Biker angered at huge repair bill after Harley Davidson engine breaks down

Sep 27, 2009 Full story: The Sunday Mail 38

DAVID STEEL was furious to be hit with a 2400 repair bill when the engine on his Harley-Davidson packed in.

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Irover

Lenoir City, TN

#21 Oct 7, 2009
Trick Pony I could not agree with you more! Back in 2007 I was ready to trade up from my Sporty to
a Road King. I am so glad I waited and looked around the internet such as this blog. I watched as the 07 & 08 buyers got screwed with bikes that overheated right from the dealership and required thousands of $$$$$ to make rideable. By 09 I got fed up of seeing what HD was doing and began to look at metrics and found a 90 cubic inch Vulcan at a great price. I could not be happier with the bike !!! Even on hot summer days, the bike runs
relatively cool. Plenty of power, nimble on the
road, with great fit & finish! If you are one who is only interested in a name, you deserve what you get from Harley Davidson! For years they have had little interest in building the best bike, instead concentrated on building a BRAND. Who cares if it overheats, is grossly overpriced, and is always last to have new technology (anyone remember ABS brakes?). So just like the tuna, "Sorry Harley, only the best is for me!".
LEO

United States

#22 Oct 9, 2009
I have a 2002 Heritage softail with over 27,000
mile on it with no problems at all. Today's Harley
ain't like your grand dads of yesteryear. When and if the time comes, I would by another one with out
hesitation...
Irover

Cusseta, GA

#23 Oct 9, 2009
LEO, if I where you, I'd keep that 02 unless of
course you are a HD dealer\employee. If not you
deserve what you get!
Charlie in AZ

Winslow, AZ

#24 Oct 9, 2009
I purchased a Sportster in 07. I ride it to work 9 months out of the year. With Stage one upgrades it gets 40 mpg in town and 57 mpg on the highway. It is what it is! It's all I wanted; simple, easy, and joyful like sex without a condom. When I went to the local HD dealership I was told that the next step up was a Dynaglide. Stripped down it would be $15,500 out the door. In August of 09, with a failed economy, they held their ground and offered me almost nothing for my Sporty with 4200 miles on it. Harley has lost touch!!! I love riding my Sporty, but I do not plan on any big interstate tours with it. My next bike with likely not be a Harley. The HOG magazine is a joke. They want to make you think that you are not in the club unless you own a $30,000 bagger, and can spend two months each year attending rallies around the globe. I love my Sporty for what it is. I deplore the leadership at HD. They truley are out of touch. The disease is called Cranial Rectal Inversion. Fire the Mgmt. at HD.
Irover

United States

#25 Oct 10, 2009
Charlie, absolutely AGREE! I too have a sporty,
04 883C with the same mods. Great bike! And like you I am NOT going to pay a fortune for a NAME!
I looked around and found a 07 Vulcan, 90 cu for
a sweet $5500.00 Bike had only 1200 miles and was
in brand new condition. With the economy the way
it is a lot of great bikes are going for very very
low prices. So tell the stealership to stick it and check out Craigs List or EBAY and I bet you too can find a great ride at a fraction (in my case 1/3 the price) of the price they are asking!
By the way, maybe thats why you are seeing harley dealerships going belly up on this board!
Shannon

Murray, KY

#26 Oct 11, 2009
I ride a 2000 FLHP. I put around 9000 miles a year on her and have only had her in the shop for regular servicing. I've heard all the horror stories about Harley not wanting to stand by their warranty. It's a shame that as much as Harley's cost them doing their customers like that. Fortunately I've not had any problems. My first Harley was a late 84 Softtail. 1st year Evo, 1st year Softtail, last year for factory kickstart. Everything problem you could have, I had. You ever heard the saying, "Rather push my Harley than ride your Honda?" Your talking to a wall. Harley will always have diehard riders and is here to stay. Even after all the problems I had out of that old FX when the time came to buy another theres no way I would be on anything else. When I was growin up I went through my share of old rat bikes. The last one was a Honda. Gave $250 for it and rode the hell out of it. Couldn't afford a real bike. I could've bought two Hondas for what I paid for my Road KIng. My old ladies wanting her own. A buddy of mine tried to get her to test ride his Honda, not a chance. Not gonna waste my breath explaining to you becuase you will never get it. Better a sister in a whorehouse than a brother on a Honda.
Shannon

Murray, KY

#27 Oct 11, 2009
Irover wrote:
Trick Pony I could not agree with you more! Back in 2007 I was ready to trade up from my Sporty to
a Road King. I am so glad I waited and looked around the internet such as this blog. I watched as the 07 & 08 buyers got screwed with bikes that overheated right from the dealership and required thousands of $$$$$ to make rideable. By 09 I got fed up of seeing what HD was doing and began to look at metrics and found a 90 cubic inch Vulcan at a great price. I could not be happier with the bike !!! Even on hot summer days, the bike runs
relatively cool. Plenty of power, nimble on the
road, with great fit & finish! If you are one who is only interested in a name, you deserve what you get from Harley Davidson! For years they have had little interest in building the best bike, instead concentrated on building a BRAND. Who cares if it overheats, is grossly overpriced, and is always last to have new technology (anyone remember ABS brakes?). So just like the tuna, "Sorry Harley, only the best is for me!".
My 2000 FLHP has ABS.
LEO

United States

#28 Oct 11, 2009
Irover wrote:
LEO, if I where you, I'd keep that 02 unless of
course you are a HD dealer\employee. If not you
deserve what you get!
Yep, Just went out today for a burn. Did about 300 miles. Like I said, no problems, my next thing would be to maybe go with gear driven cams. I have heard of some problems with the cam chain tension-er on some 01, to 03 88'B models.
Irover

United States

#29 Oct 12, 2009
Shannon, point is that metrics had ABS brakes at
least a decade before that! As I understand it, the
only reason HD came out with ABS is that they lost the CHIP contract in California because they couldnt meet bid spec. HD is ALWAYS LAST introducing new technology to their products! I agree that there are those out there that no matter how much HD screws you, youll be back. Not
me.....
Charlie

Winslow, AZ

#30 Oct 12, 2009
Irover wrote:
Charlie, absolutely AGREE! I too have a sporty,
04 883C with the same mods. Great bike! And like you I am NOT going to pay a fortune for a NAME!
I looked around and found a 07 Vulcan, 90 cu for
a sweet $5500.00 Bike had only 1200 miles and was
in brand new condition. With the economy the way
it is a lot of great bikes are going for very very
low prices. So tell the stealership to stick it and check out Craigs List or EBAY and I bet you too can find a great ride at a fraction (in my case 1/3 the price) of the price they are asking!
By the way, maybe thats why you are seeing harley dealerships going belly up on this board!
I suspect that we are in good company. Harley is headed for a fall! I wonder if their big dollar execs. ever bother to read these posts? If not them then how about their corporate thugs? You know, the ones who break fingers if you dis. them. The Harely dealership in Belmont, AZ acted like they did not want my business. I guess that the captains do go down with their ships.
Mike

Calgary, Canada

#31 Apr 15, 2012
I have had my Harley for years purchased it from FirstChoiceAutoFinder in April of 2007 and I have had no problems with it. I now have 61,389 km on it and still runs great!.

Since: May 12

Brownsville, TX

#32 Aug 30, 2012
cry babies over big HD-twin.
Hammer Man

Barrie, Canada

#33 Apr 1, 2013
I've been riding Harley's for only 3 yrs now& have only minor issues,nothing I couldn't fix myself.Besides the heat factor where most DIY'S can fix over time by saving up the $$$$$ can combat the heat issues that plague the dinosaur engines.The only other issue I've check periodically is the cam chain tensioners.If you convert these tensioners to gear cams,you have yourself a good running twin cam.Then again,you can blame the EPA for Harley going this way.

Since: Apr 09

Kitty Hawk, NC

#34 Apr 5, 2013
I bought an 06 Electra Glide Ultra 3 years ago on Ebay. It had 12,000 miles. It has 42,000 on it now, no problems to speak of. Been to Florida 4 times. Upstate NY 3 times. From eastern NC to St. Louis and back. To Roanoke VA 2 or 3 times.

Quit perpetuating the Harley junk myth!
Mrs Shannon

Fancy Farm, KY

#35 Apr 6, 2013
I'm sorry guys, Shannon posted this and logged on Topix under our family shared email address so an email was sent to us when you guys to a comment he had made. I regret to inform you, but Shannon's no longer with us. After reading the comments left by you WINGDINGGERS, & hear you whine like little bitches, he died laughing. By the way, his 2000 Road King has 171,637 miles and has only had general maintenance that he done his self. May he R.I.P.
rigpigpetey

Airdrie, Canada

#37 Jan 13, 2014
Larry wrote:
Thats what happens when you buy junk like Harley.....My Honda has 160,000 miles on it never had a problem.
cool in your world, but my harley sounds pretty cool in my world. something of a chick magnet too,...
comes down to that adage, "work smart, not hard".
Tommy

Somerset, KY

#38 Mar 1, 2014
Larry wrote:
Thats what happens when you buy junk like Harley.....My Honda has 160,000 miles on it never had a problem.
Larry, Noll Davis from Kentucky would be a perfect friend for you, He also said that Harley Davidson bikes were junk and owns a Honda instead.
hrtsgn7

Littleton, CO

#39 Mar 30, 2014
all parts are made and come from china

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