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2 must does...cut out the catalytic converter & replace the wind screen. The cat puts out ridiculous heat and head buffeting is unbearable with the stock wind deflector.Here's mine hiding behind the 2 Italian ladies...
The main problems I have with it is $34000 price, 950 LBS, Engine Heat and the Flimsy kick stand or the Jiffy stand as HD calls it . It fell off the stand 1 hour after I got home but no damage thanks to the crash bars . It was hell for me and my wife to pick it up....
I appreciate all the comments and tips on the Road Glide if the RG doesn't give me any trouble then I'll ok with the shitty deal I made . The main problems I have with it is $34000 price, 950 LBS, Engine Heat and the Flimsy kick stand or the Jiffy stand as HD calls it . It fell off the stand 1 hour after I got home but no damage thanks to the crash bars . It was hell for me and my wife to pick it up.... It handles and stops good for a heavy bike plus its so comfortable with a great sound system, Apple CarPlay ,Navigation ,Phone you name its got it . I'm looking forward to riding it in the Ozarks in Arkansas in the fall .
It's more that WG doesn't too much care about the latest fastest techno marvel motorbike .
Some of us do.
It's an M8, not a twin cam.KevMy Mistake you are correct. The M8 has it's own set of issues..
What MM and TWA said about jiffy stand. I think most Harley owners have had at least one incident with "improper deployment", myself included!With regard to the heat issue, I'm pretty sure they still have the rear cylinder deactivation is engaged by twisting the throttle forward. This helps a bit with heat reduction when idling in traffic situations.A better way reducing heat is to lose the cat by replacing the header. They are designed to run hot for emissions, so I found replacing the head pipe made a big difference.I have owned several Harleys over the years and my RG, with the header replacement, runs cooler than any previous ones.
What brand head pipe did you use and did you use the stock muffler ? I like quiet exhaust so I was thinking about drilling out the cat and keeping the stock mufflers I want it to be as quiet as possible .
Quote from: Kev m on July 20, 2021, 12:26:24 PMIt's an M8, not a twin cam.KevMy Mistake you are correct. The M8 has it's own set of issues.. Is there a motorcycle out there that doesn't have "its own set of issues?" Buy what you like, if you are nervous about having issues, get the extended warranty. At least there are Harley dealerships and Independent Harley mechanics available if you do have issues, unlike some other motorcycle brands.
I bought head pipe, mufflers and air intake from Fuel Moto. They also make ceramic coated head pipes that run even cooler, which considering your're in Texas, is worth consideration. I already had the power vision fuel controller from a previous bike, so I had to purchase a new map preprogrammed for the the combo so no reflash needed. They are very good to deal with. I got the jackpot mufflers which aren't obnoxiously loud.I would not recommend drilling the cat and messing with the stock system like that on a 30k + bike!! Any changes to the exhaust system will require modifications to the fuel management system for the bike to rum properly.
I have the deflectors, they might work I can't say but I'm running stock, no tune, no exhaust changes, no heat issuesBut again my Police seat does sit me further away.
My wife's right leg got so hot that she got a water blister on it while stuck in LA traffic on the way home from a multi day coast ride. Got home, removed exhaust, cut rectangle shape out of collector, removed the cat, welded panel back in and reinstalled headers. Heat issues completely over. Have slip-ons (with baffles in)and stock air filter, bike runs perfect and not really any louder. Like my bikes quiet too. The stock heat shields completely cover where cut was made. The good part is that if you ever need a stock unmolested header with cat they are all over eBay and such for dirt cheap.
I drilled out the cat and it does run cooler and its not any louder and runs better with no issues . But I didn't drill out the muffler because I thought it would be too loud . Did you drill out the muffler too or go with after market slip-ons or both ?
Just read where Harley Davidson is tacking on a 2% surcharge to the price of their bikes due to "inflation" of raw materials and shipping costs.https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/topstocks/harley-davidson-fights-inflation-with-a-2-surcharge-but-that-s-not-quite-enough/ar-AAMppwJ?pc=HCTEMy last new Harley Davidson, a 100th Anniversary Electra Glide Standard, cost me $15,000 and change. The price of a new Harley has gotten WAY too rich for my blood.
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