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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebar controls complete shit?

The switch that toggles the odometer/trip reset just stopped working on my 15 RGS. I took the housing off, looked around. Blew it out with compressed air. Nothing. I even tried using it to access the diagnostics. Nothing. Only 13K on the bike.

Before this I had a 13 Breakout that wouldn't start with the clutch pulled in. The dealer told me that the switch was bad. That only had 12K on it.

Is this common? Are HD electronics complete shit?
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The switch that toggles the odometer/trip reset just stopped working on my 15 RGS. I took the housing off, looked around. Blew it out with compressed air. Nothing. I even tried using it to access the diagnostics. Nothing. Only 13K on the bike.

Before this I had a 13 Breakout that wouldn't start with the clutch pulled in. The dealer told me that the switch was bad. That only had 12K on it.

Is this common? Are HD electronics complete shit?


How is the bike stored?
How do you wash it?
Ridden a lit in the rain?

How often do you use the switch?
On an item like that mileage has little to nothing to do with it really.
It is how many time they are cycled.

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I use the switch at fill ups (reset the odometer). Other than that I don't use it.

I rarely get caught in the rain and when I wash it I use a garden hose and a bucket. It's stored in my basement. Cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Just seems ridiculous. I've never had a vehicle (car/truck) that has had an electrical issue like this with such low mileage.
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Things fail...

The forums are not full of reports of switch packs failing...
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Hmm. My switches are 15 years old and still work just fine.

What did you do to your bike?

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Hmm. My switches are 15 years old and still work just fine.
I just replaced a set of switches in my 30 year old Softail (they still worked fine), but there is no comparison between the old switch type and the new switch packs....

The switch pack in the OP`s bike costs about $285.00

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Betting he did not do a thing.
It's all the MoCo's fault.

Makes me wonder why people by Harleys in the first place.
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Yes, the switches are sh1t, so is the hydraulic clutch, the lifters, the foot boards, the mufflers, the seats, the gauges, etc., etc. That's why so many keep buying and riding them.

Not trying to be flippant but by now you should know that bikes are a different animal than most vehicles. Different environment, operating conditions and so on. Higher levels of maintenance and failure rates. On average. Its part of the deal, the nature of the beast. You gotta live with it or quit riding. Although, its not as bad as it used to be. Remember the days of replacing a drive chain once a year? Sprockets every two? Oiling a chain once a week? Adjusting clutches 3-4 times a year? These beasties have gotten much better than they used to be.

Personally I enjoy doing my own maintenance and repairs. I like a couple times a year going over it stem to stern checking fasteners, adjustments, service items. It makes me one with the bike. Ommmmmm. Ommmmmm. Just repeat the following mantra over and over, faster and faster and you too will achieve oneness:


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Yes, the switches are sh1t, so is the hydraulic clutch, the lifters, the foot boards, the mufflers, the seats, the gauges, etc., etc. That's why so many keep buying and riding them.

Not trying to be flippant but by now you should know that bikes are a different animal than most vehicles. Different environment, operating conditions and so on. Higher levels of maintenance and failure rates. On average. Its part of the deal, the nature of the beast. You gotta live with it or quit riding. Although, its not as bad as it used to be. Remember the days of replacing a drive chain once a year? Sprockets every two? Oiling a chain once a week? Adjusting clutches 3-4 times a year? These beasties have gotten much better than they used to be.

Personally I enjoy doing my own maintenance and repairs. I like a couple times a year going over it stem to stern checking fasteners, adjustments, service items. It makes me one with the bike. Ommmmmm. Ommmmmm. Just repeat the following mantra over and over, faster and faster and you too will achieve oneness:


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Must also be why I kept my first HD for ~20 years, and current one for ~15 and counting, while jap bikes I've only kept a couple years before getting rid of them..... Hard to give an accurate number for how long I keep cars cause 10 years of my life I only had a motorcycle, no cars.

Cause in late 80's - early 90's cars were craptacular! Didnt even want one!

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Different environment, operating conditions and so on. Higher levels of maintenance and failure rates.
Exactly....... if I had a car or truck that vibrated so much it made my rearview mirrors so blurry I couldn't really see out of them, I'd expect a high failure rate of things like delicate switches and electronics as well. Not to mention good sized nuts and bolts. It's part of lovin' a Harley! Shake happens!



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