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For the past few weeks, I have been looking for my next bike, #32. Triumph has stopped making the big touring cruiser I have now and appears they will not make another. The current R3s are fun as hell for sure, but they do not meet my needs. The big four from Japan have also ended their run of big touring cruisers without a fairing. So, I narrowed the list to just five others: BMW's R18 Classic, Indian's Super Chief and Springfield, and Harley-Davidson's Road King and Heritage.

All five are quite worthy for sure, but I have to cut them down to one. The first two I removed are the Heritage and Super Chief. They are excellent competition for each other and if they were the only two left, I would go with the Heritage. It has a bigger tank and bigger bags. But alas, neither bike is big enough to carry me and all my work gear when I am on the road so neither make the cut.

Next to go is the R18. Of all these bikes, it has the best feel off the line. Its bags are big enough for my lunchbox and other goodies, but it does not come with a luggage rack. They don't even make one. It does not come with engine guards either and if any of these need them the most, it is the bike with big jugs sticking out the sides. It does have the most price incentives for a guy like me, but once I source the few things it must have, it is on par with the Road King in price.

I love the look of the Black and tan Springfield. Nut no one on the East coast have any though. I can order one and it would come in sometime in September. And talk about sticker shock. $27K+ out the door. I have to pass on it.

That brings me to the FLHR Road King. It took me home Saturday afternoon. I got the black one (fastest color for a bike you know) and added the back rests and luggage rack only. It rides great and can haul all my stuff when needed. Fuel range is around 235+ miles according to its computer.
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Pretty Pillion knows what's up, she gave me this Gremlin bell.
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Just got him home
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This mornign at work.
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I have close to 200 miles on Rex now and am having a hard time finding fault in him. I absolutely love the cruise control!

And with the talk about mid-frame heat shields, I installed those today.

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Congrats!! Very nice. I'm sure you will like it. You will find there's not much in accessories you can't easily add to make it your own. I find the seat very comfortable on mine. Plus many things are easily adjusted, shifter, brake paddle, etc, to make it fit you better if needed.
 

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Congrats on your new workhorse :happyguys: Will it replace some of the others, or will the stable grow (again)?

That helmet does not bring anything good to your handsome face, though 馃槻
I suppose it will replace my Stratoliner. I am not gonna throw anymore money at it and its been down well over a year now.
 

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For the past few weeks, I have been looking for my next bike, #32. Triumph has stopped making the big touring cruiser I have now and appears they will not make another. The current R3s are fun as hell for sure, but they do not meet my needs. The big four from Japan have also ended their run of big touring cruisers without a fairing. So, I narrowed the list to just five others: BMW's R18 Classic, Indian's Super Chief and Springfield, and Harley-Davidson's Road King and Heritage.

All five are quite worthy for sure, but I have to cut them down to one. The first two I removed are the Heritage and Super Chief. They are excellent competition for each other and if they were the only two left, I would go with the Heritage. It has a bigger tank and bigger bags. But alas, neither bike is big enough to carry me and all my work gear when I am on the road so neither make the cut.

Next to go is the R18. Of all these bikes, it has the best feel off the line. Its bags are big enough for my lunchbox and other goodies, but it does not come with a luggage rack. They don't even make one. It does not come with engine guards either and if any of these need them the most, it is the bike with big jugs sticking out the sides. It does have the most price incentives for a guy like me, but once I source the few things it must have, it is on par with the Road King in price.

I love the look of the Black and tan Springfield. Nut no one on the East coast have any though. I can order one and it would come in sometime in September. And talk about sticker shock. $27K+ out the door. I have to pass on it.

That brings me to the FLHR Road King. It took me home Saturday afternoon. I got the black one (fastest color for a bike you know) and added the back rests and luggage rack only. It rides great and can haul all my stuff when needed. Fuel range is around 235+ miles according to its computer.
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Pretty Pillion knows what's up, she gave me this Gremlin bell.
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This mornign at work.
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I have close to 200 miles on Rex now and am having a hard time finding fault in him. I absolutely love the cruise control!

And with the talk about mid-frame heat shields, I installed those today.

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You may need a BIGGER bell. I personally think that any Japanese cruiser is a better motorcycle.
 

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Very nice sir! Congrats. Great color (y) I don鈥檛 like that Rusty is sidelined all this time and I hope she finds new life. Enjoy the new ride and we need to meet up again!
 

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Congratulations and good luck with the new bike.

I do have to say I like your choice of a name. Rex for the King.
 

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As much as i have never considered buying a harley because of price the heritige and roadie is the two i would consider. No wait back in 1989 i almost bought a lowrider. Got the cash together and the guy changed his mind. Bought my first shadow instead at 1/4 the price and been smillin' ever since.
 

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Beautiful bike Boog, I agree with black & chrome being hard to beat in the looks department also. May you have many, many, many, safe & trouble free miles on your new ride 馃憤
 

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Knowing your garage situation, I'm curious to hear about whatever maintenance you decide to tackle with Rex and the difference in the difficulty wrenching between him & Rusty, if any.
 

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This is probably going to surprise most of you; I joined a Harley forum last week much like I do for each bike I own. So far, I have one welcome response and one like. That got me to wondering about the difference there to here.
1. Do HD riders have no time to read the forum because they are in their garage cleaning their bikes?
2. Are HD riders just not as welcoming as folks here?
3. Do folks here simply give a hoot more than others?
4. Is it simply that so many Harleys are around that our other bikes are rarer thus more special?

Inquiring minds want to know...
 

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I鈥檒l go with #2 as well. They鈥檙e generally the ones who don鈥檛 acknowledge back on the road. Maybe you鈥檒l change that!
 
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This is probably going to surprise most of you; I joined a Harley forum last week much like I do for each bike I own. So far, I have one welcome response and one like. That got me to wondering about the difference there to here.
1. Do HD riders have no time to read the forum because they are in their garage cleaning their bikes?
2. Are HD riders just not as welcoming as folks here?
3. Do folks here simply give a hoot more than others?
4. Is it simply that so many Harleys are around that our other bikes are rarer thus more special?

Inquiring minds want to know...
Did you also post about your new Harley belt, wallet, 5 shirts (one for each work day), 6 t-shirts, pants, chaps, jacket......

I kind of laugh as there are some memes and jokes regarding a clothing store that sells motorcycles.

I'm not trying to bash on Harley or any Harley owners. Just some observations when I see some of them. I'm sure there are some great and helpful folks in that community, and some less so, just like any other group makeup. I find this group here is very welcoming to new members. That's not always the case everywhere. I know Les and a few others make a very good effort to keep what welcome mat out.
 
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