Hello all just wanted to post up and get that first one out of the way.
First I live in Harrisburg PA. Second I am coming off a 2005 Harley Road Glide FLTRI Black Pearl to the LT. I say almost as the deed is not done yet but the bike is being brought into TransAm in Lancaster PA, 2007 LT in Blue. I still need to ride and see it. Velocity, well I read that thread after tying them and then TranAM, and the people in that thread are dead nuts on. Charlie is nothing but a strait shooter and I can only hope his Techs are a reflection of him.
Cruising the forum and have spent more hours then I thought I could reading, it appears there are some issues and many comparisons between a Harley and a BMW. Before I get kicked out on my first post, let me splain.
First looks like the Boggy Men on a BMW is the Rear Drive and Hydraulic Clutch leak taking out the clutch.
Harley Crank Bearing failure taking out the entire lower and most likely the top end with it. And of course crank run out from our flywheels shifting is a big issue if you go to gear drive, as chain drive is way more forgiving. And with not going to gears we have cam chain tensioner that like to wear in extremely weird ways and can grenade the oil pump, scoring the cam plate and if oil starved take the top end.
So since I have torn a Harley down many times I can say that IF the RD and Clutch is the worse that can happen then it is really a BIG plus. Let me splain again.
I would have to take our ENTIRE motor apart to get to the crank and crank bearing, then we must short block it out to somewhere to have the Timkin conversion done which is boring the left side case, and at that time make a decision to stroke it or go stock again which is cheapest, then have the crank pinned and welded and then trued and balanced, have them set end play and then we get it back to put the rest together.
SO a new RD from Chicago is 768 or something cant remember and then your labor, wow if that is all BMW riders need to worry about it is not a big deal. Although I wonder if the planets aligned wrong, the RD failure could kill you for sure, while the Clutch also has that potential, I feel I have enough miles to respond to that condition. Is that the Major ailments to look for?
Have the improved on the 07's? I know bearing seemed to change from my pre reading, but was that the true issue?
Now that said I am first a little concerned that I cant seem to find a PAPER FM anywhere? Just a DVD. I mean I am a Network Admin so I am not intimidated by a computer but greasy pawing my laptop is just not too cool with me. And from that I am wondering if you can in fact service and maintain these bikes as a mid level wrench? And how hard is the Body parts on and off? And also I see NO mention of performance enhancements as in a Harley STAGE I, air cleaner/breather, a muffler, and maybe a tunning device. I am not looking to ported heads and bored cylinder but are there tweaks?
So I already have ordered an AC plug, mirror tethers, and a K&N filter, and have questions in on the Group Buy HID conversions for HI/LOW. Striped my 1 month old Moto Lights this am from the Road Glide have the new bolts and Harness from Moto Light already, they are fast. Pretty much decided I need floor boards and will get them from the site sponsors vendor a set, front/rear deal he offers. Also JPegs(?) as I need to move positions while riding. Also will order one of the fuse blocks as soon as I know what I need. These are my basic up front needs, I THINK? Oh Yeah RIDE it
Short term I am sure seat and windshield will need done but will ride it for a bit to be sure on these very subjective but common to all badge problems. I have a True View Shield and a Mustang tourer with Back rest.
I am a bit confused on backrest offerings/installation but will get it sorted out. It appears you can just install it on a factory seat with not too much trouble.
So sorry so long but I am pretty committed and am not suffering any pre buyer remorse, but want to make sure I am going in eyes wide open. So any thoughts and comments and help you can give me would be great.