Pass on beta-testing the new engine.
Yeah, me too. There have been some issues in the forums for some but all in all, its been a pretty good roll out for HD, EXCEPT if your one of the few with issues. beta-testing is the right word, as issues crop up with those few, they work on solutions and then need the local dealer mechanics to learn and work on the solutions. Not that this doesnt occur with any new product but I pass too.
Also a bit more common with the M8 is certain amount confirm a engine vibration around 3000 rpm or so, not everyone. Some say its over tightened exhaust transmitting it, I havent really followed it except to know some report it. All I know my 14RK is truly silky smooth anything above dead idle which is like a jumping bean but above idle, no matter what I do and what speed and what RPM there is never a vibration so if I went for the 17 and got stuck with one that has this vibration some talk about, even a little, I would freak out. *L*
I never rode a 17 so only commenting on stuff in hd forums that I read. One thing they all say, the torque is amazing, yet with the lightest of the bunch (Road King) I guess I dont feel I would need it vs maybe the Street or Road Glide.
I ride the interstate all the time (GPS 75+, most times two up, sometimes with luggage, to the beach or the mountains, 14 RK never breaks a sweat. Maybe in a couple years if I get the itch, the time will be right, but not yet.
Im a fan of the green, looks the same or similar color green from previous years. I never have been a fan of the blacked out look. Maybe better said, the bike looks cool but its not for me, just dont like all that paint where chrome is normally, I could be wrong but to me looks like it will certainly show chips, marks and scratches more easy. Also visibility is less.