is it more frequently called a racer bearing?
Usually the only people who post are those having problems, the majority don't post and say "My bike is running fine, no problems". I guess that's the way it should be.For some reason most humans are tuned to remember the bad. I'm certain the majority of us do not focus on it. In all my years and all the Harleys I have owned never had the problems we read about. Not to say they did not happen, it is that we read it so much we tend to remember.
If we read all the time about how long these machines can last we would probably get bored.
I have close to 40k on a 96 2007 and besides exhaust not stock all original. Awesome no issues still no oil burn, when in Sturgis everyone was shutting down because of heat on the slow ride a few years back (in town) this baby ran flawless. Have also a 103 may cam the 96 to give it a little more move. But doesn't really need it. NO other issues besides oil change runs completely stock. And she runs throttle on most of the time.I've owned shovelheads and evos all of my adult life. I currently have a 95 Ultra Classic and my wife rides a '89 Custom Softail. I'm 58 and my wife and I thought that this spring we would take some bike trips to the Ozarks and the Smokies so I decided to buy a newer bike. One reason was that my 95 has over 130,000 miles on it. The other was for the newer frame and upgraded technology. I ended up buying a 2010 Merlot/Sunglo Ultra Classic with 21,000 miles on it and I love the bike. Since I bought it I have spent more time on the bike websites reading reviews, problems etc with the 96 ci motors. This bike runs flawlessly, doesn't clunk, clank or bang when putting in gear or shifting. Doesn't seem to run that hot either. It's completely stock except for a pair of Rush slip ons. Granted, I bought it just before winter set in, so I've only ridden it about 300 miles. My question is, with all I've read about compensator problems, overheating, throttle sensor trouble, etc on the 96 cubic inch, is there anyone out there with a high mileage, stock 96 cubic inch that hasn't had any problems??