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Old 4th June 2018, 04:13 PM
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Hi all,
Was a member here before but forgot my login so starting afresh!

I bought a 12 HD 883 from the dealship in Ballymount about 2 and a half years ago and have had nothing but trouble with the bike since....

I'm currently suffering trying to find a half decent mechanic who's willing to work with HDs in the Dublin area....

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

(And please, if your advice is to not buy a HD I've painfully learned that lesson!)
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Old 4th June 2018, 04:20 PM
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Depending on what's out of kilter with it, you might be able to sort some - or all - of it yourself with a few tools, a decent workshop manual (and some good advice/lots of abuse from the non-Hognoscenti fraternity on here.)

Any idea/pointers what's actually wrong with it ?
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Old 4th June 2018, 04:24 PM
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Thanks for the reply but I'm completely clueless when it comes to all things mechanical. I'm 99% certain is a clutch/gearbox issue.....

Essentially the bike runs and revs but there's no power going into the wheel.....engine switches on, you can move the gear pedal up and down, but when you twist the throttle she revs up all right but nothing moves. It's like shes constantly in neutral.
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Old 4th June 2018, 04:40 PM
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No harm giving Franklin Motorcycles in Swords a shout on 538 5005
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Old 4th June 2018, 04:50 PM
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Default Re: Looking for a decent HD mechanic (not Ballymount!)

Originally Posted by DisgruntledHD View Post
I'm currently suffering trying to find a half decent mechanic who's willing to work with HDs in the Dublin area....
I'd normally take the piss but I feel your pain.

I can't understand why you're struggling to find someone to work on it?
Harleys are about as simple as it gets to work on. They're like an old grey Fergie.

What comments have you had when you've contacted people to work on it... why did they refuse?
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Old 4th June 2018, 04:53 PM
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Is it actually going into gear - ie the neutral light going off when you shift down into first / up into second ?

Wherabouts in Dubland are ye ?
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Old 4th June 2018, 05:00 PM
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Default Re: Looking for a decent HD mechanic (not Ballymount!)

Originally Posted by DisgruntledHD View Post
Thanks for the reply but I'm completely clueless when it comes to all things mechanical. I'm 99% certain is a clutch/gearbox issue.....

Essentially the bike runs and revs but there's no power going into the wheel.....engine switches on, you can move the gear pedal up and down, but when you twist the throttle she revs up all right but nothing moves. It's like shes constantly in neutral.
Is the clutch OK? If you put it in first gear and try to push the bike, is there any resistance?
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Old 4th June 2018, 05:15 PM
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a mechanic down here charges more for hd servicing/repairs than jap bikes?? dont know why tbh
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Old 4th June 2018, 05:24 PM
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is the belt ok ?
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Old 4th June 2018, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by DisgruntledHD View Post
Thanks for the reply but I'm completely clueless when it comes to all things mechanical. I'm 99% certain is a clutch/gearbox issue.....

Essentially the bike runs and revs but there's no power going into the wheel.....engine switches on, you can move the gear pedal up and down, but when you twist the throttle she revs up all right but nothing moves. It's like shes constantly in neutral.
Is that not how they're supposed to be.... You twist the throttle and not much but noise happens???

Only joking man good few Harley people around here will point you in the right direction
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Old 4th June 2018, 05:59 PM
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a mechanic down here charges more for hd servicing/repairs than jap bikes?? dont know why tbh
Thatís great info for a fella looking for someone to service a HD in Dublin
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Old 4th June 2018, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by -alan- View Post
Is it actually going into gear - ie the neutral light going off when you shift down into first / up into second ?

Wherabouts in Dubland are ye ?
Do you hear a clunk when you knock it into gear? Harley gearboxes are not noted for their snickety snick gear selection. Perhaps gear selector mechanism is not up to par.
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Old 4th June 2018, 07:28 PM
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is the belt ok ?
Listen to the Man and check the primary drive
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Old 4th June 2018, 08:12 PM
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Hi should be easily enough to fix try auto cycles 01- 6449657
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Old 4th June 2018, 08:52 PM
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Default Re: Looking for a decent HD mechanic (not Ballymount!)

Originally Posted by DisgruntledHD View Post
Hi all,
Was a member here before but forgot my login so starting afresh!

I bought a 12 HD 883 from the dealship in Ballymount about 2 and a half years ago and have had nothing but trouble with the bike since....

I'm currently suffering trying to find a half decent mechanic who's willing to work with HDs in the Dublin area....

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

(And please, if your advice is to not buy a HD I've painfully learned that lesson!)


Best thing you can do is get as far away from them, there will always be something wrong with the bike......Phone robbie of Mototechnic in kcr ind est,
he often has harleys in the workshop, and he does not do unessary work, and will treat you fairly , he is often busy so its not going to happen next day, just book it in with him.....
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Old 4th June 2018, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by The Road Runner View Post
......Phone robbie of Mototechnic in kcr ind est,
he often has harleys in the workshop, and he does not do unessary work, and will treat you fairly , he is often busy so its not going to happen next day, just book it in with him.....
This.

Cannot say enough good about Robbie / Mototechnic. Tel. (01) 490 8947
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Old 4th June 2018, 09:58 PM
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As chopper said check the belt
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Old 4th June 2018, 11:30 PM
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As chopper said check the belt
And also check the turf hopper and the griddle pan. Might not be getting enough of a draught to keep it properly lit and your soup won't heat up.
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Old 4th June 2018, 11:34 PM
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RPM in Drogheda.
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Old 5th June 2018, 06:49 AM
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Default Re: Looking for a decent HD mechanic (not Ballymount!)

Originally Posted by Gixxer View Post
I'd normally take the piss but I feel your pain.

I can't understand why you're struggling to find someone to work on it?
Harleys are about as simple as it gets to work on. They're like an old grey Fergie.

What comments have you had when you've contacted people to work on it... why did they refuse?
When Mountjoy Motors were still a thing, I recall a guy in the shop across the junction adjust the carbs and fuck the idle just in time for the owner to collect.

You are probably too young to remember the sitcom "Some mothers do (h)ave em". But that crowd are to bikes what Frank Spencer was to gas cookers.

My sympathies to the OP and suggest neglecting to mention previous service history when seeking somebody to look at it.
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