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Ah yes, I go through those before I even make it out of the yard...

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Indeed.... This 124 is a double edge sword.. Fun and fast. However everything needs to be checked and gone through regularly. It tears up everything bolted to it. I remember when I only broke motor stuff, now since the S&S the motor is solid and the drive train is now the weak link. I gotta give S&S credit they build a serious motor. Of coarse I had to give them most of my bank account in return.... Lol
 

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I don’t know. I’ve had my 1999 FXR2 for 17 years and every time I park it, whether after a long or short day, I still think “what a sweet running, sweet riding bike”. It’s had heads, cam and ignition work plus brake upgrade hit nothing major. Only left me stranded once-/failed cam sensor plate. Yes, I am now knocking on wood.
 

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I don’t know. I’ve had my 1999 FXR2 for 17 years and every time I park it, whether after a long or short day, I still think “what a sweet running, sweet riding bike”. It’s had heads, cam and ignition work plus brake upgrade hit nothing major. Only left me stranded once-/failed cam sensor plate. Yes, I am now knocking on wood.
That's pretty much me too. 16 years with my '93, basic Stage 2, 1 expressway crash (14 years ago), and no breakdowns that I recall.

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35 yrs on my 1985 FXRS. Bought her new. We've run 300,000 mi of highways together. I'm on my second motor. Original transmission gearset. First motor went 185,000. I'm currently running a 1999 H-D Evo motor, bought new in the crate. Just got that one a new top-end. In retrospect...my biggest single error was to pull the original exhaust pipes. Most of the issues I've had since doing that have been exhaust system breakage. Earlier this month, while I was in Daytona...it got real difficult to tune my S&S carb. Found out I had a broken exhaust stud in the rear head and a big leak going on at the head as a result. GGGgrrrrrrr.
All that said...despite all the stories of part failures, roadside repairs, etc....you should know that I'm only now starting to consider retiring the old girl and getting into a new(er) model. My problem is...I can't imagine what it would be.
For those who remember "Lonesome Dove"...I'll sum up by quoting Augustus McCrae on his deathbed:
"Aye God Woodrow...it's been one hell of a party"
 

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I don’t know. I’ve had my 1999 FXR2 for 17 years and every time I park it, whether after a long or short day, I still think “what a sweet running, sweet riding bike”. It’s had heads, cam and ignition work plus brake upgrade hit nothing major. Only left me stranded once-/failed cam sensor plate. Yes, I am now knocking on wood.
...and that's me too, over 200K and 30 years and no major problems, or well maybe one.
 

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Coming from an Ironhead, [and a '68FLH] My [bought showroom new] '82 is perfection... only once I learned how to mount the Exhaust..
Moral... Get an Ironhead or 2, I haven't been without at least 1 On the Place, since before 1979!!!!
you will Learn "stuff" including some colorful New Words!!!!
 

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you will Learn "stuff" including some colorful New Words!!!!
It's certainly improved your colorful vocabulary.

You guys that haven't had trouble seem to have a common theme. Buying new/late model low mileage bikes compared to buying one with who knows how many previous owners with untold histories seems to make a difference.

Go figure.

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Alan, I agree. The gents that bought a decent FXR to begin with and have their witts about them ride em to hell and back.

I tend to buy the cheap junk and nickle and dime them back together enough to get a couple good rides in.

By the time I have em 100% iron out I find myself sick of the "FXR" thing... whatever keeps me going back to them, who knows...

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By the time I have em 100% iron out I find myself sick of the "FXR" thing... whatever keeps me going back to them, who knows...

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It's the koolaid. Let us know when your supply runs low. We have more.

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Alan, I agree. The gents that bought a decent FXR to begin with and have their witts about them ride em to hell and back.

I tend to buy the cheap junk and nickle and dime them back together enough to get a couple good rides in.

By the time I have em 100% iron out I find myself sick of the "FXR" thing... whatever keeps me going back to them, who knows...

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Hahaha you so funny. You could buy a junk FXR with a box of wooden nickels and within a short time restore it to new condition. You the man.

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It's certainly improved your colorful vocabulary.

You guys that haven't had trouble seem to have a common theme. Buying new/late model low mileage bikes compared to buying one with who knows how many previous owners with untold histories seems to make a difference.

Go figure.

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Mine was 11 when I got it.

It had Straight Shots on it, 'LTR-RTL' stuff all over it, and had been repossessed at some point. The pipes and doodads sound like a 'style over substance' guy. The repo smells like neglect.

Because of these facts, I consider mine a rescue buy. ;)

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Alan, I agree. The gents that bought a decent FXR to begin with and have their witts about them ride em to hell and back.

I tend to buy the cheap junk and nickle and dime them back together enough to get a couple good rides in.

By the time I have em 100% iron out I find myself sick of the "FXR" thing... whatever keeps me going back to them, who knows...

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It's the koolaid. Let us know when your supply runs low. We have more.

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Yeah, WE know why he keeps coming back.

joe
 
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