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Road King vs. Softail Deluxe

As I am looking at both, and can't ride both. Can somebody tell me what is the pro's and con's of each? I know they are different frames, but going down the highway, which does it best and why? Assume both has a windshield and bags.
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suspension, the soft tail has very limited travel, almost impossible to work on for normal guy.
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The Road King gives you the versitility to ride longer. It's like riding on air.
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As I am looking at both, and can't ride both. Can somebody tell me what is the pro's and con's of each? I know they are different frames, but going down the highway, which does it best and why? Assume both has a windshield and bags.
The softail was designed for a "look." It was supposed to look like the old hard-tails while still having a rear suspension. Both are good looking bikes, but the Road King has a much superior rear suspension and is in my humble opinion a much better machine for longer rides.

Correct me if I'm wrong guys, but I think that the Road King and the Electra Glide both use the same frame, or that is what my salesman at the Harley dealership told me.

If you are just headed twenty miles or so to your favorite bar or bistro, then either bike would do the job. If you want to put 300+ miles on a the bike in a day, the Road King is definitely the machine to have.

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The RK with the air shocks and more rider friendly frame wins hands down. You're looking at about a hundred pounds difference in weight which also helps with the RK's ride comfort.
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Correct me if I'm wrong guys, but I think that the Road King and the Electra Glide both use the same frame, or that is what my salesman at the Harley dealership told me.



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I believe it's true that the Road King frame and suspension is the same as the Electra Glide. My Road King Classic doesn't ride as nicely as my Ultra Classic did only because of the weight difference.

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Road King is a bike that can be riden all day in comfort & style (dresser frame) as a Softail is a rigid/wishbone suspension, little rougher on all day voyages. Bikes have different riding positions. Then there's the hard saddle bags which are nice on the RK. My old man had a fatboy, went to the RK Classic & loved it till he just got his '09 Electra Flag ship...Both bikes are nice, Good luck

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Road King is built on the same chassis as the FLHTC's.

Much more comfy over the long haul.

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I asked the same question before I bought my Road King. The answer I got was the Softtail is great in the city and nice for day trips. The Road King is harder to handle in the city but much more comfortable on longer trips. We drive mainly back roads and long trips so we went for comfort. I was looking at the Heritage Soft tail Classic, rootbeer colour. What a beautiful looking bike. Bought a Road King Classic and it's a joy to ride.
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My road king is sitting next to a coworkers Deluxe keeping it company as I type. The deluxe is an awsome bike & has great looks (his is white and black) We have done weekend trips together & he has had no prblems but his wife doesnt ride with him. If you two up or tour the Road King is king. The air suspension and bigger frame is just better bang for the buck.

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