Originally Posted by CARNEYM
With so many comments on this post, I thought I would give you a update. So far I have around 800 miles on the Harley, and it has taken some getting used to . The controls being out front is the biggest adjustment. Now I don't know about the Harleys of the past, but I was pleasantly surprised with the power of the 103 engine, it's got more than I need. Also I was really worried about the handling on twisty roads. I don't know if it's the redesign frame or larger rear tire, but this things handles very good. I have no problems running the back roads that I rode on the LT at the same speeds. The bike is a dream compared to the LT at slow speeds (parking lot). I also know that most people think that these bikes shake and rattle down the road and I will tell you after you pull off from stop the bike smooth's out and at highway speeds the engine and ride is as smooth as the LT. Six gear is a true road gear, you don't use it unless around 50 mph. Now some dislikes. Wind buffeting, I like to look over the shield, will have to change that, and will probably make the buffeting worst. Passenger room, I put a driver backrest on and it crowded my wife, I will have to put on a trunk relocate kit that moves the trunk back a few inches. Now the big dislike HEAT, this thing is HOT especially for the passenger. We have rode in this MS heat a few weekends and her leg got so hot, she would pull her feet up in my lap. Some say, get rid of the CAT and that will fix the problem, don't know. Luckily we ride mostly in cooler time of the year fall and spring, did I say this thing is HOT. So to sum it up I was ready for a change, and overall like the Harley, we will ride it and enjoy, then maybe after 8 years we will change to something else.
It sounds like they have made some improvements since 2007.
I test rode a 2007 Ultra before I bought my 2007 LT. I was really hoping to like the HD since I have three dealers within 30 miles of me whereas my nearest BMW dealer is 110 miles away. However, was not to be.
The Harley had adequate power, and very nice low-end torque, but it wasn't close to the LT or even my former Voyager XII.
The controls were decent, but felt heavy and clunky compared to the BMW and Kaw. The bike did shift reasonably well and the brakes were OK, but not ABS.
The driver's seat was very comfy, but my wife wasn't as enthralled with the passenger seat.
The wind protection was seriously deficient, particularly for the passenger.
What really got me was the vibration. At idle, the mirrors were totally useless from the shaking and it seemed everything on the bike was moving. And at a steady 60 MPH, the mirrors were still greatly impaired. I could tell I had a vehicle behind me, but I could not tell you what make or model it was. With the LT, no problem. And if I held my teeth close together, they would literally chatter from the vibration at 60. I just could not see myself riding 600 miles a day on that machine.
And, we rode it on a fairly cool day and I was convinced that an air cooled engine was not for me.
I keep hoping that Harley will put the V-Rod engine into a touring platform as I think they could make quite a nice machine, but it does not appear they are interested in expanding their market to those who don't want to old-tech air-cooled engines.