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Old 02-04-2012, 19:57   #61
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and one of my favorites.. one of the first 120 incher in an old rigid frame,
, the first 120s used big-block chevy pistons in machined cyls..
the trick part was the electric start in a rigid frame.. in the early 80s, it had never been done.. the second odd item was the trans.. using an old jocky top machined to a "little john" 5 speed.. and under the polished primary sets a 3 inch belt drive.
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Old 02-04-2012, 20:02   #62
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I have nothing against motorcycles, but I would like to see some effort to put some peer pressure on those bikers that feel it is necessary to install aftermarket straight pipes. The sound can be earspliting. I find it very inconsiderate.
If it's too loud...you're too old...
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Evo pffffft. Had a 1938 80 inch flat head I rode from Oregon to sturgis , a 47 knuckle head , a 51 pan head , think I've only owned one bike with a hand clutch and electric start. Didn't keep it long. Not my style.
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Old 02-04-2012, 22:27   #65
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Easiest way is to click post reply and below the reply to thread box that pops up is another box labeled additional options. Then click manage attachments and upload your photos there. They will appear in your post....
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Evo pffffft. Had a 1938 80 inch flat head I rode from Oregon to sturgis , a 47 knuckle head , a 51 pan head , think I've only owned one bike with a hand clutch and electric start. Didn't keep it long. Not my style.
I still own my first HD. 49 Pan it is relegated to dog duty. Fun to ride around town with the dog. However you know what, Pans, Knucks, UL, and VL's all have in common? They are friggen slow. When I want to go touring I get on my 09 and I can tour all day long at 80 mph.

For extra credit what makes 49 Pans special? Nope I am not talking about first year of the Hydraglide which they are.
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Old 02-04-2012, 23:30   #67
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That's the year of the Panhead in the movie Easy Rider.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:26   #68
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My 1971 Triumph Bonnevile, T-160 750cc twin. I never could figure out how to get it on and off the boat.
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Flatheads RULE! Years ago we were building a 40 ULH for Bonneville. I was working with a local builder for some of the finer engineering. I set up a VL frame and tanks with a ratchet top 4 speed a 45 springer to set it a bit lower, and custom built a set of Sportster 18" alloy rims onto FL hubs. PM discs, and built custom bars. We bored a couple of 74" U cylinders, lightened the flywheels, installed Carillo rods, and were having Lienwebber grind some custom cams when he got sick. After several months passed with him too sick to build the cams the money started to run low and other projects prevailed. Ultimately I put a stock UL engine in that chassis and sold it.
Panheads have a soul. Anyone who says they are slow either hasn't owned one or didn't ride it right. My 53 was a rocket. Jocky shift and 12 over springer with 16" hooks in a straight leg frame.
And then there was my 79 FLH. Full bagger clocked at 148mph on radar and had more. Shovels are fast but mine did tend to shed parts.
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Panheads have a soul. Anyone who says they are slow either hasn't owned one or didn't ride it right.
Owned my Pan for 35 years. If I want to ride across country I will take my 09. Panheads are slow. You can put big miles on them, but you do it slower than a modern bike.

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That's the year of the Panhead in the movie Easy Rider.
That is true. The thing that makes 49 Pans special are that they are rare. In 1949 HD's Juneu Avenue plant had a huge fire. There were less 49's built than 1929s. Lowest production of any year since 1929
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Ha ha, I am the first to admit I would rather cross the country on my RK than my Pan. Still, no Evo ever waited for me to catch up.
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I have a 1975 Norton Commando and a 1973 Jawa 350 with a Velorex sidecar.
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Foreground - 67' Daytona 500
Middle ground - 67' Bonnevile 650
Background - the 71' 750 shown in my previous post

Anyone know where I can get a set of triple davits ?
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Nice! Always had a soft spot for the British bikes. Worst wreck I ever had was on a Triumph TT500. Over the bars at 55mph, but managed to ride it home. That was a tough bike.
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