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Chieftain vs 2018 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

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  1. dalethemale

    dalethemale Active Member

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    I know this is not an apples to apples comparison(should be the Springfield), but here we go anyway: Rented from Eaglerider in Tempe, AZ and put 566 miles in 24hrs. The Heritage is smoother(comfort and ergos are better) than My 2014 Indian and it handles better too(being 120 lbs lighter). On the Interstate the Indian is just a bit more stable with that big fairing. But the power of Harley's new Milwaukee 8 107 motor was amazing. Flying up hill past tractor-trailers on the way to Payson, AZ was effortless. Then oil started spewing out the air cleaner(2200 miles on the bike) and I said "It's a Harley".
     

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    What is the picture with the small bridge ?
     
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    Shumway, AZ ...Historic School with a relocated historic bridge.
     

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    Thanks for posting the review. Didn’t get to test ride the new Heritage Classic last fall but it’s a good looking bike as far as baggers go. Have been tempted to get one (HD came out with a $1500 discount recently) but all the negative reviews about transmission fluid migration etc. just make it a likely high maintenance headache.
     
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    Typical first year(for the Softail M8) bugs.
     
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    It's all good until the motor starts spewing oil all over you :(, especially if you had just bought that bike :mad:. Could be the dealer put too much oil in or it could be fluid migration, kind of a possible BIG bug.
     
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    I know that for all HD motors since the EVO, the breather tube from the top end goes into the air Filter area and when ridden hard, it would start spewing oil allover your right leg. I am not sure if the M8 have the same design but I strongly think they do. The reason it happens is when you ride hard (Throttle almost fully open) the vaccuum in the air filter increases and sucks in the oil. Usually happens when you ride over 80 MPH continuously.

    That is why I moved up to Victory from those Poorly designed HD motors!! The Victory motor fits the way I ride them.
     
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    Been their and had that happen on a couple Harley's. But I believe the M-8 (some) are having bigger issues, IMO of course from reading some of the forums.
     
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    I hope so but as BoilerMan noted indications are that they are more than just first year bugs. If HD does not own up to it and comes out with an effective fix, Indian’s Springfield line may be the next best choice.
     
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    Ah the good old days.. my 85 FXRT used to greet me with a little oil vomit if I let it sit more than a few weeks. Wasn't by choice mind you.. I was in the navy and got deployed!
     
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    Did my Own Demo of the 2018 Heritage with the 114 Engine and was not impressed at all, Not even close to the Comfort and handling of my Chieftain .. No Intentions of ever buying another New HD but the only one that would have a chance would be the 2018 Road Glide Special with the M8 114 .. Not even interested in anything else in their Line up ..


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    14 Harleys in 43 yrs never going back inferior compared to what’s out there. I’ll keep running my Magnum. 2 friends with a 17 and 18 107 M8 shifting issues on one the other did a 117 upgrade at 5000 miles pistons looked terrible builder said worst oiling system ever. Thank you again HD. I’d have to give Indian a try when I wear my Magnum out.
     
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