Complaints of vibration that bad in your hands probably not a later model. Counter balanced engines are Twin cam 88 and up Softails and rubber mounted Road King's have been improved, but you say 5 years of payments left? Can't be that old so shouldn't be that bad. I had both. The RK got real smooth the faster you go, shook like the devil at idle. The Heritage, my last bike, was counter balanced Twin Cam 88. Smooth at idle, stayed about the same at all speeds. I recently traded the Heritage for the 2012 Tour, which after hearing what you want, later add tour pack, IPOD.... All these add ons cost ALOT individually. Better to bite the bullet initally as you biggest hit will be that you are probably underwater on the current bike.
When I test drove the bike I have to admit it did not blow me away for silky smoothness, but it did not shake my hands, did not vibrate my boots, it was just a different type of engine vibration. It is completely different the a Harley, so get that out of your mind right now. I kind of compare it to a cross between BMW and Harley, with a little Honda thrown in for good measure.
I only have a couple of hundred miles on it and can tell you I now simple love the bike! What did blow me away from the moment I got on the bike is how easy it is to manuever. I'm not a big leaner, and my HD would hit floor boards quickly. I'm still learning how far this bike comfortably leans as I use to scrap where I'm still going strong.
And for comfort with riding 2 up? WOW! The factory seats are way better than the HD. Yesterday I was on it for twice as long before stopping than my old bike. Helping this is the wind management on the Tour. Add big floor boards, Heated seats (for colder weather) wide back rest for passenger, adjustable floor boards, Big wide comfortable seating for them too. The mono air shock has more travel, and I just lowered my 2", and my ride didn't change at all but the bike feels more sporty. When I had lowered my RK the max was 1 1/2" and either I bottomed out or had to put so much air in the shock it was a board.
Go ride one MORE THAN ONCE! And don't forget no heel shifter on stock models, so don't start banging your heel when you pull out cursing and traffic starts beeping :-)
1 down, FIVE up! Toe, Toe, Toe... (my heel shifter just arrived)
Oh yea, mpg... depends on driving habits, I'm still in break in, haven't hit 6 gear yet, and the computer says around 46mpg, and others report it gets better after 1,500 miles. Also my IPOD nevers leaves my bike! I have no radio stations even programed. I love the quieter pipes now and wind control and can CLEARLY hear it at any speed.
Bad news is this post is going to cost you some bucks... You're better off talking your self out out getting a new bike ;-(
FORMERLY 2012 Black XC Tour
2016 Honda NM4
2014 Honda CTX 700 dct
Last edited by MTVic; 09-04-2011 at 09:30 AM.