Originally Posted by magna
Thanks for the reply jg, its definitely worth checking the Camm tennioners on 88 engined bikes, checked mine at 21,000 but i sometimes wonder with the 10s of thousands of bikes built how many tennioners show excess wear or fall apart before say 45-50,000 miles.
In the grand scheme of things.. not very many! The TC88 is an amazing piece of technology.
Just some food for thought... the Harley owners who don't go on the internet rarely have any problems with their bikes!
My buddy bought a brand new 2007 CVO Springer and when he was researching it online he was in a panic because there is so many horror stories on that TC110 motor he really thought he was riding on a time bomb. Most of them were heat related issues.
I was riding a 1989 Sportster and I researched that bike abd was totally worried about the magnets in the stator becoming unglued and causing me to be stuck on the side of the road dead. There were literally hundreds of threads about it. Same thing with my buddys CVO. Well.. I have 45,000 miles on my 1989 without a single issue with the charging system and he has 37,000 miles on his Springer with not even a hiccup. We ride with a bunch of guys who have 2007 CVO's and not one of them have had any issues other than 1 bike having some extremely slight oil seepage coming from that inspection bolt between the 2 jugs. There was a recall and the dealer fixed it.
I currently ride a 2006 Dyna Wideglide. Do a search on it and it will scare the crap out of you. I was convinced that my bike was a total lemon because of the compensator cup and the IPB issues I read about. I decided to call the largest dealerships in my area and speak to the service managers. 2 of them I know personally and they wouldn't steer me wrong in any way shape or form. These guys are top shelf. To them.. there simply are no problems with the 2006 Dyna and what I read online are isolated horror stories. They are true stories but not something to base an overall opinion on. They all told me to ride it, enjoy it and don't worry about it. Of course there is no gaurantee that something won't break but if or when it does.. bring it in and get it fixed.
Bottom line for me.... I read a 760 page book on the Harley TC88,96,103,105 and 110 motors and from an engineering and build quality standpoint Harley Davidson is the only bike I would ever ride. The Evolution was an amazing engine that will be around forever. The TC (Twin Cam) motors are even better.