Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
Again, very long thread, and I have not yet had the chance to read all of it. I am familiar with the "10 year dealers", and they will not only not work on a bike more than 10 years old, but will not sell parts for them, nor sell them at the dealership. They will take them in trade, but give you almost nothing, even if it is a classic in near mint condition. They wholesale these bikes off to various places.
The problem with todays "mechanics" is that they are no longer "mechanics", but parts changers. They hook the vehicle up to a computer, it tells them what part to replace, and they replace it. You will not find many dealership "mechanics that can rebuild an engine anymore, anything complicated, and they just replace it. Car dealers are the same way. They do not rebuild engines or transmissions, they replace them with new or already rebuilt ones.
I am not a professional mechanic, but I have built and rebuilt several engines, including a couple of small block Chevy drag race engines that did very well. I had to rebuild the 2 speed Ford-O-Matic transmission in my '64 Fairlane myself, in the middle of summer (AZ) because no local transmission shop would touch it. Turned out to be a piece of cake once I had the manual and located the parts.
I have never seen a dealer that I would trust my vehicle too. If I really do need a mechanic, I know I will not find one at a dealer. You need to find some kind of specialty shop. We have a Goldwing only shop here too, but I would not use them. I called them looking for some moly paste for the rear drive, they didn't have any. They tried to sell me some BelRay waterproof grease, said it's what they used.
I am part of the classic car crowd around here, and have done work on quite a few 40-50 year old cars. (I own 2) For the most part they are drop dead easy, IF you can find the parts.
As for Harley, well, that's the advantage of sticking with one basic design forever, something I wish the Japanese would learn. I would love to be able to buy a near new GL1100 or 1200. I would love to be able to get parts for my 26 year old 1200. I really have no interest in the computerized 1500 or 1800, and couldn't afford the 1800 anyway. And unlike the 1000, 1100, and 1200, I doubt many of those bikes will be around in 30 years, because of the cheap way they are built, with all the failure prone electronics that cost more than the bike is worth.
"New vehicles move the body. Old vehicles move the soul. Vintage forever"
"Obsolete does not mean it is not any good, it just means it is not made anymore"
"The simpler the better"
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