Originally Posted by smitty901
Other than the fairing RG and SG are the same bike. How can one be Tighter and have a more firm ride than the other?
I know that when the Street-Glide was called an Electra-Glide, and the Road-Glide was called an FLT they were NOT the same bike underneath the sheet-metal and fairing like most thought.
They used a totally different frame and mounting system of the drivetrain (engine/tranny to frame/swingarm).
I think this is still the case, no?
The Electra-Glide used a traditional round tube frame and standard engine/tranny mounting style. Where as the FLT (Tour-Glide) used a frame with a totally re-enforced square tube upper backbone, along with total rubber mounting of the engine and trans and the tranny case being bolted through the swingarm pivot bolt and all tied in together.
I always thought they were basically the same bike too until seeing them both torn apart. Couldn't believe how different they really were. They are really completely different bikes all together with almost no drivetrain parts being interchangeable.
So I'm not completely sure on the Street/Road-Glide comparison, but imagine the same design differences carried over to them too?
Now I'm curious and going to go look into this...
I did just recently ride both of them back to back at a HOH demo-ride and would say that they felt significantly like different bikes. With the R-G being notably stiffer (torsional wise+twisting wise).
I noticed it but certainly didn't find the S-G to be lacking anywhere at all. In fact the S-G was my preferred bike between the two. I liked the lower center of gravity and felt that it handled a little quicker than the R-G.
I think that the primary characteristic differences each one had are what would be the deciding factors used in choosing one IMO. Not that saying that because one has better qualities here or there makes it a "better bike" than the other, but rather that it makes it the right choice for the type of rider/riding you do.
If I did a lot of long hauls and covered big distances more regularly, or wanted the very best bike I could get for logging high miles on beat up roads I'd go with the R-G.
If I wanted all those qualities with a bike that handled a little quicker, sat lower, and gave you more of a feeling of being connected with the road and didn't regularly do (as) long of distances I'd get the S-G.
IMO the R-G isolated you from the environment more than the S-G, taming the experience of the ride a bit. Understandable from a design aspect when trying to create a bike to be the very best it can be for touring.
I feel like describing them this way is making it sound like I'm saying the Street-Glide is lacking in certain ways in comparison, but really it's just the opposite. It's just not quite as much of a hardline purpose-built platform as the R-G.
The S-G is the one I prefer between them and is a downright "creampuff"
I think I'll be owning one here pretty soon actually.