The Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S

Harley Softail Slim S
A couple of military inspired Harley Slim S models

The Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S is entering it’s second model year. These bobber style bikes have 110″ Twin Cam motors and blacked out engine covers, exhausts and front ends, mirrors and levers. They also have a low 23.8 inch seat height and come standard with ABS brakes and security. Today I got a chance to check out two of these bikes parked side by side. These both featured factory Military themed paint. They are also available in Black or Flat Black Denim.

2017 Milwaukee Eight Liquid Cooling and Oiling System Review

(For a Technical Review of the Milwaukee Eight motor CLICK HERE)

The New Milwaukee Eight Engine
The New Milwaukee Eight Engine Offers Multiple Cooling Options

Since the 2017 Harley models were released last week, most of the questions I’ve gotten about them relate to the motor’s cooling systems. Some models are dual liquid cooled, using both coolant and oil while others are only oil cooled. Both also rely on air flow to assist with cooling. This has created some confusion on the matter.

To clear things up let me explain. Any 2017 factory model with fairing lowers is dual cooled. This includes CVO Street Glides, any Ultra model and Tri-Glide Trike models. Continue reading 2017 Milwaukee Eight Liquid Cooling and Oiling System Review

Project Knucklehead : Reviving a 1946 Harley-Davidson Part 3

If you missed Part I of the Project Knucklehead series or you would like a recap click here. To read Part II click here.

1946 Harley Knucklehead Project
Project Knucklehead on day 1

With the heads out for machining, work on Project Knucklehead has slowed down. I pulled the remainder of the chassis apart and now have a bare frame to work with. As before, almost everything was finger tight or missing fasteners. The seat post gave me the most grief because the bike had bottomed out at some point and mushroomed the end of the retainer stud threads. Some work with a file and thread chaser cleaned it up enough to get it apart but it will probably have to be replaced. Continue reading Project Knucklehead : Reviving a 1946 Harley-Davidson Part 3

The 1978 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead Project

Shovelhead motor rebuild
I’ve been so busy working on Project Knucklehead I’ve ignored my Shovel motor

Someone recently asked me why I wasn’t taking my Knucklehead apart on my table lift. Embarrassed, I had to admit it was because my lift was covered with a half assembled 1978 Shovelhead motor. My ongoing project for the last couple years, the Shovel gets moved around put on the back burner, and at times ignored. Of  course now that the Knucklehead project is stalled until some parts come my way its time to put in some work on the Shovelhead and get it assembled. Continue reading The 1978 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead Project

2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Eight Road Test and Review

2017 FLHXS
This is the 2017 FLHXS Street Glide Special I road tested right before it was final assembled.

This afternoon I got the chance to road test a 2017 Harley-Davidson FLHXS Street Glide. The bike is equipped with Harley’s new Milwaukee Eight, 107 inch powertrain. (For a technical guide to the new motor click here)

A couple of notes:

  1. It was almost 100 degrees when I got the bike on the road
  2. My normal bike is a 2012 FLHX Street Glide with a 103 inch Twin Cam motor.

The first thing I noticed when the I started the bike was how quiet the cam side of the motor was. You could faintly hear cam chain noise and Continue reading 2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Eight Road Test and Review

Tentative 2017 Regional HOG Rally Schedule

Discover OregonLast week I posted that in 2017 HOG (Harley Owners Group) Rallies will become regional events. In the past each state held it’s own rally a different location within the state each year. These new joint rallies will revolve around different locations in multiple states, typically 3 to 4. I was asked to re-post the tentative 2017 schedule for these rallies:

RALLY NAME CITY/LOCATION DATES
Deep South HOG Rally Alexandria, LA 4/6-4/8/2017
Southwest HOG Rally Temple, TX 5/18-5/20/2017
Merging Mountains HOG Rally Roanoke, VA 6/5-6/10/2017
Rocky Mountain HOG Rally Steam Boat Springs, CO 6/8-6/10/2017
riding rally NC to FL 6/16-6/21/2017
Last Frontier HOG Rally Fairbanks, AK 6/22-6/24/2017
TBD Sioux Falls, SD mid-July
Southern Backroad’s HOG Rally Cookeville, TN 7/11-7/15/2017
TBD Utica, NY 7/13-7/17
Pacific Northwest HOG Rally Meridian, ID 7/20-7/22/2017
New England Rally Lincoln, NH 7/27-7/30/2017
Great lakes HOG Rally Saulte Ste Marie, MI 8/17-8/19/2017
Western HOG Rally Chandler, AZ 9/21-9/23/2017
TBD Grantville, PA 8/15-8/19/2017
Central HOG Rally Ardmore, OK 10/5-10/7/2017
Islands HOG Rally TBD 10/6-10/8/2017
Southeast HOG Rally Pensacola, FL 11/1-11/4/2017

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Vintage Harley-Davidson Advertising From 1988

The 1988 FXR Superglide. One of the best handling bikes of all time.
The 1988 FXR Super Glide. One of the best handling bikes of all time.

As I was looking over my archives (AKA the piles of stuff in my office) I found an original 1988 Model Year Guide with fold out posters of every bike available at the time. This is fitting since the 2017 model year bikes have just been released, making the bikes in my catalog 29 years old.

As I thumbed through the book I couldn’t help but notice how much of the lineup, 5 different models, was devoted to the now cherished FXR line. The current “it” bike everyone wants to get their hands on was in it’s production prime in 1988. This made me wonder if today’s bikes will stand the test of time and be relevant 29 years from now. Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Vintage Harley-Davidson Advertising From 1988

A Technical Guide to The New 2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee 8 Motor

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The All New Milwaukee Eight Motor

Harley-Davidson has officially released a new motor, the Milwaukee Eight™, in their touring models. The standard version of this motor is 107 cubic inches with a 4.4 inch stroke and 3.9 inch bore. The CVO platform boasts 114 cubic inches from a 4.5 inch stroke and 4.0 inch bore. There is also a Screamin’ Eagle Stage 3 kit available to bump the motor up to 117 cubic inches.

Harley’s other Big Twin motor, the Twin Cam, operates using 1, two lobe cam per cylinder requiring a dual chain drive assembly. The Milwaukee Eight™ operates with a single, four lobe, cam driven by Continue reading A Technical Guide to The New 2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee 8 Motor

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Models and Milwaukee-Eight Motor Have Just Been Released

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Harley-Davidson has just released their 2017 line of motorcycles. The new product line was unveiled this morning at the Motor Company’s annual dealer meeting, this year held in Boston.

The center piece of the unveil is the new Big Twin Engine, the Milwaukee Eight©. It boasts 8 valves, 4 per head, giving it 50% more flow then Continue reading The 2017 Harley-Davidson Models and Milwaukee-Eight Motor Have Just Been Released

The New 2017 Victory Magnum

Photo Courtesy Of www.victorymotorcycles.com
Photo Courtesy Of www.victorymotorcycles.com

Victory has released the new 2017 Magnum, a bike designed for the rider who wants to tour in comfort and look good doing it. The Sport Touring class has become ultracompetitive and with this bike Victory establishes their place in the market. Right away you’ll notice the large 21″ Front wheel. The Magnum is the Continue reading The New 2017 Victory Magnum