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The Evolution of the Harley FL series
Touring on the old Harley Davidson FL models, with the rigid mount engine and 4 speed transmission was very taxing on the rider’s body. The vibration that one felt in their hands and feet was very numbing. For most riders traveling above 60 miles an hour for long periods was out of the question.
The Last Year of the Harley Davidson Shovelhead Motorcycle
In 1979 Harley Davidson introduced a totally new model to the 1980 line up of big twins, the FLT Tour Glide today known as the very popular Road Glide. The FLT was a complete revamp of the FL model with a rubber mount engine, transmission and swing arm, dual disk front brakes and very badly needed 5 speed transmission. The triple trees were reversed with the fork tubes place behind the steering neck. It had a frame mounted fairing which reduced the wind pressure off your arms Up until 1980 all Harley Big Twins models had the engine and transmission mounted directly to the frame, this is where most of the vibration came from.
The Harley Davidson Shovelhead FLH and FX models 1966-1980
In 1979 Harley Davidson introduced a totally new model to the 1980 line up of big twins, the FLT Tour Glide today known as the very popular Road Glide. The FLT was a complete revamp of the FL model with a rubber mount engine, transmission and swing arm, dual disk front brakes and very badly needed 5 speed transmission. The triple trees were reversed with the fork tubes place behind the steering neck. It had a frame mounted fairing which reduced the wind pressure off your arms Up until 1980 all Harley Big Twins models had the engine and transmission mounted directly to the frame, this is where most of the vibration came from.
Harley Davidson Knucklehead and Panhead FL FLH History
Harley has been around since 1903. Over the years Harley Davidson has made many models. The FL series is the longest running model beginning in 1941. It was originally equipped with a 74 cubic inch "Knucklehead" OHV engine, (the EL series had a 61 inch version) Fatbob tanks, hand tank shift and foot clutch, rigid frame and springer front end. The nickname Knucklehead came from configuration of the rocker box covers that looked like knuckles
Building, customizing or adding high performance to Harley Davidson
Today building, customizing or adding high performance to your Harley Davidson motorcycle is so much easier than in the past, there was no websites like yalesmotorcycleparts.com in the last century. Funny I’m only talking 12-15 years ago. Back in the old days there was no internet were you could search for all the parts you need, instructions how to do it and videos showing you exactly what you need to do.