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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-01-2012, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Just purchased my first Yamaha (08 White Stratoliner). Coming from the dark side (former HD Road King owner) and I must say so far the bike is pretty impressive. I'm really looking forward to the dependability and durability of the Yamaha. I love these forums, they are so helpful!
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-01-2012, 12:49 PM
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Welcome tomb....enjoy the bike. I love mine!


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I'm curious what got you to leave the dark side. I have friends that say once you go to the dark side you never go back.
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He liked owning a Harley. But he wanted to be able to ride too!


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I have friends that say once you go to the dark side you never go back.
That's because once you dump that kind of money into buying, repairing, insuring, repairing, maintaining, repairing, and repairing a Harley, you don't have anything left to buy a real bike with. It's financial quicksand.

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Welcome to the light! Now instead of spending all that money repairing you can mod out your new ride

(BTW: These guys have a bit of a thing about pics.... you should probably post one or two before they get grouchy)

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Welcome Tomb!

You have made a great choice! I wouldnt trade my Strat for an HD for no ones money. You will see what I mean once you have put a few thousand miles on her.

Lots of good stuff here. Lots of good people here too. I am sure you will enjoy the shared knowledge and the jokers here.

Enjoy that shiney beast of yours.

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I'm curious what got you to leave the dark side. I have friends that say once you go to the dark side you never go back.
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Got REALLY tired of the valve train issues with the twin cam motor. I do all of my own work, the bike was an 03 and according to Harley the only resolve was a $2800 gear drive set which may or may not have worked depending on my crank run out. Long story short... I like to choose when to work on my bike. I don't like it when it chooses that for me!
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He liked owning a Harley. But he wanted to be able to ride too!


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I loved the look of the Harley very much. And component wise it was of high quality. But I cannot stand piss poor engineering and Harley's better than thou attitude. After all the issues with it and talking to some of the service managers across the Indy area (especially one telling me that Harley knows about the problem but does nothing about it because it gets you back into their dealerships!) I decided that my Harley experience was over! And then low and behold my bike came with a full service manual and just flipping thru it I see the Stratoliner has gear driven cams!
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