interesting. The one thing I keep hearing about over & over & over again is how strong and smooth their motors are. Although over the past year or so, I've had a chance to talk to a few people with their baggers and they all have one common complaint: The electronics. One guy told me he's lost track of how many times his 2019 Chieftain has been in the shop for electrical gremlins. When I asked him what in particular was the problem, he told me, "...you name it, it's one thing after another..."

    I've looked 'em over up close & personal, but can't stand some of the visual design elements and the cockpit layout is just fucked up to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    I thought the same when I bought my Low Rider. That lasted less than 1000 miles though!



    Interesting. The one thing I keep hearing about over & over & over again is how strong and smooth their motors are. Although over the past year or so, I've had a chance to talk to a few people with their baggers and they all have one common complaint: The electronics. One guy told me he's lost track of how many times his 2019 Chieftain has been in the shop for electrical gremlins. When I asked him what in particular was the problem, he told me, "...you name it, it's one thing after another..."

    I've looked 'em over up close & personal, but can't stand some of the visual design elements and the cockpit layout is just fucked up to me.
    My wife’s cousin rides a Challenger and her boyfriend rides a Chieftain and they’re both in love with the bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer View Post
    My wife’s cousin rides a Challenger and her boyfriend rides a Chieftain and they’re both in love with the bikes.
    Even with the complaints I've heard, they all still loved their bikes. The motor & chassis are supposed to be incredible on the baggers. Again though, I just can't get past the looks on so much of the bikes.

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

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    My wife’s cousin rides a Challenger and her boyfriend rides a Chieftain and they’re both in love with the bikes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Even with the complaints I've heard, they all still loved their bikes. The motor & chassis are supposed to be incredible on the baggers. Again though, I just can't get past the looks on so much of the bikes.
    Although I *STILL* want to take one for a test ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    I'd say the Chief is more along the lines of the Softail/Low Rider/Street Bob. Nice ride & the 111 Thunderstroke is supposed to be an awesome mill.

    The CHIEFTAIN is more along the lines of the Street Glide. The Challenger is their Road Glide counterpart.

    So you're still at the kicking tires point?
    So interesting development

    My friend owns a boulevard m109r, I’ve ridden it, absolute freight train.

    He fell in love with an Indian chief, with an aftermarket bat wing, and the 111 engine?

    He’s selling the Indian in favor of the boulevard.

    Partly because he’s had the suzook for years and is more comfortable

    But also he thinks the m109r is faster.

    Maybe something is wrong with his 111, but I think my 107 and his 109 are more responsive.


    And I’m not anti Indian, I really like the new chieftain and challenger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer View Post
    So interesting development

    My friend owns a boulevard m109r, I’ve ridden it, absolute freight train.

    He fell in love with an Indian chief, with an aftermarket bat wing, and the 111 engine?

    He’s selling the Indian in favor of the boulevard.

    Partly because he’s had the suzook for years and is more comfortable

    But also he thinks the m109r is faster.

    Maybe something is wrong with his 111, but I think my 107 and his 109 are more responsive.


    And I’m not anti Indian, I really like the new chieftain and challenger.
    I'm definitely not anti-Indian. I just don't like the styling queues of their baggers. I'm not anti-anything when it comes to motorcycles really. But if I'm not gonna ride something I don't at least like to look at.

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    Hit the 10,000 mile mark last night. Nothing else to report really at this time.

    Although I have gotten more serious in my tire kicking lately. That silver blacked-out 2021 Street Glide Special has really gotten my attention.

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    I was disappointed with the amount of plastic I found on the Indians and the Polaris baggers and tourers. Everything on the Harley *feels* more substantial, like it is real metal.
    Although both of those brands are far, far better than any of the Japanese brands. Most of the Star line is just atrocious in this respect, even their top-line dresser/tourers.

    Another thing Polaris seemed to do was cripple their bikes from the factory. They always had a "stage 1" or some such right next to it that sounded, stopped and went far better than the base model. It was to the point where I wouldn't even consider a stock/base model if I were buying. I know Harley does the "stage" accessory game too. But I don't feel their bikes need it off the showroom floor as badly.
    Indian seemed a lot better here.

    Then there is the Guzzi California which I really wanted to like.. but had some of the weirdest ergonomics and riding experience I've ever had.



    I finally got the rear wheel off my RK the other night. I really like the axle and belt adjustment setup. I have discovered I need a 36mm socket rather badly though.
    Give me another month or two to swap the tire and re-assemble. Kids are a thing, yo!

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Hit the 10,000 mile mark last night. Nothing else to report really at this time.

    Although I have gotten more serious in my tire kicking lately. That silver blacked-out 2021 Street Glide Special has really gotten my attention.
    One of these weekends we need to trade rides for a bit. I just never have any fucking time!
    Iíd like to get a little street time on a SG to see for myself how it compares to a RG. Iím almost at 3k miles

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    I have discovered I need a 36mm socket rather badly though.
    Can usually pick one up at most auto parts stores. If I recall correctly they are the size used on Japanese automobile axles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    I was disappointed with the amount of plastic I found on the Indians and the Polaris baggers and tourers. Everything on the Harley *feels* more substantial, like it is real metal.
    That's exactly one of my biggest turnoffs on the Chieftain. There's plastic covering everything from the rear cylinder to the saddlebags. Not at all a fan of the light fixture on the front fender either. Honestly, I don't like that on any bike. Big turnoff for me there. And then there's their batwing. I can't pinpoint what exactly it is. I dunno, it just looks gaudy to me. Almost flamboyant. The real killer for me & the batwing is the instrument dial placing. It looks so awkward to me having the tach & speedo so far apart. They almost look like insect eyes looking at you from either side of the infotainment screen. Almost like they forgot about the gauges and they were added at the last minute. There's just SO much visually that I don't like about 'em...

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    I finally got the rear wheel off my RK the other night. I really like the axle and belt adjustment setup. I have discovered I need a 36mm socket rather badly though.
    Give me another month or two to swap the tire and re-assemble. Kids are a thing, yo!
    It took me that one tire change to get me my own 36mm socket. Your kids won't go hungry, I'm sure. Mine was less than $10.00

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