Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana,
There is a lot of Harley bashing here on this web site, some of it deserved, and some of it undeserved. I had an older Ultra Classic (1997) and I loved the bike. I only ever really had one problem with it, and it was fairly major (main bearing in the crankshaft) but it was covered by warranty. During the time it was in the shop, my Dealer gave me a new demo bike to ride for the entire time. I know not all dealers will do that, but mine did. Other than that issue, the bike was reliable and comfortable. When I got my LT, I found myself hardly ever riding the Harley, so this spring some offered me a fair price for the bike, and I sold it. I might also offer that the price was $4000 less than what I paid for it new, and after I had ridden it for over 50000 miles. The new Harleys are much better than my old one in features and comfort and quality. Having said that, I don't think they compare to and LT in any respect except for reliablity. When the LT is running it is a dream to ride and so much more fun. BUT, they do have issues. My ABS isn't working and it will cost me about as much to fix as the rebuilt engine would have cost in my Harley. I am concerned about the rear drive failing, and the clutch. Both monumental expenses, since mine is not on warranty. I will never own another LT that is not covered by warranty!!! My BMW dealer is 120 miles away, and a small shop with only one certified Mechanic. It takes weeks to get the bike in for minor repairs and even longer for necessary maintence. They do not give out loaner bikes either! I am learning to do much of the maintence myself. When I get ready for a new bike, I am not sure what I am going to do. I want to buy an new LT, but I just am not sure. I have ridden GW's, and they are a wonderful bike, but not nearly as much fun to ride as the LT or even the Harley. Again, I don't kwow what I am going to do, but I am not going to rule out a Harley just because it is a Harley. I have read some speculation that the next generation Harley touring bike is going to be built around the V Rod liquid cooled engine. Might be something to wait for and at least see about.