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Thinking about switching teams...

It's been quite a while since I've been able to hand out here on a boards but I've got some questions for you cruiser guys. Ever since the IMS I've been toying with the idea of trading in the sportbike for an old man cruiser. I've wanted an HD Softail Heritage for a while, and then fell for the Deluxe because of the old school style. I've had this fascination ever since seeing this thread here on the boards:

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Well after continuing my searches, I think what I'm really looking for is a Road King. It offers quite a bit of the classic type lines I'm looking for, plus the option of going for longer trips, factory bags, plus it has some convertible features (windshield, backrest). I've found one near by, but I wanted some opinions on the year and model from some HD guys around here. I've found a 99 Road King with about 9500 miles so it's basically brand new. I was wondering if there's anything that I should be looking out for when it comes to this model or anything of this year. Anyone had any experience? Anything I should take into consideration at all when it comes to buying an HD over my usual "Metric" bikes? Any help would be appreciated, guys!

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the basic things you have to watch out for is the lack of lean angle, wait, then the lack of brakes ...then there is that extra loud exhaust system, so better check that there is a power booster on the sterio.

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Lol, you guys are so helpful!

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I don't like the wire wheels..... for weight and alignment issues ( over time ) but I *like*
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I cannot ride in the cruiser position without a backrest .... and they have an amazing accessory catalog.



Been grooving on the Victory bagger too......



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Don't listen to these fools...

If what you described above is the ride experience you're looking for, no one does it like H-D. You'll absolutely love that bike.

After they went to the Evo engine and got through the first few cycles of the product, most of the stigmatized Harley issues went the way of the Dodo. Just look for general care on the bike, take a close look at general appearance and condition of the thing as a whole. If you get a good feeling inspecting the bike and from the owner (ask the usual, maintenance, past issues, upgrades, etc) then go for it. 9500 is nothing on those bikes if well cared for.

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PM Jimbo on here, I believe his dad is selling one just like that, and probably less miles.

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is an *infinitely* more solid / responsive motorcycle that the older ones I have ridden.


Huge difference.


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Cam bearings are a common issue on 99 Road Kings. Be sure to ask if they were replaced. There was a recall/service bulletin.

I've also heard some guys complain about the fueling on early FI bikes. Is that one carbed?

Either way, if you get this bike or another cruiser we'll have to get you out on some rides.

Definitely going to put together a few runs to Freddie's, Broken Oar, & Penny Road this year. Maybe a cruiser run to Galena.
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Cam bearings are a common issue on 99 Road Kings. Be sure to ask if they were replaced. There was a recall/service bulletin.

I've also heard some guys complain about the fueling on early FI bikes. Is that one carbed?

Either way, if you get this bike or another cruiser we'll have to get you out on some rides.

Definitely going to put together a few runs to Freddie's, Broken Oar, & Penny Road this year. Maybe a cruiser run to Galena.

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Cam bearings are a common issue on 99 Road Kings. Be sure to ask if they were replaced. There was a recall/service bulletin.

I've also heard some guys complain about the fueling on early FI bikes. Is that one carbed?

Either way, if you get this bike or another cruiser we'll have to get you out on some rides.

Definitely going to put together a few runs to Freddie's, Broken Oar, & Penny Road this year. Maybe a cruiser run to Galena.
This one is fuel injected. Was actually purchased from the same store new and they are offering to throw in a year warranty for free since they know how well it was taken care of. I'll ask on the cam bearings though. Thanks for the tip!

And looking forward to getting out some more in something build much better for cruising

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This is from a dealer?

You might look private party if you can swing the $$. LOTS of killer deals right now on Harleys. My Dad's buddy just sold one for $4k, a '95 I think. (DynaGlide I believe)

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This is from a dealer?

You might look private party if you can swing the $$. LOTS of killer deals right now on Harleys. My Dad's buddy just sold one for $4k, a '95 I think. (DynaGlide I believe)

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This bike is from a dealer. I'm planning on financing the difference between my two bikes and since mine isn't sold it makes it easier to trade in and such. I also feel a lil bit more comfotable if they are willing to warranty it for free since they know it's condition.

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So not what I expected when I read the thread title.










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This bike is from a dealer. I'm planning on financing the difference between my two bikes and since mine isn't sold it makes it easier to trade in and such. I also feel a lil bit more comfotable if they are willing to warranty it for free since they know it's condition.
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Doooo it! But personally I don't care for wire wheels as Tom mentioned plus I would look a little newer say 06 or if you want the new frame I believe 07 or 08. New motor plus 6spd trans in 08

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So not what I expected when I read the thread title.

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Not sure what looking to spend but looks like some good deals on CL.

Try selling your bike outright cuz I'm
Sure they are lowballing you.


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I'm with Chey...I know it's a tougher route, but in the end you'll wind up in much better shape. Harleys are a dime a dozen right now and super cheap on the private market...unless they're giving you a killer deal of course.

But whatever you're comfortable with

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I'm with Chey...I know it's a tougher route, but in the end you'll wind up in much better shape. Harleys are a dime a dozen right now and super cheap on the private market...unless they're giving you a killer deal of course.

But whatever you're comfortable with
To be honest, I've been watching CL for a while now and this really is one of the better deals I've found so far. In the price range that I'm looking, there really aren't many out there and none in this good of shape with this much for accessories. They said the guy was just in at the very end of last season and dropped about 4k in chrome and extras on it in to of the other stuff he had already done. I am still keeping a look out for a better deal but so far this one is looking pretty good.

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the basic things you have to watch out for is the lack of lean angle...
you def can't ride these like a sportbike. when i rode the 1600 softail, it was comfortable as hell, and yeah watch out for lean angle and sparks.

but you can't beat the sound.

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you def can't ride these like a sportbike. when i rode the 1600 softail, it was comfortable as hell, and yeah watch out for lean angle and sparks.

but you can't beat the sound.
Based on the strips I have on my current tires, lean angle shouldn't be too much of an issue...

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