I could tell when my BIL sold me his bike that it would need some work, and I was right. One of the seals on the fork was leaking, and it was backfiring and hesitating a bit. The shop looked it over and quoted me $450 for a carb rebuild and $350 for the new seals and fluid in the forks. Does that sound like a decent price, considering it's being done at the dealers'?Mike in NJ
The shop looked it over and quoted me $450 for a carb rebuild and $350 for the new seals and fluid in the forks. Does that sound like a decent price, considering it's being done at the dealers'?If you don't have the skills or time to do it yourself, it's a bargain. If you would rather do it yourself, it's too much. If you know what you are doing, the forks are easy and quick. The carb rebuild could take quite a bit of time, and time is money.-Rob
After paying dealer prices for too long, I found an independent H-D outfit I'm really happy with. Costs are usually around 10%-15% less and (knowing the highly reputable mechanic* personally) I am much more confident of any work being done properly. My last straw with the dealership came when they screwed up my 10,000 mile service by letting a new guy do it, since it was routine. I ended up with leaks and eventually had my tranny pulled apart and rebuilt by the independent shop. It still cost less than H-D wanted to charge to repair their own F-up.I guess key here is trusting your guy. I might have to wait a bit now, but I usually can schedule, order parts, and 'reserve' my spot, keeping the dry spells to a minimum.As far as the dull chrome in your other post, try to find 'SIMICHROME POLISH' made by Happich. It's made in Germany; http://simichrome.factoryoutletstore.com/?cid=44378&chid... Stuff is amazing! Order the small tube, it'll probably be all you need.ten*my mechanic is H-D trained, got disgusted with H-D dealership BS and went 'rogue'. ;-) He builds his own bikes, races at local tracks and does some hill-climbing too. L-O-O-O-V-E-S Harleys and knows 'em inside out. Sports a 'F--- the factory' logo on his racing bike tranny cover. :-)other anecdotal evidence; a rider decided to wait while the 5,000 service was done on his new Heritage. This normally is a 5 hour (according to H-D manual) deal while if everything is done properly. He had it back in a little over two hours. Maybe everything got done, maybe there were more than one crew on it (doubtful), but it's just (to me) indicative of dealership cost-cutting. Dunno if everything worked out OK, I hope so, but that crap ended up costing me extra $$ and cost that dealership a customer. It's only 10 miles from me, but I'd rather travel 100 miles than give them any more opportunities to screw up my bike.
Thanks Ten!The mechanic I know at this dealer comes highly recommended from other friends. He is into all kinds of engine stuff, has his own shop at home, races (among other things....) I do not know him well personally, but have met him and tend to trust him. He does projects at home for people, too, but said he is too busy right now to take on anything, and suggested I bring it to his place of work where he'll take care of it.Hopefully the bike will be done this week, and I'll be ridin' by Friday! Thanks, all!Mike in NJ
Hopefully the bike will be done this week, and I'll be ridin' by Friday! Thanks, all!Mike in NJ-----Good deal Mike, keep us posted.I'm planning to be in NJ (Little Egg Harbor/Tuckerton) for an extended stay the end of July/beginning of August to attend a couple of family events. I also hope to check on and ride with my brother who bought my little chopped out Sporty this past Easter. A trip up to NYC might be in the works too, and I'll still have free time on my hands. Maybe we can arrange that meet-up we've been bandying about here for awhile?ten/Rich
Maybe we can arrange that meet-up we've been bandying about here for awhile?I'd like that, Ten! I can't promise anything, though, with me working grave shift and having my two boys to watch 6 days a week.... but if it's possible, I'd be happy to make it happen! I've yet to meet anyone fom TMF in real life....Mike in NJ
What line of work are you in, Mike? I deejay/emcee what could be called a graveyard shift, 7 PM to 4 AM four nights a week down in Key West. You a bar worker or factory worker? Wait, toll worker? Rock in the KeysMotorcyclist 330 days out of every year
And so, what I forgot to ask, "Did you get your bike back from the shop and was the monetary damage higher or lower than the estimate?"
Hey! I am a cook at a casino in Atlantic City. No, the bike is not done yet, and, frankly, I had forgotten about it! I just found out that my well has gone bad and I have to get a new well drilled. Cash, I ain't got! Don't know what happened with the bike, but will call the shop sometime next week if I don't here from them....Mike in NJ
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