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Rear View Mirror: What we’d see in 1993

The World: ● Nelson Mandela wins Nobel Peace Prize—South Africa votes for “Majority Rule” constitution. ● Intel builds the Pentium processor. ● The World Wide Web is born. The Nation: ● The World Trade Center is bombed. ● Rodney King is beaten. ● Beanie Babies are born… Bah! ● First humans are cloned… Ah! ● Jurassic Park is the big ...

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Motorhead Memo: I came, I saw, I pondered!

As this is written, I’m still absorbing and analyzing my impressions of the first Street Rod 750 I’ve seen in person. First impression is, Harley probably should’ve done this in the first place. Then… fleetingly… I recall this thing makes more power than the first generation of superbikes. Back in those days a 750 was a big bike and one ...

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Motorhead Memo: Gauging success

Two of the old Corvettes I have owned over the decadent decades had a nifty little “safety device” in the form of optic fibers in a dashboard indicator that let you know all was well with various exterior lights… notably the taillights. I was reminded of this when (for what seems like the umpteenth time) I got word of a ...

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Rear View Mirror: What was news in ’92

The World: Roman Catholic Church reinstates Galileo Galilei… after 359 years. McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in China. The Nation: President Bush apologizes for raising taxes after promising not to. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster win Oscars for Silence of the Lambs. Johnny Carson makes his final appearance as host of The Tonight Show. A free newspaper called THUNDER PRESS ...

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Motorhead Memo: Kickin’ it

You’ll get a kick out of this! (Or not) You haven’t been able to buy a new Harley-Davidson with a factory-equipped kick starter for 31 years. Sportsters haven’t come with one for 38 years! Yet, the desire for a kicker has never really gone way. In fact, it seems to be increasing. This got me thinking about kick starters… or ...

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Motorhead Memo: XLR: When form follows function

A long, long time ago a very impressionable young man went looking for his third motorcycle. The first two had been two-strokes, of 80cc and 250cc respectively. This time it had to be a “real” motorcycle, a big bike of at least 500cc and for sure… a four stroke. He was open-minded about it. Sure, he read Cycle World and ...

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Motorhead Memo: Upgrade trifecta

Excluding the M-8 (until time tells)… all-alloy OHV Harley engines exhibit traces of three legacy “foibles.” 1. Noise coming from the rocker boxes. 2. Oil leaking from the rocker boxes 3. Poor control of the air and oil within that results from positive and negative “pulses” in the rocker boxes, a.k.a. “oil carryover!” It could be argued that Sportsters from ...

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Harley-Davidson Knucklehead: Eighty Years: An expert’s perspective on perfection

By Greg Field Motorbooks Hardbound, 200 pages $50 (but available for less). Available now from quality book sellers and the usual internet sources www.quartoknows.com Reviewed by Kip Woodring “Anorak” /ˈænəræk/ is British slang which refers to a person who has a very strong interest, perhaps obsessive, in niche subjects. This interest may be unacknowledged or not understood by the general ...

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Motorhead Memo: Digging on the Shovel

2016 marks the 50th annual opportunity to buy a Shovelhead. Better do it sooner than later as they are already worth more than Evos in today’s marketplace. “Worth” is not always the same thing as value, but the reality is that finally… finally… the Shovelhead is getting the respect and attention it deserves. The last of the built-to-be-rebuilt Harley engines, ...

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Motorhead Memo: The late, great Eight

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the “war to end all wars” ended. About six months later, a different war resumed, on American race tracks. Almost everyone else still battling for supremacy on big V-twins was racing stuff they’d pulled out of mothballs from almost three years ago. Not the Motor Company! Why and ...

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