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Old 05-17-2009, 03:39 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I am new to this forum and would like to start out by saying hello to everyone and thank you for having me.

I am currently getting back into motorcycles after spending the last 25 years in muscle cars. I have owned bikes before, but this will be my first Harley Davidson. I have recently come across a 1998 Custom Softail with 25,000 miles on it. It has a lot of chrome, stainless steel braided lines and it's in excellent condition and seems to have been maintained very well.

My question is, are there any known problems with this year and style of bike that I should be watching for and are there any particular areas I should pay close attention to when purchasing this year and style bike.

I really appreciate your help and feedback and I can't wait to start riding again.

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Old 05-17-2009, 03:52 AM   #2
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Get a starter bike like aronund 500 to 650 cc's to get your 25-year-old skills back in shape. Save the Softail for a year from now.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:37 AM   #3
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Hi Longride,

I apologize, I should have been more specific. I have been riding over the years on friends bikes, I just haven't owned my own for a while.

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Old 05-17-2009, 06:33 PM   #4
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OK, well you are getting an EVO motor which is pretty reliable, and the Softail chassis is fine as long as you don't mind your ass being hammered by every bump in town. Nothing comes to mind for bad problems with that bike. Those were pretty well sorted by the late 90's.
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Longride,

Thanks, I appreciate your input and I understand.

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Hedghog,

+1 on LR's post. The late Evo's were fairly solid bikes.

Check for cylinder base gasket leaks, a transmission oil leak under the drive pulley and the condition of the final drive belt and tires.

If you can get the front off the ground, check the steering for smooth travel and proper load on the bearings.

Lastly, check the oil.
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