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    The wife and I are starting to talk about another bike after a 5 year hiatus. The last bike I owned was a Yamaha FZ1 on which I just got into to much trouble so I am thinking more of a cruiser. The street glide seems like a very nice bike and I had my heart set on a 103CI version. Looking today the salesman made a comment that the used 103s sit a little longer as everyone is looking for the 96ci bikes.

    Other than the cubic inches, what's the difference? Is one preferred over the other?
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    The StreetGlide isn't a good choice for two-up riding as it's lowered and doesn't have much suspension travel to begin with. Your better half won't appreciate it. I'd suggest either a Road Glide Ultra (fixed mounted fairing) or an ElectraGlide Limited (fork mounted fairing) as these are fully equipped, include the tourpak, rider and passenger backrests, have standard 13" rear air shocks and a much more comfortable seat for both the rider and passenger. Either would have a 103" motor. For the life of me I can't understand the salesman's comments about the 96" being preferable or more desireable than the 103" mil. The larger displacement is preferable for two-up riding on a heavier bike. I ride either my Road King Anniversary or CVO Road Glide Ultra. The RGU is similar to the Limited other than the fairing style.

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    Thanks for the response. I am not ready for a full dress bike, still yound and dumb enough to want what my eyes like even if some comfort is lost. The wife was quite happy on the back of the FZ1 and we have test ridden a couple of street glides which she says is even better. Her only issue on the back of a bike is making sure her knees are lower than her waist, otherwise she gets leg cramps.

    The salesman couldn't explain why the 96ci bikes were hot sellers just that they were. He said comparable bikes for the same price the 96 would sell first. I come from the school of more displacement the better
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    Quote Originally Posted by psrumors View Post
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    Thanks for the response. I am not ready for a full dress bike, still yound and dumb enough to want what my eyes like even if some comfort is lost. The wife was quite happy on the back of the FZ1 and we have test ridden a couple of street glides which she says is even better. Her only issue on the back of a bike is making sure her knees are lower than her waist, otherwise she gets leg cramps.

    The salesman couldn't explain why the 96ci bikes were hot sellers just that they were. He said comparable bikes for the same price the 96 would sell first. I come from the school of more displacement the better
    It may be that the 96" bikes are a couple of years older and more affordable. Ms. SGS's Softail Deluxe has the 96" motor and runs well. My previous 2007 Road Glide had the first year 96" motor and it ran hot as hell. I bumped it up to 107" with a big bore kit, added cams, tuner and exhaust to cool it off and wake it up.

    Most of the HD salesmen I've met are ill informed, highly opinionated and lack much real riding experience. There are lots of slightly used Street Glides for sale because many riders quickly move up to the touring platform which is a pretty good value.
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    Here is my two cents
    Stay away from 2006 or older (cam chain tensioner issues) (spring loaded) I have seen many failures. some catastrophic
    Harley seems to believe that cam chain tensioner inspections to be a maintenance issue
    2007 and newer use oil pressure activated tensioners
    Stay away from the 96 CID as SOME have had starter issues due to NO decompressors
    The 103's have factory electric decopmpressors
    Avoid dealer upgraded (big bore) conversions unless they also installed the decompressors.

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    It sounds like the dealer has a lot of 96" bikes on his lot. I suggest you check out a Road Glide Special. It has the same features as the Street Glide but the better fairing and suspension. In my opinion the Road Glide is a much better handling bike because of the fairing type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    It may be that the 96" bikes are a couple of years older and more affordable. Ms. SGS's Softail Deluxe has the 96" motor and runs well. My previous 2007 Road Glide had the first year 96" motor and it ran hot as hell. I bumped it up to 107" with a big bore kit, added cams, tuner and exhaust to cool it off and wake it up.

    Most of the HD salesmen I've met are ill informed, highly opinionated and lack much real riding experience. There are lots of slightly used Street Glides for sale because many riders quickly move up to the touring platform which is a pretty good value.
    I still have my 2007 Road king Screaming Eagle, 110, had it chipped, before leaving for Glacier National park back when I got it new. It has only travel cross country, with mileage at 25,000 miles. Love it, would go no other way. Removable wind shield, and lots of power to spare. I had the old 80 cubic inch bike and at 100/mph, it sounded like the pistons were going to leave the bike. The Road Kings are great bikes to travel, if you don't like the full dressers.
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    Motorcycle owners ride Harley's, riders own BMW's

    In all seriousness if you are interested in two up riding (outside of riding to the bars), there are much better options than a Harley..... BMW dealerships will also allow test rides, considering the size of the investment you are looking at, I'd have a hard time dropping that kind of money on something I haven't even road.

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