Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Don't Twist My Throttle

It sure seems funny to me that owners, of Harley Davidson motorcycles who seem to suffer at the hands of their mechanics the most, are the first to taunt the riders of Asian made motorcycles with "Jap Crap".

Every year I take a glance at the tires, check the fluid levels, charge the battery and I am off and riding. No parts shimmy and shake off, no puddles of icky black fluids appear under the machine, just smooth rides with quick throttle response and a trouble free ride.
Often times when I take off on a road trip with my 26 year old Honda I will pass unfortunate Harley riders who are stopped beside the road peering vainly into the bowels of their V-twin engine.
Don't get me wrong, I think Harley Davidson makes wonderful machines, they just haven't got it down to a science yet like the Asians. Harleys make a wonderful bike with a wonderfull throaty sound, until they poke the guts out of their mufflers with a crow bar, the chrome, leather and finish look good until they start adding oodles of tassels and studs, the riders dress in everything branded with the HD logo including their underwear, but for the love of mechanics could they please get that thing to stop trying to shake itself to bits.
Apparently the V-twin configuration of their engines that makes that distinctive and lovely sound is what sets up the un-godly vibrations that rattle teeth, bone and sends parts scurrying off to the road below.
Another thing that chaffs me in a literal way is that when I buy a bike I am not trying to buy a lifestyle. Being perceived as a non-conforming bad-ass biker while dressing like I belong to an exclusive club of boomers is silly. I already have a conformist lifestyle and like to travel with reliable transportation under my butt.
All bikes have some faults or shortcomings but while Harley riders are waiting at the dealerships for their repairs, us Jap crappers will be putting on the miles and doing some trouble free riding.
Feel free to pile on or defend your ride in the comments below, but please no profanity.


Anonymous said...

i buzz on a 82 500 interstate. the left side batt cover fell off. the radio crapped out. found old am/fm cass works 4 free :-). both shocks are fried and gotta i keep a hand pump onboard. screwed on some more lights LED which reeheally grab yer eyes. its got only 9400 miles but a lot of them is dirt road. its a nasty dirty filthy ugly piece of jap crap and i luv it. but i like hd bikes 58 duo glides or even the new heritage springers too. anyhoo i aint got the moola for a h-d and i dang sure aint got the money to keep a h-d running. theres a couple of honda silverwings that put around here. dependable, utilitarian, and comforatable beer run machines thats why i like my crappy rat sled. beware of the cages. out

Anonymous said...

I AGREE with your opinion on H.D.I have worked as a motorcycle mechanic since 1970.I have mainly worked on the Asian motorcycles and European bikes on occasion.I was forced to retire as a motorcycle mechanic when I crashed a bike on a test ride.I still have a life long love for motorcycles that will go with me to my grave.I grew up with Harleys and have much respect for the old time Harely riders but the modern day Harley owners make me sick to my stomach.Friday night they put on there phony biker garb,grab their bitch,hook up with there other fake biker buddies and putts from bar to bar.They try to look tough and talk dirty but if you stomp your foot they piss in their leather pants and turn red.Monday morning they put on their suits, grab the brief case and head to work.This of course is only my opinion and observation.Thank you for letting me vent.Its been a long time in the making.Yours Truly RacerOne.