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Old 11-02-2012, 02:47 AM   #46
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Location: Just off the Warrego, S.E. Queensland
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Originally Posted by hugemoth View Post
Cold but true. He bought it new. 6 times in the shop during the first year mostly for fuel injection issues which caused the engine to die at random times. Got rear-ended once. Finally after they really got it fixed and it seemed reliable we took a 1200 mile trip, him on the Harley, me on my 30 year old Goldwing. The rear brake caliper came apart at 70 mph, locking up the rear wheel. He had it towed to the nearest Harley dealership, left it, and had his wife pick him up.

Probably one of those Chinese made Harleys.
So, would a Chinese made Harley be anyway comparable to a Japanese-built (Rikuo RT2) Harley?

Harley-Davidson’s Japanese connection

Disagreement, coupled with the rise of a militaristic government in Japan, put an end to Child’s, and Harley’s, relationship with the Japanese Rikuo company. Despite that split, Rikuos continued to be built in the Japanese factory. In fact, military versions of the Rikuo were built for the Japanese army during World War II. When civilian production resumed following the war, the motorcycle was limited largely to police and courier use. As late as the 1950s, though, as many as 2,000 Rikuos were built each year, with the engine having been expanded from the original 750cc to 1,000cc, and then to 1,200cc.
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