In preparation for my West Coast trip this summer, I got a cheap GPS mount ($2.69 on eBay) for my Garmin Nuvi 350 that attaches to the handlebar. In addition to being a GPS, the Nuvi 350 includes an MP3 player which is a welcome addition to the bike. The handlebar mount seems to work well, is conveniently located, and allows me to zip tie the cords to the handlebar resulting in a reasonably clean installation.
In the past, I’ve used a couple of strips of velcro on the dash console. While this worked, it always presented problems with routing the wires (charger and AUX). With the wires touching the tank for a couple of weeks, the cords actually dulled the paint on the gas tank. Now that I can secure the cables, this should no longer be a problem.
About a week ago, I got new mufflers for my 2010 Limited. They’re Jackpot mufflers from FuelMoto and have slash-up tips. When I first started up the bike after installing them, they seemed to be very quiet – about the same as stock. After a week of riding, they’ve become a bit louder but not too loud. The sound is right between stock and Rineharts which is good for me.
I also added a high flow air cleaner and Power Commander V. The PCV has a feature that allows you to switch between two separate fuel maps so I have one map loaded that is for power and another map that is tuned for MPG. I mounted a switch on the left saddlebag guard making it very simple to switch maps as I ride down the road. The fuel maps provided by FuelMoto seem to be working well with no decel popping and good throttle response.
After riding around 3,000 miles on the Limited, I decided that the stock seat just had to go. I never could get comfortable on it and couldn’t ride more than 50 miles without having to get off and take a break. I want a seat that will allow me to ride all day without any undue suffering.
After doing some searching on the internet to find opinions on seats, I decided to go to the Harley dealer and check out some seats. The good folks at McDermott’s Harley Davidson allowed me to take a Hammock seat out for a ride to see if it would work. I’m happy to say that I found the right seat for me.
I’ve ridden a few hundred miles with the new seat now and it’s a nice comfy seat. I’m looking forward to going on some nice long rides as soon as the weather improves.
Well, the weather is starting to turn nice so I got out and rode the new Limited this weekend. I rode up to McDermott’s Harley Davidson to order some accessories for the new bike. After leaving the dealership, I decided to take Rt 4 home. It was actually a nice ride and the temperature was in the mid to high 40’s.
I’m really liking the new bike. It handles better, has more power, and the lower fairings and heated grips help a lot when riding in cooler weather.
Over the winter, I decided it was time for a new bike. I had pretty much settled on an Ultra Classic and was thinking of getting a leftover ’09 when I saw the new 2010 Ultra Classic Limited. After a couple of days of research, I decided that was the bike for me. So, about a week later, I went ahead and bought a Vivid Black/Black Ice Pearl Limited.
The color takes some getting used to – I actually prefer black over most colors. The Black Ice Pearl color has a lot of metal flake in it and changes between blue and purple as you move around the bike. The more I look at it the more I like it.
I haven’t ridden it much yet, only a couple of hundred miles, but so far I really like the 103 motor, 6 speed tranny and heated grips. I also bought a heated jacket liner for those days when it’s cold outside and transferred some of the accessories from my ’06 to the new bike.
This new bike should be nice when I go for my cross country ride this summer – I just need to figure out what route to take on the way out to California.