Racking up the miles

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by hotrodjohn, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. hotrodjohn

    hotrodjohn Active Member

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    How long do Harley engines run before needing a rebuild? I have heard of guys breaking the 100 thou mark. Is that normal with proper maintenance?
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    No reason why they cant go over 100K if they are maintained and you don't ride the life out of them.
     
  3. R_W_B

    R_W_B Senior Member

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    Rode with a couple of guys on Ultras today up in Ocala and one of them had 116,xxx miles on his bike. It ran great. I asked him what repairs he had in the past. He said only some valve train work at 85,000 miles.
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Well...... when the rear tire is bald and the front still has the cast marks on the threads.....:laugh
     
  5. ProF

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    I got around 120k with only one top end job, then had top and bottom done and did another 80k or so.
    Before the complete rebuild, I rarely changed the oil...just refilled what leaked out.:p 86 FXRS.
     
  6. docster

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    Sold my '95 Road King with 120K. Top end at 80K. Running strong when we parted ways.
     
  7. HD chic

    HD chic Banned

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    About 2 months ago I was having a service done at the bike shop I use and saw a 02 heritage being rebuild with 165,000 and the own said he was having it done because the power was not there anymore . I am 52 and my power is not there also :)
     
  8. R_W_B

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    I enjoyed reading this. If I could get 165,000 before I have S&S rebuild my engine with a cam and big bore kit, I would happy. They retrue all their cranks too.

    If you think your power is gone at 52 wait till you get 61 LOL. I have to really work at it to keep what I have left going.
     
  9. Rayolite

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    Youngster!:14:
     
  10. SkootchNC

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    I'd suggest, there was something fundamentally WRONG, if the engine in a 10-35K vehicle could NOT get at least 100k .
    In fairness, they might not get ridden all that much... and sitting around may take a larger toll on the bike, than frequent use, with proper maintenance.

    I'm embarrassed to admit, I only have 73k on my 2005 FLTR.... but then again, it had 10K in Dec '07 when I bought it