Originally Posted by EricD10563
From my experience I would consider HD less reliable than the Japanese models, but HD's large dealer network makes it easy to take care of a problem.
In less than five years I've rode more than 75k miles on two HD's an 09 Road King and a 11 Electra Glide Limited; had some issues with the RK that was quickly fixed under warranty and had one problem with the Limited also fixed under warranty.
Would I buy another Harley yes I would at this point I'm still happy with what they make and the dealer network. Would I buy a Beemer maybe, I just have to keep in mind that if I have a problem the nearest dealer is more than 80 miles away and if I'm not happy with the dealer I'm SOL.
I currently have an 05 Ultra Classic.
50,000 miles and the only issue I have had is with a wire behind the fairing that shorted. Fixed by myself 2 years ago.
There isn't a spot of rust anywhere on it. (and I am notorious for not cleaning it often and riding year round).
New brake pads twice on the front and once on the rear.