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    Default What's the most reliable Harley Davidson ?

    what do you guys reckon is the most reliable h.d. ? say from 1990 till 2004. last bike i had was an 06 'sporty' and that was super reliable but i want something a wee bit bigger. maybe a 'dyna', but not a big 'ultra' or the likes. i say 'reliable' cause i want to jump on it and just ride, don't fancy wrenching all the time, haven't got the ability anyway. what say you c.c.rs.

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    miles per lack of trouble = Evo
    take your pick..

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    Plus them evos are endlessly rebuildable

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    Buy a honda.

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    Relaible HD, come on. Love em, but if yaa want long wrench free miles get a beemer

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    the one that's taken care off.

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    Rather than give you MY answer..........I'm gonna be a smart ass and give a prognostication as to what some other members will say.......

    Arby and Bandersnatch will say Shovelhead.
    Johnnybgoode, xllance will say Ironhead
    86.4% of members here will say EVO sporty.
    A hand full of Dyna riders will say BT EVO.

    CRFYou will say Triumph........

    If i'm lying .....I'm Dying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltytonk View Post
    Rather than give you MY answer..........I'm gonna be a smart ass and give a prognostication as to what some other members will say.......

    Arby and Bandersnatch will say Shovelhead.
    Johnnybgoode, xllance will say Ironhead
    86.4% of members here will say EVO sporty.
    A hand full of Dyna riders will say BT EVO.

    CRFYou will say Triumph........

    If i'm lying .....I'm Dying!
    you could just save this and answer many threads without ever typing again.

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    I never had any problems with my '03 Softail. Preventive maintenance takes you a long way as well. Know your bike and take good care of it. That should pretty much keep any bike on the road

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    The one with the most reliable rider/owner perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltytonk View Post
    Rather than give you MY answer..........I'm gonna be a smart ass and give a prognostication as to what some other members will say.......

    Arby and Bandersnatch will say Shovelhead.
    Johnnybgoode, xllance will say Ironhead
    86.4% of members here will say EVO sporty.
    A hand full of Dyna riders will say BT EVO.

    CRFYou will say Triumph........

    If i'm lying .....I'm Dying!
    Hahahaha this one is going to have to go the greatest quotes thead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beano View Post
    what do you guys reckon is the most reliable h.d. ? say from 1990 till 2004. last bike i had was an 06 'sporty' and that was super reliable but i want something a wee bit bigger. maybe a 'dyna', but not a big 'ultra' or the likes. i say 'reliable' cause i want to jump on it and just ride, don't fancy wrenching all the time, haven't got the ability anyway. what say you c.c.rs.
    The one you dont ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayer63 View Post
    Buy a honda.
    been there done that...b.

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    '99 - '02 carbureted Twin Cam "A" (Dyna or Touring). The "B" (Softail) motor has the balance shaft and is more complex. You'd still need to upgrade to either the later hydraulic cam chain tensioners or gear drive cams, but once that's done, they're damn near bulletproof.

    I say '02 as the latest because it will have the Timken bearing on the left side and will have the hot forged crank as opposed to the warm forged crank (that most people incorrectly label as cast).

    A big advantage over an Evo (in my opinion) is that the oil is filtered in the supply loop right after it leaves the pump instead of in the return, making for better and more consistent oil pressure. They also make power for much less money than an Evo, if that's your thing (it is mine).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nottso View Post
    '99 - '02 carbureted Twin Cam "A" (Dyna or Touring). The "B" (Softail) motor has the balance shaft and is more complex. You'd still need to upgrade to either the later hydraulic cam chain tensioners or gear drive cams, but once that's done, they're damn near bulletproof.

    I say '02 as the latest because it will have the Timken bearing on the left side and will have the hot forged crank as opposed to the warm forged crank (that most people incorrectly label as cast).

    A big advantage over an Evo (in my opinion) is that the oil is filtered in the supply loop right after it leaves the pump instead of in the return, making for better and more consistent oil pressure. They also make power for much less money than an Evo, if that's your thing (it is mine).
    thank you sir ! that's what i was looking for !!!...b.

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    '94-'03 Evo Sportsters, the most reliable bike H-D has ever made and probably ever will make.

    Evo Big Twin is a close second, but the unit construction of the Sportster avoids so many potential issues you face with a bike with separate engine, trans. and primary cases.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Can't beat an evo sportster!

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    hahahahhahahaha holy shit man you made me fart....


    reliable harley


    get a honda if thats your question


    for real. i have an accord and a sportster. ask me which one is working... ill give you 3 guesses the first 2 dont count,

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    The most reliable Harley is a Honda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nottso View Post
    '99 - '02 carbureted Twin Cam "A" (Dyna or Touring). The "B" (Softail) motor has the balance shaft and is more complex. You'd still need to upgrade to either the later hydraulic cam chain tensioners or gear drive cams, but once that's done, they're damn near bulletproof.

    I say '02 as the latest because it will have the Timken bearing on the left side and will have the hot forged crank as opposed to the warm forged crank (that most people incorrectly label as cast).

    A big advantage over an Evo (in my opinion) is that the oil is filtered in the supply loop right after it leaves the pump instead of in the return, making for better and more consistent oil pressure. They also make power for much less money than an Evo, if that's your thing (it is mine).
    That is good to know.

    The only trouble my Evo has given me was the vacuum line for the petcock fell off and the bike died. A few minutes of road side cussing and I was back in business. My Ironhead was pretty damn reliable too, until I crashed it and fucked up the transmission. Now its just one more project that I never have money for.

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