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Liquid cooled heads vs air cooled

Just curious.... I'm looking at the differences between the 2015 EG Limited Low and the Classic Low. The main "mechanical" difference between the two is that the Limited has liquid cooled heads while the Classic is fully air cooled. Having always had air cooled cycles I'm not sure why the difference and which should I consider........any thoughts?
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The biggest reason is that your bike will keep a good running temperature when it's liquid cooled. But you do sacrifice a bit of the cool factor on your bike because the lower fairings take away a little from the overall look of your bike.

I personally would love to have a liquid cooled bike. Looking at a CVO for 2016
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You are going to get pros and cons on this. I don't have the liquid cooled but I could see the positives being it running cooler. Seems they have most of the problems hat were initially being had fixed.
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I had a liquid cooled Honda. It was a pleasure to ride in hot weather. That said, I wouldn't trade back.

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Water cooled is an advantage down here in Houston. YMMV depending upon geographic location.

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The rear cylinder tends to get hotter on Harleys because of a lack of air circulation, liquid cooling helps keep both cylinders more of an even temperature.
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Big difference in the overall heat you feel. Love my '14.

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I truly believe the liquid cooled is to satisfy current government emission standards more that for the good of the machine.

I could be wrong but that is my take. I don't want all that heavy crap hanging on my bike.

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I truly believe the liquid cooled is to satisfy current government emission standards more that for the good of the machine.

I could be wrong but that is my take. I don't want all that heavy crap hanging on my bike.
But, obviously, the ones without that heavy crap still meet emission standards or they couldn't sell them. I would bet money the "heavy crap" will only get worse.

Hope my '13 lasts a long long time.
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right Joe but I think the emission standards are changing and we will see this on more biles. I do not know if this is tied to something like the CAFE regs for cars. Speculations on my part. feel free to ignore.

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