Originally Posted by Tony P
I know there's going to be a huge difference in weight between my Dyna Super Glide and a Road King. Since I've not had the opportunity to test drive an RK my question is - how much difference between the two in low-speed cornering? I've read that the new touring models turn on a dime for their size. Does the fatter front tire on the RK help or hinder?
When I bought my first FLH (an RK) in '96 I had a '95 Dyna Convertible, and was going to keep the Dyna because I thought I would be more nimble around town. Within a few days I realized I wasn't riding the Dyna at all and the RK was actually easier to handle in slow-speed situations, which is partially due to the low rake angle (RK 26°, Dyna 28°). I sold the Dyna soon thereafter and never had the feeling I needed something smaller for any reason. I think you'll feel a difference in weight at first, but you'll adjust quickly.
Now with an '07 SG I marvel at how well these big bikes handle at slow speeds. I haven't let either the RK or SG fall over but one time in about 10 years, the only time a year ago when I got off the SG after forgetting to extend the kickstand. No damage except to my ego, and nobody saw me do it.