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I have been trying to decide on a softail model for use as an everyday commuter. Throw me some opinions and/or experiences as to the merits, or otherwise, as to whether the slim or the fat boy lo is better suited to the task right off of the dealer's floor. Or, is this just another matter of personal preference? I was also ogling a deluxe this weekend, but that is a bit flashy for me, ergos are great but I am more of a minimalist. However, if anyone throws a vote that way I might be swayed.

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I have been trying to decide on a softail model for use as an everyday commuter. Throw me some opinions and/or experiences as to the merits, or otherwise, as to whether the slim or the fat boy lo is better suited to the task right off of the dealer's floor. Or, is this just another matter of personal preference? I was also ogling a deluxe this weekend, but that is a bit flashy for me, ergos are great but I am more of a minimalist. However, if anyone throws a vote that way I might be swayed.

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Commuting? Test ride a touring bike.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion but as I said I'm a minimalist, not a fan of windshields, fairings, infotainment systems, etc.
 

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How far of a commute?
 

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How far of a commute?
Better factor in what you may need to carry as well. Change of clothes, lunch box, pick up items for dinner on the way home. These are all reasons i put on a luggage rack and saddle bags on my 1200c. With just a sissy bar when i bought it, carrying what i needed for the day at work was a PIA on a goid day.
 

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Better factor in what you may need to carry as well. Change of clothes, lunch box, pick up items for dinner on the way home. These are all reasons i put on a luggage rack and saddle bags on my 1200c. With just a sissy bar when i bought it, carrying what i needed for the day at work was a PIA on a goid day.
Exactly, 5 mins from home is one thing. Just needing to carry lunch or 2nd pair of shoes & jacket any distance could be a factor.
 

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Go to a dealer event that lets you test ride everything and do it, ride them all. The right one will speak to you.

I rode drag for our dealer's test rides last year when the Harley fleet was here. It was the end of the day, rode pretty much everything. The last bike left on the last ride was a Slim. 2 miles into the ride, I was convinced this is one of the coolest HD's built right now.
 

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Is back and forth to work all the riding you are going to do? If so, walk. It's a waste of a motorcycle for 5 min each way.
 

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Gotta vote for a touring model.
You will end up carrying more crap than you think. Rain gear, extra clothes, picking up crap on your way to and from.
Road King if you don't want a windshield.
 

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I use my bike when ever I can back and forth to work 80 miles round trip yes you at least need place for lunch and rain gear change of clothes depending on if you get rain gear on in time your in FL so its going to rain in the afternoon Liquid sunshine and as others have asked how far round trip and what kind of traffic or road construction that helps make choice on wind screen
 

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My ride, currently on an 883 with throw over bags, is 45 minutes one way, all city. Everything I need, rainsuit, etc., fits fine. Apparently I travel lighter than some. The reason I am going to "bump up" is that the financial opportunity to do so is coming, but it has been STRONGLY suggested by the bean counter that I better like what I buy for about 10 years.
 

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My ride, currently on an 883 with throw over bags, is 45 minutes one way, all city. Everything I need, rainsuit, etc., fits fine. Apparently I travel lighter than some. The reason I am going to "bump up" is that the financial opportunity to do so is coming, but it has been STRONGLY suggested by the bean counter that I better like what I buy for about 10 years.

then for me and just my input keep the 883 and get a road glide :bikerguy:
 

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The Deluxe is a very nice bike. If you are commuting 45 minutes and it's all through the city then I'm sure you are stopping at a lot of lights. You will want something not too heavy with a low seat height so you are comfortable at all of the stops. Have you sat on a Dyna Low Rider? I've always liked them.
 

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Check out the Fatboy. More comfy than a Slim. Will need some bags or a bag eventually. I put the HD luggage rack on back fender then added a good size travel bag to carry my work stuff. Kept work shoes & extra socks at work. Riding in Florida windshield would be nice during the Love Bug season.
The Fatboy would keep your bean counter happy on rides, something to consider. Good Luck
 

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I second a Fatboy, good for commuting and can add to it for longer trips with pretty good comfort,
 

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Deluxe with quick detach windshield and bags. Use to have one and could change look and use of bike in 5mins. That is if you have to have a Softail. Touring bike is the way to go in my opinion now that I have had both.
 
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