I just bought a 06 Road Glide with 3k miles on it, stage one and Vance and Hines pipes. I bought this after riding my buddies 05 RG. I have had 7 HD's in the last 6 years. 6 Road Kings and 1 H-Softtail. I put 20-30 k miles a year on the bikes and sell them for more or just about what I paid for them. I always buy a used one with low miles for a good deal. So the extra cost of a HD you always get back when you resell. Not true for metrics.
This RG is by far the best of them all. Road Kings are nice, even on the same frame as the RG, but the way the RG is set up the handling is way better. Love the fixed fairing and all the little extras Like MUSIC!!!
Anyhow, all my bikes in the future will be ROAD GLIDES! Next year I will sell this one for close to what I paid or more, and switch to a 07 with the 96 and 6 speed. Save a bunch buying used and ride the hell out of it! Never a break down, never a problem yet!
"FYI I get 23,000 plus miles on rear tire."
I would like to know how this was done?
I have an 05 Road Glide and get about 10,000 on the rear.
I have an '01 Road Glide purchased new.
Have 40,000 miles on and still love it.
Definitely recommend one.
Real riders DO ride Harleys.
I have owned and ridden many bikes, both Japanese and Harley. All were reasonably reliable and enjoyable. I agree with the person here who asks what difference it makes what brand you ride. Ride what makes you happy.
I have owned many motorcycles, and my old 82 Honda V45 Magna was good around town more comfort than my 2006 Sportster. My Super Glide I had to trade in for the 2006 Road Glide. Love the Road Glide; just wish I could keep the windshield on. The only bike I have ever owned with no problems was my 1976 Huffy.
I rode my first 05 Road Glide 20,000 miles and did have an issue with the windshield wanting to come unhooked. I added the chrome windshield trim and never had an issue after that. The only other item was putting a new rear tire on at 15,000 miles.
I loved this bike. So when I was on a road trip, and saw another 05 Road Glide with flame paint, 95 kit and only 4,000 miles, I traded bikes.
My wife rides my older 2002 Harley Low Rider with 25,000 miles. We have done nothing outside of tires on it either. Well both bikes have $3,000+ accessories now.
I use to ride with 4 Road Stars. However after bad mouthing me for two years, and almost running into me time and time again, after not being able to stop, they all 4 are now riding Harleys with much bigger grins than before. Now we laugh at how they bad mouthed me riding a "Harley" LOL.
2000 Harley Road Glide with 87K on the motor. Only minor issues, you know like fork seals on those Japanese Showa forks. After 30 years of owning and riding everything I could get my hands on, this is the best bike for me. If you have never rode one, you'll never know.
Been riding since 1964. Have had Brit bikes, most of the Japanese makes, early Harleys, Crotch Rockets, but none of them as long as my '99 H-D Road Glide. I've made it "mine" through customizing and building the engine to suit my style, and would not think of changing. Even when time comes to get something new, I'll keep my Road Glide.
I don't care what you ride, just get tired of non H-D riders defending their inability to afford a Harley by making up stories about the lack of innovation of the H-D brand. Fact is that H-Ds are the way they are because they have the most loyal following, and the owners of H-Ds demand that there is visibly as little change as possible because they love what makes a Harley a Harley.
Incidentally, there must be something to the Harley "mystique", since every Metric bike manufacturer is trying to out-do themselves to build a bike that looks and sounds like a H-D.
So, all you non Harley riders, it's OK by us H-D guys that you don't ride one, just stop making up excuses for why you don't. I have a classic BMW RS100/7 besides my Road Glide, would not part with it either, but even though I have had it forever, prefer my Road Glide for comfort, utility, and dependability.
Ride safe, and ride for tomorrow!!
I currently have an 07 Road Glide. I previously had a Road Star that I put 37K miles on.
Most of the previous comments disparaged the Roadstar. It is a great bike. The engine is stronger than the Harley and the rear suspension is better.
The Road Glide handles better than the Road Star, and is much, much more comfortable for long rides. The ergonomics are better for my 6'-1" frame and the cruise control and radio are very nice on long rides.
I just returned from Myrtle Beach bike week, where I put 1100 miles in 3 days riding 2 up. The Road Glide was very comfortable, had good luggage capacity, and was more confidence inspiring in the heavy rains I experienced.
My 2006 Road Glide has a mere 98K miles on it, and yes, I had a problem. The cigarette lighter fell out. I guess I'd better get a refund!