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2002 Road King - Keep or Upgrade?

Looking for points of view from those who had early 2000s Road King and upgraded to a 2012=2016 Road King.
My bike is a 2002 which I upgraded to a 95 since I needed to replace cam chain tensioners. Bike rides fine but now I need to do something about the ride. I'm trying to think through in continuing to put more money in an older bike or sell and get a newer used bike. I'm not one to have to have the latest and greatest nor do I like to spend hard earned money unless there is a good reason. I love the 6 speed transmission but okay with the 5 speed.

Let me know your thoughts.

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Test ride a few ... You'll know if you want to trade-up or not.

That would be one of the few times that I listen to the @$s-hole that keeps talking behind my back ...

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Being a former owner of an 2002 FLHRCI, that I loved, I can some what understand the OP's desire to upgrade to a Rushmore Road King.
However, more info is needed; ie, like how many original miles since the 95" up grade are on that '02 King? Why did you upgrade it if not for the long time of ownership? Do you plan on long trips in the future?



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Great questions. I upgraded about 1500 miles back. It was very rainy last year and I was unable to ride. I was worried about cam chain tensioners with 30k. Since one is making a change there, why not put a different cam for touring and punch out to 95. I'm glad I did change at that time because the tensioner on the back was not too far from breaking.

I do one or two several day rides a year. I've ridden all over the eastern third of the US on this bike with no issues. I ride two up with my wife.

Besides the jarring bumps, the bike has been and still remains a great bike.
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Major changes to Touring models occurred in 2009 with frame and ride/comfort/handling. I would look at 2015 or 2016 if you want to buy a newer model as improvements have been made since the 2009 over haul.....
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Great questions. I upgraded about 1500 miles back. It was very rainy last year and I was unable to ride. I was worried about cam chain tensioners with 30k. Since one is making a change there, why not put a different cam for touring and punch out to 95. I'm glad I did change at that time because the tensioner on the back was not too far from breaking.

I do one or two several day rides a year. I've ridden all over the eastern third of the US on this bike with no issues. I ride two up with my wife.

Besides the jarring bumps, the bike has been and still remains a great bike.
Given your answers, I'd say go do a test ride on a low mileage 2016, you'll see and feel the big differences, then you;ll be taking it home permanently.



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I do one or two several day rides a year. I've ridden all over the eastern third of the US on this bike with no issues. I ride two up with my wife.



Besides the jarring bumps, the bike has been and still remains a great bike.
Or you could upgrade the suspension for around $2k and be happy. Way less than a new bike.


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I had an 02 FLHT-C . now I have 2014 limited. The differences in frame geometry and suspension on the Rushmore is more than noticeable, The ride is amazing by comparison. Night and day. If you can swing the extra fundilation, go for it.
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My 2005 RK was a great bike and did upgrades like yours. The improvements in 2014 (MT Rushmore) motivated me to buy a new one and really like it more than my '05. The new features are a definite improvement - ride quality, power, 6 gallon tank, etc. Nothing bad about keeping the old one but the ride is better on the newer ones.

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My 2005 RK was a great bike and did upgrades like yours. The improvements in 2014 (MT Rushmore) motivated me to buy a new one and really like it more than my '05. The new features are a definite improvement - ride quality, power, 6 gallon tank, etc. Nothing bad about keeping the old one but the ride is better on the newer ones.
And the 49mm front forks vs the previous 41mm.
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