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Focal 130CV Speakers

Focal speaker
Focal, front
Stock speaker on the right, Focal on the left. Need I say more? (No, but of course I will...) Here is the right Focal speaker. Note the separately mounted frequency splitter. The 5.25" speakers bolt right up. Here is a view from the front showing both speakers installed.

The stock speakers sound like crap to me. I love the sound of the Focal line of speakers. Naturally, a 5" speaker can only put out so much bass. So I'm toying with the idea of putting a small amp in an very small sub-woofer inside the fairing. Not sure how I'd vent it, though, without letting too much rain in. I Picked up these speakers for nearly half of retail on the Internet. Check out www.acaraudio.com, and, yes they do match other Internet pricing like their banner says (eMail them).

Hidden AM/FM Antenna
Tap into a power lead And stick it somewhere

The hidden ProLine antenna by Antennaworks performs great around town, although on the open road it isn't the best. However, I like the clean look of no visible antenna.

 

Side Bag Extensions
Arlen Ness Bagger extensions
Ness Bagger extensions, example
Ness Bagger extensions, side
Ness Bagger extensions, 3/4 rear
This is what arrives from Arlen Ness - a few nuts, bolts, and washers and two shells for the extensions. Here one extension is literally taped on, making so you can see how it will fit up against the bags. You can bolt them on and then they will be removable, but I'll have them fiberglassed in give a one piece look. Expect to do a fair amount of filing and filling to get them to fit perfectly.

These may not get installed until next winter, but these pics will give you an idea of how they will change the look of the bike..

 

Torturous Wheel Inserts
Road Glide with Torturous wheels
Road Glide with torturous wheel inserts, closeup
Wheel without any inserts. Note the bump in the rim for mounting, which doesn't look too cool. If it wasn't for that I probably would have stayed without inserts. After. Pro One has several different inserts. I chose the "torturous" style.

Ok, this isn't much of a "how-to." All that was involved was I got the three pairs of inserts and screwed them on the wheel while mounted to the bike.

 

Pull Back Handlebars
Road Glide stock handlebar
Road Glide pullback handlebar
Road Glide handle bar comparison
Heritage bars on Road Glide
Stock handlebar with contour grips
Pullback handlebar with Stealth grips The stock bar sitting on top of the pullback bar to give an idea of the difference Current handlebar - from a Heritage

The stock bar was a bit of a stretch for me. Harley Davidson's Pullback bar fits me about right and is at the absolute maximum point of the cables. They are very tight but don't bind when turning. It brings the grips about an inch or maybe two closer to the rider and changes the angle of grips but still maintains a natural wrist angle. Hand position is down and inward compared to stock, but not as much rotation as a buckhorn style bar. Note that because the stock bar is sitting on top of the Pullback bar, the distance the Pullback comes back toward the rider compared to the stock bar is exaggerated.

The pullback bars have since been replaced with a set of factory Heritage bars, which have better angle and height than the pullbacks for my taste, plus seem to have a little more height than the original bars that came on the bike, although I don't have the original bars or specs to accurately compare them. At this point they are working for me. Had braided cables put on (still stock length). Thanks to Gary for the used parts.

 

Tank Extensions
Arlen Ness Road Glide tank extension
Arlen Ness Road Glide tank extension, bottom

Here's how the Arlen Ness tank extensions look when they arrive. I don't expect to put them on until next winter. The stock seat can still be used.

More pics when the extensions are installed.

 

Tires
Avon Venom 140
Continential Road Attack 160

Here's how the second set of tires look on the Road Glide

Initially I put an Avon Venom AM 41 130/70 on front, and AM42 150/70 on the rear. The stock 140 rear is 5 1/2" wide on an 16" rim and the Avon 150/70 on an 18" rim is only 5 5/8". The stock 130 front on an 16" rim is 5 1/4" wide but the 130/70 Avon on an 18" rim is only 5" wide.

At 6,000 miles the rear was down to the tread wear bars and the front took a large nail and went flat-flat-flat, so I shopped for some tires that were up 10 mm front and rear. Neither I nor two other shops could find any matching sets of those sizes, so I went with a mismatched set, both radials. Also of consideration was the rapid wear on the rear tire. I hear Dunlop is the best wearing, but since they didn't have a size anywhere near what I wanted I decided to try the new Continental Road Attack 160/60 on the rear (at least it is on the lower end of the cost spectrum) and the Avon Venom AM 41 140/70 on the front.

What I didn't realize when I ordered 18" rims was that tire selection was so limited. If you want to go oversize from stock, 17" rims have a lot more tire size choices.

 

Did You Know?

  • Want to shave the second front disk on your lower fork legs? Harley did it for you, years ago. The 1989 Heritage used only a single disk and fit fine with modern triple trees.

 

 
 
 
 
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