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Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« on: June 08, 2019, 06:43:51 PM »

Howdy all,
I haven't posted on here in a long time. My ex-wife had a CVO Convertable which is how I first came to be on this site. When we divorced she took her bike and then promptly let the darn thing be repo'd. But that is who other story.

I currently own a 2011 Road Glide Ultra with super low miles on it. Due to an injury in Iraq in 2004 I haven't been able to ride for the past 4 years and am just now getting back into riding again.
I had to have my lower right leg amputated in May 2018 due to the nerve damage to my lower leg. So in May 2019 I got my endorsement back and have been riding my RGU and really love being back in the saddle. Right after I had gotten my Ultra I saw my first CVO RGU and fell in love with them. Not really a lot of differences other than all the added niceties that come with a CVO.

When the new Rushmore bikes came out in 2014 was right about the time I had to stop riding due to the nerve damage. So I have never ridden a Rushmore bike and have no idea what it is like. I've read all the reports and heard people talk about how the redesign has made these newer bikes nicer than the older ones.

So a dealer near me (2 1/2 hours away) has a 2015 CVO Road Glide in Orange & Black which is about my favorite Harley colors. I'm just not sure if the newer bike is all it is cracked up to be over the older one. Yes I would be going from a 103 to a 110 engine and I would get all the KEWL KID stuff that a CVO has to offer. I'm not a huge fan of all the chrome and would slowly black out a lot of the bike if I did happen to buy it. But I am curious to hear from people who went from an older bike to the newer Rushmore style bike. I've been told that the newer frame doesn't have the slow speed head shake like my 2011 RGU has. I've also been told the newer suspension is nicer than what I have? But I thought the 2015 still had the air shocks?

I know I am the only person that can make this choice but I'm looking for input from those who went to the Rushmore from an older bike. Was it really that different? Can you feel it just my riding it for 10-15 minutes?

Here is the bike I am thinking about going to look at. My RGU is in the shop right now getting dyno tuned.

https://www.eastsideharley.com/Pre-owned-Inventory-2015-Harley-Davidson-Motorcycle-Scooter-FLTRUSE-CVO-Road-Glide-Ultra-CVO-Emerald-City-HD-6925148?ref=list

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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2019, 07:03:47 PM »

You might want to read some of the threads in the board to which I moved yours. In particular, read this one which answers your questions especially at reply numbers 108 and 132:  2015 RGU: I'm Blue... So Blue...
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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2019, 07:07:37 PM »

Good to see you I over here too WM. I shortened my screen name here from ohiobellboy to just OBB. I went from an '11 CVORGU or SERGU to to '15 and there's a lot of improvement. Stock air shocks still suck though. If you have aftermarket on your '11, they'll bolt right up. New front forks are nicer than the '11 but was improved again in '17 with the introduction of the M8 engine. Navigation is decent once you learn to use it. Stereo is better than what you have e now but that isn't saying much. Probably my most favorite feature of the CVO Ultras is the power locks.

Extra power is nice. You'll learn to like chrome too . I'd suggest a warranty of some sorts as the water pumps on these can be a bit of a headache and the lifters can be prone in the 110 engine to go bad and take out the engine if not caught in time.

They brake pedal is higher in the '15 than you're used to. Might be something to change out with your prosthetic on that side. Softbrake and Kury both make replacement pedals that lower it.

Plenty of good info on here and others will chime in too.

 See ya at SW IX. in a few months

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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2019, 07:32:08 PM »

You might want to read some of the threads in the board to which I moved yours. In particular, read this one which answers your questions especially at reply numbers 108 and 132:  2015 RGU: I'm Blue... So Blue...

Thanks for moving it, sorry for posting in the wrong area. I will read up on this section as I want to try and make an informed decision. While I really like my 2011 RGU I have always wanted a CVO RGU and it seems like this might be the time to do it.
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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2019, 07:34:28 PM »

Good to see you I over here too WM. I shortened my screen name here from ohiobellboy to just OBB. I went from an '11 CVORGU or SERGU to to '15 and there's a lot of improvement. Stock air shocks still suck though. If you have aftermarket on your '11, they'll bolt right up. New front forks are nicer than the '11 but was improved again in '17 with the introduction of the M8 engine. Navigation is decent once you learn to use it. Stereo is better than what you have e now but that isn't saying much. Probably my most favorite feature of the CVO Ultras is the power locks.

Extra power is nice. You'll learn to like chrome too . I'd suggest a warranty of some sorts as the water pumps on these can be a bit of a headache and the lifters can be prone in the 110 engine to go bad and take out the engine if not caught in time.

They brake pedal is higher in the '15 than you're used to. Might be something to change out with your prosthetic on that side. Softbrake and Kury both make replacement pedals that lower it.

Plenty of good info on here and others will chime in too.

 See ya at SW IX. in a few months

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I have already talked with Rick from Soft Brake and am going to ride my bike over to his shop and he is going to make a rear brake lever to work with my prosthetic in whatever form I need. So if I keep my current bike or get a CVO I will be going to see him.

So the rear Tour Pack light bar on the 2016 doesn't have turn signals in it like the 2015? I added that to my 2011 and one of the big things was I wanted those added turn signal lights.
I'm going to read this section but what pressure sensor are you referring to?
I don't think you are going to convince me to like chrome...……….. I've been slowly blacking out my 2011 RGU.

Yes see you in a few months, looking forward to it.
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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2019, 07:42:04 PM »

I had a 14 Limited and a 07 CVO FLHTC.

The Rushmores had issues with the cooling system, completely changed on the 17+. The 110's were not one of Harleys best motors. Mine ran extremely hot. Lifter issues as mentioned by others. Some have had crank issues ( made in China ).

Happy to read your ready to ride again. Don't let anything stop you.

If you like that 15 CVO, just make sure you get a ESP protection plan. Negotiating the price.

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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2019, 08:15:00 PM »

Welcome back to the two wheel world. Thank you for your service too. And I am sorry for all of your problems you have endured because you served our Country.

Rushmores are one of the the best riding Harley touring bikes I have ridden. You will enjoy the suspension better. If the bike has the Nav boombox, you will appreciate that on trips. Power will be noticed immediately.

No matter what you choose, I hope I speak for many on this site by saying it is good to see you riding again.
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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2019, 08:35:33 PM »

I had a 14 Limited and a 07 CVO FLHTC.

The Rushmores had issues with the cooling system, completely changed on the 17+. The 110's were not one of Harleys best motors. Mine ran extremely hot. Lifter issues as mentioned by others. Some have had crank issues ( made in China ).

Happy to read your ready to ride again. Don't let anything stop you.

If you like that 15 CVO, just make sure you get a ESP protection plan. Negotiating the price.

Good luck

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While I was dealing with my pain issues I sort of checked out of life for a while but I remember reading about the cooling issues and other problems. I would HOPE that buying a 3-4 your old bike most if not all those problems would be worked out already but as you said an ESP is a god send. And yes I will make sure to get one if I choose to trade up.

My first ride back on my bike after 4 years was SO GOOD FOR THE SOUL. I had a grin glued to my face for a week.

Welcome back to the two wheel world. Thank you for your service too. And I am sorry for all of your problems you have endured because you served our Country.

Rushmores are one of the the best riding Harley touring bikes I have ridden. You will enjoy the suspension better. If the bike has the Nav boombox, you will appreciate that on trips. Power will be noticed immediately.

No matter what you choose, I hope I speak for many on this site by saying it is good to see you riding again.

I really need to ride a Rushmore and see if I can feel the difference. And that will make up my mind as to if I should trade off my 2011 RGU. I am sold on Road Glides so what ever I have it will be from that family. My concerns are the issues that they had early one with the twin cooled engines. But until I sit on one and ride it I can't say if I'll like it. But hearing from others and what they think of the Rushmore platform helps to know what to look for.

Being back in the saddle is so great and I can't tell you how happy I am to be able to ride again.
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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2019, 09:22:45 PM »

Not the tour pack lights. It's the big brake light in the fender that's missing the side bar lights. I'm a light freak. The more the better. I like the fact that the lights in the '15 have those and they're Amber which really helps to stand out. I also added the saddlebag lights for more visibility. You can see them in this pix.

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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2019, 09:29:14 PM »

Not the tour pack lights. It's the big brake light in the fender that's missing the side bar lights. I'm a light freak. The more the better. I like the fact that the lights in the '15 have those and they're Amber which really helps to stand out. I also added the saddlebag lights for more visibility.

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Funny I was looking at a Custom Dynamics kit to delete the rear side bar lights. I was going to add lights in the filler panel instead. I like lights too but I like it to LOOK GOOD at the same time. Same with the front, I've been wanting to change out the stock turn signal housings for something more appeasing. It was part of why I added the windshield cover with the LED lights in it.
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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2019, 09:35:24 AM »

 the rushmore also has the linked brakes  :2vrolijk_21: and the 16 cvo rgu has the single fob with lock/security and tail/brake lights are a lill different set up with turn in the TP light bar. I was on a 13 rg before I got the 16 rgu and have to say it was a big step foreword 
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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2019, 05:01:13 PM »

Well it's funny how things develop. I was talking with the dealership and they are getting in a new 2019 Road Glide Ultra in the Scorched Orange/Denim Black. This is what got me interested in the CVO is those colors. So for $3k more I could get a new bike. So I guess I am going to have to ride both and see which one I like more.
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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2019, 05:37:37 PM »

Once you ride a Rushmore RG with the new fairing and one handed everything, you'll be highly impressed, but once you ride the 114 M8 with all the new goodies......game over!!

Enjoy your new 19!
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Re: Thinking about finally getting a Road Glide CVO
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2019, 06:57:25 PM »

Once you ride a Rushmore RG with the new fairing and one handed everything, you'll be highly impressed, but once you ride the 114 M8 with all the new goodies......game over!!

Enjoy your new 19!
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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2019, 09:51:46 PM »

Once you ride a Rushmore RG with the new fairing and one handed everything, you'll be highly impressed, but once you ride the 114 M8 with all the new goodies......game over!!

Enjoy your new 19!

Yes but is a new 114 M8 going to trump a CVO? If I really like it enough then based on the color choices I'd order a 2020 in Scorched Orange/Silver Flux with the blacked out option. I guess they are going to offer that in the 2020 touring models finally.

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