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  • morris scott Posts: 2
    Stock Poster morris scott
    25 Sep 2019 06:34 PM
    Goodaye to all.  I'm considering in retirement buying the bike I couldn't afford when I was younger.  I'm researching an 80, 88 or 96 probably Dyna Lowrider.  I believe there was some issues 99 to 2004 ish with the twin cam engines.  Can you tell me if and when this was rectified and from what year it is fairly safe the purchase.  Cheers.
  • paulybronco Posts: 11834
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    25 Sep 2019 06:53 PM
    Welcome mate, lets hope you have a few $ behind you as regardless of age they can be a money pit. 
  • Baloffski Posts: 1756
    Victoria
    Motor Head Baloffski
    25 Sep 2019 07:17 PM
    Welcome Scott Morris-on a Harley Davidson.
    Ya secrets safe here mate.
    Well they are a great means of transport and why not have some good vibes while getting from A to B.
    Your choice is pretty good to me, I think you've done some homework already.
    As PB stated they can be a money pit, so try to get one that is or has a lot of the good gear installed on it already, and is pretty well sorted.
    What area do you live in mate? Conrats on retirement or near, must have a big present for such a slog.

  • Roo Ted Posts: 543
    Boganville
    Performance Poster Roo Ted
    05 Oct 2019 02:59 PM

    Hi Scotty.

    I ride an 88 cube '03 Dyna Superglide, had it 4 years and I know the previous owner who had it for about the same time. She's done 33,000kms with no major work or issues that I know of..... yet. She runs fine and has no oil leaks to speak of. It just gets regular services at about the right kms irrespective of the time. Yeah, it struggles at times along side the newer models with the bigger cubes & upgrade kits but it does everything I ask of it. Get something with relatively low kms for the age and something that's obviously been cared for. You'll know when you see it. Don't hold back!

  • offbeatmammal Posts: 61
    Box Hill, Vic
    Stock Poster offbeatmammal
    11 Oct 2019 09:55 AM
    I have an 05 Low Rider (88cu) for about 10 years and loved it (was sad to leave it behind when we left the US), it wasn't quite as quick as a friends newer 96cu (but that may partly because he weighed a lot less than me!), but was way more reliable!

    Only big issues I had with it over that time was unreliable electrics (previous owner had lived near the beach and a lot of corrosion issues in the wiring loom), cam chest (the bushes were badly worn so we did the whole Feuling upgrade), and engine mounts (the rubber gets hard over time and you really start to feel the vibration) ... apart from that it was a rock solid bike that got used all year round.

    Have a look at availability of parts before you commit to a specific model/year ... if you pick something that's not popular here you'll end up spending a lot on shipping from the US when you do need parts...
  • graeme Posts: 135
    Stock Poster graeme
    11 Oct 2019 08:36 PM
    I have an 01 lowrider done 98000km had motor work done 211 cams with camp late upgrade se heads 1550 kit mikuni cam adjusters came out at around 45000km minimal wear my mates 01 super glide had is changed out at about same kms his were non existent you can’t go wrong with any 88 I think they changed camplate in 04 models
  • graeme Posts: 135
    Stock Poster graeme
    11 Oct 2019 08:44 PM
    It must have been 02 when they changed camplate
  • Far Canal Posts: 1690
    Motor Head Far Canal
    11 Oct 2019 10:34 PM
    Welcome Morris Scott.
    Do it!, buy that bike. No point wasting away in an old folks home wishing you had,but never did.
    Twin cam engines from 08 onward would be my pick.
  • Wholehog Posts: 99
    Central Coast
    Stock Poster Wholehog
    12 Oct 2019 06:45 AM
    Quoting Baloffski on 25 Sep 2019 07:17 PM
    Welcome Scott Morris-on a Harley Davidson.
    Ya secrets safe here mate.
    Well they are a great means of transport and why not have some good vibes while getting from A to B.
    Your choice is pretty good to me, I think you've done some homework already.
    As PB stated they can be a money pit, so try to get one that is or has a lot of the good gear installed on it already, and is pretty well sorted.
    What area do you live in mate? Conrats on retirement or near, must have a big present for such a slog.

    Haha....In see what ya did there .
  • morris scott Posts: 2
    Stock Poster morris scott
    12 Oct 2019 05:44 PM
    Cheers to all the guys responding.  Some good info especially re the years to get.  I'll let you know how I go.
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