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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-20-2019, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Bit Gun Shy on 2017 M8

I've been on the hunt for updating my Road King. On this forum I've heard a lot of negative experiences on the early M8s and it's making me a little gun shy. I've narrowed it down to two bikes identical in color and basic mileage. 2016 and 2017 Black Road Kings. both under 2500 miles and engines untouched. 2016 for $10,500 and 2017 for $13,200. This bike will be for touring and the M8 do run nice. I don'e want a fairing bike. Road King fits me to a tee. Should I go with the 2016 until more issues are working out on the M8? I tend to keep bikes for a long time. 10-15 years. Not planning on doing a lot of performance mods. Just want to travel across country without a lot of worry. I know anything mechanical is subject to breaking down.

I would like some of your opinions on the M8s since time has passed. Is the internet just blowing some things out of proportion.

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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-20-2019, 05:13 PM
Buy the 16..... I'm not a fan of the M8's. But that's just me.
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I'd get the Rushmore '16 for dependability. M8 '17 is first year of the M8's and were known for oil transfer problems. I would inquire why the pervious M8 owner got rid of that bike with so few miles.
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I'd get the Rushmore '16 for dependability. M8 '17 is first year of the M8's and were known for oil transfer problems. I would inquire why the pervious M8 owner got rid of that bike with so few miles.
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I wonder why the '16 owner got rid of a bike with so few miles.


I think the internet blows things out of proportion.

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Jim, the first owner of my '02 Road King only put 5k on it, he didn't have time to ride. Internet didn't blow the cam chain tensioner problem out of proportion for the early twin cams. I can personally attest to that. I'd still get the Rushmore with the 103 motor.
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post #7 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 05:19 AM
Yup, that way we can help OP spend the three thousand dollars he saved on some accessories!

My opinion is based on test riding M8’s. I would not buy anything newer than a 16.... too many things I didn’t like on the new ones..... again IMO, others may vary.

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I wonder why the '16 owner got rid of a bike with so few miles.


I think the internet blows things out of proportion.
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I wonder why the '16 owner got rid of a bike with so few miles.


I think the internet blows things out of proportion.
There are many reasons why. I just picked up a '15 FLS with 395 miles on it.
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FWIW I am friends with a few Moco techs and service writers and have been told off the record, none of them like the M8.

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