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Adventures of a Harley Chic Rider

Posted 12-08-2009 at 10:05 PM by LadyGladiator
Updated 12-08-2009 at 10:10 PM by LadyGladiator (update)

A lot has happened since my last post. I fell off the PNWRiders wagon for a long time.

My VROD, I named her Vida (Spanish for life), had to have tranny and engine rebuild this past Summer. She was in the shop all riding season. The tranny and engine failed because of a defective manufactured part in the tranny. Basically, shards of metal were thrown into the engine via oil pump. Imagine that! All the bearings got eaten up.

She was back on the road long enough for me to get in a few short rides before Winter hit. Nothing fantastical to report.

I did have much opportunity to ride 2-up with Chameleon, my husband, from August until October. We made some great runs. I tried to get some good pix. The weather didn't cooperate to well. All my pix turned out gray, like the weather here. You can see some I took here, here & here.

And following in Chameleon's footsteps, I saw this bike, and fell in love. If I could I'd buy it. Buell's are going very cheap these days.
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    I like the 1125R, but I worry about parts availability and service in the long term.... and then resale do to the above...
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    Posted 12-10-2009 at 12:02 AM by varment varment is offline
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    You need a back-up bike. Nothing fancy; just reliable. Something to hold you over while your's gets fixed, assuming it goes back to the shop. (Being a V-Rod... it's possible.)




    (j/k about that last part.)
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    Posted 12-10-2009 at 06:44 AM by Gamuru Gamuru is offline
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    I like the 1125R, but I worry about parts availability and service in the long term.... and then resale do to the above...
    Resale did take a big hit, but I have no plans to sell my bike anyway. I want to keep it for as long as possible because it's so awesome.

    Parts are required to be available for at least 7 years in the USA and 10 years overseas. It won't be a problem.

    Parts are still being made for 40+ year old bikes like BSA.
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    Posted 12-23-2009 at 10:42 PM by Chameleon Chameleon is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gamuru View Comment
    You need a back-up bike. Nothing fancy; just reliable. Something to hold you over while your's gets fixed, assuming it goes back to the shop. (Being a V-Rod... it's possible.)


    (j/k about that last part.)
    Actually, the V-Rod is a very reliable line... Something H-D is so sure about, that they gave us a 5-year extended warranty at no charge. I doubt they would do that if they actually expected us to need it for another major failure.

    In fact, I just picked up her bike from the shop this evening following its first oil & filter change post-rebuild and the tech said it was super-clean; no metal shavings at all. He wasn't really surprised since he was the same tech who did the rebuild. He knows his work is top-notch.

    We actually passed on the opportunity to buy an XB9S today for $3,250. I could've swung it, but decided that we don't need 3 bikes... for now.
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    Posted 12-23-2009 at 10:44 PM by Chameleon Chameleon is offline
 

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