Originally Posted by Carl V
Any magical chemicals you know of to help out?
The odd thing to a lot of people is that in 18,000 miles this bike has never left me stranded (except for a flat rear tire), I've never had to make a single roadside repair, it doesn't leak oil, and the only single problem I've ever had was a warn out starter button (fixed for $40). I can't even remember how many times my BMW bikes were in the shop for electrical problems.
Sorry, I am starting to fight this battle on my GSX as it's pipes are discoloring a bit where they come out of the engine. If you find a fix pass it on.
Yup, the Harley bashing thing is not justified as I see it. They are reliable, very much so. Performance is off Jap standards (but not really for similar V-twin cruisers), but reliability is not.
KLR folks busting Harley's for performance is way off. The KLR is a 4 valve, DOHC, liquid cooled engine.
2 KLR's roughly equal 1 Harley. 38hp x 2 = 76hp. Isn't the stock Harley, 2 valve, push-rod, air-cooled EVO about 65 hp.
Harley does have a DOHC, 4 valve, liquid cooled engine in the V-rod, its makes just under 100hp. That's not shabby for a twin, any twin.
I realize that my math is a bit whacked here, but just saying we KLR's don't have a lot of room to talk.