Hi all-first post here; I'm seriously considering a M109R. One of my previous bikes was a 2012 Rocket III Roadster. Loved that bike, the engine was fantastic, cornered well (especially after swapping tires), pretty darned comfortable and rock solid and very well made. I put about 35k miles on in in a couple years. I live in N. Idaho and my brother lives in Alabama. For the last 3 years we have gotten together and ridden for a week or two in the summer. Which, as you might imagine based on where we live, means some long days slabbing it on the interstate. I partially outfitted the Rocket for touring with bags, rear rack/rest, highway pegs, Airhawk and a tall windshield. It was quite comfortable for ~500-600 mile days-but after a couple 800 mile days, I decided I wanted something a little more suited for the long-haul and picked up a lightly used Indian Roadmaster. I sold the Rocket a few months later-and now regret that.
The big Indian is the perfect bike for eating up lots of interstate. Comfortable, good wind protection, heated seat and grips, good stereo, good bit of storage. But it's rather gutless (which I knew going it) and it's a big porker for day rides (love the QD trunk to quickly turn it into a bagger). I've had it about a season and a half and have about 25k on it...and am thinking I'd like something with a little excitement again-which brings me here. Besides-I could stand to get out from under the big payment-Indians are as overpriced as HDs. The Indian also has quite a few squeaks and rattles that the Rocket didn't (rock solid after 40k miles). I also live on a dirt road and run 8 miles of it a day-the belt squeals badly when dusty. I really want a shaft again.
I really like the styling of the 109. Looks like a great bike for day trips. I have a bad knee (one was just replaced) and I think the forward controls will work well from that point. But I've never ridden one. So, if there are any Rocketeers here-how do they stack up in terms of comfort, seating position, handling, power (yeah, I know it's down on torque, but HP isn't far off and the 9 is a little lighter) and general "feel"? Can the M109 corner with the Rocket (the mid-mount controls feel good for cutting corners and it had good ground clearance-didn't grind bits unless you were really into it)?
Most of the time I'd probably ride it "naked"-but toss on a windshield, set of bags and sissy bar/rack for trips. I'm also thinking I'd upgrade with an electronic cruise control and stereo. I have cruise on my RM and my other bike (KTM 1290 SAR) and can't imagine being without it now. How comfortable can a 109 be made for long days (800 or more) in the saddle?
I'm considering this one here: https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/m...883447898.html Has the Corbin bags, exhaust, intake and windshield already. I'd probably mount the bags with a set of EZBrackets to make it quick to take them off.
Thanks for any input.