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Old 04-13-2007, 10:27 AM
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Well, he rode from NY to Daytona, N.O., Las Vegas, L.A., SF, Seattle, Sturgis, Chicago and more- Basiccally he just kept rinding till he had to go home.

I do about 25k a year, but most of that (about 1000m /month) is commutting. It's amazing how it piles up when you don't have a car.
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:30 AM
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Well, he rode from NY to Daytona, N.O., Las Vegas, L.A., SF, Seattle, Sturgis, Chicago and more- Basiccally he just kept rinding till he had to go home.

I do about 25k a year, but most of that (about 1000m /month) is commutting. It's amazing how it piles up when you don't have a car.
Yeah, I have been busting to take a few weeks off and just ride around the country. Between parents, kids (who should be grown up), and job it's just been a bich trying to get that kind of time off. It you are ever down this way look me up. I'll show you some really cool roads in the NC mountains.

Keep the shiny side up.
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Old 04-13-2007, 01:13 PM
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Get your prioities right!

Send the kids to the parents- go riding.

I should be down about that way septemberish- I'll keep you in mind.
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Old 04-13-2007, 01:53 PM
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Sorry to highjack your thread but I have a Harley question. What is the oil capacity on a 97 Softail Custom and how do I check the primary oil level? Thanks
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Old 04-13-2007, 02:28 PM
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I *think* it's 4 1/2 quarts, but that's off the top of my head.

to check the primary level, block the bike level (side to side), remove the clucth inspection plate- oil should be just up to but not over the diaphram spring.
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Old 04-13-2007, 03:04 PM
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prodigal, I think the 4 1/2 quarts will do both holes, 3 in the engine and 1 1/2 in the primary. However, salty, check your manual or do a google. The V-Twin forum is also an excellent resource.

http://www.v-twinforum.com/forums/
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Old 04-13-2007, 04:57 PM
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You are right- I was thinking of my old panhead, which had no battery in the middle of the tank.
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Old 04-13-2007, 05:56 PM
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It seems like the more oil they could get into em the cooler they would run. I have a twin cam 88 and it has a sump and not a tank. Always wondered if it's running any hotter than if it did have a tank. However, don't tell FREEBIRD, but at least ours don't need anti-freeze.
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:42 PM
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Shag - 4/13/2007 5:56 PM

It seems like the more oil they could get into em the cooler they would run. I have a twin cam 88 and it has a sump and not a tank. Always wondered if it's running any hotter than if it did have a tank. However, don't tell FREEBIRD, but at least ours don't need anti-freeze.
LOL I don't have to wear chaps in the summer to keep from burning my a$$ up every time I spend two minutes at a red light either!

Water cooled is cool, air cooled is not. I can't believe Harley hasn't put that engine into a touring bike yet. Hell, maybe they have and I just don't know about it. I haven't been to a Harley dealership since last February (I think) when I rented a Deuce to ride with my brother in FL.

I had a Deuce for a while which I really did like, but it was no match for the V-Rod in ANY category except for its "potato, potato, potato" signature V-twin sound. Riding a non-V-rod Harley sure does make you appreciate how smooth and powerful the V-Rod is, especially a Screamin' Chicken!

You boys need to ride one of these things before you badmouth them. I'm fully aware that most Harley guys look down their noses at me when I'm along side, but they never get any other chance to see my V-rod from that angle.

Many can remember seeing my tag, "HOGROD", but only for a few seconds!
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Hey, I like the V-rod. reminds me of my old '90 suzuki- cept it doesn't run as well, and it hurts my back.

Seriously, anything that isn't liqiud cooled in this day and age (and is bigger than 500cc) is just dumb. even my tiny little Honda Hawk (346 lbs) is liquid cooled.

I got too old for harleys years ago. or maybe too smart. one way or another, I out grew em.
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:11 PM
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10 days until I can go rent these things to form my own opinion.
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:16 AM
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I've had Harleys all my life, first one in '56, a flathead .45 WLA. paid 100 bucks for it.
The old line about them was when they break you make the part bigger, after awhile they quit breakin'.. The new ones are fantastic machines. I sold my '95 Heritage for a few bucks less than I paid for it, all the extra chrome was a gimme for the buyer and my last one a year or so back , ironically it was a perfectly restored 1947 WL....45 flattie, that I did after I retired. I love those little buggers and how they sound.
potato potato potato.
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I never heard one go potato potato potato Dick before.

I loved the slogan about Harley's which read, "My Harley doesn't leak oil, it just marks its spot."
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:55 AM
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Fish, before you go look at bikes, you may want to take this quiz.


Harley-Davidson Owner's Group (HOG) Qualification Test

1. The primary purpose of HOG is to promote: A) Fellowship among Harley-Davidson owners B) Chrome-plating C) Motorcycle Gangs D) Inbreeding

2. You see another HOG member riding the opposite direction on the highway you are on. You either: A). Hold your arm off to the left and gesture with a proud salute B). act too cool to notice and keep going C). Turn around, chase him down and beat him up for his chrome accessories D). Run after him frantically waving for help, since you've been stranded on the hard shoulder for over 5 hours

3. When performing your pre-ride check, you notice a few drops of engine oil on the floor underneath your motorcycle. You should: A). Immediately clean it up with a towel or other B). Breath a sigh of relief that the engine still contains oil and optimistically press the starter switch C). Dab your fingers on the stain and then on your face, achieving that cool "greasy mechanic" look D). Pull the Harley forward so the rear tire sits on the oil stain and attempt a burnout

4. The most important piece of gear to a Harley rider is: A). Half-helmet B). Goggles C). Leather Pants D). Wallet Chain E) Break-Down Kit

5. You see a row of Harley-Davidsons lined up at a roadside drinking establishment. You choose to: A). Stop and make some new friends B). Park for a moment, hammer down some shots of whiskey, and wobble home C). Attempt a wheelie D) Beat the crap out of some sucker for insulting HOG

6. A valve stem has broken off and effectively seized up the engine. After removing the head and thoroughly inspecting the situation, you: A). Head to an authorized H-D dealer and order genuine Harley replacement parts B). Decide to chrome plate the valve stems and springs C). Conclude that more end play in the cams could have prevented this tragedy D). Try starting the motor so that the neighbours know you're working on your bike

7. A Japanese-made sport-bike pulls up in the lane next to you at a stoplight. You: A). Nod diplomatically at your fellow motorcyclist, in spite of his patriotic failure in his duty to buy American. B). Grab a handful of throttle and race the engine, hoping to engage him in an exhaust volume contest C). Curse the rice burner and throw your cigar at him. D. Keep pushing when the lights change colour

8. The guy down the block has a Sportster 1100 that is faster at the strip than your souped-up Fat Boy. You feel a need to level the playing field where the power to weight ratio is concerned. You decide to: A). Install NOS B). Remove the exhaust pipes and run straight headers, since more decibels equals more power C). Go on a diet D). Inform your 270 pound passenger she is no longer allowed to accompany you on the bike during runs at the drag-strip

9. Cruising along at full throttle, you are casually overtaken and passed by a Scooterist. You: A). Stop at a payphone and dial 999 to notify the authorities of a reckless driver B). Attempt to pass the scooter by imitating his hunched over riding style, reducing aerodynamic drag and gaining another 5 mph top end speed C). Curse the little shite and choke on your cigar in the process D. Shoot him

10. The preferred method of cleaning a Harley-Davidson is: A). S-100 motorcycle wash or equivalent B). Simonize C). Gunk engine degreaser D). Mother nature

***BONUS QUESTION*** 11. You need new tires for your Harley. You decide to go with: A). Dunlop Qualifiers B). Mickey Thompson Super Off-Roaders C). Cheng Shins D). anything chrome-plated

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Okay, I was a HOG member for a year both times I bought a new Harley as I got the membership for free. Lemme see if I can pass this test, but remember I ride a Screamin' Eagle V-Rod.

Harley-Davidson Owner's Group (HOG) Qualification Test

1. The primary purpose of HOG is to promote: A) Fellowship among Harley-Davidson owners B) Chrome-plating C) Motorcycle Gangs D) Inbreeding

Trick question, I choose E. To get what little money you have left after buying a Harley.

2. You see another HOG member riding the opposite direction on the highway you are on. You either: A). Hold your arm off to the left and gesture with a proud salute B). act too cool to notice and keep going C). Turn around, chase him down and beat him up for his chrome accessories D). Run after him frantically waving for help, since you've been stranded on the hard shoulder for over 5 hours

Another trick question, I choose E again. All of the above unless it's raining, then you should invite him inside for a cold one!

3. When performing your pre-ride check, you notice a few drops of engine oil on the floor underneath your motorcycle. You should: A). Immediately clean it up with a towel or other B). Breath a sigh of relief that the engine still contains oil and optimistically press the starter switch C). Dab your fingers on the stain and then on your face, achieving that cool "greasy mechanic" look D). Pull the Harley forward so the rear tire sits on the oil stain and attempt a burnout

Another trick question if you ride a V-Rod. E again, none of the above. No oily spot needed for burnouts!

4. The most important piece of gear to a Harley rider is: A). Half-helmet B). Goggles C). Leather Pants D). Wallet Chain E) Break-Down Kit

I'd have to go with F, credit card.

5. You see a row of Harley-Davidsons lined up at a roadside drinking establishment. You choose to: A). Stop and make some new friends B). Park for a moment, hammer down some shots of whiskey, and wobble home C). Attempt a wheelie D) Beat the crap out of some sucker for insulting HOG

For me, E again. Most Harley guys don't like V-Rods, and the women in those places are pretty rough. I'd hit Hooters myself!

6. A valve stem has broken off and effectively seized up the engine. After removing the head and thoroughly inspecting the situation, you: A). Head to an authorized H-D dealer and order genuine Harley replacement parts B). Decide to chrome plate the valve stems and springs C). Conclude that more end play in the cams could have prevented this tragedy D). Try starting the motor so that the neighbours know you're working on your bike

Nope, E again. Sell the house and fix the Hog.

7. A Japanese-made sport-bike pulls up in the lane next to you at a stoplight. You: A). Nod diplomatically at your fellow motorcyclist, in spite of his patriotic failure in his duty to buy American. B). Grab a handful of throttle and race the engine, hoping to engage him in an exhaust volume contest C). Curse the rice burner and throw your cigar at him. D. Keep pushing when the lights change colour

E again for me. Smoke his a$$ with some Americun hosspower!

8. The guy down the block has a Sportster 1100 that is faster at the strip than your souped-up Fat Boy. You feel a need to level the playing field where the power to weight ratio is concerned. You decide to: A). Install NOS B). Remove the exhaust pipes and run straight headers, since more decibels equals more power C). Go on a diet D). Inform your 270 pound passenger she is no longer allowed to accompany you on the bike during runs at the drag-strip

I ain't even gonna say it, bring on the Sportster!

9. Cruising along at full throttle, you are casually overtaken and passed by a Scooterist. You: A). Stop at a payphone and dial 999 to notify the authorities of a reckless driver B). Attempt to pass the scooter by imitating his hunched over riding style, reducing aerodynamic drag and gaining another 5 mph top end speed C). Curse the little shite and choke on your cigar in the process D. Shoot him

E again. Pray for him.

10. The preferred method of cleaning a Harley-Davidson is: A). S-100 motorcycle wash or equivalent B). Simonize C). Gunk engine degreaser D). Mother nature

Trick question, E again. Everybody knows it's a sin to wash a Harley.

***BONUS QUESTION*** 11. You need new tires for your Harley. You decide to go with: A). Dunlop Qualifiers B). Mickey Thompson Super Off-Roaders C). Cheng Shins D). anything chrome-plated

E again. Buy some Smokeyomamma's.

Now then, did I win something?
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:42 AM
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Bird,
all sound like potato etc when idling...well maybe the old ones. Ya had to own an oldie to appreciate the new ones..I've been on the side of the road more than a few times, but never with my Heritage and never a mark on the floor either.
One of the reasons the REAL oldies left their mark was they had no oil pump, the oil just ran through the engine and out onto the ground. Pre 1936 I believe. Probably shouldn't say that, some greenie weenie will now try to get all the antique bikes banned from the highways.
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capndick - 4/16/2007 7:42 AM

Bird,
all sound like potato etc when idling...well maybe the old ones. Ya had to own an oldie to appreciate the new ones..I've been on the side of the road more than a few times, but never with my Heritage and never a mark on the floor either.
One of the reasons the REAL oldies left their mark was they had no oil pump, the oil just ran through the engine and out onto the ground. Pre 1936 I believe. Probably shouldn't say that, some greenie weenie will now try to get all the antique bikes banned from the highways.
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Ah hell Dick, I was just teasing about the way your post read, potato potato potato, Dick.

I miss that sound coming from the Street Sweepers on my Deuce I owned in between my first and last V-Rod.

My younger brother gave me a hard time about the Screamin' Eagle V-Rod saying it was "too refined and wasn't a real Harley like my Deuce was." He was riding a Geezer Glide at the time.

He sold his Hog and bought another Gold Wing!

I rode that thing, and it felt like I was going down the road on the recliner from my den! I swear to God I felt like I needed a seat belt on that thing. I like being out in the wind amongst the bugs and birds and being able to see my forks and front tire when I ride!
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Bird,
Runnin a little short that day, went right over my head, LOL.
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Bird,
Runnin a little short that day, went right over my head, LOL.
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No problem Dick. I did a lot of drugs in the 60's too. Smoked too many potatoes!

Mamma sure did get mad about me burnin' her taters at age 12!
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