I've owned 4 Harleys in the past 35 years (still have two). Only time I've ever been stranded is with a flat. That old BS comes from the AMF era Harleys of the 70's and it's been stereotyped and passed down generation to generation via non motorcycle owners who dont know the difference between a swing arm and a swing dance. Just like all Harleys leak oil? Yeah, maybe from the 70's back when all bikes and cars leaked. I have two HD's in the garage now, zero leaks on either. One is a 2003 the other a 1995. They only leak air from the tires. Both can sit for 4-6 months and they still start right up every time as long as they are on the trickle charger.So it's a reliable harley!