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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 2017 RGU that I am very happy with. With 38k miles only routine maintenance and a front wheel bearing. I kept my bike mechanically stock. Only changes made have been for comfort - seat, highway pegs, quick release tour pack. I have no plans to part with my shark.

I keep hearing about the low cost of Gold Wing maintenance compared to the Harley. My buddy told me about the effort to replace an air filter on a Gold Wing. I just watched a YouTube video on this. You have to take half the bike apart to get to it - probably a 3 to 4 hour job for a do-it-yourself guy.

I also keep hearing about how BMWs last forever. Another buddy has a K1600 with 32k miles on it. He needs a new rear shock. The part is $1,200 - not covered by his maintenance contract because it is a wear item.

I truly believe the most cost effective way to have a touring bike is to buy a Harley that you love, keep it well-maintained and fix things as needed. I'll keep chugging along on my farm tractor of a bike.

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I would absolutely agree. Harleyís are definitely more user friendly and easier to work on. Parts are more reasonable and much more available from dealers and aftermarket. This helps with costs tremendously.

Now for the different bikes being better? Thatís a whole Ďnother opinionated and potentially hate filled thread.

I do like the BMW K series, but they arenít owner maintenance friendly and they donít have a good stereo....
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We are all in search of the perfect bike - which doesn't exist. I guess you just have to look at the way you ride and balance your priorities. I just finished a road trip with a friend on a K1600. It is an incredible machine. I rode it and was impressed.

He needed new tires on the trip. After spending the morning on the phone, he found someone an hour away that would touch a BMW.
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I've been through quite a few BMW bikes....they are VERY digital tech heavy...can't even look at a wiring diagram without having the bike plugged in, and if the 'net is down....well, you're screwed. That S1000RR though....that thing is a marvel of modern motorcycle design. Powerful, easy to work on, hauls ass....great bike.
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i'm with the op. i think the people who bang on hd for the 'expense' of maintenance are just parroting what they've heard from another ill-informed person.

i did a comparison between an indian and a harley concerning maintenance. not only was the interval shorter on the indian, but you also had extra stuff that had to be done which upped the labor and consequently, cost of the service. like a valve adjustment.

and if you think hd has expensive parts, just check out their optional line of parts. if you think $400 is high for hd slip ons, how does over $800 sound to you? at least we've got the aftermarket which forces hd to at least be somewhat competitive. indian doesn't have that, yet (if ever)
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the only "routine" maintenance i ever do is fluid changes.
in between those i keep a close eye and ear on how the bike runs.

most of the maintenance upgrades are creature comforts and not required, but are satisfying.
the aftermarket for HDs ensures availability AND affordability.

and that's the way uh huh, uh huh, i like it!
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I hear you! My dealer says every 5,000 miles I need 3 fluids changed at a cost of $460. So if I had 38,000 miles (op) I would have more than $3,000 into oil/fluid changes. Hard to sallow $460 every 5,000 miles.
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Find a new dealer. Thatís completely bullshit. I would only change the engine oil every 5K. Trans and primary, once a year or 10K. And even then, according to the maintenance schedule thatís overkill.
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Years ago I read a motto that said: “Harley Davidson, turning bikers into mechanics since 1903......”
I think this is a true statement, while engine and transmission are very long lasting reliable (especially if you don’t play with cams or other tricks), the remaining parts of the bikes depends heavily on maintenance quality if you want them to last. This is also very true in Italy, where most wrenchers don understand English at all.
I invested in maintenance manuals and tool and found out that that was the best way to maintain the bike, not all the brands are like HD in terms of private maintainability and this is the main reason why I love it.
The other point is that the “doityourself” thing make the bike hugely more affordable through the times, and it is fun as well as riding it

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I hear you! My dealer says every 5,000 miles I need 3 fluids changed at a cost of $460. So if I had 38,000 miles (op) I would have more than $3,000 into oil/fluid changes. Hard to sallow $460 every 5,000 miles.
Your dealer is a thief. Per the manual, oil @5k, primary @10k and tranny @20k. Like mentioned above. Find a new dealer.

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