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I have been looking on this site slightly more than cursorily the past few months, and there seemed to be scant reference to Harleys.
In any event, in particular I'd like to know of anyone else's first hand Harley touring experiences. Are the louder pipes on Harleys a problem in the European gendarmes viewpoint? Is obtaining service/parts for the bike routine or an ordeal?
John - Thanks for the link! I now have some reading to catch up with.
You won't see a lot of references to Harleys - they are very much in the minority for long distance, overland touring. They do work, as folks like the Forwoods prove, but crossing the Sahara, or nasty mountain roads, isn't exactly their strong area.
People have ridden around the world on just about everything you can imagine, so it's first and foremost up to YOU to make your own decision. What YOU like and YOU enjoy riding, and YOU are familiar with mechanically, all bears on the decision of what YOU ride.
An interesting search on the site:
"Harley" gets some 577 hits, "Honda" 1000 odd, "BMW" 1830.
Check out the Harley results, some interesting stories.
To answer your questions, parts aren't an issue. Lots of dealers with good parts supplies. No worries.
Noise CAN be an issue, but it's all relative. Open pipes will get you a ticket, especially in the UK, any reasonable muffler no problem.
Personally I like a quiet bike for a long tour, it's much less tiring, and less annoying to others when you arrive somewhere strange and want something.
My brother recently bought a Harley and nagged me into a tour of France and Spain. ( He has done the incredibly fashionable ' turn 40 and get a motorbike ' thing going on in Britain ).
I must admit the Harley was very solid and more than able to cope. Absolutely no worries, there.
Whether we admit it or not, I think all bikers know that to the non- biking public a Harley is the ONLY bike, the real thing. So expect crowds to gather - again, not a problem is you want to meet people.
Naturally, Big Bruv had fitted the US pipes and had the carb tweak so the bike could be heard from Pluto. I agree with the above from Grant, I found this
very uncomfortable to deal with - the pipes would set off car alarms as we rode through French villages.
He , however, would not have it any other way.
It is true that these noise levels can get you into trouble, but a recent survey showed that very few Harley riders get pulled over in Britain for this - a cop said it was because they tend to ride safely in the first place.
Can't gaurantee it, but I'd say ride safe and you should have a ball!
I've used to ride an Electra-Glide ('96), and thorougly enjoyed trips through both the Alps and Pyrenees. Longest one was from the UK down to Gibralter, via. Portugal, and followed the Mediterranean coast of Spain before east to west through the Pyrenees.
Two problems though - after 2/3 the way through the Pyreness, I decided there was no point in continuing due to visibilty of about 25 yards (all the way!), then the oil pump blew 60 miles from the English Channel ferry port. Ended up being picked up via. HOG assistance, and pushing my bike on and off the ferry.
Apart from all that, lots of Harleys in Europe, and quite capable of negotiating those mountain hairpins! Although I used to have a Wide-Glide, which was odd (to say the least) on roundabouts, so I dare say would be hard work going round hundreds of hairpins. Even on the FLHTC, the autoroute is quite welcome after hundreds of miles through the Alps.
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