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The Big Easy.... #662306
07/30/16 3:27 pm
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Just recently I have had a mind to find myself a big touring bike, I was not sure what I wanted, but something fairly recent, a big Motor Guzzi maybe, or one of those modern BMW adventures, something with a little style and plenty of grunt. You see I have realised of late that my riding is changing, I may like, but don't need an old brit bike, no one near me rides them, apart from the usual old follow the leader Sunday club runs, and this is not for me. we have no local camps or rallies, there really is not that much going on in this neck of the woods, so if I am going to keep riding, then things have to change.

So I started looking to see what was out there, and asked the owner of my local bike shop to keep me informed if something came in. The more I thought about it, the more I realised, that I wanted a modern Harley Shovelhead. I really liked my old Shovel, it had loads of style, loads of grunt, sounded great, and was real fun to ride. But with a degree of sadness I found the more modern FLH, or Road King, just don't have the soul the old Shovel had, they are too smooth, to refined, too much like a two wheeled car.

A few weeks passed by, and I am now heading towards a significant birthday in the next few weeks, It is seat backs up, seat belts on, and landing gear down, as I start to head into the last few years before retirement! I know these years are going to fly by, as all years do as you get older. Well as it happens, this past Tuesday, Mark from the garage called me up, and said he had just the bike for me, super clean, low mileage, big and easy, with loads of style and grunt, come and have a look. So I did.

And today I bought myself an early birthday present, in the shape of an anniversary model Harley dyna wide glide 1450cc only 20,000 on the clock, and in incredible condition, it is fast, super smooth even at 80mph, no vibration, just fantastic.



Comes ready fitted out with rack and bags...



I don't know what it is with Americans and their love of chrome, but these grips went straight in the trash can!...



out for a test ride...







I even found the correct beer to celebrate with...



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Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: Kev.] #662363
07/31/16 2:52 am
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clap Well done Kev lad, if you keep it long enough, perhaps you'd like to hook up with the Muvafuka's for a ride South next year..?

Proper South lad, and up in some Mountains, where you'll find that myth, about Hundred Dollar bikes don't handle, it IS indeed a myth lad.. wink

Funny how you got that for the exact reason I got mine, I ALWAYS said, I'd get one once I was old enough... laughing


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Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: Kev.] #662414
07/31/16 12:31 pm
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"It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: Kev.] #662416
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Well. Um.... er.

I guess I've always thought that a Harley is in my future- when I get OLD.
Low, loud, & proud is how Imagonna roll. Trouble is, I just can't seem to feel old ENOUGH just yet.
I still need some sleek and fast, some Euro Panache, and some goode olde proper English vintage iron...
well, not entirely certain one could accurately call my 74 Commando "goode, olde, & proper"...
Guess it's sort of a semi-modernised, hooliganised Hot Rod, too. But with the Norton, My R100RS, and the BIG RIG K1200RS in the stable, my need for speed blends nicely into my self image and desire to fulfill my personal style quotient. As well as providing plenty of muscle and comfort for the Long Haul.

Ah well but that's me. Live fast, die later, love me long time.

YOU, OTOH... this seems well suited for you, Kev. bigt
Now let's see some pix from The Continent, from Stelvio, or Tonale, or Timmelsjoch. Or, heck, man- even some good ol UK mountains like Carn Mor Dearg, or Lochnagar up in Scotland.

Bust a move, get out there, and ride the wheels off that flippin thing.

Oh, and can you really blame those grips on us Mur'cans, man?
One of your English brethren musta put them on unless that bike came straight off the boat, dood.

Jus sayin. wink

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Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: ricochetrider] #662428
07/31/16 2:23 pm
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Originally Posted By ricochetrider
Well. Um.... er.

Oh, and can you really blame those grips on us Mur'cans, man?
One of your English brethren musta put them on unless that bike came straight off the boat, dood.

Jus sayin. wink


Well as it so happens, if you look close at the second picture, you will see it has no registration plate, so you got it right, straight off the boat bigt

and if the grips weren't bad enough, it has matching foot pegs too! shocked shocked so those will also hit the trash can at a later date.


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Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: Kev.] #662430
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What I didn't realise at the time, is that our own rain god (slightly broken ) also has an anniversary edition Harley in the same colour scheme.....



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Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: Kev.] #662499
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Nice one Kev, your style of bike i reckon, Bonnie now gone ?.

Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: chilly] #662505
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Worry not Chilly lad, this one will be gone soon, been asking Kev if he'll join the Muvafuka ride next year, had nothing back from him. I can only conclude that the bike won't make it past Christmas.... frown

Unless he's rebuilding the forks on it, he loves doing that... laughing


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Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: chilly] #662547
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Originally Posted By chilly
Nice one Kev, your style of bike i reckon, Bonnie now gone ?.



Bonnie is still here,


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Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: Kev.] #662550
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Originally Posted By Kev.
What I didn't realise at the time, is that our own rain god (slightly broken ) also has an anniversary edition Harley in the same colour scheme.....



Well, since they *only* made about 50 gazillion of these
"Special Limited Edition" anniversary bikes, it was bound to happen sooner rather than later, that you and somebody you know would have the same colour scheme.

Think of it this way:

NOT nearly as bad as showing up at The Prom in the same dress. laugh

PS: fun party idea: save those pegs and handgrips. Next time you and Howie are at a rally together, wait til he passes out and switch his for yours. See how long it takes him to notice!

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Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: Kev.] #662556
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! NOW!!!! Pull the cam cover (no parts fall out) and check the outboard cam chain tensioner. You are in the secret HD unofficial factory yea we know so check them at 20k!! Pry back the tensioner if it shows a lot of wear (they start out smooth as a baby butt) the inboard is worse!!
Do not blow this off!!! It can get very ugly if the tensioners start chunking crumbs into the engine and the remains of the tensioner is running metal to metal on the chain. The gerotor oil pump housing is alloy the gears are steel guess which gets destroyed??!! You want to see the wear at the current mileage so you know what is going on. The Dyna oil pan (no oil tank) is under the trans and if [censored] gets in there it needs to come off the get cleaned out along with the rest of the cluster fuk!!! The TC-88 is totally different than Shovel & EVO. There are 3 options when it goes tits up and are all big $$$$$$ Best is the Scream'n Chicken factory hydraulic kit tensioner kit

Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: Kev.] #662563
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Thanks for the heads up, I shall look into it.....


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Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: Kev.] #662570
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Kev, you might also look at the S&S gear drive cam kit when the time comes, and it will if you keep that bike. I like mine, little noisier but works a treat with Jims cams and semi solids. bigt





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Re: The Big Easy.... [Re: Kev.] #662583
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Looks like a beauty. Only rode one Harley in my life - a 1200 Sportster. As a long-time British motorcycle snob, I had my mind made up that I was going to hate Hardly Ablesons forever - until I actually rode one. I was surprised how solid it felt and how much low-end torque was there. Pretty comfortable, too. So rock on, Kev, but keep a Brit bike in the stable, too. Wouldn't want you to forget where you left the wrenches...


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