I've worked on enough of them. My Gripe is that the newer H-D Bikes (post-AMF) are designed to be put together easier on an assembly line... using sub-assemblies. This can make maintenance a MUCH harder thing to do, as some bolts are just not able to be wrenched on unless you take half the bike apart.
forgot something else last night (a bit late and was tired).
changing the clutch cable on a road king, road glide, or dresser.
lever held in place with a small circlip that is a bitch to remove and needs to be removed to remove the cable. then disconnecting from the other end. oh boy! what a proceedure! bags off, silencers off, rear pipe heatshelds off, l/hand header removed so you can move the rear r/hand header. slacken the rear header, front header off, gearbox clutch mechanism cover removed (after draining the oil), unscrew the cable from the casing and disconnect the cable from the actuating mechanism, then reverse the preceedure with a new cable.
bust a clutch cable on one of them and you´re looking for a workshop. luckily they´re strong and don´t break often, but if you need to fit a longer cable for higher bars the labour charge coast way more than the cable. dumb design. the older 4 speed models had a clutch arm on top of the gearbox. worked fine and waaaay easier to change.
drive belt changes on the big twins not only require the rear wheel out and swingarm out (expected, the same as a roadie) but also removal of the complete primary outer and inner, starter motor and bendix, clutch, primary chain and front crank sprocket.
roadie clutch cable? 10 mins tops including a smoke break. roadie drive belt change ? less than an hour icluding smoke break.
true, but same can be said about yanking a trans gears outa a harley vs a roadie to switch over to a 6 speed - oh wait cant do that on a roadie - kidding
though i've done the clutch cable change 2x on the harleys its not bad, and belt isn't that bad, def not a quicky like road though. but the way i look at it, neither of those get changed out very often if at all.