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Didn't know old motorcycles were appreciated

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by michae lee, Dec 2, 2011.

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  1. michae lee

    michae lee Member

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    1940 Knuckle, 1966 FLH and 1977 XLCR
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  2. beaker100

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    cool bikes!
     
  3. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    The Cafe Racer......ah, yes, AMF's ill conceived marriage to H-D and a grand attempt at expanding the market without improving quality.

    Looks original except for the 2 up seat. I lusted greatly for one till I heard how fragile the engine was. Wiser heads (read wifey) prevailed and it was another 3 years before street iron came to my garage.

    Mash the link for a nice article comparing then and now, 20 more HP, a one second quicker 1/4 mile, and of course some 7 thousand odd dollars more lifted from your wallet.

    Nice retro iron.

    update: link didn't fit, copy/paste this:

    http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/features/122_1008_harley_davidson_xr1200_vs_
    xlcr_cafe_racer/viewall.html

    HM
     
  4. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    The Chopper with the springer front end and peanut tank looks like it came off the streets of California in the late 60's or early 70's. I had one that looked almost identical when I came back from Vietnam.
     
  5. michae lee

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    I have owned that bike since 1970 when I built it from parts. Had just left So Cal after buying Sal Minieo's 66 FL. When I returned to N.M. I sold it and built the Knuckle. Mike
     
  6. Sportshot

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    cool pix, thanks for sharing!~

    true or not,? these old things run on regular leaded gas which is almost impossible to find anymore...

    Sportshot
     
  7. 682LINY

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    any of the old ones need to have good hardend valve seats and lateer style valves put in when valve job is done or else the seats pound into the heads,,, but they need top end jobs often if you ride hard,,, lead acted as a lubricant between valves and seats
     
  8. short shucker

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    Pretty good looking old "steamer". I'll bet that one is quite the head turner when out and about.

    What year is the Buell S3T in the background? That's is another bike that time will be kind to.

    ss
     
  9. davidjayuden

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    Looks like a 1995 or 1996 S2 Thunderbolt. I have one painted pearl white from the rims up. Like to call her Snowflake. She's a real hoot to ride.
    dju
     
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