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I don't get it...

My bike has 54,000+ miles on it and the only thing I've had to replace is a light bulb. All this reliability is so boring, when will this start breaking so I can get some exercise pushing it?


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Congrats!

Lots of us hoping for the same, except for the when will it break down part! LOL





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What? You accustomed to owning a BMW? Funny how things change. Consumer Reports now rates Harley Davidson as more reliable than BMW. Of course the Japanese manufacturers are tops in reliability.

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One of the bikes I had before the Versys was a 2003 Sportster. A bike I had bought second hand thinking that it would be the easiest bike to own in my price range, no chain to clean, no valves to adjust, maybe a carb rebuild sometime down the road and that'd be all I'd have to worry bout.

How so very wrong I was, three ignition modules, bank angle sensor problems, speedo went out twice, would lose it's timing, parts vibrated themselves loose all the time. Eventually it started burning though various wires on the wiring harness. At that point I had lost my tolerance and sold it to a motorcycle mechanic, lost a good bit of money on the deal but was outta my hands. Was the best day ever.

Favorite part is when I see him I ask, "How's my old sportster running?". Followed by all the details of how it's not and been nothing but problems.

I had such a bad experience with that Sportster that I'll never own another Harley again. I hope that my experience is not typical, but too little too late to sway me back.


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It probably isn't typical. Not sure about the 1200, but the 883 has been a pretty reliable bike I've heard from a couple of guys who ride them.

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I had a roommate who owned a Buell the entire time I lived with him.

It seemed like it was in the shop about every 3 months, and with less than 15,000 miles on it, it required a top end rebuild. Apparently the Harley dealership broke a spark plug during a service and the center electrode broke off and was loose in a cylinder. They actually just put a new spark plug back in and returned the bike to him. He fired it up and it was obvious that the bike couldn't be ridden.

Harley's solution was to overbore one cylinder to get rid of all the scoring marks, but then the thing was way out of balance, so he had to take it back to get the same work performed to the other cylinder.
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My bike has 54,000+ miles on it and the only thing I've had to replace is a light bulb. All this reliability is so boring, when will this start breaking so I can get some exercise pushing it?
Probably NEVER...!


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I'm at 51,000+ miles now, and I am on my 2nd headlight bulb AND I had to replace the license plate bulb too...ridiculous!
Still have to add gas and lube the chain and change the oil once in a while too....
I am, however, still running the stock spark plugs....

Seriously...is there a more reliable bike made, with 26,500 mile valve check intervals?

I still have 18 months left on my extended (5 yr.) warranty, kinda' hoping some things (stator?) will go....
Regardless, going to take this one to 100K+, God willing. Our love affair is still strong.

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A few years ago. . .

I replaced my valve springs around 62,000 miles. Have fun with that.


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I replaced my valve springs around 62,000 miles. Have fun with that.

Pics or it didn't happen.


And, I hope, "Kawi" will deal with that "problem" in the future.
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My '09 V just keeps getting younger thanks to 2(two)! instrument panel replacements for faulty push buttons. Thankfully both under warranty. Now says I have less than 3,000 Miles (56,000 actual). Just finished a 2,000 mi.+ jaunt and it is amazing how well the bike ran with such low miles.
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Stone ax reliable. Mine's been mechanically flawless (touch wood).


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We should all have such problems.

My Buell never left on the side of the road and only needed the shop once, rockbox gasket leaded and killed the cooling fan. All covered under warranty.

BUT I have a friend who owns a a 1200GSA...or it owns him. That thing has been a nightmare. One thing after the other. I'll stick with my poor little Kawasakis that never make me push them!

Or was that look THEN leap?
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I have a theory.

All of you with 50,000 + miles on your bikes. Have you added a taller front or shorter rear sprocket?
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I'm at 51,000+ miles now, and I am on my 2nd headlight bulb AND I had to replace the license plate bulb too...ridiculous!
Jesus! Three bulbs! An outrage! I dunno how you feel about charity, but I've started a collection.


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I have a theory.

All of you with 50,000 + miles on your bikes. Have you added a taller front or shorter rear sprocket?
I don't have over 50K, but I think fasteddie is stock. What is this theory??: eek: Both will make the machine taller and less turns of main drive shaft. Same turns of the tire of course!

16t is taller than 45t or 44t. IMO taller than 44t will loose that nice snap when wanted! JIMO But I am over 200 lbs.





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Fair enough

Pics or it didn't happen.


Next time. I will have some pictures. Probably not far from doing it again.


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I have a theory.

All of you with 50,000 + miles on your bikes. Have you added a taller front or shorter rear sprocket?
Still running stock.

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