Just like cars, you can expect a long service life from a Harley-Davidson motorcycle..
The new Milwaukee Eight engines haven’t been around long enough for any real high mileage tests, but owners of older models have racked up some impressive numbers on their faithful Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Scanning the forums, it’s easy to find owners who have great reports of their ownership experience.
HD TimeLine member, flh canuck says: “As a professional mechanic who worked for years in the automotive trade, I find the Harley Davidson motorcycle to be an absolute joy to work on and maintain compared to previous Japanese bikes I have owned. I have since owned four different Harley Davidsons since 1998, all purchased new, and each one absolutely trouble-free. A properly maintained modern Harley-Davidson is every bit as well made, if not better, than any other motorcycle on the market but the difference is, it will still be going down the road long after many modern Japanese bikes have been recycled back into Tupperware or Fisher-Price toys.”
Another member, Rob Gray says: “I've got a Road Glide with 94,000 miles on it”
Over on harley-davidsonforums.com, member Thunder~Struck reports: “Had a 100K on my 83 80" Shovel with no rebuild. Just a top end for the unleaded conversion.”
Clearly, with regular scheduled servicing, a new Harley-Davidson should deliver as many miles/kilometres as most cars.
Some people, of course, like to go to extremes and in a feat that took nearly 20 years to complete, former Wisconsin senator and US Marine Corp veteran, Dave Zien put a world record one million miles on his 1991 Harley Davidson FXR Super Glide. Zien began the journey in 1991 hitting the million mark on April 4, 2009. The effort earned him a place in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Not every Harley-Davidson owner is going to run up this kind of mileage, but nevertheless, your Harley-Heaven dealer offers extended warranty and peace of mind for up to three years in addition to the 24-month factory warranty. Choose 12, 24 or 36-month warranty terms, with unlimited kilometres for each term.
The benefits of HARLEY | EXTENDED WARRANTY™ include:
Available at point of sale only for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles up to 24 months old which have travelled less than 50,000 km
Provides peace of mind riding for up to 3 years in addition to the 24-month factory warranty
Choose 12, 24 or 36-month warranty terms, with unlimited kilometres for each term
Genuine Harley-Davidson® Motor Parts means genuine peace of mind
Repairs carried out by factory-trained technicians
Covers parts and labour costs
If you sell your motorcycle privately, the remainder of the warranty period can be transferred to the new owner (note that it is not transferable if the bike is sold to a motor dealer or motor trader)