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Which Harley is the best?

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Which Harley is the best?

Post by junkyard junky on March 2nd 2012, 4:31 am

I've always wanted a harley Davidson. Rode dirt bikes since I was little. Found an 83 FLHT for sale. Talked to a buddy and he said that the older bikes were kind of hard to resale unless its a real good deal.

Is there a certain mileage that a person needs to rebuild th engine or any other parts? I've heard the older harleys vibrated nuts and bolts loose? Anything I should steer clear of? Not sure if I can hold a big bike up.

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Post by Blue Eyed Devil on March 2nd 2012, 4:42 am

Quite the opposite actually. While the whole market is down right currently, the older bikes are currently holding their value a little better. You can't give away Evo bikes right now...
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Post by junkyardjeff on March 2nd 2012, 4:59 am

I was thinking about buying a older one to build but when I inquired about building the older motors I was told to find a Evo and newer to mess with,I was told you can only get around 96 cubes out of the older motors. I went from enduros to the Superglide and was concerned about the weight difference but it was nothing to worry about,still thinking about stepping up to a touring but concerned it will still hurt my back on long trips so I ight just stick with four wheels.

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Post by Arieldouglas on March 2nd 2012, 12:11 pm

Save your money and buy a late model Triumph. Just put gas in it and ride it like you stole it. You can buy brand new for what a Harley cost used and I never had anyone walk up and say "Wow! Is that a Harley?" cheers I know it's not American, but our cousins across the pond are building great bikes these days.
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Post by Arieldouglas on March 2nd 2012, 3:06 pm

Besides who was cooler than Steve McQueen?
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Post by junkyard junky on March 3rd 2012, 1:12 am

I do like the older triumphs. My buddy had one last year. I should of bought it but didn't have the money. I'll see if I can find a picture.

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Post by Arieldouglas on March 3rd 2012, 2:01 am

Been ridin' them since 74. I still love my old bikes but the new ones are....................rider friendly. cheers
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Post by junkyard junky on March 4th 2012, 2:40 am

Here is a bike I saw on vacation a couple of years ago at the local harley dealership





My friend's harley from last year






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Post by Arieldouglas on March 4th 2012, 1:19 pm

junkyard junky wrote:





This is a cool bike! Very Happy Not meant for long distance unless you are still young, dumb and recover quickly. affraid
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Post by nhcamper on March 7th 2012, 7:23 pm

I ride a 93' Police Special and other than a bum factory INA cam bearing that cost me a grand in parts, it has been a really good bike. I have had alot of bikes over the years and have enjoyed them all but I just like the feel and sound of my Harley. It will be my last bike because it's paid for lol.

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Post by LRS30 on March 8th 2012, 1:20 am

Thats like asking which one of my kids I love more...lol It all depends on what style of riding you plan on doing... Engine wise, yhea EVO's are cheap and plentiful, Twin Cams are fine after you replace the cam follower, or just put gear drive cams. Shovel heads Are like Iron head sportsters, its a love heat relationship. Pan heads same deal. If you find a cheap Knucklehead, buy it and love it, never sell it. If you wanna just show up at the bar and look like everyother (BEEP, just buy you a big dog, kinda wannabe harley, they sold new for 30+k and I just picked up one for $6800 that had less than 10k miles on it.. We parted it out and did real well on it.. Very Happy
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Post by junkyard junky on March 8th 2012, 4:14 am

Thanks for the info everyone. When I worked for a local late model salvage yard when I was in high school and college, I learned real quick what vehicles to avoid. I didn't know if harleys were the same. Keeping my eye out for one.

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