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Just curious on your thoughts.

Although I have only purchased 4 Harley’s they were all “pre-owned”

Remember the days when if you wanted a new Harley you either ordered it way in advance or ordered it and had to wait until next year to take delivery?

That’s way I started with pre-owned and just stuck with it, not to mention the price of a new one.
 

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Rather have pre-owned. Have never owned a new vehicle or motorcycle, although my wife has owned new.
 

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My first and last new vehicle was a 1988 Chevy C10. Now I buy low mileage used.

All my scooters have been at least 10 yrs old.

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The only new bike I purchased was a 1966 Suzuki X6, the newest used bike had 259 miles on it. There are so many really low milage bikes available I can always find a great deal when I spend some time looking. Plus its only new until you have shown it to all your friends, after that is just another bike you bought.

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As far as Harleys, pre owned.
Lots of low mileage queens out there

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I had bought a new 83 Ford Escort and traded in after 40k miles when I replaced both front axles and driving to Atlantic City the muffler system from the manifold back fell off. Next was a new 87 Ford Ranger with the space cab. One day the radio went to wide open and wouldn't turn off. The other nasty thing was the helper fuel pump on the frame rail with the connections open to corrosion. After these 2 I went to Chevy's and never had anymore troubles. The Ranger was the last new vehicle since 93.

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I prefer new, but I can afford pre-owned.

In all seriousness for the last few years I've been buying used motorcycles. They're just better deals overall, and unlike cars they're usually really nicely maintained. Even if they aren't perfect, they're easy to get there. The only thing I've bought new recently was a Corvette in 2017. I ordered it exactly the way I wanted it, and I didn't want anybody else's ass in that seat

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I've bought 2 HD's new, an 05 and an 09 EGC both of them. and 6 used, 58 Duo, 74 FLH, 03 Ultra, 05 RK, 89 FLHS, and my 87 FLHTP. I don't think I'd buy a new one again, but you never know, if the price was right maybe. As for vehicles drove a bunch of "new" cars when I was contracted with Ford Audio...I got them below dealer cost, and traded when the warranty ran out. It was a biz expense for me and we could afford it. Now, I own a 30 year old F350 tow beast, had it for 14 years now, and bought it with 70K on it. The wife has an 11 Ranger, found it with 51K on it 3 years ago.
 

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My first and last new vehicle was a 1988 Chevy C10. Now I buy low mileage used.

All my scooters have been at least 10 yrs old.

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I like used too, and not 'pre-owned'. 'Pre-owned' is just useless marketing. Not a big deal but silly.

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Thanks for all the replies😀
For 4 wheels the wife gets new & I get a used truck or her hand me down vehicle.
 

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I've always bought new motorcycles. Cars? Back and forth. Sometimes new sometimes used. Only had one really bad used one, kept it for 64 days (Volvo station wagon). A real horror show. Traded it for one of the best cars I ever had : a new '71 Volkswagon Squareback. My current ride, a '92 FLHS bought new never regretted it. That stock EVO is stone dependable.
99% better than my 1976 AMF dresser. Loved the look, loved the sound and positivly loved that seat. But had so many problems.........
 

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BUFFALOGUY: Actually the motor itself was not too bad...until it got to about 3 years old. Then the exhaust valve in the rear cylinder "galled" in the guide (twice)....supposivly no one knew why....of course, I went the full route...pulled the heads, advised to get Manley valves and guides....didn't matter. Same thing. Until about 2 years after I sold it....then I'm told something like "oh, yeah there was an oil supply problem there...." but the main problem was almost everything else. Replace the handlebar switches at least twice, welds that broke, etc., etc..
What got me to sell it was on a beautiful Sunday morning, I'm in the garage wrenching (again and again)....and watching other brands (Japanese mainly) that cost 1/2 of what my bike cost...go merrily riding along..

So...after selling the '76, I went to a used '79 Yamaha (XS1100) a rocketship....but never did like the thing. Realized I wanted a H-D but would refuse to put up with the problems....got out of biking for a few years, .then they introduced the EVO motor....the extremely anti-H-D magazines were actually enthusiastic about the EVO,in fact, I think it was CYCLE Magazine that said "it is every bit as dependable as the (BMW)Boxer Twin. You should have read the "letters to the Editor" about that one..😃

And so, in 1992 I got my current ride...and never looked back. End of history lesson.
 

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When I was younger I was a car nut. New cars, really cool new cars, came and went, sometimes in less than a year. Heck, some even after only about 6-8 months. In 1988 I came to my senses. Haven't had a new car or motorcycle or car payment since. Now I'm like somebody that quit smoking and thinks paying for new vehicles is absolute insanity. My current SUV is a 2006 that I bought in 2009. I am still a maintenance nut so my vehicles get top drawer care. It still runs and looks great. My HD is a 1999. Nobody believes it's that old when they see it and I can't believe it's that old when I ride it.
 

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First bike 1969 XLCH (new) AMF days (junk). Took delivery from dealer by pushing it out the back door of his shop into the alley down the steps on a 2x12x8ft. Road 4 yrs., sold to my buddy for almost what I paid for it $1700.00. The dealership was in his shotgun house...these houses do not have any hall ways. I was "raised" in several of them.
Second bike 2003 FLSTCI (new). Took delivery from dealer...had to go around and meet the service dept. head, parts dept. head and the owner of the dealership...she was the daughter of the dealer I purchased my XLCH from. Times change...NO...I will never buy new again! If I live any longer and need to buy it will definitely be one of the many garage queens that are out there. I have learned a lot by having to work on the 03 FLSTCI...fuel line replaced three times, cam chain tensioners three times, rebuilt my five speed once, replaced the fifth gear mainshaft once, fifth gear countershaft once, rebuilt front forks once (found one of the pinch bolts sheared), of course after the break in did stage one with SE203 cams, S&S adjustable push rods, K&N filter, Cycle Shack slip on pipes, Power Commander USB II. Sorry...getting carried away...I will only buy one of the many garage queens that are out there.
 

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I like used too, and not 'pre-owned'. 'Pre-owned' is just useless marketing. Not a big deal but silly.

joe
Ain't they all pre owned?

I like trade in's, repops, and used up. Used up is prolly the safe bet. You know exactly what you are getting.
 
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