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Buying a Road King Which one?

 
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:32 PM
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So I decided I am going to buy a Road King and I have been seeing some very very clean 2001-2008 with low miles in the 5k price range. My question is this which would you buy?

Assuming same equipment and paint on both

2003 with 5,000 miles for $5k (5speed,cam tensioners, 88)
2009 with 30,000 plus miles for $8k+(6speed, 96,frame change)

Is it worth it to spend the extra money on the 09? I know about the cam chain tensioners on the 88's. Its been 20 years since i owned a Harley.
I am asking assuming a completely clean title, no accidents no mods. Is it really worth it to buy the 09 for the extra 3 grand.
 

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Old 04-12-2019, 09:51 PM
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Check when the frame was updated, may have been 09. If so that that is the reason to go with the 2009.
 
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:05 PM
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Check when the frame was updated, may have been 09. If so that that is the reason to go with the 2009.
I read about the frame change change but forgot to mark that
 
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:14 PM
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Get the 09, at least the bike was ridden. Avoid the 16 year old bike
 
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:18 PM
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Is the 03 an anniversary one? Only reason I ask, I liked the color scheme on that
I have an 02 Classic with about 45k miles on it. Runs like a top. I had the cam tensioners replaced over the winter. My only gripe is there is no 6th gear.
 
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The later '09 frame would be most rider's choice. The 30k miles isn't much. But what is important is a bike's history re: mods, maintenance, accident record ( if any), and care. All things checking out it boils down to what you are willing to pay to get the more advanced model.
 
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I was in the same boat. Started looking at the older models because they were less money, but by the time I would have done the tensioner update I felt the added bonus of the extra gear, engine support, improved frame were worth it. Not to mention I also got cruise control and you could get abs as well. I also felt the extra height might help me keeping the bike upright when stopped or backing, my knees were more bent on the older frame and felt like I had a little less leverage. Ended up getting an “09” FLHR W10k for 8k, maybe not the best deal in the world, but better than any dealer would ever give me.
 
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I bought an ‘03 FLHTCUI, with 2k miles on it in 2011. It’s been a great bike. I did have a bottom gasket leak at 30k, I had the SE Cam Chain Tensioner and Oil Pump upgrade installed when I had that fixed.

I never rode a ‘09, so maybe I’m missing out, but ignorance is bliss.
 
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The later '09 frame would be most rider's choice. The 30k miles isn't much. But what is important is a bike's history re: mods, maintenance, accident record ( if any), and care. All things checking out it boils down to what you are willing to pay to get the more advanced model.
I am not so much worried about the mileage, I am asking assuming a completely clean title, no accidents no mods. Is it really worth it to buy the 09 for the extra 3 grand.
 
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by oldsoldier181 View Post
Is the 03 an anniversary one? Only reason I ask, I liked the color scheme on that
I have an 02 Classic with about 45k miles on it. Runs like a top. I had the cam tensioners replaced over the winter. My only gripe is there is no 6th gear.
I thought all 2003's were anniversary
Yes, but its white
 

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