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So I'm using the mileage excuse to justify my '02 Road King. It seems to work for the family. I grew up on dirt bikes and this is my first experience using motorcycles on roads for like, regular travel and stuff. One thing I noticed with my bike is that it seems to have a hard time coasting. Even down hills, when I pull the clutch she seems to drag to a halt pretty quickly. I checked the brakes, and aside from the front disk rub noise (normal), there isn't anything I can find wrong. Do these cruisers just have high resistance in the 5-speed gear box? Dirt bikes are all throttle or all brake, so never tried coasting one. Wouldn't know if it's normal LOL!

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Not normal.

You should be able to have the clutch in and it shouldn't want to move with no brakes on.
 

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Welcome to the forum from Virginia. Plenty of good folks and good information here.
 

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Welcome from VA
 

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Not normal.

Get it off the ground on a bike jack and check for drag in neutral. Somebody you know that rides will have a jack to loan you if you don't have one. Less than a C-note at Harbor Freight and you are going to want/need one sooner than later anyway.
 

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My bike will coast for ever. Change brake fluid first, then check wheel bearings.
OK I should probably start a new thread somewhere then, (like this?) this was my first post and I picked this ultra-clean bike up on Craigslist. I just polished the clearcoat off my front forks, which means I took the front wheel and fender off already. The bearings are perfect, wheel spins forever and is dead silent. Brake pads have lots of meat on them and they do rub the disks a little, I read that this is normal when the bike is lifted. I can turn the wheel easily but it doesn't spin forever like it does otherwise. There were lots of air bubbles in the front brakes, and the fluid wasn't purple like the DOT-5 I just replaced it with.

It sounds like I need to check the rear bearings, and I guess that means taking the belt off?
 
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