I own an 02 FXST Softail Standard, plain Jane bike, but been pretty good to me.I havent rode a Dyna, but they are nice looking bikes. I am thinking about getting a Hertiage Softail next time round. Something with some bags and a little more flash. To each their own.
Tree....Just picked my bike up today from the HD shop. There were two recall items that HD fixed for nothing. New throttle cable and new fuel line.
The Dyna is loaded on the trailer and I'll be heading down to New Mexico and Arizona for a little winter riding. I got about a month, then hoping to come home, re-load and head out for Daytona.
Hopefully will hook up somewhere some day, Cape Cod, Cut's, Doc's, wherever, however.
When I picked up the bike, the mechanic told me he liked the way it sounded. With those RB's , we do get a unique rumble. They got a great website with short movies and soundbytes of their stuff. RBRacing dot com
Sounds like a great bike you got there!
I had ordered the pipes in late april , when I had just bought the bike, didn't get them til august! Almost abandonned the order a couple of times, but every time I went on line to look at other pipes and their specs, I knew that I had to wait..I had to ride with those terrible sounding/performing screaming eagles that were on it when I bought it... god they were useless. Also I made some calls to other places and found the same scenario, when buying black, it was always incumbent that whoever made them would have to wait for the coaters to get a big enough batch together to make it worth while.
And they aren't powder coated, but black ceramic...they just don't clean up too nice. When i emailed R&B they said to use soap... any soap... still the boot black that melted into them (before I got used to how they stick out).. R&B also told me that they had had a couple of bad batches of coating, and i am starting to suspect that mine is one... not to excited about the possability of removing them and sending them back and waiting again.. might have to go chrome as it happens faster....will just have to wait and see...
treecutter write: Hey Spado, Yup , I like them but they are NOT easy to get clean.. and they took forever to get.. 7 weeks or so!!!! But damn do I love the sound , the look , and the performance...In all they are the best I have ever had on the bike!
I had mine put on last Spring. RB took forever, so, the custom shop got the raw pipes and had them coated locally, saved me some time, (still had to wait a month).
They were fading pretty good up top from the heat. The custom shop was not pleased. He made the powder coater re-coat them, I just had that done last month.
He said to not use harsh detergents on them. Just rinse or wipe them off, then use any silicon spray on them after wiping. When he got em' back this last time, he got the bike up to temp a couple of times to "season" the coating.
I also bought the heat shields this past winter from RB for the top end. I also bought those un-coated and he coated them with the re-coat of the pipes so they would be from the same batch.
Anyway, when the guy at the shop test drove the bike after repairing another matter, he said he couldn't believe the motor was stock. I also run an open intake called a "Maliair" from a place called Crossroads, right here in Wisconsin.
Being a 2004 and injected, I use a Revtec fuel optimiser system that gives it plenty of fuel when I twist the wick, but I got 47 MPG on a trip last summer and had the same mileage and performance at sea level that I had at 14,000 feet in the mountains.
Yup , I like them but they are NOT easy to get clean.. and they took forever to get.. 7 weeks or so!!!! But damn do I love the sound , the look , and the performance...In all they are the best I have ever had on the bike!
treecutter write: Well gotta say that i really love the wide glide. I also have lower back problems, and it does well , a little discomfort after 3 hours. I do most of my riding on secondary roads and couldn't imagine a 6th gear.I have always ridden 4 speeds, and 5 gears seem to work well enough.At 85 to 95, it is never reving too high, often wondered when or why another gear would be needed.
Hey Tree, I just checked out the picture of your scoot on this thread. Are those RB Racing 2 into 1 pipes you are running?
I got the same ones on my Dyna Super Glide. You like em"?
I just got the heat shields put on this winter.
Anyway, just noticed the pipes, you don't see many around, at least not around here in the Midwest. I think they are tops.
2kspringerhd write: Well thanks sweetpea, I have been around just hiding peeking and ducking and weaving. Between going to Dallas Tx. and back every week, living at the gym and scootin I have been just hangin. I find it better to have people think I'm crazy than open my mouth and remove all doubt.
well at least we know you are safe!!!!!! a good thing
Well thanks sweetpea, I have been around just hiding peeking and ducking and weaving. Between going to Dallas Tx. and back every week, living at the gym and scootin I have been just hangin. I find it better to have people think I'm crazy than open my mouth and remove all doubt.
The question now is are you confused yet, lol. My personal taste is the softail but this is just me. My advise would be when you are ready to buy, go to the HD shop of your choice and a few softails and dynas to test ride and pick the one that fits like your best pair of drawers, after all, it's your a$$ lol. I will never get rid of my springer, it has placed in 7 of the 8 shows I have entered it but my next one will be the ultra with a TV and Sat dish if I can find a good place to mount them.
Well gotta say that i really love the wide glide. I also have lower back problems, and it does well , a little discomfort after 3 hours. I do most of my riding on secondary roads and couldn't imagine a 6th gear.I have always ridden 4 speeds, and 5 gears seem to work well enough.At 85 to 95, it is never reving too high, often wondered when or why another gear would be needed.
Started with a '05 Superglide and traded for an '06 Wide Glide after 2 months. The WG fits me well, and rides and handles like a dream.
I've been told the Dynas handle better than the Softails, but don't have an opinion myself.
I'm liking the six speed tranny now that I'm getting used to it. The five speed felt like it needed another gear on the highway, and the six speed fills the bill nicely. The main difference is around town; with the five speed, I could get up to speed and putt around at 35 mph in 5th gear with no strain on the engine. With the six speed, don't even think about 5th gear until you hit 45 mph, and the sixth gear is only good at highway speeds 55 mph and above.
I've added saddle bags and a quick release windshield so far. The Screamin' Eagle slip ons and intake mod will happen when the tax refund gets here. Detachable sideplates w/ sissy bar and luggage rack, along with a touring pack will happen some time this spring.
I ride almost every day, at least to work and back. 23 degrees has been my coldest morning so far. Bring on the warm weather!
Being 5'3" and not a very big gal; I had pretty well decided on a Lowrider but after going back and forth with the dealer and service dept., it was determined that they could not safely lower the Lowrider enough, still maintain safety and a good ride. They had a lowered Fatboy ( with lace wheels - not the solid wheel) on the floor, tried it and oh, yeah !! So, I picked out one in Brandywine and I'm waiting for them to lower it, put on a solo seat and VH pipes. Wish it were warmer here - I'll have the itch to ride as soon as I get it!
This is my 3rd bike in less than 2 years and I think I have a keeper ! Now I have to get it tricked out - LOL ! Started with a used '99 Kawa Vulcan 500, went to an '05 Spirit 750 last spring and now I can ride with the big boys - if they don't go too fast :)
I vote for the Super Glide. Could be because I own a 79 FXE.I prefer the old school look of a chain, kick starter, and spoke wheels. Just add fat tanks, buckhorn bars, and highway pegs and I am happy with the bike. I am almost 50 and have some back problems and have gone over 400 miles at a time with no problem. Gotta love them old 4 speeds on the highway. You can run 80 all day long. But they really s**k around town. I can't use 3rd gear till about 40 mph.
well i had seen several fellows pucnh a few softtails and loose them in the air, they seem liked they were wounded airplanes going in sideways,harder top control if you happen to accidently wheel stand one which is rather hard to do, they seat well to the pavement and stick.
super glide turf shocks are not a real probelm laying one down if you are really good you are gonna step over on the side of the bike anyway and walk off,(damn been awhile on that for me)
the glides are classic harley i went with a fxdwg a little tweaked,it rides great, its adjustable, it doesnt break on sideslides as when some fool pulls out in front so rather than being apart of his windshield you plug the brakes to hard and it slides a bit sideways, they are seemingly easier to control and the given is even on both sides where as the shochless setup can be off and throw you easier,where it goes back to the wheel stand thing. which im going by what i have seen, i love the softtail ride,but liked the superglide better and went fxdwg, and have riden fairly hard, and i dont say where i took it either people swear im nuts or lying, so i left it in the garage over vacation.
i suppose its to each to seek really, but for all out riding hard super glide
is where i went, and ive been around harleys and triumphs since i was ten
I have an '04 FXDX. I love it. Handles better than I ever expected. I like the mid-controls. I'm a short fat guy, it works for me. I put the highway pegs on to change position on them longer rides.
I put on RB Racing 2-into-1 exhaust and opened the intake with a crossroads 5" "maliair" air cleaner. I use a Revtec DFO fuel optimizer with my injection set-up. I put an aluminum billet fork brace on it to reduce the wallow in the twistys. I have quick release windshild, saddlebags and sissy bar/luggage rack so I can go from street cruiser to road trip in about a minute. It's all black with only a few specks of chrome.