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I just bought my first Harley and decided to go for the Heritage Softail Classic. I will be picking up this bike in four weeks and cannot wait. I have read all the reviews on this bike and just read this review and I am sure that I've made the right choice. The only thing extra that I have done is that I test-rode one with a set of Vance and Hines 3-inch slash slip-ons and it sounded great, so I decided to go straight ahead and put them on the bike. I will be riding this bike from the UK to Spain, then Corsica, Sardinia, Italy and then finally Greece, so here's to some happy riding.

Jesse Tyler
Cwmbran, Wales, CF, United Kingdom
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
My daughter and I both upgraded to Heritage Classics in July 2009 after we made an 800-mile family trip in central Texas. I was on an 883 Sportster ad my daughter was on a Sportster Custom. I traded two days after the ride and she traded a week after I did. I have an '08 and she has an '09. She's taller than me, but we both are able to reach the ground easily. We also put on different seats, more for comfort than lowering us. I have short arms and have carpal tunnel in both wrists so I got different handlebars that reach back & up, which really helps my wrists ad hands stay comfortable for longer periods.

I've ridden mine to Yellowstone twice, Canada once, and just returned from a trip to Florida and my bike was very comfortable on all of these solo rides. I find it easier to turn than my Sporty due to the lower center of gravity. It doesn't feel like it weighs 200 pounds more than the 883 even with almost two more gallons of gas in the tank. If (when) I trade this one in (more than 50,000 miles on it now) I'll get another Heritage. You just can't beat the smooth ride and carrying capacity!


Shelley Abernathy
Round Rock, TX
Monday, March 21, 2016
Am anxiously awaiting picking up my new Heritage! Starting riding in 1971 and then quit to have kids and grandkids and now I'm back. Two years ago, I bought a used '09 1200 Sportster to get my feet wet again, then last year I bought a used '13 1200 Sportster because I wanted the confidence that you get with the big fat front tire. My hubby kept trying to talk me into a Softail, but I wouldn't listen, until I went to Daytona two weeks ago for Bike Week, and took demo rides at the Harley exhibit. Came home and bought a brand new Heritage with the new paint colors. My only question (at least for right now) is... do I have to have highway bars that jut out past the floorboards, or has anyone made standard engine guards work?

Donna S
Youngstown, OH
Monday, March 21, 2016
Editor Response
Congratulations on getting the new motorcycle Donna! Good question. We will post this here with the hopes someone will comment on the engine guard question. The only experience I have is with the ones that jut out past the footboard as the whole point of the engine guard is to guard the engine and other components of the bike, like the floorboards, should the bike tip over. Perhaps someone has experience with ones that don't stick out as far.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I have the 2016 Heritage. Traded in an 883 Sportster for her. Handles beautifully. Love the cruise control to give my hand a rest. I am 5 foot 3 inches and, like others, have to put up the floorboard to put up the kickstand. I bought a super reduced reach seat before I left the dealership with her and it's a perfect fit for me. Handles beautifully, and although so much bigger than the 883, seems easier to handle.

Dee
Fallbrook, CA
Monday, March 14, 2016
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