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Motorhead Memo: Make the eagle scream

A $19,000 Heritage Classic will run with a $40,000 CVO Road Glide. A 114” Heritage will outrun one! Huh? The bargain Tourer will smoke the flagship? How can that be? Well, it almost always has been, because Touring bikes are heavier than cruisers. So how can it not be? Besides, since the advent of 103” Big Twin engines, most riders ...

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Rear View Mirror: Mighty fine in 1999

The world • The world’s population exceeds six billion… get off my foot. • The Euro is introduced as common currency in the European Union… make you yen for a buck? • Boris Yeltsin is replaced by Vladimir Putin… and they said it couldn’t last. • Millennium celebrations begin… never mind that the Millennium begins in 2001. Might as well ...

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Motorhead Memo: Head stroking

Couple of things we need to get through in the space allotted. Let’s start with the two 114” M-8 engines, one supplied stock or optional and one a Screamin’ Eagle upgrade to the base M-8 engine. As you’d imagine, the two engines have much different characteristics. But deep at heart, the main thing is the stroke… uh… strokes. You wouldn’t ...

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Rear View Mirror: 1998—A very important date

1998 Road King Classic

The world • Europe agrees on a common currency—the Euro. Got change for a farthing, franc, or pfennig? • Google was founded… go ahead; Google it! • The largest airport in the world opens…on the little island of Hong Kong. Can you say “made in China?” • Microsoft becomes the biggest company in the world, a la Windows 98 The ...

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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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