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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-30-2004, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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HD Vivid black vs Black Pearl

Has anyone seen these two colors in person? Can you try to explain the difference? Is this pearl just a shade lighter with more layers of clearcoat or a more satiny finish?

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Vivid black is my bike which you have seen. it is just a high gloss black with no metalic or anything in it. Not sure about what the pearl coat would do to black.




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It is a damn nice lookin bike. The only thing I would change is adding a windshield. you dont realize how much the aerodynamics of a rocket, shield you from wind till you get on a cruiser with nothing in front of you.

The road king is defintly my second favorite Harley. I like having the full fairing with the stereo system so the electra glide is obviously my first choice.

The Duece is my third choice. it makes a cool custom and bar to bar race bike




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Oh...no ?
I would get a half windshield and comfy rear seat.
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They do make a radio for it also.




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XM is the way to go I think
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Any thoughts on the Road King Custom?
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I have a RK Classic that I absolutly love...great bike! I rode the RK Custom last week out at Woodstock HD during their demo day. Very nice bike. However compared to my Classic I do not like the "beach bars" they have on that bike as standard issue. I would have to change them out first thing if I bought it. I find them very uncomfortable on the wrists. Also the rear suspension is lowerd 2" in the rear for a total of 2" of travel...rougher ride than my Classic. However the looks of Custom is awesome...and I like the aluminum rims that come standard. Good luck.

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Pearl is... well, "pearl". It's not exactly metallic, but it is visibly different from Vivid Black, particularly in the sunlight. You'll pay more for pearl paint.

If you opt for XM, be prepared... the receiver/whatever unit takes up quite a bit of space - particularly if you're going to select a model without a tour pak.

Stock seats on the FL line are pretty comfy from the get-go... if you choose to go aftermarket, however, I've heard very good things about the LePera. Of course, you could go for HD's $700 Air Zeppelin seat.

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Pearl is... well, "pearl". It's not exactly metallic, but it is visibly different from Vivid Black, particularly in the sunlight. You'll pay more for pearl paint.

If you opt for XM, be prepared... the receiver/whatever unit takes up quite a bit of space - particularly if you're going to select a model without a tour pak.

Stock seats on the FL line are pretty comfy from the get-go... if you choose to go aftermarket, however, I've heard very good things about the LePera. Of course, you could go for HD's $700 Air Zeppelin seat.
True Kim...that radio is huge and takes up a lot of space on the RK. They had a RK out at Woodstock last week that had the new HD radio option on it. Also the Sundowner seat from HD is a nice choice for that bike...I have one on my RK and really like it.

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Dude, one bike I never really looked at but has been catching my eye is the roadglide. take a look at one of those also.




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I demo'ed a RG last fall and was ready to trade in my '99. Thank goodness they didn't have one in Impact Blue in stock.

Some folks don't care for the frame-mounted fairing (it's a little disconcerting at first, especially if you're used to the 'batwing') but you just might like it.

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when you're on a hog, isn't the music from the pipes enough?
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Dude, one bike I never really looked at but has been catching my eye is the roadglide. take a look at one of those also.
Tony...I did. Interesting bike. Not sure if it's what I would ride...I experienced a lot of wind bufetting on the 'glide. Probably just needed a taller windscreen. Rode and handled great. Not sure I could get used to all that front end fairing so far in front of me.

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when you're on a hog, isn't the music from the pipes enough?
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when you're on a hog, isn't the music from the pipes enough?
Yes it is, quite often I turn the radio all the way down and just listen to the melodic beats of the vtwin thundering into the distance. at some point my wife will ask "what happened to the music???" to which I say to my self, "its playing loud and clear", as I crack the throttle ."LOUD and Clear"




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"LOUD and Clear"

amen to that

I still remember the day I went to pick up my fatboy. 88 cu in rumbling through vance and hines long shots..... hearing it for the first time put a grin on my face that stayed there for days.

my cousin has custom chopper with a 113" S&S w/ high lift long duration cam. After hearing it for the first time, I had to go change my pants!
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Re: HD Vivid black vs Black Pearl

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Kruz
[B]Has anyone seen these two colors in person? Can you try to explain the difference? Is this pearl just a shade lighter with more layers of clearcoat or a more satiny finish?


OK...I had the chance to see the new black pearl in Sturgis this past week. I like it a lot. The "black pearl" name is decieving...it is actually a very dark charcoal gray with a deep metallic finish. It has red pinstripes. In the sunlight it realy shines.

I like the color a lot...looks great. Met a guy with an '05 pearl black RK in Sturgis with pipes (Bub/Rinehardt) like Tony has...very nice!

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Re: HD Vivid black vs Black Pearl

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Can you try to explain the difference?[/IMG]

one is blacker than the other sorry but i could not help myself....in honesty i have no idea

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