Unless you have a Harley dealer do the work, then it's the most expensive bike to work on.Go Yahama! Go faster blue.
Wing-ding ding ding!
In H-D's favor, since some parts from a 1903 Harley are interchangeable with a 2013 Harly, repairs are cheap.
Yeah, technology sucks and is much more unreliable than the good old days. We should all get rid of the internet, cell phones, lasers (surgery, manufacturing, etc), satellites, color tv, etc and get back to the good ole switchboard operators, print newspapers where you find out world news weeks late and that is if you are lucky, b&w tv, model t fords, harleys and all the other great things back in the day. Heck we all know carburetors work great and never need rejetted when riding down a mountain to a low altitude and so on.Kind of a knock on HD motorcycles, since most of the technology used is from WW2 and is stone simple. I'd expect something technologically complex to have issues.
That said, if Harley owners like to call design flaws "character" and want to pay top dollar for a machine that specializes in slowly turning gasoline to noise, who am I to argue. Like the man said, we're all bikers.
Besides, at least Harleys look good. Those adventure bikes on the other hand...
Youre forgetting to account that only a quarter of harleys are ridden more than a thousand miles a year.In reality, Harley's warranty accruals per vehicle amount to about 1%, which is incredibly low. As compared to Volkswagen, which tends to hover between 5%-6%, but on par with Honda, which also remains around 1%. Most automotive manufacturers are around 2.5%-3%.
Misleading title to say the least.
Kawasaki had the GPZ750 turbo that was fuel injected as well back then. Hydraulic lifters not hydraulic valves have been around for more than 3 decades, so hardly new tech and not even the best tech either.Had a Honda in the eighties that had all that except the ABS, which I don't want anyway. I can see why Hardley riders would want ABS though.
Incorrect. Average for Harleys is closer to the 4,000-6,000 miles per year range. Even sportbikes average between 2,000-3,000 miles per year.Youre forgetting to account that only a quarter of harleys are ridden more than a thousand miles a year.
Which Honda model, specifically, had closed loop fuel injection and hydraulic valves in the 1980s? Did it also have an electronic throttle?Had a Honda in the eighties that had all that except the ABS, which I don't want anyway. I can see why Hardley riders would want ABS though.
I'm pretty sure that the GPZ750 turbo did not have closed loop fuel injection. Fuel injection has been around since the 1920s, so not exactly high tech. Closed loop is the more advanced form, which is relatively recent and actually knows how well it is working at any given time.Kawasaki had the GPZ750 turbo that was fuel injected as well back then. Hydraulic lifters not hydraulic valves have been around for more than 3 decades, so hardly new tech and not even the best tech either.