I do not know about Harley but some company extended warranties are just an insurance company and not always associated with the original, in the this case Harley. Is Harley the insurer or is it an independent company. I purchased one on a car once and when troubles occurred it was an independent company. I did not know if Harley did own financing and insuring.
From what I've read you can buy an extended warranty package that will cover your bike for 7 years. This summer I saw a flyer at Seacoast HD that stated for $2500 they'd warranty a new bike for 10 years and it was transferable to the next new bike if you traded in, but not to a new owner if you sold it out right. I guess that's a good way to keep a customer base. So for $250 a year you get free oil changes and maintenance and free towing and free roadside assistance. Every time the bike breaks it'll cost you a flat $50 no matter what the repairs amount to. Like every thing else insurance related your just rolling the dice. I personally don't trust anyone to wrench on my bike I've seen way to many telephone call loose bolts coming from the dealerships to trust them.
Just to give you a couple examples: A customer at Gulf Coast HD was having a custom paint package installed on his SG. When he went to pick up his bike which he was planning on going to Sturgis on, he took the right turn out of the dealership and his left bag and crash bar ended up on the street.
I was up at Sea Coast and the service tech rode a RG up to the customer pickup spot. I asked him, "Are you going to let the owner ride away on that"? I handed him a pencil tire gauge I always have in my vest and he checked the front tire. It was at 28 psi.
You'll find that most of the mechanics are MTTI graduates and while they are trained they are certainly not experienced.
So far the ESP has paid for itself. I have two years left. I have had several fork repairs under ESP, new swingarm bushing and bearing when the bushing wore out, a couple of alternator re-seals, a couple of electrical problems due to wires rubbing and shorting. Given what I know now I would buy it again, no question.
Just curious,with ALL those "repairs" how many miles are on the bike??
'05 VRSCB,Sundowner seat with pillon,chrome side covers,chrome switch housings,chrome fuel cell covers,chrome brake/clutch resevoir covers,chrome engine kit,luggage rack,chrome swingarm,chrome upper/lower belt covers,pivot covers,chrome rear slotted wheel and pully,chrome girly hand levers,kuryakin grips,Avon Cobra's 200mm rear,power commander III with SE slip-ons and SE airfilter,and more chrome
Also a vintage '72 750 Norton Commando,and a Yammi XJ700 Maxim X
Now I'm REALLY
I know how you feel. I sure miss having the assurance of a warranty if something major goes wrong. If you can re-up the warranty, go for it (but I was told HD will usually verify milage before renewing a warranty). I made sure to have as much fixed as I could, just before the warranty ran out.
2003 silver/black, Race Tuner, Topless, CFR Exhaust, Ricks's Tank, Slipper Clutch, Progressive Fork Springs,
Progressive 440 HD Shocks, Memphis Shades Windshield, Corbin Hard bags, Mustang Tour Seat, Reduced Reach Bars, 8000k HID Light, HD LED Tail Light