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Old 09-27-2012, 12:53 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Waiting at least a month for a new drive belt, waited one year for a backrest pad!!! This bike is a pain in my ass!!! Not to mention it is costing me a buttload of money!!! I hope this gets better or I swear I will follow the masses and buy a Harley!!!!! Also been in for the top end sounding like a metal can half full of marbles that they say is normal, a new speedo, front fender bolts, abs bolts
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Every bike will have a shakedown period and may require some service under warranty and occasionally, a recall. It makes a huge difference the dealer, do they support you and your ride, or do they not? If you think Harleys are immune from problems, then you have probably never ridden one. My sons both either already sold or are selling their Harleys. One with a Triumph Tiger 955i, and the other with a BMW R1200. The particular bikes they owned were not that comfortable on long rides. I suspect they did not get the Glide or another, more comfortable long hauler. In any event, there is life after Harley, and there are a lot of good bikes available now. Next time you need a belt or something like that, order it online if you cannot get it from your local dealer. Do some of your own maintenance and save a bundle, even the wrench-impaired can do most of the routine maintenance, let the dealer do the valves. You can even check your own throttle body balance. Mine were 187.5 and 187.5 for the other. Bet you would have been charged to find that out. :-) Hope you like your new Harley, and it never needs any repairs, recalls or maintenance. Meantime, I will enjoy my Tbird to the fullest extent of the law. Okay, most of the time the law.
Wow. U have very strong feelings for your triumph but this thread is about dogs now try to keep up!!! And I still have no bike!!!!!!!!!
Please sell your Triumph and move on. All bikes, regardless of manufacturer have issues. Yours are no different than ours, but we suck it up and keep riding or we fix it ourselves. My dealer gave me a loaner when I had it in for warranty work. Other dealers have stripped a part off of a floor bike. Did you ask for either?

I have to agree with the Big Guy, you have a dealer issue or supply issue, not a bike issue.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:07 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I stumbled across this publication on the net. It is a long but very interesting read and one every perspective HD owner should read and perhaps discuss with your perspective dealership before you buy. It certainly sounds very credible. What I take away from this that there are upgrades that must be done. Some problems will get fixed, others not. Frequent inspections are necessary for those areas that cannot be fixed. Check it out:http://www.jamesrussellpublishing.bi...buyharley.html
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:52 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I stumbled across this publication on the net. It is a long but very interesting read and one every perspective HD owner should read and perhaps discuss with your perspective dealership before you buy. It certainly sounds very credible. What I take away from this that there are upgrades that must be done. Some problems will get fixed, others not. Frequent inspections are necessary for those areas that cannot be fixed. Check it out:http://www.jamesrussellpublishing.bi...buyharley.html
That's the one I posted when I started this thread
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:13 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Thanks Big Guy

I didn't see that you already posted this. My bad! I actually don't believe things for HD are anywhare near this bad and I don't know why these folks are so into it. If half were true, we would know. Just suffice it to say that all machines have their problems. Some more than others. There is no substitute for good maintenance.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:34 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Waiting at least a month for a new drive belt, waited one year for a backrest pad!!! This bike is a pain in my ass!!! Not to mention it is costing me a buttload of money!!! I hope this gets better or I swear I will follow the masses and buy a Harley!!!!! Also been in for the top end sounding like a metal can half full of marbles that they say is normal, a new speedo, front fender bolts, abs bolts
My son sold his Harley, as is my younger son about to do. My older son bought a brand new 2012 BMW R1200GS and even got the nice GPS thrown in (August freebie). He took it in for the $240 ceremonial oil change at 600 miles last week, and they found a leak between the engine and other guts, leaking oil at the gasket. They had to split the engine to fix it (not fun), and this is on a brand new bike. They did fix it promptly and seem to have fixed the problem correctly. DON'T think that other motorcycles do not have shake-down periods. My own Triumph horn went out in one week. Luckily, after this shakedown period, usually things pretty much settle down. I believe the weak links in the Triumph chain are the dealers and service after the sale. Waiting for weeks and even months for a belt or other similar item is ridiculous. Another problem is there are only a few hundred Triumph dealers in the entire U.S. When you couple slow parts shipments, some dealers with poor service and very few dealerships, it can pose a problem. If you believe this will all go away with a Harley, I have a bridge and some Florida swampland to sell you. A spare clutch and brake cable and perhaps a belt sometime down the road (if you are on the road a lot) can save a lot of aggravation. These things tend to fail at the worst time and location possible. I put those items right along with my tire repair kit, tool kit, cell phone and flashlight in importance. Hope you enjoy your Harley. I am staying on my Triumph Thunderbird SE. My dealer too does not stock a lot of parts. What I do not excuse is dealers not following up or expediting parts shipments so that riders are not stranded, or are pedestrians for a long time. I can see that as being aggravating and not a way to do business.
How do you like your bike, other than the service issues you have had to date?
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #36 (permalink)
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I stumbled across this publication on the net. It is a long but very interesting read and one every perspective HD owner should read and perhaps discuss with your perspective dealership before you buy. It certainly sounds very credible. What I take away from this that there are upgrades that must be done. Some problems will get fixed, others not. Frequent inspections are necessary for those areas that cannot be fixed. Check it out:http://www.jamesrussellpublishing.bi...buyharley.html
Yep I can vouch for the article. even after all the upgrades are done if the bike has performance upgrades the lifters will fail spitting little bearings thru out the motor. But I tried to tell a co'worker about it and all he said was "I don't care, I'm all about the name."!!!! My $20,000.00 harley needs a new motor. Try telling someone a name can't get you to work and back. It would be cool to throw some race cams in my storm and have pull away power to 130mph. but that would probably light up this engines "fatal flaws" to.
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:16 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Buckwild,

While I was busy explaining why buying a Harley is not Nirvana, I forgot to also give you some info that might help. I highly suggest writing a letter to:

Mr. Greg Heichelbech
Chief Executive Officer
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385 International Park, Suite 100
Newnan, GA 30265

I have written to him regarding accessory shipping delays and others have also approached him for assistance. He is very helpful if he has the facts. I suggest you try this.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:39 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Waiting at least a month for a new drive belt, waited one year for a backrest pad!!! This bike is a pain in my ass!!! Not to mention it is costing me a buttload of money!!! I hope this gets better or I swear I will follow the masses and buy a Harley!!!!! Also been in for the top end sounding like a metal can half full of marbles that they say is normal, a new speedo, front fender bolts, abs bolts

This thread keeps getting resurrected and every time I read it, I smell something that comes out of the south end of a bull. Now, we've got some guy telling us we should have bought a Victory. Possible that the original post was just some jealous Harley guy? You be the judge.

Does anybody think this is a load, or is it just me? This guy has only 10 posts. He waited a YEAR for a backrest pad? Really? It has "cost him a buttload of money" ... this then is the very first Thunderbird delivered without a warranty. He also loves to use a lot of !!!!! to prove his point ... who is he trying to convince? I also can't help but notice that all of his problems have been reported here previously by others. The problem with that is he hasn't had one or two, he's had four. No, wait. He's had five problems when you count the "new drive belt" he's waiting for on his year old bike. Most people only report one problem at a time.

I suppose this guy could have a lemon or this post is just

By the way, Victory ... good bike. However, it is just another V-twin ... common.
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