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Apr 9th 2019, 08:06 AM   #1
 JayFree's Avatar
 
  Apr 2019
  Salem

  Kawasaki Vulcan
Talking Hey everybody

I should've posted in here first and I'm sorry for breaking protocol.

My name's Jay and I'm an experienced rider in the Salem area that's happy to take a spin up to Portland to meetup with other riders for some 2 wheel fun. Right now I'm on a baby Vulcan but it's just a stopgap. Some time between fall '19 and spring '20 I'll be upgrading and handing down the Vulcan to the wifey. So if you wanna smash me in the canyons then now's your chance, because once I get back on a rocket it will be much more difficult lol!

The only reason I'm on a small bike now is because, for the first time since I was 14, I haven't had a bike for a prolonged period. I bought a brand new Harley back in 2013 and it was a total disaster. I didn't even get to crack the 8k mile marker before I'd had enough of that piece of garbage. It demoralized me and I took a couple of years off. Now I'm back on the road and getting myself comfortable again.

If anyone wants to join me on any rides please just lemme know! I don't care what kind of bike you ride or whatever, I'm an open minded guy who just wants to ride. Good riding, good food and good conversation are all I care about.

Thanks for reading my diatribe! Can't wait to get out there with y'all!!
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Apr 9th 2019, 09:00 AM   #2
 Rusty Nail's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Sandy

  2013 Spyder
Welcome aboard!
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Apr 9th 2019, 10:28 AM   #3
 VeritasImageryNW's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Quote:
Originally Posted by JayFree
I should've posted in here first and I'm sorry for breaking protocol.

My name's Jay and I'm an experienced rider in the Salem area that's happy to take a spin up to Portland to meetup with other riders for some 2 wheel fun. Right now I'm on a baby Vulcan but it's just a stopgap. Some time between fall '19 and spring '20 I'll be upgrading and handing down the Vulcan to the wifey. So if you wanna smash me in the canyons then now's your chance, because once I get back on a rocket it will be much more difficult lol!

The only reason I'm on a small bike now is because, for the first time since I was 14, I haven't had a bike for a prolonged period. I bought a brand new Harley back in 2013 and it was a total disaster. I didn't even get to crack the 8k mile marker before I'd had enough of that piece of garbage. It demoralized me and I took a couple of years off. Now I'm back on the road and getting myself comfortable again.

If anyone wants to join me on any rides please just lemme know! I don't care what kind of bike you ride or whatever, I'm an open minded guy who just wants to ride. Good riding, good food and good conversation are all I care about.

Thanks for reading my diatribe! Can't wait to get out there with y'all!!
Good to have you here.

Sorry about the problems with the Harley. I've had my '06 Street Bob for years without a single hiccup. That said I have an old FJ600 that was 5 years old when I got it that just about had me swear off all Yamahas. And I had a 3 year old '84 Honda VF700 Sabre that lost 5th gear after 6 months of riding. The shop wanted as much to repair it as I paid for it.

Edited by VeritasImageryNW on Apr 9th 2019 at 10:32 AM
Apr 9th 2019, 11:16 AM   #4
 
  Jan 2016
  Lynnwood WA

  2007 Yamaha FZ6, 2008 Aprilia Tuono & 2009 Yamaha WR250R
Welcome back to the riding world. What are ya thinking of getting for a new bike?
Apr 9th 2019, 11:32 AM   #5
 JayFree's Avatar
 
  Apr 2019
  Salem

  Kawasaki Vulcan
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Welcome aboard!
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Welcome back to the riding world. What are ya thinking of getting for a new bike?
Probably going back to rockets, maybe a ZX10 or a S1000RR
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Apr 9th 2019, 11:37 AM   #6
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  Apr 2019
  Salem

  Kawasaki Vulcan
Quote:
Originally Posted by VeritasImageryNW
Good to have you here.

Sorry about the problems with the Harley. I've had my '06 Street Bob for years without a single hiccup. That said I have an old FJ600 that was 5 years old when I got it that just about had me swear off all Yamahas. And I had a 3 year old '84 Honda VF700 Sabre that lost 5th gear after 6 months of riding. The shop wanted as much to repair it as I paid for it.
Mine was a heavily modified FXDB. I had more problems with that bike than all my other bikes combined....by DOUBLE! It left me stranded 7 times. And Harley totally tried to screw me over on repairs every single time, even though I purchased every dang warranty they had, including paint and tires! I wanted to be completely comfortable and instead I was completely screwed. I know it's a small percentage of people that end up like me, but I'm totally anti-Harley now.i don't make fun of people for riding them though, I just hate what they did to me.

Hopefully this old Vulcan I bought will get me through to next year! I got a really sweet deal on it and then upgraded a few things, so it should be ok. Thanks for the thoughtful reply.
Apr 9th 2019, 12:04 PM   #7
 TREX600's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
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Apr 9th 2019, 12:36 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
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Apr 9th 2019, 04:15 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
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Originally Posted by JayFree
Mine was a heavily modified FXDB.
I think this says a lot. Who modified the bike, and what mods were done (are we talking simply cosmetic mods or mechanical ones)? Even if it was done at a dealership, not all techs are equally capable of performing modifications.
Apr 9th 2019, 08:13 PM   #10
 JayFree's Avatar
 
  Apr 2019
  Salem

  Kawasaki Vulcan
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Originally Posted by VeritasImageryNW
I think this says a lot. Who modified the bike, and what mods were done (are we talking simply cosmetic mods or mechanical ones)? Even if it was done at a dealership, not all techs are equally capable of performing modifications.
Harley did it all themselves. I had the drag bars, a Vance and Hines straight pipe, a turbo, 6 speed tranny, upgraded brakes, best tires, candy paint, the works! Paint chipped and scratched easily, front master cylinder blew out, brake rotor cracked, pipe fell off, turbo blew out twice, tranny locked up cuz of a bad shaft bearing, the license plate mount broke off in a turn, the seat came apart and I almost fell off the dang bike, the accelerator locked up on me once and I had to hit the kill switch because it wasn't responding, fork seals started leaking within the first 1,500 miles...of course the Harley shop fought me every step of the way on who should cover costs for the repairs. THEY were on the hook. I purchased 5 warranties for around $5k total for a reason. That reason was I didn't wanna have to pay it later. They never fixed the paint problems. They made me pay hundreds of dollars to change the tires when the time came, which they promised both those things wouldn't happen. They made me pay for the new master cylinder and labor. They made me pay for much more.

Like I said, I know I'm in the minority, but it still sucks that all that happened to me.
Apr 11th 2019, 03:43 PM   #11
 Chrishil54's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
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Originally Posted by JayFree
Harley did it all themselves. I had the drag bars, a Vance and Hines straight pipe, a turbo, 6 speed tranny, upgraded brakes, best tires, candy paint, the works! Paint chipped and scratched easily, front master cylinder blew out, brake rotor cracked, pipe fell off, turbo blew out twice, tranny locked up cuz of a bad shaft bearing, the license plate mount broke off in a turn, the seat came apart and I almost fell off the dang bike, the accelerator locked up on me once and I had to hit the kill switch because it wasn't responding, fork seals started leaking within the first 1,500 miles...of course the Harley shop fought me every step of the way on who should cover costs for the repairs. THEY were on the hook. I purchased 5 warranties for around $5k total for a reason. That reason was I didn't wanna have to pay it later. They never fixed the paint problems. They made me pay hundreds of dollars to change the tires when the time came, which they promised both those things wouldn't happen. They made me pay for the new master cylinder and labor. They made me pay for much more.

Like I said, I know I'm in the minority, but it still sucks that all that happened to me.
What dealer was this? My cousin has had problems with his new HD and they've been giving him the same grief you experienced.
Apr 11th 2019, 03:48 PM   #12
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
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Originally Posted by JayFree
Probably ... a ZX10 ...
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Apr 11th 2019, 07:48 PM   #13
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  Apr 2019
  Salem

  Kawasaki Vulcan
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Originally Posted by Chrishil54
What dealer was this? My cousin has had problems with his new HD and they've been giving him the same grief you experienced.
Avalanche Harley in Lakewood, Colorado. I should've bought from one of the more reputable dealers.

Edited by JayFree on Apr 11th 2019 at 07:49 PM Reason: Quoted Sentinel by mistake
Apr 12th 2019, 03:50 PM   #14
 Chrishil54's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
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Originally Posted by JayFree
Avalanche Harley in Lakewood, Colorado. I should've bought from one of the more reputable dealers.
It was a local dealer here, north of Seattle, south of Bellingham.

Maye it's just that the bikes sucked!
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Apr 15th 2019, 08:48 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
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Originally Posted by JayFree
Harley did it all themselves.
A dealer doing modifications on a bike is very different from "Harley did it all themselves".
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