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My 2 yr warranty is about to expire on my 2013 FLHTK.

Should I purchase extended coverage? Options are 2-5 years, costing 400-600 dollars per year.
 

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Imo it all depends on how much you ride. And if you plan on keeping the bike. I flipped for the 7 year warranty. But that is just me.
 

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For xmas I bought the 5yr extension (total of 7) for just under 1400..
I plan to keep this one for awhile...

It is also the first year w\ the WC heads and a ton of electronics.
My local stealer can come w\ a 1500 bill in the blink of an eye...
 

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If you ride 6-7K miles a year or more, it'll probably come out okay for you. If you are a 2-3K a year guy, you'll probably lose money. In the middle and you never know.

I personally never buy them, but I am not a gambler.
 

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Your personal finances can also play into the decision whether or not to buy the ESP. And the ESP is basically an insurance policy. So, if you were faced with repairs that might run you, say, $1,500 or more and that would wreck your budget, you might sleep better at night knowing you rolled the price of the ESP into your payment plan and that didn't cost you much more per month. If $1,500 or more in repairs could be covered by money you have set aside in savings or some type of investment and wouldn't effect your monthly budget, then you might roll the dice and win if you don't have expensive repairs. And just like a casino, the odds favor the house/HD dealer. You will hear people talk about what a big bill they didn't have to pay because they had purchased the ESP. But for every one of those stories there are 10 others who bought the ESP and never had any big expenses the ESP covered.
 

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My buddy bought ESP for his '12 Ultra and about 4 months ago they had to put a transmission in it. He loved his decision!
 

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It also depends on how comfortable you are at doing your own repairs. If you have any and all service work performed by a tech, that obviously will cost you a lot more than just parts.
 

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as said above if you ride a lot than maybe good insurance I had a 2004 wide glide put about 80,000 on had warenty never needed my 2007 I got the tires and rims plus the warenty they put 2 rear tires on for road damage 50 each and had to put new top end on due to blow by so I was glad not to have to fork out the cash right then and with the top end I think I saved money I never had time to think about my own work
 

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good arguments both ways but Louisville Joe lays it out clearly and logically. It depends on your finances and budget. I insure mine myself but I have the luxury of a rainy day fund savings account. Not all can do that.
 

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I put 10 hrs on the bike today. Have all the updates, running a iPhone 4s. The system locked up twice. Seems that the voice command (play song) locked it up twice. Also the bike speakers cut out but the helmet speakers worked.

I've experienced a few lockups regarding commands to the phone as well, and have an iPhone 4s too...but I strongly suspect it's the iOS (operating system in the phone) that had some mods in the last phone firmware upgrade.

I think Apple just released another firmware upgrade this week (iOS 8.2); will download and test.


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For xmas I bought the 5yr extension (total of 7) for just under 1400..
I plan to keep this one for awhile...

It is also the first year w\ the WC heads and a ton of electronics.
My local stealer can come w\ a 1500 bill in the blink of an eye...
I'am with you.I had it on a 2012 Street glide they replaced a few things and a tire. when I sold the bike it was a good selling point but with the new bikes I think it's a must.They have already replaced a thermostat and water pump . that would have paid for my warranty...(always a gamble)
 

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I never bought one of those because I do all my own work with very few exceptions, so I've saved money by spending the money on parts instead of an extended warranty that has too many exceptions in the fine print for my taste. But then that's me, and I also ride a scooter that you don't need to be a computer engineer to work on.

Now if I had one of these newer scoots with all the computer controlled stuff... Nah, that wouldn't happen. I'd just rebuild an EVO first!
 

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Do you do your own wrenching? If so, you might get the service manual and take care of it yourself. If you do have the time or the want to, I would get the extended warranty.
 
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