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August 27, 2010

Harley Davidson Panhead: “Tune Up Checklist”

Several weeks ago I had my 1959 Harley Davidson (with sidecar) out for a pretty long ride.  Round trip, I probably logged about 75 miles.  Unfortunately, the last 25 miles or so were not very fun.  The bike started to miss around the 25 mile mark, but just slightly.  My initial thought was that something was just working its way through the carb, but it persisted, and actually started getting worse.  My next thought was More on Harley Davidson Panhead: “Tune Up Checklist”

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July 25, 2009

1924 Harley Davidson Classic Motorcycle Ride

I have done a lot of cool stuff over the years, but there are certain things that you just never forget.  Last weekend, I went over to Buzz’s house to help him test run his 1924 Harley for the ride he actually made today in Ohio.   It fired right up, ran well, and we ended up riding all the way into town for a coffee and then back to his house.  After we returned, he asked me if I wanted to ride it, and instead of saying “what are you crazy??!!” (which is exactly what I was thinking), I calmly said, “sure, but only if you are comfortable letting me ride it”, and I think Buzz said something like, “just don’t crash and remember to retard the spark with the left hand grip if anything happens.”

Vintage 1924 Harley JDCA Motorcycle

Vintage 1924 Harley JDCA Motorcycle

So I got off my ’58 pan, walked over to this living, breathing antique, and climbed on.  Just sitting on the bike was incredible.  It looked old, it felt old to sit on, and yes, it smelled old.  I was careful to More on 1924 Harley Davidson Classic Motorcycle Ride

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March 21, 2009

Do You Remember Your Very First Motorcycle Ride?

img_9607_2How many people can remember clearly the first time they road on a motorcycle? Do you remember what kind of bike it was? How about the first time you actually drove a motorcycle by yourself? Both of my “firsts” were on the same bike, my Dad’s 1974 Honda 250XL (pictured above), so when I picked it up up this past weekend, those memories came back vividly. It was many years before my Dad began building his collection of vintage Harley Davidson Panheads, but his interest and More on Do You Remember Your Very First Motorcycle Ride?

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