17th May 2013, 23:13
We have a 1988 HD FXRS SP. We love it. No more problems than with any motorcycle a person would buy. Maybe we are lucky. I think we've had less problems. I give it 5 stars.
13th May 2014, 12:15
I bought a brand new 87 FXRS-SP. I took it on numerous trips... Co and Sturgis a few times... I put over 20,000 miles on it and sold it in 1994. I miss the handling and ease of riding. I did it without a leak or problems... I now ride an Electra-Glide, and I miss the bare bones bike with great handling!
8th May 2016, 14:22
My experience has been the exact opposite. Have owned a BMW, several Japanese bikes and a couple of British bikes, and now a Harley Davidson. By far the Harley has been the most pleasing to ride, even now with it being 26 years old and having 115,956 miles on it. I have done all the servicing of the Harley and it has yet to need a serious or expensive repair of any type. The BMW lasted 69,xxx miles and the Japanese bikes all ran when I was done, but most were oil leaking, smoke belching, tired old dogs long before 80,000 miles.
1st Apr 2017, 20:02
Yeah, well, there's a whole lot of difference between a Harley and any rice burner. It's not supposed to ride like a Kawa or a Honda, and if you like that kind of bike you won't like most any Harley. And if you like Harleys you won't like any Japanese bike. It's an entirely different experience, and about the only thing they have in common is that they run on two wheels.
Unfortunately, though, as time passes Harleys are becoming more like Japanese bikes, with computer controlled everything, sockets where you plug in your heated clothing, GPS systems, etc. You used to be able to rebuild an engine on the kitchen table. Now you have to go to a dealer to get the engine remapped if you change even the exhaust. They perfected the Harley with the Evo engine; it was still a Harley, but didn't need maybe 6 hours of wrenching for every couple thousand miles of riding. Then they switched to the Twin Cam and computers, and it's been downhill ever since.