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(Yahoo)   The 2013 Harley-Davidson goes retro   ( divider line
    More: Cool, Harley-Davidson, breakout, Daytona Bike Week, retro  
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5564 clicks; posted to Business » on 09 Mar 2013 at 2:16 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-03-09 09:59:58 PM  
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soopey: Cute.. but my dad rides a Harley that is 5 years old and looks almost exactly the same...

I grew up riding dirt bikes and four wheelers, never had a motor cycle. Thinking about getting one this spring/summer. There's a 2002 Yamaha R6 with 11,000 miles for sale around here for $3600. I'm tempted.. Any worries or horror stories?

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I'm not current anymore on the foibles of every specific model year, but I give you some general advice. Tires. Check them first. A chicken strip (worn down the center, but not on the sides) is preferable for your purposes. If you see heavily worn scalloped edges proceed with caution. Are they premium or discount? Condition? Same with the chain and sprockets. Check the ends of the pegs and bar ends for scuffs. Most people wont replace the pegs after a drop. Check the color of the oil and brake fluid thru the inspection windows. Feel the brake discs for grooves. Check the fork seals and tubes for nicks etc. Rear shock as well. Check all the bodywork mounting bolts and grommets and make sure they all match. This stuff all costs good money and wears out faster then a car. I prefer a stock bike ALWAYS especially if it's a Japanese sport bike, but you're almost always dealing with a pipe and a power commander and aftermarket air filter. If everything else is clean and they have the stock parts sometimes you need to take the chance. Service records are nice as well, valve adjustments aren't cheap if it's shim under bucket, but they are infrequent. Remember, just tires and a chain and sprockets will run you big bucks if you buy quality. Bikes are cheap to buy, but expensive to keep in perfect running condition. Unless you have a hook up and a decent parts discount, it's ALWAYS better to spend more for better. i worked in a multi line dealership for ten years and I can't tell you how many bikes I got for almost nothing because the cost of repair at retail was more than the bike was worth but with parts at cost plus 10% discount and no labor I could flip for 5x what I paid.
2013-03-09 05:40:18 PM  
2 votes:

Craptastic: H-D technology is actually pretty up to date, but they make a lot of retro-looking rides because, well, that's what people like.

Apart from ABS, traction control, overhead cams and on most of the range water cooling?

Harley's are low tech old fanshioned bikes made for people who only care about the look of a bike and not how it rides.
2013-03-10 08:43:25 PM  
1 vote:
Everyboby should only like the style motorcycle that I like, and we should all ride the same color too.
2013-03-09 04:24:28 PM  
1 vote:
Life's too short to ride motorcycles.

/Great grandpa, a Harley dealer, died on a Harley.
//Grandpa rode
///Dad rode.
////I won't ever ride.
2013-03-09 03:59:40 PM  
1 vote:
I don't think they got the Harley logo quite right. They should have used this one:

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2013-03-09 02:57:22 PM  
1 vote:
From Consumer Reports, the leading authorty on motorcycles....
2013-03-09 02:40:24 PM  
1 vote:
"Goes"? Have they made anything other than retro-ish bikes using 50-year-old technology?
2013-03-09 02:25:16 PM  
1 vote:
It looks like every other im-a-badass-accountant, cheesy-rider bike made in the last 10 years.
2013-03-09 01:56:00 PM  
1 vote:
Is it me or does it look a whole lot like a V Star Custom?
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