Had my first "debate" with my H-D riding in-laws
I now realize that a great deal of harley owners truly do think their bikes are the best in every aspect, including build quality and reliability. Somewhere in the discussion i was actually told, "i ride harleys, because they are the best engineered and most reliable bikes on the road." Regardless of how many engineering and statistical facts i presented, they still insist on drinking the kool-aid. I was also told,"your victory will have problems long before any of my harleys will," meanwhile, my new-to-me hammer has 40k miles of neglect, and his TC88 fatboy has 12k as it develops a rattle in the top end, and his road glide has less than 5k mikes with a smell of burning oil when i ride behind him.
He also mentioned that the harleys are the only ones NOT overheating on long rides in south texas while all the "yamahas, kawasakis, and victories" are pulled off the road cooling off. Somehow i find it very difficult to believe that air-cooled bikes resist over-heating better than water-cooled or oil/air-cooled bikes.
Don't get me wrong... I REALLY like twin cam harleys, but their owners make the bikes very difficult not to hate.
2007 Hammer, lowered, Bassani 2:1(updated), torque tubes, Dobeck AFR+.
2000 Firebird Formula, 6.0L, LS3 heads, etc, etc, etc, - SOLD
HM3(FMF) - 3/7 Lima Co. 2010 Helmand, Afghanistan