Beemers have it right and so does Harley. You don't even have to adjust valves on Harleys and Buells, except for the V-Rod. Now with fuel injection you don't even have to sync carbs anymore. I understand that Ducatis have desmotronic valve trains that are pretty difficult to adjust (just what I've read). If you ask me, the less you have to maintain the better off you are. Ok, a crotch rocket is way faster but you know what? Who cares. When you factor in all the speeding tickets and higher insurance premiums and the high cost of replacing plastic body panels and skin grafts, and relearning the alphabet, you are way ahead on a Harley, or Beemer.
I do not understand why you have to rag on Harley riders ALL the time.
It is possible that in KPaul's World all Harley riders are as ignorant as you portray yourself to be with your constant generalizations out of nowhere. In the real world that is just not true (not for all at least). The truth is that some people like bikes that you don't for reasons different than yours. How's that?
Now add shaft drive. A very overlooked bike is the Suzuki Intruder 1400. I don't have one but... Here you have a proven motor, no valve adjustments, no chain, no belt, no oil leaks. And for Harley chump change you can uncork it and the bike will fly. The bike has 2 probs., 3.4 gallon tank and an ugly seat. For about 2 grand you can transform this bike into a winner. P/U a 2 yr. old one do the mods and you have a proven winner with about the smallerst maint. of any bike and it performs. I needed a little more power so the max for me.
What about handling? I agree that the street is not the place to test the race track ability of a bike, but I'll be damned if I ever saw a Harley and thought to myself "wow, I bet that bike can take a corner". In fact, I bet a Toyota Camry can outcorner nearly any Harley.
I didn't think that tele-parlever suspended shaft drive hydraulic assisted linked anti-lock braking systems on motorcycles were simple. I wonder why they come with the 3 year road side assistance warranty?
How often do you need to do a valve job in the African desert? Just curious...
Rest assured that HelterSkelter (how appropriate) claims he rides his bikes 20,000 miles a year. Living in Milwaukee he has mastered the technque of Snow Hogging. Using special spiked tires from the Screaming Polar Bear H-D line, HeleterSkelter can ride anytime and anywhere. Special heated arm and leg chaps complete the ensemble.
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