Well, I owe a Harley, A 1995 Sportster and maybe these should be in a another class by themselves. The EVO engine is almost bulletproof. I've read so much bad about Harley Big Twins that I will have to be content with the 1200. The defects in the Big Twin cams alone is legendary. I can work on my sportster...and when I say work, I mean maintain. Ive never had any engine troubles in the almost 20,000 miles I've owned her. I did just fix a stripped out forward pulley which is probably my fault. I have gotten a flat tire. The engine has only ever NOT started when the negative ground was loose on the battery.
The fact that this bike is air cooled and can run fine in 100 degree weather is the best. Air cooled means less to worry about. Want to rebuild the the thing? No problem. Take off the tank and go to town. Want tot work on the tranny? You have a trap door into the innards. Big Twins and newer sporties suck in that department.
If I retire and can actually cruise for weeks at a time, then I'd think about a jap bike that is smooth as glass under my azz.
2014 Kawasaki KLR 650
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