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2018 Lowrider as a daily?

 
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by VAFish View Post
I commute in DC traffic, usually come in I66, but will often go south on 123 then pick up the express lanes in to the Pentagon. (I usually take the VRE when I don't ride) I do it on a Sportster, I have upgraded the forks with progressive springs and put touring bike air shocks in the back. Couple of weekends ago I rode the Heritage Classic and Sport Glide at a dealer demo day. I purposely tried to hit the pot holes and bumps on the route. The Heritage Classic handled them very well, much smoother than my Sportster. Not sure how suspension travel compares between the Heritage and the Low Rider, but the LR has more ground clearance by 1/2 an inch and one degree more lean angle.

Traffic hauls *** in the express lanes on I95. Like 80-85 MPH most days. On these hot summer days I prefer riding without a windshield and wear a full face helmet. If my 2006 Sportster does the commute I would think a 2019 Low Rider would do it even better.

However, your Road Glide would do just fine on the commute as well, unless you are just looking for an excuse to buy another bike.
Yep, at least on the 395 HOT lanes inside the beltway, 80 - 90 is not uncommon.
 
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Mark Faulkner View Post
Stock suspension on the new Softails is actually pretty decent. I got my '18 Breakout down some really bad roads and never had a problem. I'd ditch the stock tyres if you're doing a lot of wet weather riding. Scorchers are horrible in the rain.
I haven't noticed any problems in the rain and I ride in it all of the time.
 
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Originally Posted by VAFish View Post
I commute in DC traffic, usually come in I66, but will often go south on 123 then pick up the express lanes in to the Pentagon. (I usually take the VRE when I don't ride) I do it on a Sportster, I have upgraded the forks with progressive springs and put touring bike air shocks in the back. Couple of weekends ago I rode the Heritage Classic and Sport Glide at a dealer demo day. I purposely tried to hit the pot holes and bumps on the route. The Heritage Classic handled them very well, much smoother than my Sportster. Not sure how suspension travel compares between the Heritage and the Low Rider, but the LR has more ground clearance by 1/2 an inch and one degree more lean angle.

Traffic hauls *** in the express lanes on I95. Like 80-85 MPH most days. On these hot summer days I prefer riding without a windshield and wear a full face helmet. If my 2006 Sportster does the commute I would think a 2019 Low Rider would do it even better.

However, your Road Glide would do just fine on the commute as well, unless you are just looking for an excuse to buy another bike.
I used to work off 395/Mass and brought the Road Glide in, with the roads there it wasn't too bad. I'm now up in North East and ride through town to get to work, some of those roads are pretty bad. However, I do have to admit that I want a smaller bike that I can get through more narrow areas and not have to worry about the weight......so I suppose I am trying to justify a new bike haha
 
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I used to work off 395/Mass and brought the Road Glide in, with the roads there it wasn't too bad. I'm now up in North East and ride through town to get to work, some of those roads are pretty bad. However, I do have to admit that I want a smaller bike that I can get through more narrow areas and not have to worry about the weight......so I suppose I am trying to justify a new bike haha
With riding on those roads, I would consider getting an adventure bike, maybe not a 600 lb 1250CC bike, but one of the mid size 650-800 cc bikes.
 

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