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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-11-2016, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Softtail Heavy or is it me?

Just an opinion,I purchased a 2016 Softtail Deluxe and I hadn't ridden for years. The last time I had was on my Brother in Laws 1100 Gold wing. My question is this Deluxe is like holding a Camaro between your legs. Will this get any easier and the front fork and wheel seems most of the problem.
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yes it will, they are light in comparison to Touring models

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It's only going to get easier if you get stronger, but you will get more used to it.
Yup, it's heavy. People don't realize that a Harley is still made with real metal. Most imports (and the NEW American) bikes are plastic and chrome coated plastic. Real iron is heavy.
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When I bought my Deluxe last year I thought it was heavy too but you get used to it. Its no big deal now to make tight 180* turns on dirt. I did find that by changing seats and handlebars it feels entirely different than stock, I sit lower and further forward so the center of gravity changed a lot. It almost corners too well as I have to be careful about scraping now.
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Wow, you thought a Softail Deluxe felt heavy compared to a GL 1100????


Talk about a wide ass awkward bike!
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I found my Softail to be very nimble and easy to handle due to the low center of gravity. 750 lbs it was 200 lbs heavier than my 883 which I sold 33 years before buying this one.

Plus I'm a lot older, out of shape and well into my 60's yet I'm thrilled with how it handles.

Don't like duck walking it backwards uphill out of a parking spot, but I can still do it.

I'm just glad I don't have to kick start it anymore. (And I was poo pooing all of the pussy's with electric start a few days before I bought it).

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Reversing them up hill is/can be troublesome.
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If you are talking about lifting it off of the stand, try turning the wheel all the way to the right before you lift. If you are talking about at stops it should be fine if you are flat footed. If you are talking about just moving it around, talk to the guys at the dealership that move them in and out every day. They do it with ease.

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If you are talking about lifting it off of the stand, try turning the wheel all the way to the right before you lift. If you are talking about at stops it should be fine if you are flat footed. If you are talking about just moving it around, talk to the guys at the dealership that move them in and out every day. They do it with ease.
Its just a matter of getting used to it. I wrestle 400# drums of oil around by hand all the time and I'm not a big guy. I always get a laugh out of watching young guys much bigger than me trying it until they learn its not just brute force, its leverage and balance.
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That is funny you mentioned the guy's at the dealership. The Gentleman that sold mine to me walked it backwards to the showroom for about 75 feet. He is about 6'4,but still he had made it look as it were balsa wood~~
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