Specific reason why.... is they don't care any more. They know that someone will plunk down the money for their bikes, pay a dealer outrageous prices to work on it and buy their overpriced crap.JimmyK said:It ain't at all like the old days and there are specific reasons why.
I'm going to cleaning up garage this weekend, setting up a work bench and going to start doing minor stuff on the bike. I bought service manual for my bike and will buy what tools I need. Hopefully, I can go to Sears to get most instead of buying through H-D. What I can't do myself or with help of friends, I'll find a decent indy shop to work on it. Last resort/no other alternative will be dealer.
I also bought my jacket for $200(as mentioned above) at flea market and it's as thick and heavy as any H-D markets. Hey, and it's made in Pakistan same as the H-D stuff(or is theirs made in China? That's another damn problem). It just doesn't have H-D on it. I've got enough t-shirts to last me for years. And if I lose some weight, I've got some 'new ones' in the closet. For cost of couple of t-shirts(@ $20+ a pop), I can get oil and stuff for bike. Save up a few times and I can spring for something else to put on bike(or better....save for 2nd one........for wife).
I'm not a 'biker' but don't consider myself a 'rub' either. I have had bike for little over a year and have almost 19K in miles on it. I ride every day that I can. But I'm like everyone else, I'm tired of H-D MoCo looking at us as cash cows with no brains or balls. I waited 17 years before springing for one.