posted on Jun, 9 2013 @ 11:25 PM
reply to post by dave_welch
This is true. 50% have no clue how to perform maintenance, and the other 50% have no business doing the maintenance but insist on doing so. The later
is a very profitable crowd. It takes 3 times longer to fix everything they screwed up following "billy bad boy's bar buddy" advice than it would
have taken to just have it done right the first time.
This does go with the obnoxious alpha male, mid life crisis culture of the riders. I get burned out hearing about Sammy big balls 103 incher that is
a "ninja killer." Then when he actually ties into one you hear for weeks about missed gears, and didn't have the DFO tuned right blah, blah, blah.
He can't just admit his 1940s engine architecture simply cannot compete with a modern design. The sport bike simply wiped him out, no contest. So if
that hurts his feeling go buy a Hyabusa, and kick some butt for himself?
I have 2 bikes for 2 different reasons. One is an old shovelhead Harley tourglide with 300k+ miles and a gajillion upper end rebuilds. No oil leaks,
looks awesome, sounds great. It would beat the pants off a new one on reliability minus the need for an upper rebuild every 60k - 70k miles. My Guzzi
is for worry free comfortable miles, corner carving, and making serious miles. The Harley is for cruising and PR aka bar hopper points because I am
part owner in a Harley shop. A shovel with a third of a million miles that runs perfect is great advertisement.