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Old 11-06-2011, 06:39 AM   #29
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Ok newbee, wantabee, I'm sure it made the Jap people laugh.... Truth is you won't see many 20 year old Jap bikes on the road but there are thousands and thousands of 20+ year old Harley s....
I just sold a 1980 Yamaha Maxim 650 to a buddy. I bought it new, and it never stopped running. I rode it over to the new owner, and he rode it to work the next day.

How many 30 year old Harley's have never spent a day in the shop and still run fine?

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Old 11-06-2011, 08:21 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by gray ghost View Post
I had a 1987 Yamaha Venture with over 117K that I traded off this year. Just about every brand out there has some good bikes that will last a long time with the right care and maintenance. And all brands get ragged on by somebody at one time or another. I know this from all the times I have come back to my bike to find rice under it, even when I was careful to drain all the rice out before I left it.
Good one. I never put anyone's bike down because I feel as long as you are riding it's all good and your choice of bike is none of my business.
In fact, I have a 1400 Susuki Intruder chopped sitting in my garage that I built for my brother who passed away in May.

I had just made a statement to the original poster that I see a lot more old Harleys than any other type of bike. I'm getting on mine now to go enjoy this beautiful 80* SW Fl. day!

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Old 11-14-2011, 07:42 PM   #31
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I want to have the hearing aid concession at a Harley deaerlship.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:26 PM   #32
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Not in my book. If you need a tow truck to help you pick it up when you've laid it down, it's a two-wheel car, not a motorcycle. My personal limit is about 380 pounds.

After a spell as a development and test engineer at Norton, I don't have any patience with anything heavier than the Commando ( maybe 380 lb ready to roll). I once weighed the prototype while sitting on it and it was about 450#. At the time I was about 140 (don't I wish now!). I think the production version was a bit heavier. With a 750 engine at about 70 HP, that thing was quick enough for me!

I did about 20,000 miles of test riding on that bird in about 8 months, running 500 miles a day in 8 hours out on the road and a series of tests on a track at 100 mph for 10 hours a day.

Didn't pay worth a damn, but it was good fun. That's why I emigrated to work for Boeing, and I'm still in western Washington!

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