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Old 10-19-2015, 01:20 PM   #15
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Everyone likes to bash the Harley's and even on a motorhome forum. Same old thing, oil leaks, no shocks, bad handling, loud, etc. That perhaps may have had some truth 30 or more years ago but today's bikes are pretty solid machines. I have had 4 different Harley's over the last 36 years so I speak with confidence. Today I ride a 2012 Goldwing and I love it but I still like the touring Harley's too.
Do you have to change the pipes on your Goldwing to be safe or is that just a Harley thing?
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Old 10-19-2015, 01:25 PM   #16
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I have an old DP (been in the family since new) and an even older HD (its been in the family for decades too)
Nice flathead!
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:13 PM   #17
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Been watching too many custom bike shows

..but honestly, I really do get tired of their noise...and that is just what is is.. I like the sound of exhaust ...but tuned sound..

But an unmuffled engine is just loud...and unpleasant...just like an auto engine is...

As for handling...I owned a middle of a road bike..we were on a poker run in a place we could haul butt.. I was coming up fast on a harley on a nice lefthand sweeper...he didn't have a chance..off the road and thankfully, into a field...he was OK but I suspect he had to change his undies...

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Wasn't really trying to start a Harley thread just saying a Diesel pusher is like a Harley in that once you drive one you gotta admit there a great driving experience.
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:56 PM   #19
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But Jeff, you know how these things morph into their own monster
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I still go by the old saying ( If you have to ask you wouldn't understand) also that is really a show bike.Thank you for sharing. Safe travels to all.
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Old 10-20-2015, 08:17 AM   #21
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And poor handling..especially in the curves...

..and a boon to chiropractors..the no rear shock thing must be great ..
.....you must not know that stock hardtails like this one have a suspension for the seat with a couple of inches of travel so they actually are pretty decent on long rides.

Hydraulic roller valve-train, dry sump, aluminum heads with hemispherical combustion chambers on a vehicle built for the masses back in 1948

As for handling this bike and I made it through the plethora of motorcycle safety courses the Navy threw at me . (Prior to building this bike in 1992 I used my 1983 FLH for the Navy required safety courses)
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Nice flathead!
1948 FL = Panhead, I didn't like the looks with all the chrome so I molded the fenders IOT cover all the holes from the trim and saddle bag mounts.
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1948 FL = Panhead, I didn't like the looks with all the chrome so I molded the fenders IOT cover all the holes from the trim and saddle bag mounts.
You beat me to it. I was going to say this looks like a late 40's model Panhead with the suicide shifter, nice bike. I have some friends that back in our younger days had these bikes. One of them had a 48 that had a shovel top end. My one buddy still has his 48 Pan.
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4 wheel Harley

I like bikes but I like going around corners better. I came up with the TwinTech with a 120hp Harley engine (120 cu. in.). And, it doesn't fall over as easy!

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I like bikes but I like going around corners better. I came up with the TwinTech with a 120hp Harley engine (120 cu. in.). And, it doesn't fall over as easy!

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Both are the same at service and parts... HD= hundred dollars


from my HD buddy...
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I gots a 1994 FXLR the handels the curves very well .. thats a FXR lowrider ..
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Wasn't really trying to start a Harley thread just saying a Diesel pusher is like a Harley in that once you drive one you gotta admit there a great driving experience.
I must of gotten the wrong one! Of the 20+ odd bikes I've owned, one was a 1999 Heritage Soft Tail Classic, purchased new. I owned it about 18 months, it put my feet to sleep after about 15 minutes, it handled like a tandem dump truck with worn out suspension and sounded like that same dump truck with holes in the muffler.

It also came FROM THE DEALER with rust already showing through the "chrome", or maybe it was silver paint that they were advertising as chrome! Anyway, I sold it and never looked back since.

I had ridden an older Harley and thought it would be great to own one, as a couple I had ridden were pretty good rides, but NOT that 1999. It rode worse than a 1973 Yamaha 750 I had briefly. Anyway, I'm sure they're not all like that, but you know the saying, "Once burned, twice shy"
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