We began with Part 1 of this topic discussing some of the most significant Harley-Davidson problems over the past decade. Since there have been numerous other problems with Harleys, we’ll continue this story with a few other problems that have surfaced in recent years. Let’s take a look at a few additional problems that Harley owners have faced over the past decade.
Despite Harley-Davidson’s iron-clad image in American culture, numerous flaws have been exposed over the years. Recalls have been somewhat regular, including some with hundreds of thousands of bikes needing repairs. Below, we’ll examine a few major problems that have occurred over the past decade with Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Harley-Davidson has manufactured motorcycles under the Sportster model family since 1957, making it the Motor Company's longest running model. The earliest Sportsters were equipped with 883 cc and 1,000 cc Ironhead engines. The Sportster 1200 debutted in 1988.
The Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider traces its origins to Harley’s first factory custom. At the 1977 Daytona Beach Bike Week the Motor Company unveiled the FXS Low Rider. The first Low Rider had extended front forks and shorter rear shocks to put the rider just 26 inches off the ground.
It's been called the motorcycle that saved Harley-Davidson. The Sportster was introduced in 1957 and is the longest continuously produced model in Harley-Davidson history, and one of the longest in the world. Only the Royal Enfield Bullet, first manufactured in 1948, has a longer production history.
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