6 months agoI just thought I would mention that I have seen some pretty impressive Japanese bikes that are size and look wise comparable to the Harley roadglide. The Honda comes in only black and white colors but the Yamaha adventurer has more color options. They are actually pretty good looking motorcycles. One of the Yamaha models looks a lot like a full dresser Harley. Those guys are as they have been in the past big copycats of American products, but they are making some pretty reliable machines as well these days. Cost wise the Honda model cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $21,000, do not know what the yamahas run.
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6 months agoThe Yamaha is damn near a ripoff of the Road Glide. But the imports have been copying the Harley Cruisers for years. Even to the point of sounding similar. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery I guess.
6 months agoIt seems I remember that Harley tried to sue the Japanese years back for trying to steel the Harley sound. I seem to remember they went as far as trying to patent the sound. I have seen a couple of the Hondas around the neighborhood that is a mean looking motorscooter, and it has that 1833cc six cylinder engine, that is a lotta bike, they even make one model with and automatic tranny with double clutch system
6 months agoAre they also water cooled??? I believe that water cooled is good - adds reliability I think. I don`t believe over-heated bikes are real good and mine sure did in parades. Especially when the temp. is over 100deg. for day after day.
6 months agoToo bad Harley`s quality and developmental work aren`t up to Japanese bike standards.
I`ve bought two new Harley`s and had lots of old Pans & Shovels over the past 45+ years but I`ll NEVER buy a newer Harley again.
In fact a couple of years ago I actually seriously considered getting a brand new Victory.
6 months agoThey quit making Victory didn`t they Larry ? At least that is what I was told a few days ago.
6 months agoYeah. Victory has been gone for around a year now. They decided to go all in on Indian, which has proven to be a good decision.
6 months agoHeck BITWA - I thought you were gonna tell us you went back to a Shovel or a Pan. I had friend who rode a Shovel and it looked and went good. He moved away from here and I don`t know what happened to it.
6 months agoI`ve been trying to talk an old girl friend into selling me her 100% original 70 Harley Poice bike for almost 10 years.She actually flew me up to Washington almost ten years ago to get it running for her.It turned out she let a perfectly good running Harley sit in a barn with rats ****ting and pissing on it for TWENTY EIGHT years.The local HD dealer told her they`d have to pull it apart and rebuild the engine,she figured if anybody could get a Shovel running again it would be me.I spent about 4 hours draining & flushing the tanks,oil tank and replacing oil lines after I pulled the original 3-4 plugs and filled the cylinders with Marvel Mystery oil.I filled it with fresh oil and a gallon of fresh gas, hooked up to jumper cables to a car that wasn`t running and spun it over with the plugs out until I blew the MMO out of the plug holes and got the oil pressure up.Put the original untouched plugs back it,gave it some choke and it fired up and ran within 30 seconds.Smoked a little as the MMO burned off and it sounded sweet.
After I left she shoved it into her garage and it`s sat untouched since.I REALLY love that bike and wish she`d sell it to me so I can get it back on the road again.It only has a little over 11K miles on it.
This winter I may be getting my 64 Duo Glide FLHF back again.
6 months agoHere`s the 70 FLH Missouri Highway Patrol bike Last photo is the first time it fired in 28 years and the marvel Mystery oil still in the cylinders is burning off.Damn I love this bike!