Post by Rayvan
I owned an '84 VFR that I purchased new. It became obvious in the
first 10,000 miles (cams were shot) that Honda no longer cared about
making bikes that are easy and fun to work on. How I longed for that
simple CB750four I sold to make room for the VFR. At least I could
adjust valves without pulling the valve covers!
If you ever wonder how one gets away from all of that marvelous
engineering and reverts back to an antiquated Harley Davidson, well
Bob. That VFR was that reason. That bike had so many engine problems
that you can blame Honda for steering me towards the purchase of an
almost new Harley FXR in 1988. I ran that FXR up over 130,000 miles in
the next ten years. I was in heaven as I also learned that wrenching on
these new EVO bikes was just plain *FUN*. Like the folks who designed
'em were the ones that were going to be maintainting 'em. This is very
much unlike anything from Japan. Airhead BMW's and my old CB750 are the
same way. Simple and fun. Anyhow, I've been riding Harleys ever since
and have not missed all that horsepower one teeny tiny bit. While it
may be true that the newer bikes aren't as bad as my VFR, it doesn't
matter anymore. I'm in love with my Harleys. They've never let me down.
I don't miss the coolant and the hoses and the pumps. I don't miss
chain maintenace, I don't miss the valve adjustments. I don't miss the
carb syncs, I don't miss removing half the bike to do simple things
like changing air filters. I don't miss the horsepower and as such I
don't miss the expensive speeding tickets. Harleys are even fun when
you're obeying the law!
Now you know where I come from.
Have a nice weekend, Bob
Wow. That bit was almost enough to get me to
consider a Harley! But I have to say, I road with
a coworker last summer when she took her anniversary
edition Low Rider to get the oil changed, because
she wasn't sure how to do it herself. She wanted to
watch as the shop did it. I went along, too, just for
the ride and to check out the custom bikes they were
building at the shop. Holy shit, before they could drain
the oil, something had to be removed from the front of
the engine so the oil didn't drip on it since it was directly
below a drain plug (can't remember what it was, but it seems
like it had wires going to it) and after that, they had to
remove tow more drain plugs and put three different kinds of
oil in the thing! On my Valkyrie, I remove one easily accessed
drain plug, and one easily accessed spin on filter. She spent
over $90 to get the three oils changed.
I rode her bike and I did like it, though...
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Ever wonder who benefits from the 150 MILLION
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"They are waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And
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warfare or morality."
-bu$h describing his own war crimes in Iraq.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things
that matter." -- Martin Luther King Jr.
"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them. And then
he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did."
-- George W. Bush
"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the
will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the
Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
-- Adolf Hitler
"Brutal and sadistic? By what girly-man standards? Compared
to how Saddam treated his prisoners, a bit of humiliation was
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-Albert Nurick, a usenet kook, on the rape, torture and murder
at bu$h's Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
George W. Bush: "Intelligence gathered by this and other
governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues
to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever
devised." March 17, 2003.