Should You Buy a New Harley Davidson

Should You Buy a New Harley Davidson

There are 559 comments on the Car Junky story from Nov 10, 2007, titled Should You Buy a New Harley Davidson. In it, Car Junky reports that:

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Suzuki

La Farge, WI

#619 Sep 3, 2012
Ray wrote:
<quoted text>no thanks. i will stick with the american icon. i like to keep my money in my own country. i will not pour money into another countries ecomomy, just seems unamerican to me.
Most of the Jap bikes are assembled in the US, not to mention sold and serviced by Americans. In fact, the Honda Goldwing, up until a few years ago was completely built in the US, using more US parts than H-D. Harley still uses bits and pieces of their motorcycles from manufactures over seas. Playing the "unAmerican" card, is just plain ignorant!
Dale

Perth, Australia

#621 May 12, 2013
Why make em so loud,
Darth Maul

Jersey City, NJ

#622 May 15, 2013
Ray wrote:
<quoted text>no thanks. i will stick with the american icon. i like to keep my money in my own country. i will not pour money into another countries ecomomy, just seems unamerican to me.
News Flash. Harleys are not American made.
Darth Maul

Jersey City, NJ

#623 May 15, 2013
Dale wrote:
Why make em so loud,
Loud pipes saves lives.
boxcar

Albuquerque, NM

#624 May 15, 2013
Am on my 10th Harley, 2003 Screamin' Eagle
1984 EVO was still ran strong after 20yrs, 100K when it showed a little blowby oil thru breather. Hated to sell it but cost me $7K-$5K =$2K or $100/year
Fastest bike I owned was a 1981 XR-1000 I donated to BOTT for Bartel's 1987 race season. Won its 1st race by over 2 Minutes!
Tom Sharp, the rider said it was better than he was. Heads/Carbs/Intake done by Branch FlowMetrics to achieve max. torque at any RPM
Tom said he could "miss a shift" and still pass guys either side
Speed in 170s but it got there in a hurry, like right NOW

“Down in the Bayou”

Since: Apr 08

Vancleave Mississippi

#625 Jun 4, 2013
boxcar wrote:
Am on my 10th Harley, 2003 Screamin' Eagle
1984 EVO was still ran strong after 20yrs, 100K when it showed a little blowby oil thru breather. Hated to sell it but cost me $7K-$5K =$2K or $100/year
Fastest bike I owned was a 1981 XR-1000 I donated to BOTT for Bartel's 1987 race season. Won its 1st race by over 2 Minutes!
Tom Sharp, the rider said it was better than he was. Heads/Carbs/Intake done by Branch FlowMetrics to achieve max. torque at any RPM
Tom said he could "miss a shift" and still pass guys either side
Speed in 170s but it got there in a hurry, like right NOW
too funny..harleys suck and you know it...sso slow they can't get out of their own way...lol
Gunny Mike

Cary, IL

#627 Jul 16, 2015
I owned a Yamaha Virago in my twenties and rode it cross country twice, I Have owned 6 Harleys since, Sportster, Springer, Fat Boy, Deluxe, Fat Boy, and Fat Boy. Never a problem with any of them. Rode my Softail Deluxe with 36,000 miles on it from Chicago to Florida and back 3 times, 3rd time with a bad clutch bearing, but I rode it there and back and finally had it changed. In my opinion bikes are only as good as you treat them. For those bashing Harley Davidson, you probably have never ridden one. I could spend all day at a Harley dealership just looking at them. And for those that say they leak oil, rattle, are slow, etc, get over it, that's ancient AMF History. Yes Harley Davidson motorcycles are works of art, and definetly retain a good percentage of their value. For all of you who bash Harley Davidson, shame on you, your part of the reason our country is selling out to foreigners. I'm a retired Marine, if I want to spend the money on a Harley, I work more hours at my civilian job and put in the effort to own a classic piece of American quality. Are they overpriced? maybe, are they worth it? Absolutely. Take a road trip, a real road trip, and you will see most bikes on the interstates putting real miles on them are tried and true Harley Davidsons. So before you bash Harley Davidson, maybe you should study your history and learn of the Holocaust, the Bataan Death March, Pearl Harbor, or the Rape of Nanking. I guarantee you if Japan or Germany had won the war, you would not be riding a motorcycle, you would be a slave laborer. And who do you think rebuilt Europe and Japan and taught them the art of mass production? That's right, the good old U.S.A. Riders are riders, so ride what you like, I wave at all riders, just don't bash an American Company who is a large part of motorcycling popularity and history. I'll take my Harley any day, and when you grow up, maybe one day you will be the proud owner of a Harley Davidson motorcycle too. After all, Harleys are the bikes every other manufacturer tries to copy, I wonder why that is..........Harley Davidson Forever !!!! And God Bless the U.S.A.!!!!

Since: May 15

Florence, MS

#628 Jul 16, 2015
BUY FOREIGN CARS wrote:
Harleys, Harleys, Harleys .........
What do you call a group of Harley Owners with a collective IQ of 120?
Sturgis !
What's the difference between a Harley Davidson and a Hoover vacuum cleaner?
The Harley has room for two dirtbags on board.
Why do Harley owners have tassels on their handlebars and clothing?
To be able to tell if they're moving or not !
How is a Harley Davidson like an old dog?
They both like to ride in the back of pickup trucks.
What is the difference between a Harley Davidson and an old dog?
The dog can get in the back of the pickup by itself.
How is a Harley Davidson like a Porcupine?
Both have pricks on their back.
How is a Harley Davidson like an old dog?
If you leave them alone long enough, they'll both mark their territory.
Damn dude, you dont hate harleys or riders very much do you? Let me guess, you ride a honda ruckus right?

Since: May 15

Florence, MS

#629 Jul 16, 2015
I own a '75 cb750, a '96 1200 sportster and a '14 ultra limited. All have their place for a particular riding style. Each has different strengths and weaknesses. I'm gonna say this and then shut up; there are far too many people who hate riders in general, and would probably be jackin reading us hating on different kinds of bikes. If you don't like a certain bike no one says you have to ride it. So instead of hating on each other, why don't we work to improve the reputation of motorcycling as a whole so the rider haters dont have anything else to pick us apart about? Hating and name calling amongst ourselves only gives them more ammunition.

Since: Jan 15

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#631 Jul 20, 2015
Harley has nothing more to offer than what is already there. So, should you buy a NEW one? No.
jrodz

Tampa, FL

#632 Jul 25, 2015
Harley's suck over price junk. Sales are down you got victories and Indians and Japanese bike that are better made and a down to earth affordability to own one.

Since: Jan 15

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#634 Jul 29, 2015
jrodz wrote:
Harley's suck over price junk. Sales are down you got victories and Indians and Japanese bike that are better made and a down to earth affordability to own one.
That's right!
BMurph

Manchester, NH

#635 Aug 4, 2015
BUY FOREIGN CARS wrote:
Harleys, Harleys, Harleys .........
What do you call a group of Harley Owners with a collective IQ of 120?
Sturgis !
What's the difference between a Harley Davidson and a Hoover vacuum cleaner?
The Harley has room for two dirtbags on board.
Why do Harley owners have tassels on their handlebars and clothing?
To be able to tell if they're moving or not !
How is a Harley Davidson like an old dog?
They both like to ride in the back of pickup trucks.
What is the difference between a Harley Davidson and an old dog?
The dog can get in the back of the pickup by itself.
How is a Harley Davidson like a Porcupine?
Both have pricks on their back.
How is a Harley Davidson like an old dog?
If you leave them alone long enough, they'll both mark their territory.
Sounds like you're just one of them wimps who is afraid to ride a real bike.
BMurph

Manchester, NH

#636 Aug 4, 2015
jrodz wrote:
Harley's suck over price junk. Sales are down you got victories and Indians and Japanese bike that are better made and a down to earth affordability to own one.
Another rider afraid of putting his ass on a real bike!

Since: Jan 15

Location hidden

#638 Aug 25, 2015
Jimmy Joe Johnson wrote:
<quoted text>
Uhmmm...and whenever you buy a TV, Camera etc. etc. JAPANESE COMPANIES, where does the money go???(Sony, Panasonic etc) TO THEIR COUNTRY!!!!
Yeah, you are totally right.
Bikers sux

Tobyhanna, PA

#639 Aug 30, 2015
You people need a life
MorrisGray

La Fayette, GA

#640 Nov 20, 2015
I didn't think much of Harleys back in my younger years and started off with Kawasaki bikes. I have also owned Yamaha and Honda motorcycles, both dirt and street. Bought my first v-twin ever two years ago and it is my 2012 Dyna Super Glide Custom and I love it for solo local riding. It does not suit me and my wife for 2up riding so I am looking at buying a new 2016 Road King / Road Glide / Street Glide / Electra Glide ... Unsure of which! Oh and I also own and enjoy riding my 2012 Honda ST1300. I have had no troubles out of either of my bikes that I currently own. As far as a Harley... You need to ride one to know the feeling and comfort that they can provide. For those of you bashing them just because you own something different and have had no real experience of owning one, your opinion means nothing. I have never owned a Suzuki but I am not going to a Suzuki forum to bash them just because I don't like them, I just don't and will not buy one.

Since: Apr 09

Kitty Hawk, NC

#641 Nov 20, 2015
MorrisGray wrote:
Bought my first v-twin ever two years ago and it is my 2012 Dyna Super Glide Custom and I love it for solo local riding. It does not suit me and my wife for 2up riding so I am looking at buying a new 2016 Road King / Road Glide / Street Glide / Electra Glide ... Unsure of which!
Hi Morris, any of those FL's would be good for two up riding. I own a 2006 EG Ultra, I love it for long distance touring. When I have a passenger you hardly know they're back there, and they love the "Lazy Boy" seat and floorboards. If you equip both your helmets with speakers and mics, you plug them into the bikes system (intercom) and you can talk. The newer bikes may use bluetooth for that. Whatever you decide, enjoy!

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#642 Feb 25, 2017
I just bought a new 2016 FLD,
and it's a dream come true !

I have not owned a bike for
30 years, and decided that
a nice retirement present
was in order. What a difference
in handling abilities compared
to the 500 pound, 1977 Z1900
I had. I took off the windshield
and saddle bags, for now, and
am breaking in the engine.
I like to cruise at 40 in 3rd gear
and with just a flick of the wrist,
I'm doing 70 !!!

The bike is everything I've wanted
and I am very happy that I shopped
around and saved a lot by traveling
2 1/2 hours to a dealer who gave
me 4K off the msrp, compared to
local places who only budged
1500.

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