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We are in the market for a touring bike. Assumed harley to be one of the best mfr. wondering if there is a year we would want to stay away from because of historical problems arising......... Looking at the ultra classic or limited......wondering which way to go. Found a few 2013 and 14 year models.........any suggestions?
 

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04's and 05's may have had some issues with the cam tensioner chains, but by now those have pretty much all been worked out. Other then that, no major issues that would concern me. The 14's and up had some improvements to the frame and are one of the best handling Harley touring models made. Really amazing machines. (We have two 16 FLHR's.)
 

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Thank you for the info.........a few nights ago I stumbled upon a site that had customer reviews, kind of a consumer review page.......I was astounded as to how many posts were made in the negative against Harley Davidson. Almost like they have arrived and that they are living off of their past........built a great reputation but in the past several years they have really dropped the ball with regard to customer service.......supporting their models after a certain number of years..........is there any truth to this? Read of one guy who had the same problem over and over again and the support staff ping ponged back and forth with the dealer and they were simply making excuse and pointing the finger back and forth to where nothing was resolved apart from the guy spending boo koo dollars and continuing to have the problem. Would you consider HD to be one of the top mfrs in motor cycles or has somebody else taken over the top?
 

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You might want to expand your options. Personally, I have a 2012 Goldwing. Very comfortable, had power to spare, excellent storage and good range. Also, they hold their value well.


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Remember when reading consumer reviews, that people that are happy don't tend to bother writing about it. But those that are unhappy will jump at the chance to voice their opinion. This is the same for everything. Go look at appliance reviews, or car reviews. All the same. It gives a negative view of things, but you're only seeing a fraction of a percentage of owners. Consider that HD sold hundreds of thousands of touring bikes. The amount of complaints is a small percentage.

Also keep in mind that HD is a love it or hate it brand. Those that are not fans will go out of their way to tell you so. Everyone claims to know someone that's had nothing but problems.
 

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I'm probably gonna get crucified for saying this, but I'd go Japanese for a tourer.

Most especially I'd consider a Goldwing. I LOVE my Harley Sportsters and admit there's something "je ne sais quois" about Harleys generally.

But every 'big' Harley I've ever rode has felt tippy and top heavy to me. I rode my dad's "glide" 5 miles last winter to put it into storage and even with 40 years riding experience, it scared the hell out of me. In all fairness, some of the Japanese tourers have the same issue. The "tippiest" bike I ever rode was a Voyager XII...

Nevertheless, it's hard to beat a Goldwing as a touring cruiser. Make fun of the "geriatric-set" bike all you want, but that boxer engine keeps your center of gravity low and your ride comfy.

Were it me, I'd be looking for a good used Goldwing 1200. The newer ones have got just a little too heavy and bulky, but the 1200 "Aspencade" type was a sweet-spot for touring power & comfort, I think.
 

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Anything after 09 is a better bet as that year there was a major frame change that really worked and made the bikes much less susceptible to high speed wobble in curves. 07 was very susceptible to that.
 
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There ARE a good selection of "Touring" bikes out there; Harley is ONE of them.

Look at them all, and THEN decide......

Amenities
Comfort
Ease of Handling
Price
Age
Miles on the Odometer
Condition
Warrantee(s)
Service Recalls
Parts Availability
Local Dealership Access

PLEASE resist being one of those folks who feels compelled to choose a particular bike brand, for the sake of social acceptability. Ride what YOU like!! Ride what serves you well, and makes YOU smile when you see it!!
 

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.I was astounded as to how many posts were made in the negative against Harley Davidson. Almost like they have arrived and that they are living off of their past........built a great reputation but in the past several years they have really dropped the ball with regard to customer service.......supporting their models after a certain number of years..........is there any truth to this?
Nope.

Like Lurch said, there are those that don't like the brand who will go to great lengths to tell you how bad they are. (Most of those people have never owned one.)

Look at it this way: Harley is the number one selling brand of heavyweight motorcycles in the USA and has been for many years. They didn't get to that position, and stay there, by building crappy motorcycles and living off their past reputation.

Would you consider HD to be one of the top mfrs in motor cycles or has somebody else taken over the top?
In the USA Harley is the top manufacturer, and has been, for most of the last 60 years or so. But the good thing about getting into motorcycles today is just about ALL brands available are good and well built machines. Different companies use different design philosophies and they have different goals, but what that means is you have a LOT of options. No matter what your taste, budget, or intended use is you can probably find something that fits you nicely.
 

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PLEASE resist being one of those folks who feels compelled to choose a particular bike brand, for the sake of social acceptability. Ride what YOU like!! Ride what serves you well, and makes YOU smile when you see it!!
Excellent comment! Some of the most unpleasant people I've met are so called "motorcyclists" or "bikers" that judge other's by what they ride. I have my preferences, but I do not expect anyone else to have the same. Ride and let ride.
 
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I believe Harley is to top US manufacturer. I have known a number of harley riders and they have some very reliable rides, with better dealer support than most every other dealer I have been to. That being said, I chose the goldwing for my personal choice. I like the quiet smooth power and the handling of that bike. Just my choice even though I would prefer to deal with American manufactures.
 

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Thanks for the exchanges..........with regard to the Harley vs a Goldwing........to me there is something to be said about the throaty depth of sound coming from the harley.........I am not a "want to be seen", front of the class type of person...........however, with my softail deuce......there have been times, riding thru the city........I could tell that a person was about to pull out in front of me (didn't see me) and I engaged the clutch and tapped the throttle 1 time quickly and she heard me and it registered and she hit her brakes.........she was beginning to come into my path...........not so sure the passive sound of the Honda would have that effect...........anybody agree with that or am I exaggerating the scenario?
 

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I would argue that you can get the throaty sound out of any bike out there as long as you put the right pipes on it.

It may not be potatopotatopotato, but it will still sound cool!!
 

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I would argue that you can get the throaty sound out of any bike out there as long as you put the right pipes on it.

It may not be potatopotatopotato, but it will still sound cool!!
I've NEVER heard a good sounding 2 cycle dirt bike. They all sound like anger giant bees. For that matter ANY DIRT BIKE.:devil:
 

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Harley is a Good Choice for Touring, put a lot of Miles on HD .. While there are other good ones if HD is what you have in mind are plenty out there .. But as stated I would stick with 09 Up .. Am sure are some good Good Buys on Low Mileage Rides out there .. Have seen many 09's,10's for sale with less than 20K on them .. For around the 10-12K Price Range
 

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Is there a comparison of touring bikes out there somewhere? Seems like a huge price difference and the goldwing seems to be mentioned a lot, but trying to figure out why the big price difference is confusing. Would be nice to get some sort of expert review of what's what in the world of touring bikes.
 
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