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July 02, 2018, 02:22:00 PM
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Hawg Runner

Well yo people, thinking of switching from my Indian Chieftain Dark Horse to a 16 ultra classic low, got a pard that has a 16 street glide special and really is enjoying it, I'm only about 5' 4" so the reason am thinking of the low, road tested a 17 last year, but they offered me pert near zilch for trading so I walked, anything good and bad I should look for? Asking $18,860 for it with about 6500 miles on it, don't get me wrong, the Indian is a right good bike, but miss my HD. Thanks

July 02, 2018, 04:52:21 PM
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2016, the last year of the Twin Cam. Is that good or bad? IMO it is good because you have the benefit of all the prior years of engineering that went into the Twin Cam to make it what it is today. It really is a good motor but it does have some weak areas that are well known.

IMO if you don’t abuse it and do the required service it will run for years.

If the Low version of the Electra Glide is still not low enough here is a company that you might look at.

Touring Model Drop Seat Kit Options and Install - DIY
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July 02, 2018, 07:12:42 PM
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Hawg Runner

Pretty informative, but only had up to where he reinstalled rear fender, but I get the drift, appreciate the help.
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July 03, 2018, 07:29:20 AM
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Well I hope it works out for you.

As far as what to look out for? With just 6500 miles the motorcycle is pretty young and has lots of miles and smiles to give you. Take it to an independent mechanic for a look. Someone like that might be able to find something hidden that the untrained eye might not see.

As far as price, I have always found Kelly Blue Book to give a pretty fair assessment. Here is a link...


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July 03, 2018, 07:36:40 PM
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I have a 2016 Ultra limited, I originally went and test drove a Limited low, I am 5' 9" I ended up getting the Limited as I did not like the ride of the Low. the shocks bottomed out with me and my wife on just regular irregularity in the road not to mention the jar it gave you if you hit a slight hole or went over a raised man hole cover. and my knees where you to my elbows due to the seat also being 1 inch lower than the standard limited. I have had no trouble with the twin cooled motor and it runs strong, stronger than my 2012 103 Heritage. I could not see getting a touring Bike that had next to no suspension travel.

I would recommend you take the Low and if you can have the dealer put a test reach seat on a regular Limited ride that and compare the ride.   

July 04, 2018, 02:45:41 PM
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Hawg Runner

bc45, am only about 5' 4" thats why was thinking of the low, but hear ya on the seat, I have a pard with a 16 Street Glide Special and gives me the fits to get it off the kickstand, but I have a 16 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse that I put a lowering link in and I'm flat footed and has a lower center of gravity than the HD and have 0 problems with it, his HD I am on tip toes. I saw earlier about changing the rear subframe, but not sure on price of the kit, or if you can use the stock seat, the vid did not get that far.

July 08, 2018, 10:03:08 AM
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Since @bc45 brought up the Reach Seat that HD offers I thought I might throw a link to this thread on the forum about modifying motorcycle seats to get more control.

Motorcycle Seat Modification Companies

You have likely already thought of this but maybe others will benefit from this offshoot in the discussion.

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July 08, 2018, 11:30:16 AM
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Hawg Runner

Yeppa, I know about Mean City seats and had my seat on the Indian redone but just for comfort, after thinking of the subframe lowering I thought not good idea, yes would lower me, but would still have the fits of seeing over the dash as just lowers the seat area down. Thanks for the reply.
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July 08, 2018, 06:19:38 PM
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Yeppa, I know about Mean City seats and had my seat on the Indian redone but just for comfort, after thinking of the subframe lowering I thought not good idea, yes would lower me, but would still have the fits of seeing over the dash as just lowers the seat area down. Thanks for the reply.
I'm 5'6' and ride a 2015 s.g. special, I lowered the front 1 1/2 inches and the rear 1" my feet touch flat on both sides with no trouble. I used progresses front lowing spring kit and rear lowering kit( don't remember brand but don't get the $80.00 one it does fit right) Not only did my feet touch but the bike handles and rides better with the new front springs. I also removed the cover on my stock seat and shaved the sides down and a little out of the middle, also added a little behind me. I restretched the cover back on and it looks stock still. You can do all of this yourself. Good luck with your hunt

July 09, 2018, 06:14:58 PM
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Hawg Runner

Yeppa, even thought of the route you took, different shocks in the rear and new springs in the front for a Street Glide Special, I don't really need the tour pack on the dresser, but it is already lowered and would not have to put more money in one to do so. Funds are MIGHTY tight and would take a loss on trading my Indian to boot and have what is left on the loan from the Indian put on top of what the Harley will cost me. My buddy tells me to wait til I pay the Indian some more, but the longer I wait the more is lost on trade in value, real problem is I SHOULD NEVER OF traded my Hawg away, way STUPID of me and am regretting it from day one. The Indian is a good bike, but I sure do miss my Harley.  {=


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