Strange as heck, but I was packing up the bike early Saturday morning to head out for a weekend road trip. Just about ready to leave and saw a rubber bushing just sitting on top of my bevel gear housing. I reach down there to pick it up and noticed something strange. Looked like the top rear engine mount bolt was gone. Looked on the other side, and sure enough, it was gone. Freekin 11" bolt gone. So, I'm thinking "when the heck did this happen?" I know it must have come loose on my last few rides and must have come out the evening before as I rode home from work. I ran in the house and pulled up the parts drawing to verify it was one long bolt and bushings. So here I was, with an engine mount missing, ready to head out on a 200 mile ride to meet up with a good friend on his bike, both of us timing our rides from opposite directions to meet in Brenham at 11 am. So I rode into town and stopped at ACE hardware. They didn't have a bolt that long in 3/8" so they cut a piece of all-thread for me and I bought some large washers and locknuts and put it back together for the ride. I'll be ordering the replacement OEM parts today, but I think I'm going to go ahead and pull all the motor mount nuts off and replace them with metric lock nuts.
I was able to do the trip and had a great ride, once I got over the shock and had a plan. I can't imagine how it rattled loose, as the bike doesn't vibrate much if any, but I can say that I won't be talking about harley's vibrating pieces all over the road anymore.
Just something else to keep an eye on!
By the way, I rode my buddie's Road King yesterday for about a 15 mile stretch. It felt pretty smooth once you are up to speed, but felt a little clumsy. It will shake your teeth out when you are rolling to a stop and while idling, which is a little un-nerving the first few times you are coming to a stop. But when you rev it it smooths out. (now I know why harley riders are always revving their bikes at a stop. It clears up the double vision so they can see at an intersection
I also rode my other friend's Vulcan 1500 on this trip and I can honestly say, it beats the harley hands down, both in handling and smoothness of shifting, stopping etc. It seemed to have more get up and go too. I could own one of those! It didn't feel heavy like the harley did either, even though they are similar in weight. It was balanced better.