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I have not owned a harley for the last 25 years but am planning to buy a 2009 superglide. I have been a BMW man and have been very happy with these machines. The layoffs at HD and our terrible economy have prompted me to "buy american" thus my interest in the SG. I,m not settleing for something less, I have a riding buddy that ownes a SG and he likes it ALOT! Years ago (25) one had to be a mechanic to own a harley and thankfully so that is no longer the situation....this is not a knock against HD, just a fact IMO. Please advise me on the pros and cons...be specfic. Looking foward to your comments!

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Welcome Jack! Where abouts in NY?

All HD's are now very reliable with improvements over the years so it boils down to taste and you seem to have that covered. I think you will be very happy with a SG.
 

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Welcome to the forum. You'll be happy with whatever you choose. For an extra peace of mind, buy the extended warranty. I did, and now it's covered top to tires for four years.

Good luck with your choice.



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jacksgp... Very familiar with the Munich product. Several have passed through the barn here. Have found BMW's and H-D's both very reliable. As Cycle World noted recently, all bikes are excellent nowadays, what matters most is the kind of bike you buy/ride.

You know the BMW line-up and the classes of bikes they offer. H-D primarily offers cruisers and tourers. In these classes, the H-D is top shelf, brimming with features and technologies the metric cruising competition doesn't offer... six speed transmissions, ABS, brembo braking, throttle-by-wire, slipper clutches (V-Rod), etc. Then there's the paint and fit/finish second to none. But to be sure, these are cruising/touring bikes. Understand them as such. They're built and designed so one savors the ride, content to keep things below 100mph, rumbling along, comfortably, in the bike, with parts and accessories out the rear end so you can make the Milwaukee ride, your ride. Ask if any specific questions.
 

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jacksgp... Very familiar with the Munich product. Several have passed through the barn here. Have found BMW's and H-D's both very reliable. As Cycle World noted recently, all bikes are excellent nowadays, what matters most is the kind of bike you buy/ride.


Sfarson...are you the rider that made those outrageous videos I saw on the BMW site?
 

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I've owned a lot of bikes and still have my '87 BMW K75 bought new. In that you're happy with the BMW marque - you are probably well aware a SG (Harley) is a completely different animal. Your expectations and how/what you plan on using (for what purpose) the bike for will of course have a major impact on your satisfaction. I would suggest renting a dyna for the weekend before you do something you might regret (a few hundred bucks vs $15K). As far as the wrenching thing - these new ones are pretty much bullet proof - never have had any type of problem with any of my later model ones. Just my opinion -
 

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Jacksgp, welcome. I bought a 2008 Super Glide last July and it is great. As you will see I added some goodies like , new seat, back rest. etc. etc. Rides wonderfully and comfortable. Great choice to go with the Dyna family.
 

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Hi Jack. I've been a BMW rider for many years. I've also owned many Harleys over the years. I currently have a new Superglide which I enjoy quite a bit, with Rush mufflers, SE Air Kit, and stage 1 flash. These minor add-ons woke up the bike. Good bang for the buck. The pros are exactly as sfarson said:

"But to be sure, these are cruising/touring bikes. Understand them as such. They're built and designed so one savors the ride, content to keep things below 100mph, rumbling along, comfortably, in the bike, with parts and accessories out the rear end so you can make the Milwaukee ride, your ride."

Fit/finish is good, but it's no BMW. Same with suspension and brakes. But it's the way Harleys are, and we all enjoy them for what they are and do, warts and all. I've owned a Star Roadliner and a Vulcan 2000. Both bikes, from a performance standpoint, did EVERYTHING better than my FXD. But it's just not the same. There's just something about that sound and feel. I don't look at Harleys as a type of cruiser, rather, to me, they are a type of BIKE.

I DO suggest a decent test ride. Good luck. You should be able to find some deals out there.
 

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Superglides are nice, but there's no comparing a BMW to a Harley. I'm pro-American, and pro-Harley, but BMW is a breed all it's own.

Smoother.

More comfortable.

Good resale.

Longevity with minimal repairs.

Maybe not so many bewbies at bike rallies, but BMW is a good bike.

With a BMW, you'll miss out on things like vibration, harder suspension, smooth acceleration and having your legs hurt after 60 miles.

Buying a Harley has to be for different reasons then buying a BMW.

Don't get me wrong......a Dyna is a good bike for the $12900 you'll spend new, but you can buy more bike for the dollar, when compared to something that was built for touring.......especially be the Germans....
 

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I have the Dyna SuperGide Custom and also have had a lot of experience with various BMW's. I like both; however, my passenger prefers the BMW's by a wide margin over the H-D primarily because of the vibration coming thru the backrest. Also the Dyna has the passenger footpegs mounted to the swingarm. Because of the above mentioned things, I would opt for the touring models if I had to do it over again. For the 09's, it is basically four rubber engine mounts vs. just two for the Dyna.
 

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If you really like BMW's you will abhor an HD. They are the yin and yang of motorcycles.
 
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