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Author Topic: Harley-Davidson Has a Big Problem and It's Not Trump. It's That Its Motorcycles  (Read 3056 times)

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FLSTFI Dave

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My wife and I have ridden over 160,000 miles with only one break down on the road and it was a battery and the temps were in the high 90's. HD was there in 20 minutes and they were about to close. They had the bike ready at 9 Am next Am.  We have had many of the usual problems with a new engine on my o7 serk and trans. Woodstock Hd  has never had my bike for more than a week to make the repairs and always offer a loaner.   Best thing my wife an I have done is buy 2 HD in 05 never look back.

I wish I could say that.  09 CVO Road glide, failed lifters at 46K miles.  12 CVO Road Glide, failed regulator at 7000 miles, failed compensator at 16000 miles, failed clutch master cylinder at 31000 miles.  15 CVO Road Glide Ultra, failed lifters at 44K miles, HD had to replace engine under warranty. 
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,.....so when your bike breaks down on Beartooth Pass on a Saturday afternoon over a holiday weekend,....you love that?? I sure as Hell didn't. Fricken' Stator #2 out of an eventual 4. I for one am tired of HDs breaking down on the road.

I had my stator go out on me going over Beartooth pass in 2001. I was riding my 89 FLT & had it fixed to ride without headlights. Rode it to Cody, Wyoming & had it replaced. This was my 2nd one. Also blew a head gasket 100 miles out of Sturgis on the same trip.  Only time this bike has ever been on a trailer. We did rebuild it in the campground. Still love to ride this old Harley!
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I had my stator go out on me going over Beartooth pass in 2001. I was riding my 89 FLT & had it fixed to ride without headlights. Rode it to Cody, Wyoming & had it replaced. This was my 2nd one. Also blew a head gasket 100 miles out of Sturgis on the same trip.  Only time this bike has ever been on a trailer. We did rebuild it in the campground. Still love to ride this old Harley!

I think I hold a record for burned out stators in national parks. My old '01 Ultra lost stators in Zion, Beartooth, Petrified Forest, and Malibu. Except for Malibu, it always happened on the road, over a weekend when the dealer is closed. HD has got to do better than that.
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I think I hold a record for burned out stators in national parks. My old '01 Ultra lost stators in Zion, Beartooth, Petrified Forest, and Malibu. Except for Malibu, it always happened on the road, over a weekend when the dealer is closed. HD has got to do better than that.
Maybe you just need to stay out of national parks. 😜
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Maybe you just need to stay out of national parks. 😜

James and I have discussed that strategy. However, since buying WrongWays '06 I've been very lucky with national parks. Care to join us for the Grand Canyon next year? You can ride your Honda,....
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Anyway, I have no dayglo or space suit looking riding clothes so would not fit in the Beemer world.  One thing my BMW buddies all have in common, you may not hear them long distance but you sure as heck can see them from a mile away.   ;D

I never cared much for image when I'm on any bike. The only stitch of HD attire I still own is the leather I practically stole on sale years ago. It's the same one I wore on my old Ducati and the new Honda I currently ride. I do get some weird looks depending on where you go, but doesn't bother me ... I still waive at every biker no matter what it is.
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