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Where to begin? A month ago my current bike (2009 VRSCDX) had its life cut short when a lady decided to blast off from a stop sign and t-bone me, with my left leg taking 100% of the impact. Bike was totaled due to a bent frame and my leg was shattered even worse. Doc says up to 6 months for a full recovery which puts me right around late spring to hop back in the saddle.

I鈥檝e had the V-Rod since 2010, with ZERO issues in the 50,000+ miles I put on in that time (less the almost 4 years it was in storage following a previous accident, in which time I rode my 1990 FXR, also totaled in 2017). Anyway, being a magnet for terrible drivers aside, the PanAm appeals to be for obvious reasons - power/power delivery similar to my V-Rod, performance handling and breaking, and I鈥檝e always yearned to be better equipped for off road exploring (never really stopped me on my other two bikes but they definitely had their limitations!).

So here I am, stuck between a Pan America Special, and a Road Glide Special. Two completely different animals I know, but my main hot button is long distance comfort for both rider and passenger, the PAS just happens to bring all the performance to the table as well. I guess you could expect me to be lurking here for the next few months trying to learn more about the bike and lusting over all of your pics. Once I鈥檓 able to giddy up again who knows, I just might be posting pics of my own.

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Screw the leg, hope he gave her a proper burial.馃榿 Kidding aside, pray for full recovery and you are able to ride again and hopefully idiots will notice and not pull out in front of anyone of us riding!
 

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Sorry to hear about the Crash. Hope your Leg will heal.
The dessicion is easy to make.
Set your priorty and do it.
I for myselfe deside many Power and Low wight and came up with the PAS.
My calculation with no rider
152hp/ 258kg = 0,59 HP/kg
94hp/ 387kg = 0,24 HP/kg
Almost 2,5 Times more Power. :) (y) :)
Now it is up to you to calculate.
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Screw the leg, hope he gave her a proper burial.馃榿 Kidding aside, pray for full recovery and you are able to ride again and hopefully idiots will notice and not pull out in front of anyone of us riding!
Haha thanks. Is it bad that I care more about being able to shift effectively than I do about possibly having a limp for the rest of my life? If I do end up getting a PanAm, I鈥檒l definitely be adding the brightest accessory lights possible and having them on 24/7... 馃憖馃憖馃憖馃憖馃憖
 

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Sorry about the crash, heal quick.

If it's long distance cruising you seek, and speed and actual power aren't that important to you, plus you feel the need to be unquestionably part of the Harley culture, the Road Glide is a beautiful piece of driveway jewelry. Ain't nuthin' wrong with that.

If you want a bike that is a blast to ride, nimble, light and a kick in the pants, and you want to have the option of going off road, then the PAS could definitely be your next bike. Yes, it's still a Harley, however there are a few "Culture Cops" out there that might give you a hard time (a few morons in the 'social club' I ride with in particular). There are a few misgivings and design flaws that can and will be addressed (aftermarket or otherwise), and a few people have had some issues (not me), but over all the bike is pretty freakin' cool. Plus you won't have to wash it after every ride and you can keep all your T-shirts.
 
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