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Harley question

Post by Clarkey » 25 Mar 2018, 12:33

This probably doesn't have a single answer, just want to pick the brains of those who have experience with Harley's - what is considered high or low milage? I believe they're known for being fairly bullet proof if serviced correctly, but would you buy a bike with 30k, 40k, 50k? At what point would you think it'd struggle to sell?

Also, are any of the generations known for having issues? Any particular engine size / model you'd avoid?

I'm hoping to get one over the next few years - I've ridden a few, know most of their pros and cons (and ignore the 'harleys are shit' view of those who have never ridden them, lol), but any info I can get from those who have had them is appreciated

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Re: Harley question

Post by rumpoldstilskin » 25 Mar 2018, 13:55

Clarkey wrote:This probably doesn't have a single answer, just want to pick the brains of those who have experience with Harley's - what is considered high or low milage? I believe they're known for being fairly bullet proof if serviced correctly, but would you buy a bike with 30k, 40k, 50k? At what point would you think it'd struggle to sell?

Also, are any of the generations known for having issues? Any particular engine size / model you'd avoid?

I'm hoping to get one over the next few years - I've ridden a few, know most of their pros and cons (and ignore the 'harleys are shit' view of those who have never ridden them, lol), but any info I can get from those who have had them is appreciated

Cheers

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Keep a check on bolt torque setting, ie a dab of paint across your bolt head and you’ll be reet.

Did the rear pillion pegs on mine Friday night, job involves removing the exhaust system, after the 1st 1k miles the rear cylinder manifold bolts were barely finger tight.

Other than that, regular oil changes, torque up the rear pulley wheel every now and then and avoid kick start early models unless you are used to them- its an art form.

Regarding corrosion etc, moat are cherished but check the brace under the frame- often the only neglected area.

I want an early shovel head next :)

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Re: Harley question

Post by lee » 25 Mar 2018, 19:22

Be careful what you get.
Some have a very dodgy past. The one on corrie is a prime example.

Scary.


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Re: Harley question

Post by Clarkey » 25 Mar 2018, 20:14

lee wrote:Be careful what you get.
Some have a very dodgy past. The one on corrie is a prime example.

Scary.


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Hmmm... I'll have to go check with my wife or mum for the Corrie reference... I'm sure it's hilarious though

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Post by jimmytanko » 26 Mar 2018, 20:25

lee wrote:Be careful what you get.
Some have a very dodgy past. The one on corrie is a prime example.

Scary.


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HARLEY not Hayley

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Re: Harley question

Post by lee » 27 Mar 2018, 10:28

Ah

My mistake


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Re: Harley question

Post by Clarkey » 27 Mar 2018, 22:42

rumpoldstilskin wrote:
Clarkey wrote:This probably doesn't have a single answer, just want to pick the brains of those who have experience with Harley's - what is considered high or low milage? I believe they're known for being fairly bullet proof if serviced correctly, but would you buy a bike with 30k, 40k, 50k? At what point would you think it'd struggle to sell?

Also, are any of the generations known for having issues? Any particular engine size / model you'd avoid?

I'm hoping to get one over the next few years - I've ridden a few, know most of their pros and cons (and ignore the 'harleys are shit' view of those who have never ridden them, lol), but any info I can get from those who have had them is appreciated

Cheers

Live Forever or Die Trying
Keep a check on bolt torque setting, ie a dab of paint across your bolt head and you’ll be reet.

Did the rear pillion pegs on mine Friday night, job involves removing the exhaust system, after the 1st 1k miles the rear cylinder manifold bolts were barely finger tight.

Other than that, regular oil changes, torque up the rear pulley wheel every now and then and avoid kick start early models unless you are used to them- its an art form.

Regarding corrosion etc, moat are cherished but check the brace under the frame- often the only neglected area.

I want an early shovel head next :)
Cheers for the reply, will keep it in mind :-)

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