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Does your Harley-Davidson leak oil?

  1. Yes, of course, it is a Harley! (3 votes [42.86%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 42.86%

  2. No, Harley's are not known for leaking oil (4 votes [57.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 57.14%

What year is it or when did you buy it?

  1. 1903-1910 I am filthy rich (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. 1911-1941 I have money but not enough (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. 1942-1945 battle hardened (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. 1946-1951 arguably the classic years (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. 1952-1969 the Classic years, marred by seeking a 40% tariff on imported bikes (1 votes [14.29%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  6. 1970-1989 Yes made by a company that sold tennis racquets (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. 1990-2010 I retired and wanted a Hog because it was the only American made bike left and I didn't mind spending 50% more than it was worth (5 votes [71.43%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 71.43%

  8. 2010-2018 I bought it from an old man who broke his hip and couldn't ride anymore when his 401k crashed (1 votes [14.29%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  9. 2018 I wanted to get in the last year they were still "made in the USA" before they went out of business (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

Where does it leak from?

  1. Chain covering (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Breather tube (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Air filter cover (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Hell, it leaks more than that (3 votes [42.86%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 42.86%

  5. It doesn't leak anymore so I can now bed down with it in motels (4 votes [57.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 57.14%

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#1 ONLINE   MontanaLon

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Posted Jun. 26 2018 - 04:25 PM

Straight forward poll, to see if Harley's leak oil


Edited by MontanaLon, Jun. 26 2018 - 04:35 PM.



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Posted Jun. 26 2018 - 04:29 PM

Wouldn't take my vote because there is no choice in #3 for it doesn't leak..motels no longer object to rolling your Harley into the room because it no longer leaks..


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Posted Jun. 26 2018 - 04:35 PM

Wouldn't take my vote because there is no choice in #3 for it doesn't leak..motels no longer object to rolling your Harley into the room because it no longer leaks..

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Posted Jun. 26 2018 - 06:23 PM

Unless I just got really lucky, it seems the days of "If a Harley's not leaking oil, it's out of oil" are gone..at least mine has been for the last 9 years..


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Posted Jun. 27 2018 - 01:28 PM

Can't see the poll but my 2000 ultra classic always leaked. Even after nearly $2000 worth of engine work and seal/ gasket replacement. Glad to be rid of it now. Hoping to get an Indian in the future.

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Posted Jul. 04 2018 - 04:05 PM

I voted even though I sold mine, but it didn't leak. Ultra classic. It was only 3 years old when I sold it, though.


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Posted Jul. 06 2018 - 08:57 PM

2003. Never leaked.




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Posted Jul. 07 2018 - 07:41 AM

Four seasons now, i haven't done a thing to my Harley other other than change the oil and air filter.  Time for a new battery and tires now but no repairs, nothing, and not an oil spot one.  Hell even the tires have got 14,000 miles on them and the battery still works.  That's about the same as my Jap bikes on the tires which is amazing considering how much more weight and I never got more than three seasons on batteries before.  The HD OE battery is AGM. 

 

BTW, Those into Harley's, I've been researching batteries.  There's a brand, X Rated, which makes Harley AGM batteries.  They sell the same battery, same specs, for  a lot less.  Tour bike, its $50 less and made on the same factory floor as the HD battery, American made. 

 

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Posted Jul. 07 2018 - 08:31 PM

14,000 miles on the tires? Both front and rear?

I hope your eyes are ok, cuz I'd be seeing racing slicks if I ever let a rear tire go to 14,000 miles on a 800 pound bike! :laugh:


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Posted Jul. 07 2018 - 10:33 PM

10,000 is about it for mine on the back..I can get 14,000, maybe, on front..


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Posted Jul. 08 2018 - 06:17 AM

14,000 miles on the tires? Both front and rear?

I hope your eyes are ok, cuz I'd be seeing racing slicks if I ever let a rear tire go to 14,000 miles on a 800 pound bike! :laugh:

Dunlop Elite 4s that I adjusted the air pressure to compensate for uneven wear over time.  On a Rushmore bike, known of people who have gotten 18,000 miles but I would bet slicks by that time.  Dunlop has some claim out there you can go coast to coast six times on them.  They're a $230 tire.  That's each.

 

Just yesterday I'm sitting with a biker establishment owner friend and telling him the bikes going in Monday for new tires and he says looking at my rear tire "Treads look good to me" and I reply "Lincoln's head is in full few in the center" .  They actually still look good but they aren't.  You can feel they aren't.  The front could probably go a couple thousand more but my pressure is already almost maxed out and I don't like the feel in turns.  Yesterdays 46 miles in rain was not fun. I was actually slowing down to the recommended speed in curves. 

 

Now you want freaky?  Being here at a motorcycle destination, I see bikes all the time with far worse tires than mine and mines at be nervous in the rain don't feel exactly right in a turn stage.  Saw a bike this weekend, I swear his front tire was so worn it looked square. :hysterical3:




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Posted Jul. 08 2018 - 06:49 AM

Every new generation of Harley has been a step up and the Rushmore was a dramatic milestone.  If you do them right, that's change the "O" rings, locktite where told, and torque to spec, they don't leak. 

 

Now I wish I could tell you everything is as planned but I damn sure haven't gotten the 5,000 miles between oil changes.  The primary and transmission, with about any good synthetic, sure I get the 10,000 no problem but not the oil.  They type riding I do, two lane back road high temp high humidity, I'm changing engine oil way before the 5,000.  My bike chewed through Mobil 1 V Twin like it was virgin oil.  Amsoil lasted a bit longer.  The biggest surprise is it really likes the Harley Sny 3.  On the Rushmores, the oil cooler has a thermostat which doesn't even open until the bike reaches temp.  My oil pressure will run 40 downward until I reach temp then hover at 34 psi with the Syn 3 a lot faster than the Mobil or Amsoil.  The other two oils they stayed at a higher pressure longer but then after a while there's this sudden drop to under 30 and stick a fork in the oil.  The Sny 3 just doesn't do that.  In that 14,000 miles, I've had five engine oil changes.  The other two have been as advertised.  In fact, the Mobil 1 is doing so well on the transmission, I dread changing it this time.  At temp, its shifting without even a clunk. 

 

Another worth mention on tires, the Rushmores have a 13% more lean than the previous tour models.  What that means especially where I ride, twisties and curvies mostly, you wear more on the edges and less in the center.  If I took a guess, unless on a trip on the interstate etc,, 1/3 the time my bike is in a lean.  Living in the Smoky Mountains, that's where I ride, twisties. 

 

Also something I'm impressed with, man do I love that hydraulic clutch.  I ride my little Indian even its manual clutch gets to my wrist but not the hydraulic. 

 

Tj




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Posted Jul. 11 2018 - 08:05 AM

your poll is flawed the AMF years were 1969-1981 not 1970-1989 and was made by a company that was more known for bowling balls then tennis rackets . My Harley is a 1981 the last year of AMF ownership and leaks a little from the enclosed rear chain.   




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Posted Jul. 11 2018 - 12:01 PM

your poll is flawed the AMF years were 1969-1981 not 

1970-1989 and was made by a company that was more known for bowling balls then tennis rackets . My Harley is a 1981 the last year of AMF ownership and leaks a little from the enclosed rear chain.   

As much as the AMF Harley-Daidson aquisition gets bashed, it should be noted that it essentially saved the company when it was in peril.
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Posted Jul. 11 2018 - 12:22 PM

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Posted Jul. 11 2018 - 02:15 PM

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Posted Jul. 11 2018 - 05:20 PM

Bunch out there that were bought and only ridden to meet friends for lunch (I would have said breakfast, but that's the Goldwing crowd)..


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Posted Jul. 11 2018 - 05:34 PM

I'm hoping to pick up a nice VTX1800 with 8500 miles on it. Going for $3500. It's a 2002, but lots of chrome upgrades, crash bar w highway pegs, newer kuriakyn grips, passenger back rest. In fact the only thing I'd add is floor boards. adb92e5388bf62034991ce72ae980fd1.jpg

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Posted Jul. 11 2018 - 09:17 PM

VTX is a great bike..my riding bud has put over 100,000 miles on his 1300 and it's still going strong..ridden all over US, including part of Alaska, and a lot of Canada..


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Posted Jul. 11 2018 - 11:07 PM

I loved my VTX. Should have kept it, if only I could see the future. Great ride and feel. I could ride that better than all the others.

But as a touring bike, it could use a bigger gas tank.

Mine was the 1300. I don't think the bigger 1800 did better on gas, though. :laugh:





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