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  1. Hello from the Pacific northwest!

    Hi
    Been researching and wanting to try a pre war harley project. Have done several triumphs. I am somewhat interested in cannonball or at least a cross country trip. Originally i was thinking JD for cannonball eligibility but really like the VLs. What are thoughts and feelings about riding these different era machines? Thanks
    Damon

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    Re: Hello from the Pacific northwest!

    Been researching and wanting to try a pre war harley project. Have done several triumphs. I am somewhat interested in cannonball or at least a cross country trip. Originally i was thinking JD for cannonball eligibility but really like the VLs. What are thoughts and feelings about riding these different era machines? Thanks
    Damon
    JD's are the most primitive.
    VL's have a better fork and engine but are still oil burners.
    UL's have two pumps, one feed, one return
    Knuckles are cool but quite expensivere

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    Re: Hello from the Pacific northwest!

    Welcome, Damon. 1950panhead gave a good basic run-down on the high points of H-D. Hang around here, and you will learn a lot. Also, don't worry about asking fundamental questions because bikers love to tell you everything they know

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    Re: Hello from the Pacific northwest!

    welcome aboard

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    Re: Hello from the Pacific northwest!

    jd's are cheap, reliable, & a ton of fun to ride around on.
    vl's are much heavier machines with far better brakes.
    both have massive amounts of parts available.

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    Re: Hello from the Pacific northwest!

    Forget constant-loss if you want to cross the country. It can be done, but it's an oily mess.
    And who wants to carry a case of oil in your chase truck? "Pre-EPA" to say the least. ULs, beginning in 1937, are the ticket you'd want. Harley-Davidson finally got something that pumped its oil around on its own, and keeps most of it on the INside. About anything before that is too primitive to take very far.
    Sarge, Gerry Lyons, Fla.
    AGENT ORRNGE Survivor. So far.
    The Friendly Fire that Keeps on Burnin'.
    F.O.G. member: http://flatheadownersgroup.com/
    www.37UL.com
    "It's a 1937, and the downside is, it's out of warranty"

  7. Re: Hello from the Pacific northwest!

    I love my 36 VLD and it'll get about 650-700 miles per a tank of oil. Really not a problem going distance. Get the pump adjusted correctly and enjoy. JMHO, Smitty

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