Currently have a 1995 Honda VT1100C Shadow, owned since new, with 133,000 K's. Love it and will keep it, but now want something different. Live on the South Coast NSW.
Looking to buy my first Harley and am grateful for any suggestions of what to watch out for. Not in a rush, happy to take it slow.
Prefer the Twin Cam 88 to Evo engine. Bike models in contention are the Road King and the Electra Glide. Budget is $15,000. From what I have seen available on the market are Harley's that fall into the 2000-2006 year range, with mileage spread from 25,000K's up to 100,000K's.
Any pearl's of wisdom you want to throw my way would be greatly appreciated. I have read scary stories of cam related problems, but have no idea just how widespread the problem is, nor how it can be avoided.
I have looked at the 2009 Road King, it's at Canberra H-D.Really nice bike, but with stamp duty, rego and green slip the ride away price is over $17,000. Well above my budget - $15,000 ride away is the absolute ceiling for me.
Kiwidave,So are you're saying that I should also consider late model Evo's? As in because H-D had sorted out any issues by 1998? Ok, that's something to consider. And interesting that you mention dealership blandness when I mention possible issues with the cam-chain. I've only spoken the three (dealers) to date, and all pooh poohed the issue. Yet none could tell me if the bikes I was looking over have had the tensioner addressed.
Interesting comment on the mileage. So the higher the mileage the better? Assuming that the owner had done the right thing regarding servicing.
Smokey,I'll keep your bargaining approach in mind when I see something to get serious over. I wasn't aware that Harleys are a buyers market at the moment. I'm not in a rush, so am happy to walk away if the price isn't right.