Pages: [1]   Go Down
Print

Topic: harleys are unreliable  (Read 2555 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
1KPerDay
Ride to eat, eat to ride
*

Reputation 26
Offline Offline

Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Honda GL1800A, Harley XR1200, BMW R90/6
Miles Typed: 10773

My Photo Gallery


Arbiter of good taste




Ignore
« on: August 01, 2011, 04:01:01 PM »

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/forwood/  

Quote
This has been a fifteen year journey throughout the world which started in Australia on the 3rd of February 1996 and continues. In October 2008 This Harley-Davidson motorcycle , carrying our luggage , became the first and only vehicle to have been ridden in all the 193 internationally recognised countries of the world that existed at that time. Since then we have continued travelling, visiting places we previously missed or returning to places we enjoyed. Our motorcycle was purchased new in 1994 and we have now ridden it over 590,000 km. By August 2009 the motorcycle's original engine required substantial repair after completing 540,080km's. It has now been replaced with a brand new engine so we can continue travelling. The original engine will be rebuilt so it can be placed back into the motorcycle, should any new countries be created, like the recently recognised South Sudan. The motorcycle has visited 193 internationally recognised countries and over 414 countries, states, territories, isolated parcels, atolls and disputed territories as identified in the Most Travelled Persons list. This is more than any other vehicle, hence the claim "The World's Most Travelled Motorcycle"

Logged

One should always ride on tires without grapples. 
--miles
kevin_stevens
*

Reputation -9
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '09
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: BMW S1000RR, Buell 1125CR
GPS: I'm right here!
Miles Typed: 5936

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 05:03:35 PM »

They're completely reliable - they always end up bashed to bits.

KeS
Logged
veefer800canuck
Nicky Hayden stole my childhood!
*

Reputation 148
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
GPS: Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, EH?
Miles Typed: 6550

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011, 05:50:50 PM »

I wanna know: how do they afford this?
Logged

atadaskew
*

Reputation 155
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: A Vethpa and thome other thcooter
GPS: Venice Beach, California.
Miles Typed: 11824

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 06:06:51 PM »

540K out of the original motor?
That's a lot of bar hopping.
Logged

I'm hip about time, I just gotta go.
veefer800canuck
Nicky Hayden stole my childhood!
*

Reputation 148
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
GPS: Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, EH?
Miles Typed: 6550

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 10:09:00 PM »

The breakdowns they suffered are chronicled here:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/forwood/bike2.shtml
Logged

Rincewind
*

Reputation 122
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '08, '09, '10
Years Supported: '11
Miles Typed: 13680

My Photo Gallery




Ignore
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2011, 09:10:22 AM »


The breakdowns they suffered are chronicled here:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/forwood/bike2.shtml


Interesting info.  Looks like they average just over 30,000 miles per belt.  
Logged
veefer800canuck
Nicky Hayden stole my childhood!
*

Reputation 148
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
GPS: Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, EH?
Miles Typed: 6550

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2011, 10:09:33 AM »

Belts would probably last longer if one were riding in normal conditions, IE: not off-road.

But if I had a beltdrive bike, I would not leave the city limits without a spare, regardless of mileage.
Logged

Rincewind
*

Reputation 122
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '08, '09, '10
Years Supported: '11
Miles Typed: 13680

My Photo Gallery




Ignore
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2011, 01:40:19 PM »


Yeah, belts don't like constant dirt and grit, and HATE rocks of any size.

They'll generally last a "lifetime" of the bike, more or less, if not subjected to such things. But even at 30k, that's longer than a chain would last in the same conditions, for the most part.  Thumbsup


That's true, but I think a chain would be simpler to replace.  The Harley couple said they have it down to 3-4hrs roadside repair to replace the belt.  They carried two spares after braking three belts in Africa.  

Regardless my hat's off to them on their accomplishment!  
Logged
motrhead
Travellin' Soul
*

Reputation 5
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: '03 Guzzi V11 LeMans, '77 Harley XLCR, FZ750, '84XJ750, XT350, RZ350, XS650, XS650 scrambler project, GL1100 , IT400, '73 XL350
GPS: BC, Canada
Miles Typed: 328

My Photo Gallery




Ignore
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2011, 02:13:15 PM »

The Forewoods are amazing...but the bike has had it's problems. Cams and followers were toast before 50k miles (that sounds almost Honda-like  Lol) , cam bearing went at 119k miles (still not too shabby).
 It needed a rebuild and overbore at 142k miles...if you can keep replacing parts it should technically go forever...but didn't HD declare the engine unfixable at 300k miles? They were talking of stamping the original numbers in a new set of cases (I think that is what they are running now).I didn't see any mention of that part on their page, but it was in the Horizons Unlimited newsletter.  Still... not bad for an antique engine.
Logged

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost
Pages: [1]   Go Up
Print
Jump to:  



ST.N

Copyright © 2001 - 2013 Sport-Touring.Net.
All rights reserved.

SimplePortal 2.3.1 © 2008-2009, SimplePortal