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Hello all! My callsign is Boog but the forum tells me there is already a Boog as a member, so i will be BOOGSAR here. That SAR part is my life: Search and Rescue.

I have been riding since 1980 at the age of 15 when I bought two bikes for dirt racing: both were 1968 Ossa 250s. Since then I now have 32 bikes under my bum, with many being dirt bikes. Besides the bike that now brings me here, I have three bikes at the house, 1982 XS0650, 2006 Stratoliner with 123K miles and a Triumph Rocket III Touring with 89K miles. Both Yamahas are off line at present and I need at least two operational bikes at all times or my life just fills empty.

And that is what brings me to this forum. I decided to buy a new bike. Triumph has stopped making the big touring cruiser I have now and appears they will not make another. The current R3s are fun as hell for sure, but they do not meet my needs. The big four from Japan have also ended their run of big touring cruisers without a fairing. So, I narrowed the list to just five others: BMW's R18 Classic, Indian's Super Chief and Springfield, and Harley-Davidson's Road King and Heritage.

All five are quite worthy for sure, but I have to cut them down to one. The first two I removed are the Heritage and Super Chief. They are excellent competition for each other and if they were the only two left, I would go with the Heritage. It has a bigger tank and bigger bags. But alas, neither bike is big enough to carry me and all my work gear when I am on the road so neither make the cut.

Next to go is the R18. Of all these bikes, it has the best feel off the line. Its bags are big enough for my lunchbox and other goodies, but it does not come with a luggage rack. They don't even make one. It does not come with engine guards either and if any of these need them the most, it is the bike with big jugs sticking out the sides. It does have the most price incentives for a guy like me, but once I source the few things it must have, it is on par with the Road King in price.

I love the look of the Black and tan Springfield. But no one on the East coast have any though. I can order one and it would come in sometime in September. And talk about sticker shock. $27K+ out the door. I have to pass on it.

That brings me to the FLHR Road King. This last Saturday, I bought one down in Orange, VA. Due to many factors like the pandemic, they are hard to find and only five exist on showroom floors within 250 miles of my house. HD only offers the standard in three colors, luckily the dealer had one in the fastest color, black. My Pretty pillion was along with me and gave me a gremlin bell so I could have a safe ride home.

I look forward to many miles with the FLHR under me and hope to add something to this group as life unfolds around us all.

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Welcome to the forum, from a fellow Virginian, In fact I live less then 10 miles from Stonewall. I hope the new HD is everything you want.
Thank you @HDfatbagger. I am taking my Pretty Pillion out for her first ride on it in the morning. I'm thinking of 211 over to Luray and back.
So far, I absolutely love the FLHR.
 
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