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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Wide glide vs softail

I'm going to buy a new Harley in a few weeks. I can't decide on the wide glide (I love the raked stance and 21' front wheel but I'm not fond of the rear shocks), or the Softail ( I only like the fact that the rear shocks are hidden but I want the raked front end). Is there A big difference in the ride and/or style? Does anyone have any thaughts or helpful comments on my decision?
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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 10:18 PM
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There's not a BIG difference, but you will find the rubber mounted Dyna WG to vibe a bit more at idle and seem a little more rev happy not having to spin the counter balancers of the Softail. If you are giving good weight to the appearance, go for the Softail and don't look back. Excellent bike. Personally, I don't care if the rear shock is visible, and I would lean towards the WG. Owned an '05 WG and I miss it dearly. But I also owned an '02 Softail Heritage and miss it dearly as well.
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I think you'll be happy with either but it just comes down to your personal taste. I bought a 2010 wg last summer and I just liked the rake and overall look for my personal taste.

The bottom line is you'll save millions of dollars on therapy because whatever bad boy you decide to go with, it will clear your mind with nothing but good thoughts whenever you decide to hit it and get it down the road.
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I like the look of a Wide Glide with a sissy bar. Kind of a chopper look and since I usually ride with my old lady on the back, she likes the sissy bar to lean back on. If you end up putting saddlebags on the bike, then who cares if the shocks show. The WG will also jump and vibrate more at low rpms, but it smooths right out on the road.
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Best way to decide, is test ride both and decide for your self. I chose the WG.
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Got them both, the o'lady's a wide glide, the bikes a softail
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Go take both of them for a ride if you haven't done that yet and then go with what feels most comfortable.
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I'm going to buy a new Harley in a few weeks. I can't decide on the wide glide (I love the raked stance and 21' front wheel but I'm not fond of the rear shocks), or the Softail ( I only like the fact that the rear shocks are hidden but I want the raked front end). Is there A big difference in the ride and/or style? Does anyone have any thaughts or helpful comments on my decision?
Is this the look? It's the softail custom.
It's not available in 2011 model, there are new 2010's

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Never owned a Wide Glide but I've owned two Super Glide Customs. I love the Softail. To ME it's the difference between night and day. You really need to test drive both... If you have any previous motorcycle experience one of the two will drive/handle/fit/ride better than the other. One thing I have found is that Softails tend to be lower with less reach to the bars GENERALLY than do Dynas. Most taller riders fit Dynas better.

BTW...Nice looking Softail Custom Al!

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Softy all the way
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