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Old 09-04-2013, 10:24 AM
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So I posted a ride report/review of my new 2014 Ultra Limited the other day. I took an 1100 mile weekend trip, riding a bunch of different kinds of roads. Everything from twisties, highways, etc.. Bike rode great, performed great, but I had noticed a slight exhaust leak. Took the bike to the dealer on Monday and dropped it off to have it looked at as well as get the 1000 mile service. I just got off the phone with them, and they're thinking it may possibly have a defective head. They're calling in an HD Warranty person to come take a look. He said Harley will be all over this since it's new and they will want to take care of these types of issues immediately. I'm not completely surprised, but a little disappointed that this could make it past their QC. I'll post updates as I get them.
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Unfortunately all motor manufacturers these days seem to treat the first customers as beta testers, gone are the days when there would have been various disguised bikes running around putting thousands of miles on these bikes in real life use prior to them being released to the public, all they do now is run them on the bench which is never the same.
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if your bike is gonna be laid up for awhile, maybe you could lend a fuel injector for this 2014:

http://www.hdforums.com/forum/tourin...-the-shop.html



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I think this is typical of HD, lack of R&D in house and they throw their crap out there for the customer to test. Unfortunately this is what happens on first year model issues. Note to self.
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if your bike is gonna be laid up for awhile, maybe you could lend a fuel injector for this 2014:

http://www.hdforums.com/forum/tourin...-the-shop.html



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Now that's some funny **** right there...especially since I was the one that suggested the dealer take an injector off an exisiting bike....
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Could even be porosity due to faulty aluminum casting. Many things could be the problem. Could have just as easily happened to a pre-2014 model.
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Unfortunately all motor manufacturers these days seem to treat the first customers as beta testers, gone are the days when there would have been various disguised bikes running around putting thousands of miles on these bikes in real life use prior to them being released to the public, all they do now is run them on the bench which is never the same.
they cant afford the fuel for those long R&D rides anymore lol the bike would cost us $30k+.
seriously i agree with ya, remember the testeing that was done for the V-Rod? i know several with them and no isues ever came from them
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Unfortunately all motor manufacturers these days seem to treat the first customers as beta testers, gone are the days when there would have been various disguised bikes running around putting thousands of miles on these bikes in real life use prior to them being released to the public, all they do now is run them on the bench which is never the same.
The first customers are the beta testers. We will see more of this as the beta testers roll up the miles. Afraid the MoCo being "all over this" is of little value to the 2014 beta testers but could be of some value to those that decided to wait a year or two.
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I think this is typical of HD, lack of R&D in house and they throw their crap out there for the customer to test. Unfortunately this is what happens on first year model issues. Note to self.
Not meaning to beat on you but that is a ridiculous statement. How do you know how much R&D, man hours and dollars went into developing the new cooling system. Unless you are an engineer with years of engine development experience that statement is what I would expect on the Goldwing Forum. They don't "throw crap out there for the customer to test". There are always issues in first year products with any industrial product.
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Not meaning to beat on you but that is a ridiculous statement. How do you know how much R&D, man hours and dollars went into developing the new cooling system. Unless you are an engineer with years of engine development experience that statement is what I would expect on the Goldwing Forum. They don't "throw crap out there for the customer to test". There are always issues in first year products with any industrial product.
I agree, just because someone said it doesn't make it true. I know they run-test them pretty hard somewhere in Arizona just for the heat testing alone. Might as well keep the discussion balanced.

I'm wondering if building a lot of bikes quickly for the debut may have something to do with it.

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