Originally Posted by Renrutcire
Eric here, after being in the market for a muscle, the more reviews I read, the more I realized that “going really fast in a straight line” wasn’t what I was looking for. Picked up my R last week.
I've had 'em both. Had an R, but had to sell due to a cervical fusion. Picked up an F to replace.
The R is *definitely* a hoot-- basically a 600 lb. sport bike. Especially if you tune the engine, get rid of the boat anchor H-D laughingly calls an exhaust, and reworking the front fork and rear shocks.
That being said, doing all of the above to an F makes for a pretty hair-raising ride as well; it does just fine in the twisties-- enough that I had to change out to pegs that gave me more clearance.
Either way, you can't go wrong.
The only real issue with the R is parts. The F is a right bear to find parts for, but it's a walk in the park compared to an R!
Just my 0.02.
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