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Facts Trivia May 2017

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SPORTSTER 60 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Harleys are known for their ability to customize, make it your own, make it different, and make it radical. It’s what we do! For the past 60 years Sportster’s have been in the forefront of customization.

Born from the “K” and “KH” models (1953-1957) the Sportster “XL” hit the showroom floor in 1957 with a production run of under 2000 pieces and at a sticker price of $1,103 and is still going strong today. (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia April 2017

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There have been literally hundreds of motorcycle manufacturers since the early 1900s, many have contributed to the evolution of today’s modern motorcycles, machines from America, England, Germany, France and Italy.

From 1902, until his death, it is undisputable that Glen Curtiss was a major player, not only in the motorcycle industry, but also in the aviation industry. He was the founder of the “Curtiss aeroplane and Motor Company,” where he made many major contributions in the aircraft industry.

Prior to that Curtiss started his motorcycle company in 1902 and quickly became “Indians” only real competition on the racing circuit until Harley came along.

The first Curtiss motorcycles had single cylinder engines like most of the manufacturers of the time; however, he introduced his first 42 ci. V-twin motor in 1904, 5 years before Harley and 1 year after Indian, but it was the Curtiss V-twin that set the land speed record. Curtiss was also the first to introduce twist grip controls.

It became obvious that Glen Curtiss would not be satisfied with a V-twin when in 1907 he manufactured the famous “Curtiss V-8” motorcycle with direct shaft drive, (pictured below) which was claimed to run at 136mph that year. During one race his V-8 was so powerful the engine torque twisted the frame. It’s amazing to think that Curtiss built motorcycles that had more power than the cars of the day. He was not afraid to innovate and invent. In 1909, the same year Harley introduced their first V-twin, Curtiss introduced the first Triple with a massive capacity of over 100ci. This belt driven monster was mounted on a rigid frame with braced forks.

By 1912, Curtiss probably felt that he did all he could do in the motorcycle industry and could not build a bigger engine that would be practical for the frames of the times. That is when he turned his attention to the aviation industry where he went on to build aircraft with massively powerful engines. He worked on aircraft innovation up until his death in 1930, which was due to complications from an appendectomy.


Trivia Question of the Month:

Question: in 1952 you could buy an FL Panhead, an FLF Panhead or an FLS Panhead. What were the differences?

If you think you have the answer, email “Bo” at Hogshoppe@aol.com
Look for the answer in next month’s issue of
“Full Throttle Magazine.

Answer to last month’s trivia question:

Question: How did the Hydra-Glide acquire its name, why was it changed to Duo-Glide and then to Electra-Glide?

Answer: In 1949 the Springer front end is replaced with a Hydraulic fork system on E and F models, the new front end is called Hydra-Glide. In 1958 the rigid frame is replaced with rear shocks, this gives the big twin dual suspension, the big twins are now called Duo-glides, In 1965 the 6 volt system is changed over to 12 volt with electric start, the big twins are now called Electra-Glides.

 

Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:

Do you want to make money on Facebook, It’s easy. Just go to your account settings, deactivate your account and GET A JOB!

UNTIL NEXT MONTH
“Live to Ride or Step Aside”

Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe Inc.”

 

 

 

 

Answer to last month’s trivia question:

Question: How did the Hydra-Glide acquire its name, why was it changed to Duo-Glide and then to Electra-Glide?

 

Answer: In 1949 the Springer front end is replaced with a Hydraulic fork system on E and F models, the new front end is called Hydra-Glide. In 1958 the rigid frame is replaced with rear shocks, this gives the big twin dual suspension, the big twins are now called Duo-glides, In 1965 the 6 volt system is changed over to 12 volt with electric start, the big twins are now called Electra-Glides.

 

Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:

Do you want to make money on Facebook, It’s easy. Just go to your account settings, deactivate your account and GET A JOB!

UNTIL NEXT MONTH
“Live to Ride or Step Aside”

Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe Inc.”

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Facts and Trivia March 2017

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2017 GROUP RUNS AND EVENTS

The 2017 riding season is here, there will be a lot of runs and events as always. You will inevitably find yourself riding with people who you don’t know, that also means you don’t know there skill level or if they have even been on a run before, so it would be wise to take a few precautions. Personally, I’m not a big fan of group riding, but there are times that make riding in groups and attending a run necessary and even rewarding. (Continue Reading)

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The Flying Merkel

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FLASHBACK – THE FLYING MERKEL

This year I plan on writing at least 4 column’s titled “FLASHBACK” each one featuring a different Vintage motorcycle, starting today with the “Flying Merkel.” His name was Joseph Merkel, he staring building motorcycles in 1903 in Milwaukee not very far from Harley and the Davidson brothers at exactly the same time. (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia 1-2017

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A TIMELINE OF LESSER KNOWN HARLEY-DAVIDSON HISTORY

“PART 3 of 3”

Most of you are familiar with the Harley-Davidson story, a timeline that dates back over 113 years.

This is Part 3 of a compilation of interesting lesser known facts that were pivotal to the Harley-Davidson story. (See the November and December issues of Full Throttle Magazine for Parts 1 and 2) (Continue Reading)

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Part 2 of 3 HD History

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BoA TIMELINE OF LESSER KNOWN HARLEY-DAVIDSON HISTORY

“PART 2 of 3”

Most of you are familiar with the Harley-Davidson story, a timeline that dates back over 113 years.

This is Part 2 of a compilation of interesting lesser known facts that were pivotal to the Harley-Davidson story. (See November’s issue of Full Throttle Magazine for Part 1) (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia Nov 2016

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A TIMELINE OF LESSER KNOWN HARLEY-DAVIDSON HISTORY

“PART 1 of 3”

Most of you are familiar with the Harley-Davidson story, a timeline that dates back over 113 years.

This is a compilation of some interesting lesser known facts that were pivotal to the Harley-Davidson story. (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia Oct. 2016

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BoTHE AMAZING STORY OF CORPORAL ROY HOLTZ and his HARLEY-DAVIDSON

On November 12, 1918, the day after the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, Corporal Roy Holtz, a dispatch messenger, rode into history when he became the first American to enter Germany and he did it riding his army issue Harley-Davidson. But it almost didn’t happen. Four days before Holtz was stationed in Belgium. (Continue Reading)

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The Milwaukee Eight

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The milwaukee 8Milwaukee Eight “BIG MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY NEWS”

BREAKING NEWS:

Harley-Davidson is about To Introduce the New 2017 Touring Model Lineup with an All-New Engine.  “The Milwaukee Eight.” It will be a 107” (1753cc) with 4 valves per cylinder. A lot of speculation is going on about other features. It will be the 8th generation of Harley engines and will replace the 17 years old Twin Cam, first on 2017 Touring models. Harley will introduce it as the company’s most powerful, most responsive, most comfortable and most advanced ever. (Continue Reading)

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Remembering Indian Larry

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Remembering Indian Larry

(April 28 1949 – August 30 2004)

Indian Larry Full Throttle Magazine NYIt’s been twelve years since Indian Larry has left us. The impact that his talent for building and designing motorcycles has made in the industry is timeless. Indian Larry’s legacy in the Custom Culture world will and has influenced so many, just take a look around you, todays motorcycle building styles have proven that.

Indian Larry considered himself a “lone wolf”, and was not a member of a motorcycle club. Larry loved being on the road on his bike and living the biker lifestyle. (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia – July 2016

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BoThe Family’s Attic Is Full of Motorcycles

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — When it comes to assessing the motivations of a motorcycle collector, it is never clear exactly where to draw the line between a hobby and an obsession, but it seems quite likely that Gerald A. Doering has crossed it. (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia June 2016

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BoCan INDIAN really compete against HARLEY?

In the decades following Indian Motorcycles bankruptcy in 1953, several companies tried unsuccessfully to revive the brand, the largest competition for Harley of its time.
Now; however, Indian has the financial muscle to make it happen. Polaris, the maker of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and Victory motorcycles purchased Indian in 2011 and is moving to bring it back to prominence.
Standing in the way, of course, is Harley-Davidson, a longtime Indian rival back in the day that has amassed 57% share of the heavyweight cruiser market today. (Continue Reading)

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Fact’s and Trivia May 2016

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Bo“THE SMART WINDSHIELD” AN INTERESTING IDEA…OR NOT!

Advancements in Technology are inevitable, practicality is another issue. Do we make it because we need it, or do we make it because we can? For example, in 1978 we were introduced to electronic ignition that replaced our points, obviously it was a good idea, but at first we were opposed to it because if electronic ignition failed while you were on the road you were FU#*ED, whereas points could be changed out roadside. (Continue Reading)

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THE HOLY GRAIL

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Bo

The 1929 Harley JDH Racer
PART 3 of 3

During the last two months I have been telling you about the amazing vintage motorcycle that I witnessed during the BONHAM VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE AUCTION at the Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas. We talked about Steve Mc Queen’s Triumph Desert Sled, A 1929 Crocker and an amazing 1951 “one of a kind” red Vincent that sold at auction for an amazing $435.000.00.
For this last installment of “The Holy Grail” I would like to tell you about the 1929 Harley-Davidson JDH Racer. When I first saw this motorcycle on the auction block up close and personal, I was immediately struck by its simplistic beauty and historic value. This era Harley is like the missing link between old and new styling. (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia March 2016

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“THE HOLY GRAIL”
PART 2

Last month I promised you that I would write about some of the other motorcycles that I saw during the Bonham Vintage Motorcycle Auction while I was in Las Vegas. (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia Feb 2016

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BoI HAVE BEEN IN THE PRESENCE OF“THE HOLY GRAIL”

In one day I have seen more vintage motorcycles than I have seen in my entire life. It happened in Vegas this past New Year’s. I spend early January riding with my brother-in-law, David, in the Nevada desert after an epic New Year’s Eve party at Danny Koker’s bar “Vamp’d.” (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia Jan 2016

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BoA Little Gas Station Trivia

Today the demand for gasoline is so high that filling station owners sit behind a glass window all day, talk on their cell phones and sell lottery tickets while the customer does all the work. As a matter of fact many filling stations have become mini-marts and selling gas has almost become an afterthought. (Continue Reading)

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Liquid Cooled HD

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LIQUID COOLED HARLEY-DAVIDSON
It has been 2 years since Harley-Davidson announced that several bikes in their 2014 lineup will feature liquid-cooled cylinder heads for the first time in their 111 years history. But what does liquid cooling really mean for the rider and for the Motor Company? (Continue Reading)

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Another Bagger Builder

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BoANOTHER BAGGER BUILDER
WITH A VERY STRANGE SPECIAL ADDITION MOTORCYCLE

In Prince Edward Island, a province of Canada, a new custom shop is born, “Havoc Motorcycles.”
They are launching their lineup with a flagship motorcycle, the Special Edition Mike Tyson Bagger.
No, it’s not a misprint, I said the Special Edition Mike Tyson Bagger. It features a 124” S&S engine, a 6-speed Baker transmission, a 23” front wheel and Mike Tyson’s tattoo incorporated into an airbrushed paint scheme, with matching machined wheels and accessories. (Continue Reading)

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Bo’s Facts and Trivia Oct 2015

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BoJUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL

OK it’s October, I could write a column about winter riding gear. HEY, it’s cold outside so put a jacket on! But most of you have figured that out by now. (Continue Reading)

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