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★★★☆☆

“Good but not perfect.”

Written on: 08/06/2013 by Doug069 (1 review written)

I am 62 years old and have been riding for about 13 years. I am 6' 3" and 265 pounds. I have had three back surgeries. I put about 8000 miles a year of mostly long distance touring on my 2006 Roadliner. To achieve an acceptable level of comfort on long trips, I ditched the thin stock seat which, under hot road conditions, flattens to the point where I was essentially riding with my rear end on the frame, for a Mustang seat which gives me good comfort. I also installed 3 inch risers which eliminated the sharp pain in my clavicles after hours on the road. With these two alterations, which cost about $400.00, I was able to ride comfortably.

The bike is perfectly balanced with 50% of the weight over each tire. With a good low center of gravity, I can corner easily and tightly at a good rate of speed. Very impressive actually. I had no problem keeping up with friends on smaller bikes when doing the Blue Ridge Parkway from south to north. The Tail of the Dragon was a piece of cake and a blast as well. Prior to updating the exhaust system to Cobra, my mileage on the highway was about 45 - 50. Mileage lost about 10% after the switch and when fully loaded for travel.

Negatives are anything dealing with service. Service centers are much harder to find than Harley dealers which has been problematic on the road. Parts almost always have to be ordered and I go through a set of tires each year. Cost to replace a set is about $850.00. I have also found that if I don't replace the front wheel bearings when I do a tire change, they wear out and begin clicking within a very short time after a tire change. This has caused me problems on the road several times until a finally had it done with each tire change. My biggest shock was last week when I decided to change my drive belt before my next tour. The guy at the local dealership casually told me it would cost "about a thousand dollars". He told me the belt alone is about $500.00 and about $500.00 more for installation. A thousand dollars for a drive belt!!! My battery needed changing at the end of last riding season. The dealer wanted $180.00 just for the battery. Add another $75.00 to install it. I went online and bout a good, new battery with 235 CCA for $69.00.... And that included shipping. Works beautifully!

So, in summary, nice bike, nice ride, the cost and wait time for parts and service has driven me to Harley. This is my last season with my Roadliner. Next summer, you will find me in a new Harley Roadglide. The Roadliner is just too much if a hassle and cost to service.