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Old 11-05-2014, 07:32 PM   #1
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Help me choose a road glide

Which would you take:


Option 1

2009 road glide FLTR with 30,000 miles. Original owner in perfect condition with full service records. Extras include tour seat, cvo seat, tour pack and luggage rack. Stage 1 with screaming eagle pipes. Black bike with ABS. $12,000

Option 2

2012 Road Glide Ultra with 7,000 miles. No extras all stock. Has 3 years of warranty time. Black with accents $15,000
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:40 PM   #2
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I think that the three year newer bike and the three year warranty would be hard to pass on if the 3000 difference in price wasn't an issue. And you can set it up as you wish. Of course that will add to the difference in the price.

However, the 30k miles on the 09 would not turn me away if it was more in budget and the add ons were ones that I liked.

Either one would be a sweet ride as you get the upgraded frame. Let us know which one you pic and of course submit a pic or it didn't happen!
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:43 PM   #3
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The '12 I reckon, the '09 is gonna be 6 years old January and will start to seem older to folks on the used market if you try to sell it, and by the time your are a season or two into it, it will have 50,000 miles on it.

The '12 will still be fresh in two years and will sell easier for around 12-13 grand, plus you get to make it your own since it's stock, but you won't get any of the accessory money back.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:49 PM   #4
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I would go with the 2012 it comes with the 103ci motor, lowers, less miles and I think one or two other extra's that others may know. You're paying 25% more though for that newer bike, for me it's worth it.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:21 PM   #5
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Though I have been riding for 35 years - this will be my first Harley. It's been interesting looking for a bike. I am amazed at how prices are all over the map for the same model years.

Being honest with myself - I don't usually keep bikes for more than 2 years as I get ADD amd start to look at what's next which means resale matters in my purchase.

I like both bikes, but at $12k isn't the 09 pretty close to the bottoming out point for price on these bikes no matter how reasonably old or how may miles?

For example, I know from owning several BMW r1200gs bikes that if in reasonable condition, they pretty much stop depreciating at around $9k no matter the year.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:55 PM   #6
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The 12...

The 103 is a better motor and I believe the ultras came with abs as well...

Will be worth it when you go to sell or trade....
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:03 PM   #7
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Saving $3k is nothing to sneeze at.

But there is a lot that can go wrong in 30k miles.
Also you are buying into someone elses idea of the perfect parts. you might not like them
The good news is the market for harley parts is pretty decent.

But the newer bike has some updates, and if you sell it in a couple of years you will only loose a couple of thousand
And you get to set it up the way you think you want to. Which for many HD riders is the reason for the bike.
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:33 PM   #8
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Absolutely the 2012.

As others have pointed out, the 103 is better than the 96, and the warranty seals the deal. If you sell in two years it'll still have the warranty to transfer to a new owner.

Plus, you can ride it for three years and not worry about paying for any repairs.

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Old 11-05-2014, 09:37 PM   #9
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Get the black one!

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Old 11-05-2014, 09:52 PM   #10
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Thanks for the comments - it's still not clear - should I go with the 12?

Honestly I want to go with the 09 for money reasons. I can swing the extra 3k but as a 3rd bike in the garage I mindful or what I spend + that could get me lots of customization. But I have been through te "pay now - or - pay later" in the end YOU PAY thing!

Another interesting thing has been people's perceived values of their bikes. I have seen many prive sale bikes for crazy high prices that have been for sale for months - yet the sellers remains firm wile insisting they want to sell. I am staring to understand the emotional connection and money many harley owners have in their bikes.

Don't mean to offend anybody with that comment but figured the ADV melting put would appreciate the observation,
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:12 AM   #11
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I personally would go with the newer bike, especially if you don't expect to add the same accessories as are already on the 09. $3k for the newer bike sounds well worth it. Of course, if you add most of the same accessories to the 12, then it might be a $7k price difference.
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:22 AM   #12
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I would pick the newer bike, 103CID, 23,000 fewer miles and less tampered with.

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Old 11-06-2014, 08:56 AM   #13
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Easy - Option 1

2009 road glide FLTR with 30,000 miles. Original owner in perfect condition with full service records. Extras include tour seat, cvo seat, tour pack and luggage rack. Stage 1 with screaming eagle pipes. Black bike with ABS. $12,000

Unless the other one has ABS, I'd take option 1. Having ABS on a big old glide in an emergency situation is worth a hell of a lot more than a 3k difference. A stage 1 download with HD pipes is a very , mild mod, the bike is practically 100% stock drivetrain wise.

30k on an 09 96" that has all service records is fine, I'd take that over a glide with 10k on it and no records any day.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:45 AM   #14
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Option 2 also has ABS
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:53 AM   #15
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I wish I could find deals like that close to me. My local HD dealer has a 2011 Road Glide Ultra for $18500. Bike has 51,000 miles on it. I just don't see the value there.

Me. I'd take the Ultra.
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