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Old 08-03-2009, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have the oppurtunity to purchase a 98 Wide Glide for $6700. The bike has 14,000 miles on it. Thought I would check here to see if the Wide Glide is a good ride and if the price is good....thanks for any help...

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Old 08-03-2009, 09:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If the bike is well maintained & is what you're looking for aesthetically, (color , etc.) it sounds like a good price. Wideglides are known for being good riding bikes.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great bike and the price looks pretty good as well.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wide Glide is a great looking bike. Go for it unless it has been beatup.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It needs a little tlc...but just cosmetic stuff. Engine is strong, no leaks, might be a fun project. Thanks for the replies, much appreciated.....
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Greetings,
I picked up my 97 WG a few months back from a friend who bought it new.
The WG handles a little different due to rake and longer front end.
It suffers a little in stop and go but once moving, it is very solid and pretty smooth going down the highway.

The Dyna frame has a "rubber hinge" in the middle due to the way the motor/tranny/swing arm mounts to the rest of the frame and may feel a little weird at first and takes a few miles to get over.
The combination of skinny front tire and the way the frame works makes it tend to follow rain grooves somewhat.
I am not telling you this to scare you off, only to give you a heads up so you won't think it has a problem.

This was the first thing I noticed about it as I had most recently been riding Ducatis and sport bikes that are more precise in carving corners....

Other than that, it's a great scooter and should serve you for years with a little TLC.

Hope that helps.
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks Vern,
The bike really does ride smooth, need to get some forward controls and I'll be happy!!
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I thought the wideglides had forward controls so maybe they were removed. I think they are one of the best looking bikes in the HD lineup but they don't ride like a road king. Looks are everything.
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Thanks Vern,
The bike really does ride smooth, need to get some forward controls and I'll be happy!!
Yeah, that sounds strange, all WGs came with forward controls. What happened to the ones on that bike if it is truly a wide glide & not another type of Dyna with a WG front end.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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It has forward controls, I should have said that I (6'1') would like to get controls moved forward about 3".
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Greetings,
Sounds like you picked her up!!!!
GOOD ON YOU!
I feel for you on the pegs as I am 6'2.

Rule one: If you get a new scooter you gotta post pictures!

I just had a morning long TLC session with mine Friday morning.
I changed the rear tire and tube and balanced it.
After that, I finished up the turn signal change to dual intensity LEDs (running lights and turn signals).
That included relocation to clear for some bags in back and to clean up the front end a little - the WG is one of the sleeker, cleaner bikes out there but the turn signal/running lights hanging off the handlebar controls was ALWAYS a sore spot with me.....
The capper on the morning was a 20 mile "test ride" over and back to get a new inspection sticker.

Baby's got new shoes and is legal to assault the Central Texas roads again!
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Sounds like your scoot is one happy camper Vern! I agree about the turn signals, when I get some cash I might do the same thing you did. I will try to post a picture or 2 when I get a camera. The Dyna is alot of fun to scoot around on...
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i will be picking up my 97 1 owner wide glide when the snow clears..it has 21000 and lots of chrome,my first harley, cant test ride because of ice on roads but seems like an honest owner,,bike looks great,,no oil, come on mother nature let me get to atlanta
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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filterless is reading this now saying WTF is this?
wide glide for years was harleys factory "chopper", arguably still is. no bike is
perfect but you either like it or don't. personally i like the leg stretch, stock bars
a bit short so i put longer ones on. like the wide fork (hence the name), like the
wheelbase. it's a great ride and always goes where i point it-effortlessly.
a big plus is you get the big twin motor, same on they put in the heavy baggers,
on a lighter bike.
local dealer has a 80 wg shovel on the floor (first year), plan to take pics, would
love to buy it.
some folks slam the bobber look but i'm over it.
good choice.
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