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post #81 of 133 Old 08-01-2018, 03:15 PM
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When I got back into riding around 2002, I rented a Harley for two days. The woman I rented from called me and said she had to leave the shop early and, if I wanted, I could keep it for another day, FREE! I said, thanks but that I would return it early, and I did. I think I had to have a couple fillings reset after riding that dang thing for two days. Talk about roasted chestnuts and no guts. Then, I was traveling through Ohio on my Goldwing, and found that a tire I had installed, had deteriorated in about the half the normal life. I usually get 8,000 to 10,000 miles, but this one only had 4,000. The thread was showing in the middle. Very concerned I looked for a MC shop and I found a Harley dealer near my location. They said; "tough luck, but take it somewhere else!"

It's good to hear they may have solved some of their problems. I can only speak for me, and I am not trying to convince anyone else, but those experiences have soured me on Harleys, probably for the rest of my life.

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My buddy bought a street glide and took the engine out after 100 miles and installed a new screaming eagle 120 crate motor, he had the dealer do everything. It never ran right and he spent almost as much on the new engine as the initial bike. He thought it would be a investment, having a brand new factory engine on a pallet in his garage. Now he has a POS sputtering, backfiring, useless bike that he has spent $40k on and will never be able to sell.
They are so good at marketing, they have brainwashed their customers. How do they do that?
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@Jonnybow , that's nothin'... I built a custom bagger in '07 powered with an S&S 124" crate motor, Baker 6 speed, Traxxion forks, 200 mm wide tire frame, Brembo brakes, custom paint, etc, etc, etc. Sold it 5 years later and 1/2 of the money back that it cost me to build (I did ALL the labor save for paint)...

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Main reason for still liking Harleys is my memories. Had some great times with great friends and some awesome parties. The rides were great too.

Now, my old Harley friends have either died, moved or stopped riding. When young I accepted all the Harley "personality", Now, have no desire to go back. Every time I ride my B I'm thinking about how amazing and fun this bike is to ride. It's added years to my riding life.

From my personal experience you cannot make a Harley competitive with a new K1600 regardless of how much you invest.

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... So I traded the GTL in on a K1600B Grand America to solve most of the comfort issues. No regrets after doing a 7-1/2 day 2800 mile trip a couple weeks ago.
I'm on the verge of trading in my '15 R1200R on a GTL, to get a more comfortable ride. Interesting that you find the GA more comfortable than the GTL. If you don't my asking, what do you like better about the GA?
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My buddy bought a street glide and took the engine out after 100 miles and installed a new screaming eagle 120 crate motor, he had the dealer do everything. It never ran right and he spent almost as much on the new engine as the initial bike. He thought it would be a investment, having a brand new factory engine on a pallet in his garage. Now he has a POS sputtering, backfiring, useless bike that he has spent $40k on and will never be able to sell.
They are so good at marketing, they have brainwashed their customers. How do they do that?
Have your buddy contact Jamie at Fuel Moto in Green Bay Wi. He will make it run.

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Main reason for still liking Harleys is my memories. Had some great times with great friends and some awesome parties. The rides were great too.

Now, my old Harley friends have either died, moved or stopped riding. When young I accepted all the Harley "personality", Now, have no desire to go back. Every time I ride my B I'm thinking about how amazing and fun this bike is to ride. It's added years to my riding life.

From my personal experience you cannot make a Harley competitive with a new K1600 regardless of how much you invest.

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I have a 2000 FXD that I like to ride around on.

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If money were no object, I would own Barber Motorsports! Could you imagine the fun you could have selecting any bike you wished from that awesome museum and taking it over to the track for endless hours of riding? As they say, variety is the spice of life!
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Some of the stupid comments on this thread make me want to stop looking at new BMW Motorcycles. Sort of like Harley Davidson Derangement Syndrome!
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