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Motorhead Memo: The new Softail: Classy Chassis (Part II)

Last time around we talked briefly about a few of the neat (and unsung) supporting players in the total redesign of the 2018 Softails. This time… let’s dig a little deeper into the engine and chassis combo that’s got everyone rethinking Harley’s cruiser image. Or should! After all… dynamically… about the only thing these new machines have in common with ...

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A gentleman’s response

Kip, Thank you very much for the article on FXRs. It was very informative. I am the proud second owner of a 1985 FXRC, #845 of 1075. It is with me for life. I just bought a very nice 2011 FLHX Street Glide, but the FXRS stays with me. Thanks again. —Larry Larry, That “for life” thing seems to be ...

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Rear View Mirror: Hog heaven in ’97

The world • Princess Diana, Allen Ginsberg, John Denver, Jacques Cousteau… and Mother Teresa all left us in 1997… Denver apparently to West Virginia (almost heaven after all)… the rest… well your guess is as good as mine. • Apple Computer names Steve Jobs temporary CEO… what were they thinking? • England’s 100-year tenure in Hong Kong ends… the Chinese ...

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Rear View Mirror: Slick tricks in ’96

The world • Britain is beset by Mad Cow Disease… good steaks are still available in the U.S. • Prince Charles and Lady Diana are divorced… the guy won’t ever be king.   • France halts nuclear testing in the Pacific… no one thinks to notify Godzilla. • Minimum wage is raised to $5.15… average cost of a new car ...

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2018 H-D Softail Press Launch: Blasting through the shock barrier

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 27–29—On the evening of August 22, the new 2018 Harley-Davidson models emerged from hiding and into the light, with details instantly available on every media you could imagine (and some you couldn’t). The capsule commentary? With the exception of cosmetics and color changes, nothing much to talk about in the Street line. Ditto for the Sportsters. ...

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Motorhead Memo: The Gentleman’s Express

For those too young to recall or too new to Harley-Davidson to realize: Harley-Davidson FXR = Forever Excellent Roadster. Actually, it really means… F = Big Twin engine X = (Sportster-derived) front end R= Rubber (vibration-isolating) engine mounts … and the factory should have stuck with that simplicity, in more ways than one. For instance, Harley never bothered to “name” ...

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Motorhead Memo: The new Softail: Classy chassis (Part I)

Let’s get this out of the way up front. Last month I made the wish (in print) that Harley would give the new 2018 cruiser lineup a chassis to match the capabilities, character and potential of the Milwaukee-Eight powerplant. They have! I’ve ridden them all and will talk about that… soon enough. For now, it needs to be said that ...

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Motorhead Memo: Requiem for Buell… or is it?

“Oh, I’ve seen the bottom and I’ve been on top. But mostly I’ve lived in between. And where do you go when you get to the end of your dream?” —Dan Fogelberg I sat down to regale you with the odd facts regarding how Harley-Davidson began racing OHV machines while selling IOE and side-valves to the public… then turning that ...

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Rear View Mirror: Alive and thrivin’ in ’95

The world • In southern France, a network of caves is discovered containing paintings and carvings between 17,000 and 20,000 years old, proving graffiti has been with us a long, long time. • The optical disc storage media format (DVD) is announced… video rental stores rejoice… no rewinding. • Microsoft comes up with Windows 95 as an operating system… nerds ...

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Rear View Mirror: What was in store for 1994

The World • The first satellite digital TV service is launched. Cable companies laugh… but the last one is on them. • The 31-mile channel tunnel or “Chunnel” connecting France to the island of England is opened. It took 15,000 workers and seven years, enabling people to drive a distance that no potential invading nation had been able to sail ...

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