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Old 12-05-2012, 08:44 PM   #21 (permalink)
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To me, the older the better. I own a shovel because I cant afford a pan and I would probably hurt myself with a foot clutch anyway.

Here is my '77. It's not quite done yet.



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Old 12-06-2012, 05:29 PM   #22 (permalink)
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The first 2 Harleys I owned were a 66 XLCH and a 77 FX. Lots of good memories of em. They educated me, just by maintaining them and rebuilding them for years and many miles. I ride new stuff now, but still have a great fondness for the classics. Great bikes guys.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:26 PM   #23 (permalink)
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there doesnt seem to be much action goin on in this section, so i thought i'd throw up a WTF and get something going, heres my bike again. ain't it purrty.
In Webster's dictionary under Harley there should be a picture of your bike as it surely is the definition of what a real genuine Harley Davidson looks like !
Look at the size of that rear brake caliper , looks like it could weigh 10 pounds !

Beautiful , just simply beautiful !
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:59 PM   #24 (permalink)
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thanks ROAD, i agree with what you say about what a harley should look like, and that caliper, probably not to far off on that weight.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:22 PM   #25 (permalink)
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what frustrates me about the core of new riders is the lack of knowing the basics, I have been riding and working on HD's for thirty year's . and to this day cannot understand those who don't even know how to check there oil. God bless, those of us that keep the old one's going./1998 flht, 1949 panhead 1947 indian chief!!
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:24 PM   #26 (permalink)
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what frustrates me about the core of new riders is the lack of knowing the basics, I have been riding and working on HD's for thirty year's . and to this day cannot understand those who don't even know how to check there oil. God bless, those of us that keep the old one's going./1998 flht, 1949 panhead 1947 indian chief!!
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:04 PM   #27 (permalink)
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25 years old or not, I have trouble considering an EVO Harley a classic. Not yet, anyway...
anything after a shovel will never be classic. If ya can't fix it don't be riding it.

Did you see the size of that chicken
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:13 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I see Harley buyers not Harley riders

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:31 PM   #29 (permalink)
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If motorcycle owners were to adopt the definitions used by the AACA and CCCA, the classifications would be as follows:

1. Antique Motorcycle: a motorcycle which is at least 25 years of age and has been restored to original manufacturer specifications. Similarly, many states which issue Antique tags required that the vehicle be at least 25 years old, though in other states the age limit is a less stringent 20 years. Some require that the vehicle be maintained solely for exhibition, parade, and public interest usage.

2. Classic Motorcycle: a fine or unusual motorcycle built between and including 1925 to 1948. This would be the definition if motorcyclists applied the CCCA's definition for automobiles to motorcycle. Obviously, it is narrowly focused and highly exclusive, and it's probable that few motorcycle enthusiasts would agree with this definition. After all, there are many, much newer bikes which would almost certainly qualify as classics in most collectors' minds, such as the Honda CBX, Triumph Bonneville, Norton Manx, etc.

Obviously there are issues with these two definitions, and they all but ignore the term "vintage motorcycle." However, there does seem to be a recurring theme among definitions: an antique can qualify as such based solely on age, while a classic requires a higher level of desirability, scarcity, or just plain je ne sais quoi.

Perhaps a simpler, easier, and more liberal set of classifications would be those employed by the Vintage BMW Group, which are completely age-based:

Antique Motorcycle: 1923-1945
Vintage Motorcycle: 1948-1969
Classic Motorcycle: 1970 onward, but at least 25 years old (1970 to 1985)
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:40 AM   #30 (permalink)
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anything after a shovel will never be classic. If ya can't fix it don't be riding it.

Did you see the size of that chicken

Interesting that you think that... considering most people would look at a 1984 Evo FXR as a classic. If you know anything about the FXR you would agree.


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