Latest Folly. (12/11/09)
1980 FXE Shovelhead
I don't know what
got into me, but I was in a plumbing shop buying some parts to
rebuild a shower valve and saw a picture of a bike on the door
that was for sale. The sign said, ask for Jimmy who turned
out to not only be the guy behind the counter, but the same guy
that sold me the shower valve 20 years ago when I did the
upstairs. Jeeez some things make you feel old
Well we went back
and forth over a couple of weeks and I ended up buying it.
Not much that is original which is unfortunate but it is my
first older HD and I am pretty excited to ride it.
It needs brakes
fore and aft, the shifter linkage needs some work and the boards
have gotta go!! but other than that it looks to be in
pretty good shape. Took it into "Over the Hill Harley
Repair" to a fellow named Freez ( That's it, just Freez.
Quite a character) as he worked on the bike before.
Not going to do
much with it. Hoping to learn a thing or two working on it
(preferably not on the side of the road but that's why God
invented trailers) It's got a kick start but who are we
kidding??.. It has electric start too.
VIN search with
Harley says it was a 1200cc (74ci) Vivid Black shipped to
Kegel HD in Rockford. I think the only original components
are the engine (now it is a 1340cc) and the frame.
Pretty cool huh?