Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Washington State
Dang, 25 years old is considered a classic for Harley. That means my softail became a classic last July! Makes me feel kinda old now, since I'm the original owner and it wasn't even my first.
Dave, I think you're right about the relatively repair free evos. My engine's (1987 evo 80ci, pretty much stock) never had any repair or re-building done to it at all and as far as all the stuff Harley puts around the engines, the biggest thing I ever had to have done was replacing a broken secondary belt out on a road trip a few years ago. It was the original belt from the moco and had around 90,000 miles on it when I got a rock stuck under it. Who knows how long it woulda lasted had it not been for that nasty little rock. Other then that, just basic maintenance and clean out the carb sometimes when I forget and leave fuel in it too long in the winter.
On the other hand, used to ride long distances with a guy that had an older shovel and wasn't very good at maintenance. I never had to worry about getting too tired of riding. His shovel always broke down before we needed to take a break from riding. I think I worked on his bike twice as much as my own! It probably would have done better if he'd been a better mechanic, or at least a better maintainer, but he finally got frustrated and bought himself a new evo.
1987 Softail Custom, stock except for added chrome, and still running like new after 100,000 miles.