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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 10:01 AM
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And the riding position hurt my back. I am 6'1 and 56yo. I couldn't push back to get the leg room I wanted without rounding out my low back.

Forward sets and stock bars = The Flying C = Ugh

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post #32 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 11:07 PM
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Im glad someone started this thread back up. Im one of the guys that love my Harley Ultra Classic. I wanted a second bike for years and always thought I wanted a BMW. Everybody that had one just loved them. I researched them for several weeks and the only flaw I found is that the parts came from Germany and it took a while to get parts. While reading on the BMW forum someone said, I like my FJR.I never heard of FJR so I started looking into this mystery bike. I searched the internet over and found only praises for this bike. I soon found a 2014 with 4400 miles. Added a few things to make it mine ( heli bars and Russel day long seat).and I love it. Im still not brave enough to take it on a long trip. I call 500 miles a long trip. Haven't gotten the 500-1000 mile break in on the seat. I just cant see how I can sit in the upright position for that long and it be more comfortable than the Harley. Someone else said on here that they are two different bikes. They are right and cant be compared. I love my Harley and will never sell it. It sounds good and it looks beautiful. But, my FJR does too. I plan on biting the bullet and taking a trip. I installed the heli bars.It helped me to sit more straight up but feel like Im still leaning forward a little too much for a 100% comfortable ride. Maybe im not suppose to set perfectly straight up. Somebody tell me.
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My opinion, I have adjusted my riding position over the years... lean slightly forward, elbows very slightly bent, straighten up your back. Some say that is much like the Master Yoda position... now I know why that works. Less pressure on your spine.

I had my Helibars adjusted to the middle position, I now have it full forward.

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I agree about the "flying C" riding position. Hitting a bump on the Harley in that position was no good for my low back at all. The Harley suspension wasnt helping much either.
The leaned forward slightly with a straight back position sounds a lot better. Assuming the knees and whatever else are still comfortable also.
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My previous bike was a Harley Road King. Beautiful bike, sounded great, excellent fit and finish. It was comfortable immediately, but I realized after about an hour I was constantly moving around moving my feet from the floor boards and the highway pegs trying to get comfortable.

All my previous bikes were sporty and when I hopped on one I felt much more at home.

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But isn't the Vaquero a sexy beast. Harley looks with new engine design. Although I have my Gold Wing for touring and FJR for commuting and sporty riding, cruising around on a white Vaquero blasting my tunes would be fun. Or at least I could ride with my Harley buddies.

No offense but I'm just too cheap to pay for a "lifestyle" brand whether Harley or a nice BMW R1200RT. My Yamaha and Honda's just keep going and going and going.
Absolutely! Heck I paid $14K for my brand new Voyager and the only thing I felt I had to do to it was have the ECM flashed by Ivans performance. The drivability of the newer 1700's is not impressive from the factory. Once that's done it'll run with about any V-twin dresser/bagger.
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I had a 2006 FJR, and sold it, when I picked up a 2015 Road King. Always missed the FJR, but enjoyed the Road King as well. Recently picked up a 2015 FJR ES, and have loved getting back in tune with footpeg riding. The 2015 is so much more refined than the 2006 FJR, and the combination of suspension, and technology is amazing. Guess it was a good thing I sold the 06, allowed me to move up to the 15. I still like the Road King, and it allows me to enjoy two different styles of riders, and they're all good.

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I had a 2006 FJR, and sold it, when I picked up a 2015 Road King. Always missed the FJR, but enjoyed the Road King as well. Recently picked up a 2015 FJR ES, and have loved getting back in tune with footpeg riding. The 2015 is so much more refined than the 2006 FJR, and the combination of suspension, and technology is amazing. Guess it was a good thing I sold the 06, allowed me to move up to the 15. I still like the Road King, and it allows me to enjoy two different styles of riders, and they're all good.
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Dirt bikes were many moons ago. Like the way the new knee replacement works, but, no more dirt bikes for me. I use my Mule Pro FXT to bop around my property.

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