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Old 6th July 2010
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This is a pretty good read
http://www.sportster.org/tech/basic-...rley-tax.shtml
he Harley Tax

L. Maurice Riggins - Jan, 1998

On a new bike, you need to pay "the Harley tax", that is, pay to make the bike the way it should come from the factory if it weren't for a Federal government trying to save us from ourselves. This requires you open up the intake, open up the exhaust, and rejet, not only to adjust for the first two changes, but to compensate for smog jetting as well. And on a factory 1200, if you intend to run it at high revs for max hp, you also need to get rid of the 5,200 rev limit in the stock ignition. There's a little more performance to be had on a nearly stock 1200 in this range at the expense of increased engine wear and tear... only a little if you keep it below about 6,000 rpm (no need to exceed that on a nearly stock 1200) and progressively more as you go up.
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My job and has been for over 100 years is.....to shuffle stock owners to the "what if" realm......
of sleep. "if" i changed that. Well wouldn't that look good "if" i did this.
It always starts the same. I could make my ____better "if" i did that.

All i charge is just a little lost sleep, you know just when you need it.

When you picture what your bike could do in the 1/4 mile and look so sublime.I charge in advance, before you bought it remember?

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Often its called a Harley Tax. But I dont know why, as practically every person with a bike that Ive ever known either had complete intake to exhaust mods done to make their bike better than stock, or wanted to.
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I always thought HD taxes were pretty stiff....... Then I added a BMW to the stable this year At least with Harley you can always find a dealer nearby. If you break down on the BMW you will likely head to the nearest truck/ trailer rental place and have to haul the bike hundreds of miles to find a dealer.

I have changed risers on both the HD & the BMW. The risers & install at HD about $250. At BMW about $430.

Most of my riding gear has HD lables on it so some have given me crap about wearing it while on the BMW. The HD jacket that cost me $250 at Harley cost $600 at the BMW dealer.

Suddenly I find myself crying a little less about the cost of HD stuff
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Harley Taxes, it’s a brilliant marketing ploy. 1) Produce a good product with just enough stuff to make it desirable. 2) Produce lots of chrome goodies, and Harley name brand clothing line and miscellaneous accessories both for the rider, passenger and the bike itself all with a healthy markup.

Then, sit back and watch all the people empty their collective wallets purchasing just one more piece of chrome for their rides. Fill biker magazines with pictures of chromed Harleys and smile all the way to the bank.

Oh Lord, please let me be able to buy more chrome plated do-hicky!
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I thought it meant you got the pipes,a/c,jetted whatever. Basically paying more to have the bike the way it should have come from the factory.
sort of a tax...don't quote me lol.
That's what I always understood it to be even before arriving at this site.
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I always thought HD taxes were pretty stiff....... Then I added a BMW to the stable this year At least with Harley you can always find a dealer nearby. If you break down on the BMW you will likely head to the nearest truck/ trailer rental place and have to haul the bike hundreds of miles to find a dealer.

I have changed risers on both the HD & the BMW. The risers & install at HD about $250. At BMW about $430.

Most of my riding gear has HD lables on it so some have given me crap about wearing it while on the BMW. The HD jacket that cost me $250 at Harley cost $600 at the BMW dealer.

Suddenly I find myself crying a little less about the cost of HD stuff
"HD" = Hundred Dollars
"BMW" = Bring My Wallet

Regarding taxes paid maybe it's an East Coast saying
I have heard that expression for at least 20 years as reference to changing the pipes, air cleaner and rejet (tuning).
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