As I reported HERE Harley-Davidson has drastically changed their cruiser platform for the 2018 model year. All Softail and Dyna models now share the same frame and basic suspension combining them into one model family, which Harley-Davidson has named the Softail line. The Motor Company went with the Softail name because they wanted to maintain the legacy the name carries and felt like it had a higher recognition value. This set in motion a surge of backlash from enthusiasts loyal to the Dyna platform. Outrage around the Continue reading The 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail and Dyna Myth
This week Harley-Davidson has released the new Sport Glide model. The new Softail is described as “a custom cruiser and lighter tourer in one”. The bike accomplishes this by coming equipped with a quick- Continue reading The All New Harley-Davidson Sport Glide
There is no way around it; some bikes are built to just go fast. I think that’s the case with this amazing Custom Triumph Bonneville Bobber. The bike is built to get from point A to point B in a hurry. It has a 1200 CC Turbocharged engine, with a 2 into 1 hand-wrapped exhaust, girder front end, and custom Fox Suspension.
Before this bike was modified it was a factory custom Bonneville Bobber. These bikes come off the showroom floor stripped down with an agressive, high torque 1200 cc motor featuring Bobber model specific fuel injection tuning to help give the motor just a little more pep.
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It’s been awhile since any sizable progress has been made on Project Knucklehead. However, this week I was fortunate enough to be able to truck the frame to Paper Street Customs for some much needed attention. Continue reading Project Knucklehead Frame Repair
Race Day is a great opportunity to see interesting custom bikes built to ride. Case in point, this great looking Harley-Davidson Sportster. You have to appreciate both the performance and stylistic modifications made. Notice, for example, the custom paint scheme featuring an AMF Harley-Davidson logo that has been long discontinued by the factory yet seems to fit this later model Sportster. A few minutes after this picture was taken the bike was ridden in a dirt track short loop race.
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.
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
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
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:
- It was almost 100 degrees when I got the bike on the road
- 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
Recently I came across an original AMF Harley-Davidson hang tag for the 1977 Lowrider FXS. This was the original tag sent to dealers to showcase the features of the new model. These were great looking bikes and I consider them the Godfather to the modern Dyna that is so popular today. This new model came from the factory with longer front forks, a 2 into 1 exhaust, drag bars, a low 27″ seat height, dual disc front brakes, and mid-foot controls. A few other key features of the bike included: Continue reading 2017 Marks the 40 Year Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Low Rider