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    Lightbulb Iron 883 bad paint

    Hi, not posted for a while but thought I'd give my thoughts on the issues I've had in my first 14 months of ownership.
    After a month the chrome bit on the right side footpeg started to rust, I accepted that as it's a perishable part in my opinion, after 3 months, the plate in front of the right footpeg (where all the cables go through) started losing its paint and rusting. After 7 months just after its 5000 mile service, the paint started flaking off the yokes, I decided to take action and raised it with the dealer. I rode up on a Sunday to show them the issue, the workshop is shut on a Sunday so the salesman took photos and said he'd pass them on to the service mgr on Tuesday. He never got back to me so I rang again the Wednesday after and he told me "No problem, I'll order new yokes and get in touch when they arrive." To cut a very long story long! Over the next 12 weeks I was left hanging and ignored until I snapped and contacted hd uk. Amazingly, the dealership was in touch the following morning and after a lot of apologising and excuses, I was told the part was in and could I take the bike in to be assessed. I did this but unfortunately by this time the rails that run down the side of the rear mudguard had started flaking, as had the beltguard, and the reg/rec! They agreed to replace and or repaint all affected areas, Finally after about 5 months the bike was booked in, when I got there, I was told that the top yoke paint was failing and they would order the top yoke and replace both at the same time when that arrived, all the other jobs were done and that brings me up to today, waiting for new yokes! This whole experience has put me right off hd, it's on a PCP, I use the bike everyday but it is well looked after and thoroughly cleaned 2-3 times a week. I sort of knew I was pushing it expecting to do a 40 mile a day commute year round but I didn't think it would be this bad! Did I buy a Friday bike? Regardless, I find myself looking at Honda and BMW alternatives for a replacement!
    Last edited by marcuswarren; 08-23-2018 at 02:21 PM. Reason: Spelling mistake

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    Sorry to hear of your troubles. Having come from Jap bikes I don't think you will get that level of build quality...though even Jap bikes have got worse over the years in build quality.

    I do believe though you got a Friday bike as you say. There are a few people I know that commute daily all year round and yes the bike gets a biting but not these kind of issues.

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    My Iron 883 2016 has rust on the inside of the rear mudguard rails, I've treated it, but not good quality by HD IMO

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    I had a BMW GS 1200 before the Harley and had to have the engine replaced, under warranty, 18 months from new due to corrosion bubbling through the paint.
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    I too would agree that Marcus unfortunately bought a Friday afternoon bike.

    My 2011 Iron 883 has been rjdden in the rain on several occasions when I've been caught out by riding to work in Huddersfield to do a night shift only to find it peeing down when I went home in the morning. I've never ridden it when there's salt on the road and I wash it with a bike cleaner, I use white vinegar and a microfibre cloth on the denim paintwork. recently I've noticed corrosion spots on several parts, exhaust pipes and rear exhaust pipe support bracket, side panels, fairing mounting bracket, speedo and tacho mounting bracket, luggage rack, stock "Ham Can" air filter cover, etc. Some of these parts are after market so it's no fault of H-D that they're all corroding.

    I took nine parts in total to Specialised Coatings in Halifax last Friday to be powder coated in wrinkle black, I was told it'll cost £60 including VAT for the lot to be coated. I think that's a great price for all nine items.

    I'll post some photos when I get the parts back, I was quoted seven to ten days lead time which I thought was good.

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    That’s gotta be a Friday bike. I am though curious and maybe others might be too, to know what production plant produced your 883. If look in your handbook and look up how your VIN is constructed, one of the letters determines where/which HD plant produced it. I believe HDs actually made in the USA are built better and are more robust; that’s what we read on the web anyway. My 2015 Forty Eight was constructed in Kansas USA & all seems satisfactory in the general finish & presentation of components, painted or chrome or otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveket View Post
    That’s gotta be a Friday bike. I am though curious and maybe others might be too, to know what production plant produced your 883. If look in your handbook and look up how your VIN is constructed, one of the letters determines where/which HD plant produced it. I believe HDs actually made in the USA are built better and are more robust; that’s what we read on the web anyway. My 2015 Forty Eight was constructed in Kansas USA & all seems satisfactory in the general finish & presentation of components, painted or chrome or otherwise.

    My 2011 XL883N 'Iron' was constructed in the Kansas City plant too.

    The construction plant can be determined by the letter before the sequential (serial) number at the end of the VIN number on the frame.

    C = Kansas City, USA.
    D = Manaus, Brazil.
    N = Haryana, India.

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    The vin code puts it as a Kansas production, cheers for the info. I've just had the bike in for the final repairs, they did the seat rails, reg/rec,and cable router last month and informed me that they'd had a bike in recently were both yolks had poor paint so the ordered a top took so the could replace both at the same time. That got done today. On a tangent, they ended up replacing the front brake pads, I suspected it was due but was surprised to her that they were due but was amazed at the £75 price and the fact that they said the actual rotor was barely in tolerance! How can that be? That a rotor has the same shelf life as a set of pads? It's on 9000m by the way. The pain of the brake pad price was subdued when they told me I had £270 of loyalty points that I could use to pay.
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