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Old 03-07-2014, 03:36 PM   #1
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Touring Sportster

Just saw this.

http://www.baggersmag.com/harley-dav...src=soc&dom=fb


I hear they are kind of buzzy at speed.

I just wanted to be the first to say it.
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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Very interesting idea.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:10 PM   #3
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About damn time. We've seen it from others in recent years, basically a factory offering with OEM accessories added - Yamaha 950 Touring, Triumph America LT, Suzuki Boulevard C50T.


Will be curious if dealers can figure out what to do with it, since the Switchback has (anecdotally) been mocked as the Road Queen.

Makes me think the Switchback must be selling fairly well if they're taking the time to adapt another model.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:19 PM   #4
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About damn time. We've seen it from others in recent years, basically a factory offering with OEM accessories added - Yamaha 950 Touring, Triumph America LT, Suzuki Boulevard C50T.


Will be curious if dealers can figure out what to do with it, since the Switchback has (anecdotally) been mocked as the Road Queen.

Makes me think the Switchback must be selling fairly well if they're taking the time to adapt another model.
Most of the sportsters that I see when Im riding are set up just like this with a windshield and bags. You have to figure that HD was making too much money selling the parts out of the catalog, didnt want to give up the cash by making it an option.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:46 PM   #5
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Seems like Harley is doing the old LT trick. I notice it more on metrics in the past - make a bike, add bags and a shield and call it touring. Obviously, Harley has done this in the past too, but at least it seemed less obvious than simply two add ons.

Just a cursory look and it SEEMS the rear suspension MAY be different from the regular super low. Rider foot pegs too. So at least some changes.

Pretty cool package. Will likely be labeled a "chick" bike, but I kinda like it. If I was going coast to coast on a harley, I could see strapping a wolfman full of camping on this and going for it.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:43 PM   #6
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Reminds me off the 1977 XLT Ironhead. They have done it before... me personally? I welcome it, but they need to start putting that old evo back into the FX's.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:13 PM   #7
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Or, roll your own. Mine's got RK air shocks. The adjustability's a real plus, and they ride much better ....
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:35 PM   #8
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Heck I did the same thing to my Roadster and drove it across country on US 2 and all over. Was great fun. One bike I wish I never sold.

Added Mustang seat, Progressive shocks to raise it, vetter style windscreen, bags, rack, and highway pegs. Perfect. Got over 60 mpg on occasion. Just had to add oil every once in a while.
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:06 PM   #9
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About damn time. We've seen it from others in recent years, basically a factory offering with OEM accessories added - Yamaha 950 Touring, Triumph America LT, Suzuki Boulevard C50T.


Will be curious if dealers can figure out what to do with it, since the Switchback has (anecdotally) been mocked as the Road Queen.

Makes me think the Switchback must be selling fairly well if they're taking the time to adapt another model.
Or Harley is being greedy. I can just about hear them talking behind their closed doors, "hey, if lots of folks are adding bags to Sporters, why don't we create a model with bags on it? That way, WE get the $ from the bag sale, not some bozo 3rd party guy."

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Old 03-08-2014, 06:07 AM   #10
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bdonley: that batwing fairing looks great on there. Details? Has it got some tunes in there?

I saw a "custom" version with side cases that looked like they were off the touring line, paired with the batwing, and it looked fantastic.

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Old 03-08-2014, 08:53 AM   #11
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Reminds me off the 1977 XLT Ironhead. They have done it before... me personally? I welcome it, but they need to start putting that old evo back into the FX's.
Thanks for this. I knew they'd done this a long time ago, but couldn't remember the exact era. I loved the concept, but never saw one on the road.
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Looks very nice, huh?

ABS, too.






I can see it now. All the new threads here: "HD Sportster Superlow or HD Switchback?"

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I hope they improved the suspension.... by a great margin...

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Old 03-08-2014, 09:21 AM   #14
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What part of "super low" did you miss?



P.S. did ya see the skinny forks. Sigh...
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Looks very nice, huh?

ABS, too.






I can see it now. All the new threads here: "HD Sportster Superlow or HD Switchback?"

Interesting brake pedal location...
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