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Well, after returning to the saddle 3.5 yrs ago, I think I've made all
my major mistakes on my 96 Honda Shadow ACE... I finally went out
and bought "meself" a brand new spanking Road King FLHR. Hard bags
and carbureted, vivid black with the 100th Anno package on board. Had
to take that package as it was already installed. Consists of extra chrome
trim, etc., you do get a mc cover though, which I thought would be useful.

The price... hey, don't we all pay too much for our pleasures! haha It's in
line with what I've been reading our other H-D riders pay!

Since this was the bike I had been wanting to buy for some time and it
was on the floor ready to be sold, I didn't want to pass up this buy and
go on some "waiting list". I did visit several dlrs, some outrageous on
price and others in-between. All in all, H-D is not an easy buy, even what
one considers a "good price", you still shell out a lot of cash for the
machine. Well, I'm happy, finally got it and will pick it up after the
holidays.

I intend to ride it home, wx will be the final determination, been pretty
cold here in CT. But, maybe will have to reluctantly "trailer" it home.
If I can hook up my heated vest to the King on pickup, I will be riding
home in the brisk breeze for sure! It has an accessory plug under the
seat that I hope is for something like I'm thinking. Will probably need
an adaptor or I'll go rght to the battery. Just don't want to screw things
up on my first ride.

Well, boys & girls, just wanted to express my feelings on owning the
"ultimate" machine for me.

A happy, healthy new year to all!
 

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Congrats - it was 10 degrees C. (about 50 F.) here today - a bonus round for us this time of year in Toronto - makes you kind of double guess yourself for putting the bike away! Enjoy your ride and serve up a pic when you get it home.
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Congrats. Hated to do it myslef but dealer delivered mine (free!!!) in an enclosed trailer. Had to take it out the next day though, just can't wait for the good weather.

Good luck, hope to meet up sometime on the road.
 

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mtucci,
congrats...hope you get the chance to ride it home - be careful out there....
 

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Big thanks to all for responding to my RK purchase. I appreciate your
comments!

I've decided to ride the bike home, all 60 miles. Just have to wait for a
dry day though. Don't want to dirty up the King so early.
 

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Might want to check the threads and web info on "break-in". From what I have seen Harley's official stance is not in line with most of the free worlds experts. Wish I would have looked into it more before I hopped on and rode.

Weather report doesn't look to promising for you in the next week, good luck!
 

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Ctharley,

Went down to York, PA in November to take the plant tour. Noticed that
all bikes as they come off the line are put on a dynamometer to check the
engine, etc. I watched as they ran up bike after bike to 70 80 miles per
hour along with other checks.

When I got home I asked a H-D dlr about this, as I thought this was
strange to run the bikes up to such a high speed with such short
operational time on the engine. His answer was that it's not attaining
such a high speed, but sustaining it at that high speed for long periods
which is detrimental to a good break-in. One should vary the speeds
up & down for short amounts of time rather than maintaining one
particular speed high, moderate or low. However, I will check on this
again when I see my dlr. I would rather play it safe and trailer it home
rather than ask for engine trouble down the road. Thanks for the heads-up
on this.
 

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Mtucci -
Great choice! I too bought a 2003 FLHR and love it.....Picked it up in September and was only able to put 150 miles on it before it got too cold. Can't wait for warmer weather!:D
 

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I've decided to UHaul the bike the 60 miles home. The wx here in CT is
doing too much snowing. Have about 10 inches to date and more is falling
as I type. So, rather than go nuts watching the wx channel hoping for
clearing wx, I'll do the UHaul thing. When the roads clear of snow, slush
and salt, I'll start my break-in riding. One thing in my favor. The temps
will help keep the engine temp down during the 500 break-in mileage.

The cold I can handle as I have a heated vest and gloves which really
make a difference riding. You can concentrate on the ride rather than
thinking about how cold you are! I just hook up to the battery direct
and turn on the thermostat and dial in a comfortable heat level. It works
great.

So, this Saturday the King goes home!! :)
 

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My new Road King Classic

Got my new 2003 Road King Classic Silver and Black on the 7 th of October it is now Jan 8 ,2003 and Just got off her with 2500 mile on her now. Live here in the Seattle area where it never rains or gets below 70 haha. Today was a great day dry sunny and 43f. Not to many days like that at this time of the year here in the Great North West. Love my Roadking traded in my 2002 Heritage Softail Classic on her. Pust 10k on the Heritage last year. Thank you Harley Davidson for a great Machine, I will never ride any other MC but a Harley.

Ride Safe and Check Your Six
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Congratulations!
You're gonna love that Road King.
You guys really got a dose of snow this last time.
When we lived on Cape Cod we used to like to go over to Mystic & visit the Seaport Museum.
Have fun, spring will be here before too long.
 

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Congrats & Enjoy!! I'm jealous of your riding season.
 
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