What a weekend. Rode out with
for 150 miles and had a blowout in the rear tire, valve stem cracked. A $385 tow and $775 tire and pads and we rode the 150 miles back to my house.
The dealer told me the brake fluid needed to be flushed. I said no, I would do it. I did some reading during the 3 hours waiting on the bike. Of course, I find out I can flush it, but I have to take to Harley to re-calibrate the ABS. Only Harley has the DTII diagnostic tool and they want you to flush it every 2 years. If you don't have ABS, they don't seem to have the water problem. Great engineering there boys.
While I was fuming in the waiting area, I told Bill "maybe I should sell it and go back to an EVO bagger". I know them inside and out. I am not a huge fan of the Infotainment system. I don't like ABS. I am not confident in the can bus system. I don't like the O2 sensors or catalytic converter. Maintenance, batteries, tires and assorted parts all cost more.
On the plus side, Fuel injection is good an dependable. The ride and handling are better. The 103 is a great powerplant. More storage room and I like the saddle bag and tour pack latches better.
Mulling it over, but not having a payment is nice. Put that money into mods and the EVO can be a super screamer with great suspension.
I guess it is my way of saying, HD has lost its way. It's not about the ride, it's about the bells and whistles. We used to be the ones to add the bells and whistles, now the factory does it for us and then we can't work on it.
Yes, I remember the EVO needed a clutch, lifters and stator about every 30k to 40k miles.
No snap decisions. I owe $12.5k, KBB trade in is $14.3k, retail $18.7k and NADA is the same. Autotrader has 3 nearly identical bikes within 150 miles from $15.9k to $19k.
Am I crazy (rhetorical)?