Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: east tn near mountains
I owned 2 different Harleys. My first was a 2010 Electra Glide Ultra. I replaced lots of electrical and electronic components on it over the 2 years that I owned it. Thank goodness it was all covered by warranty, otherwise I would be broke. The engine and transmission were rock solid. I finally traded that one for my 2011 Road Glide Ultra. In addition to ongoing electrical problems, including a complete "Turn Signal Security Module" replacement, I also experienced the dreaded 35 MPH tank thumper, where the handlebars do their best to alternately slap the tank to the left and right. I got a good grip on the bars and rode directly to the dealer to get that one fixed. As I approached my 2 year warranty expiration, I got darned serious about shedding that bike too.
About 2 weeks ago I reached agreement with my local Vic dealer and bought my 2013 Vision.
I never experienced any engine concerns with my Harleys, so a simple bike like a Sportster would have been completely trouble free, but the electrics and electronics reminded me of my experience with Triumphs in the mid 70s. I actually rewired my Triumph Trophy 500 to overcome my problems with that bike.
I had a triumph trophy trail 500 back in the day. never had any electrical problems with it but between leaking and burning oil I needed stock in exxon to ride it. plus a friend with a Honda 350 could outrun it.
now , 2011 crossroads and 05 sportster bobber in the making
in order of ownership, sears compact scooter, honda 305 scrambler, honda 160 dream , triumph 500 trophy trail, honda cb450, sportster, honda f750, 2nd sportster, harley flh, harley super glide, 3rd sportster, bmw k1000, harley low rider, 2nd harley super glide, harley heratage, harley road king, bmw r1150rt,
thats just the street bikes!