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    Hello all, I am starting my journey into vintage motorcycles. I have two triglides and while we were on vacation in South Dakota, a large group of vintage rides went buy us towards Sturgis and I was immediately I want one of those! I have a 1952 Chevy 3100 that I will sell in the spring and then buy my ride. I am interested in getting a 65 Panhead. I will use these next months to learn as much as I can about them so when the time comes I can make an informed decision. So if you have any books that you think I should read or other ways to become informed I am all ears! Thanks, Denis

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    So if you have any books that you think I should read or other ways to become informed I am all ears!
    Best is Palmers book - http://www.howtorestoreyourharleydavidson.com/
    Second best Field - https://www.amazon.com/Harley-Davids...ywords=panhead
    Numerous other books on Harley history

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1950panhead View Post
    Best is Palmers book - http://www.howtorestoreyourharleydavidson.com/
    Second best Field - https://www.amazon.com/Harley-Davids...ywords=panhead
    Numerous other books on Harley history
    Thanks, the first book overs through 64, wonder why they left out the 65? The second book I had ordered. Thanks, Denis

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    Welcome Denis. The 65 was the first year for the electric start on Big Twin Harley.

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    "All will be revealed, Grasshopper..." when you dig into How to Restore Your, by Bruce Palmer III. Nineteen Sixty-four was the end of an age; the last year of the Duo-glide, suspended with hydraulic cylinders at both ends, but still kick-start and 6 volts. 1965 dawned the ElectraGlide, 12 volts, finally, and electrical starting. And a continuation of a tried-and-true Harley-Davidson platform dating back to 1936 at the same time.
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    Thanks, guys just seems odd that you would leave out the last of the Panheads.

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    Thanks, guys just seems odd that you would leave out the last of the Panheads.
    Actually not a bit odd if you know H-D stuff. '65 is an animal all to itself. Lots of new for '65 parts (many shared with later models, but not earlier)as well as many one year only bits put it in a different realm. It is closer to its Shovelhead cousins, than its Panhead half siblings. A very hard bike to find in correct guise.
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    Denis, welcome to CAI. In 2008 on the AMCA forum there was mention of a 65 Pan book project but AFAIK the book never eventuated. However, the idea did generate a lot of posts about 65s and I placed a link below.
    Eric


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