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I have been looking at Heritage Softail bikes for the past couple of months and ran across a sharp Deluxe - so I am wondering if I am looking for the right bike.
The frames on the FLSTC and FLSTN appear to be the same - so can someone tell me other than styling why I might want a Deluxe? Do they ride about the same?
And - are aftermarket and mod parts plentiful for them?
Another newbie question - why do I see whitewalls on the Deluxe and not the Heritage?
Thanks for any feedback
 

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They two bikes are essentially identical. Same frame, front end, motor, etc. The difference lies in the fittings such as bars, etc. Those differences are obvious as soon as you sit on the two bikes. It's a matter of preference. Also, I believe the Deluxe sits an inch lower.


90% of the aftermarket goodies are going to be the same fit for both.

If you have any plans for two-up riding and/or plans for longer rides, I'd suggest at least taking a look at the Road King. It's a very similar aesthetic vibe but built on the touring frame. It offers more payload, better braking, more fuel capacity, etc. It's a smoother ride -especially at highway speeds. It can also easily equipped with cruise control.
 
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This is actually simple are you a rhinestone cowboy or a woman that likes shiny things? Then the heritage is all you


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That's funny - my girlfriend loves bling - I have already joked about her "Bedazzling " the bike when I am not looking....
 

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And BTW - I will be doing a decent amount of two-up riding on probably 200 - 300 mile round trips - there are a lot of things I want to ride and see in that mileage range. So it sounds like 4 to 5 hours in a day would be a little easier on my body in a Road King.
 

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You should really test ride a softail and a touring model.I ride My Buddies Road King all the time trying to convince myself that I want one..by the end of the ride I'm thankful I own a Softail


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Had a softball for 3 months. was NOT for me..... I ride, a lot.
 

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Sevensky, I'm with you. I'm on my second Heritage. I rented a Road King and was thinking when I did it that it would be very expensive. (because I would have to have one) Not so. I felt like my knees were up in my throat. Very strange riding position for me. I rode another one since and felt the same. I'm 6'2 and feel nice and stretched out on my Heritage. I've done a handful of weeklong trips on it and it suits me fine.
 

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Same here - I tried it and it wasn't a good fit for me - sticking with a Heritage Classic
 

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It's all a matter of fit. I had a Dyna and quickly traded it in when I tried a Softail. The Dyna for me was uncomfortable after 50 miles or so. I can ride the Softail for a couple hundred miles and want to keep going. Everybody's different.
 

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My Softail is extremely comfortable. It handles better than any bike I"ve been on. I was on a Road King recently to see if I liked it and it felt like I was being pushed up to the forks and sitting too upright. Same way on an Ultra. I'm sure I would get used to them and won't knock any Harley. It's all in one's body size and preferences.
 
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