I agree with the last person's comments.
"It's a real shame that people buy unreliable, inferior made, and technologically archaic motorcycles that have changed very little in over 100 years."
My last 2 bikes were Harleys (both FLHTC's) and now after a 10 year riding sabbatical, I am finally getting back in the wind (kids and such,, you know the story).
But I refuse to pay 8 to 10 thousand (Canadian) more to by a bike because of the name. And I think Harley has a long way to go before they can compete in the dependability department. I will however take nothing away from the beauty of the Harleys, but the metric cruisers have really done their homework as far as meeting the aesthetic bar is concerned. That is why I have a Roadstar Silverado on order. They are way cheaper, more dependable, and I think, just as beautiful. It's no contest, sorry HD.
People make comments like these about a Harley are missing the whole point, so I will not try to explain it to you.
Whats to explain? The point is to get out and ride, not get out and pose. I don't need image to carry me through the wind. As long as it has 2 wheels, I'm good.
I prefer to lean toward logic.
Original reviewer here, HDs have come along way on reliability, and IMO are up there with the metrics. I looked at the Road Star, and didn't like the comfort/seating position on it. 2 guys in my riding group have them, and after riding my Road Glide, they agree that the Harley has a better feel, ride, and overall quality about it than their Stars don't have. If it wasn't for how much the service/dealer charges for maintenance, they'd both have HDs.
I have been riding since 1967, and I never worked on a bike without true information about what I was to do. I owned a Kaw. and in 1980 I got my first HD. They are all great bikes, and almost every bike you see on the side of the road, whatever the brand, is most of the time caused because of the rider neglect.
Just go ride and have fun in the wind.
The only thing that really matters is whether you are happy with your bike and you enjoy riding it. People make too much of an issue out of the brand. Why does it matter if it is a Harley, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, or whatever? Absolutely nothing good comes out of bashing another brand of bike or bashing the person who rides something different than what you have. If it has 2 wheels (or 3 for the trikes) and you enjoy riding it, then fellow biker brothers and sisters, put your knees in the breeze and ride long, ride often, and ride safe...
The experience I have on a twin V Harley is unlike any other bike I've ridden & I have had BMW K bikes, R bikes, & Japanese Metrics. It's like riding something alive. I could never capture the sensation of a Harley when riding other brands, so my new '08 Road Glide is due next week. By the way, it has ABS, electronic "wired" throttle, drive isolation as continuing tech advances.
I rode my Road King from south Florida to Sturgis twice, and put over 30,000 miles on her before sold. NOT A SINGLE PROBLEM... ever. Sold for $1,000 less than I paid new (although I did add $1,500 in accessories).
The Harley is an American tradition I respect and a company that symbolizes to me the American spirit of entrepreneurism, patriotism and pride. It's not cheap, but after all is said and done, I believe most people who criticize Harleys would jump at the chance to have one if they could get it for the same price as the metrics (by the way, I paid more for my BMW's than the Harleys).
Let's see... '91 HD Tour Glide, 92K miles, '00 Road Glide, 90K miles, '07 Road Glide, 29K miles in 12 months... yep, very unreliable...
Just a short word on reliability.
Started with a Honda CB100 1970, which ran fine for 10,000 miles two up.
Graduated to a Honda 1971 CB350, which ran for 60,000 miles, and then the engine was rebuilt by the dealership; lasted 5,000 miles, then died.
Purchased a used BMW 750 that ran fine until a Honda car wanted my lane at an intersection. I drove off, but Honda car had to be towed. BMer was never the same after that.
Went to 1982 Honda Magna, that has 82,000 miles. My son-in-law has it, still ran when I gave it to him in 1999. Would have purchased a HD in 82, but the dealership did not know how to lower the seat heights.
My last bike purchased was 1999 HD Road Glide. It has 115,000 miles on it now with ZERO problems and no mods except 95kit. and oil cooler. Rode the first 85,000 miles two up 100% of time. Spouse got tired of looking at the back of my head, so she got a HD Softtail Delux and has put 28,000 miles on it in 2 years.
When the Road Glide wears out in 2-300,000 miles, I will be looking for another HD Road Glide. I have not seen a better touring machine yet.
FYI I get 23,000 plus miles on rear tire.
We ride as much as we can. Have been to Canada, Mexico and all states, but AK and HI. on my Road Glide. Looking forward to retiring and getting in more riding.
I had 82 Magna loved it. 15 years later bought a Super Glide hated it, traded in for a Road Glide; an awesome machine, very comfortable, plenty of power. The Road Star is OK, just not as comfortable as the Road Glide, but you are not paying as much either. I am just happy to have two wheels. Just bought an 883 Sportster Custom for around town.
I have an 07 Road Glide. It's my 3rd Harley and, in my opinion, Harley Davidson's best kept secret.
It handles like a dream on the highways as well as through the twisties. I love the fixed faring and the inner faring is well designed.
I do about 15,000 miles a year, and I couldn't imagine riding another bike.
Have a 06 Roadglide with 10K miles, no problems, and love it.
All the ho hum comments from all of you non HD owners, the extra cash is worth it. I've had five bikes in my life, and this is the first HD, it's the ride and the experience that you are paying for. Nice to walk into the dealer and the sales rep knows you by name.
Works great with gifts too. My wife walks into the dealer, they pull up my bike, have the VIN and all modifications to date, and make recommendations to fit her budget and my bike.
I've been riding for over 50 years. I own a 04 Road Glide and it is the best, by far, motorcycle I have ever owned. I have more than 58,000 miles on this bike and it has not cost a penny, outside of regular maintenance, since it was new. I wonder when the non-reliable part starts?