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Been debating on what I would like to do to the bike this winter. Debating on whether to do things to change the looks of the bike such as 1 - Handle bars, 2 - bag extensions and side covers from HMD, 3 - ???? or then on the performance side thinking of going to the cams and timing gear, already have the PCV w/auto tune and air filter. Would love to go big bore, but not of enough $$$$ yet.
If anyone has the bag extensions from HMD, please feel free to elaborate on your thoughts about them, actually for that matter any one can.


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Go for looks. Now days no one really street races any more and you can beat that other brand for the most part.
Looks will make you stand out in the crowd.
Bag extension would be hot.

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If anyone has the bag extensions from HMD, please feel free to elaborate on your thoughts about them, actually for that matter any one can.thumb up

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For me it's always been performance. Then again I like having a sleeper bike.

I have looked at the HMD web-site a lot. Bought a set of draw back bars a couple of months ago even. I never realized that they sold bag extensions. Their web-site layout if strange to me, now I realize that there probably a lot of items I have never seen.
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1. Power on these types of bikes is not about street racing, it's about a heavy bike, loaded with gear and 2 people, climbing a 6% grade at 6000' elevation without needing to downshift. You say "performance" and people get images of "fast and furious" movies.

2. Apehangers and 26" wheels may go out of style next year... but performance never goes out of style.

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Can't believe I am even saying this, but I would go with looks. Tricked out Victorys are few and far between so I am thinking this will give you the most bang for the buck, which often = satisfaction.

Performance of these bikes, for what they are, is really at the top of the class with the few minor changes you have already done. Although not comparably expensive to doing up a Harley, once you start getting the extra oomph from the cams, my fear is that the sickness will take over and all of your extra money will go towards "just 2 more HP and I'm done." So in the end, you have a bagger that no other bagger can ever hang with. Kind of like taking a F-18 back in time to dogfight in WWI.

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Looks, make it look different than everyone else. For me the performance is good and I'm happy with it. Pulled the mountains 2 up with no problem.

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Machines come detuned. Uncle Sam sees to that. I don't fault the guys that want to doll their rides up but to Pop first things first.
Get the power that is in the engine freed up. I paid for 106 inches and I want what I paid for. I may not get a stocker to a horse an inch but I can get closer than the factory does.
Cams and flywheels and whatnot can wait, right along with mirrors and covers and windshields and rims and the other things that I just got done paying for. I didn't buy that stuff to tear it off the bike and sit it on a shelf. But for short money I can find eight or ten ponies with what came on the bike. That's upwards of a 10% improvement for a very modest investment. I wish my portfolio could deliver like that.
I don't worry or care for that matter that my red Cross Country will appear similar to other red Cross Countrys. Hell, it is. Plus, I been riding Harleys since Steppenwolf. I long ago figured how to pick mine out of a sea of 'em.
Not worth it to me throwing money at it to make other idiots happy. I throw money at mine to make the idiot in the saddle happy. The other idiots can apply their cash as they see fit.

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For me its function. MadStad Windshield so I can have it adjusted anyway I want. GPS so I can go for a ride anywhere in no particular direction and still get home. Anything that lets me ride more.

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Like the comments so far specially "Pop's", brought a smile. I am a gear head at heart and an ex-drag racer. We were always over the winter looking for few more ponies if we could. Running 7.50's @175 mph and looking for more, can you believe that!! I can understand both sides of the fence and the bottom line is what Pop's said, the idiot in the saddle.
I currently have a buddies 2012 Street glide in my garage torn apart doing handle bar upgrade, outer fairing air brushed by someone, and inner fairing painted by someone. Just before that, I installed set of cams in it for him. We did do a baseline run this fall with 68 HP and 88TQ with hopes of getting mid 80's HP and upper 90's TQ. He tells me to leave my engine alone and go for looks, you have more power stock than all of us that you ride with, I am only Victory in our small group.

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I agree with half crazy. As far as any other changes, for me it's normally for comfort.

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