You can not compare a Vstar 1100 to a Road King or Heritage Classic. They are different bike classes. The Vstar is a cruiser, 64.8 inch wheel base, 33 degree rake and 685 pounds, meaning it's low and long with a laid back seating position. It's made for straight line cruising but handles the curves very good. The Road King is a touring bike, 63.5 inch wheel base, 26 degree rake and 812 pounds. The Harley has an upright sitting position, heavier for stability and has quicker steering. I recently went from an 1100 to a EG, same chassis as Road King but different fairing, lowers, has tour pack and weighs over 900 pounds. From experience I can tell you they are two totally different bikes. The Harley is quicker steering and has more ground clearance in corners. But you can't take an 900 pound touring bike and throw it into a corner like an under 700 pound cruiser. The 1100 was more fun to ride than the Harley by far. I do a lot of two up riding and was the main reason for swap, plus starter clutch had gone out on the 1100 and decided not to fix it. If you want a cruiser, stay with 1100. Want a touring bike, maybe get a Yamaha Venture, Road Liner or Harley. If you want a sport touring check out the FJR. Just remember that different bike classes are for different riding styles. Make a decision on how you want to ride and buy a bike in that class.
Ya, i understand that they are very different bikes and will ride differently. I'm looking for something a little different mainly because I want to start going on longer rides and although my 1100 looks good and is fun to tear around on, it's not very comfy after going past 100km/hr. And yes, I'm Canadian 🙂
I'm just hoping I can still tear around on the road king and lean it hard into corners. I know it might take a little more effort but I don't want the bikes physical dimensions to be what holds me back. If the weight and my own cautiousness hold me back, I'm fine with that since I'll learn how to handle the bike and build confidence in my turns as I learn the bike. If the frame hits too early, there's not much more that I can do but slow down (not saying thats a bad thing haha)
From what I've read, the road king handles really well and you mentioned it turns better. Do you mean at slow speeds or when you're countersteering as well?
The road king and new 2018+ heritage classics get compared a lot. The heritage classic is lighter and I've heard the new frame and suspension make it handle great. However, it has a much smaller lean angle than the road king. I've heard that older versions were even worse and not fun in the corners. They do show the lean angle on harley specs and I understand that variables can affect this (which I would take into account) but I figured they test it without the added weight of the rider and at a stand still so there is some sort of standard to go by, and therefore as comparable as possible.
I appreciate your help since I was hoping to hear from someone who has owned both bikes. I'm going to test ride in the next week or two but was just wanting some extra input.
I also get that I can probably get what I'm looking for much cheaper with another metric or by putting some more money into my current bike, but I really like the look of the road king special and if I'm going to dump money into something, I figured it might as well be the bike I really want.
I have a feeling I will miss my 1100 though. just hope I won't regret the change since it is a big investment.
Anyone else who has ridden both the 1100 and road king, I would really like to get your thoughts as well. Thanks