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HOW TO LIVE TO BE AN OLD BIKER

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Facts and Trivia November 2017

  1. Always, Always respect and maintain your motorcycle. Did you know that a motorcycle tire with correct tire pressure runs between 180-230 degrees, a tire that is 10lbs. low can exceed 412 degrees. Touring model riders tend to not check their rear tire pressure at gas stations because hot exhaust and saddlebags get it the way, its good practice to check your pressure before you leave the house while your pipes are cool.
  2. Never under any circumstance ride under the influence of ANYTHING, I know you think you can handle it….you can’t!
  3. Never ride outside of your comfort zone or skill set, know your limitations and use it to your advantage. Just because a couple of guys ask you to ride with them and they start lane splitting and tearing up the road that doesn’t mean you have to, just let them go.
  4. Be aware of the vehicle around you at all times, always give yourself a way out. By this I mean don’t box yourself it, leave an opening to swerve out of danger.
  5. Roads and road conditions can and will change, never assume what is beyond the next turn.
  6. Wear the right clothes. I’m not referring to wallets with chains and big Harley patches, I’m referring to leather, denim and boots. This year I’ve seen way to many shorts and sneakers.
  7. Stay calm and be in TOTAL control, once you throw a leg over seven hundred and eighty pounds of metal it’s all business. If you allow yourself to get upset or worked up, you start making mistakes. And mistakes aren’t something you can allow to happen.
  8. Developing your sixth sense- An experienced rider is always ahead of the situation. His eyes are up, scanning the road and the approaching intersections, monitoring the behavior of other traffic and looking for apexes before a newer rider even knows they exist. A veteran rider knows how to take in and mentally sort through thousands of pieces of information at once, creating a constantly-updated situational awareness that keeps him out of trouble before it has a chance to happen. Instinctual – On the occasion that something unanticipated does occur, the experienced rider knows how to handle it. He has the feel of his machine, and sufficient command of the controls to execute evasive maneuvers or make sudden corrections without having to think.
  9. Patient- Mistakes happen most often when riders get in a hurry. They rush a corner, try to pass a car at an inappropriate time, or try to beat a red light. They blast through an unfamiliar stretch of road trying to keep up with a buddy. Sometimes, they’ll get away with it, but experienced riders know that it’s usually not worth the risk. They’ll lay back in traffic, open their following distances, and wait for opportunities to clear out of traffic. Having patience gives them time to make good decisions on the road.
  10. Learn – Experienced riders study everything relevant to their sport. From their bikes, to their gear, to riding technique, you’ll find them devouring everything they can find. They’ll read tire spec sheets and reviews until their eyes bleed before deciding on a set. They’ve probably got a whole shelf in their office library devoted to books on riders, riding, and motorcycle technology. They know every single inch of their bike, and have put a wrench on more than half of it.
  11. Becoming an experienced rider is a different process for everybody. It might take you longer than it took your dad, for some or all of the reasons listed above. Don’t get discouraged by that, and don’t get in a hurry and end up riding over your head. Ride as well as you know how to ride, work at getting better, and keep at it, and you may find yourself being the one to offer advice to a new rider in a few years.
  12. Always remember to put your eyes where you want that motorcycle to be in two seconds from now You start with a full pot of luck and an empty pot of experience, the goal is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck, the only way to gain experience is to ride, ride and then ride some more. And you MUST listen to and learn from those who know, the older riders that you come into contact with did not get to where they are by accident.

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Facts & Trivia Oct-2017

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The Big 2018 Dyna & Softail Shakeup

I know many of my readers will be expecting my opinion regarding the 2018 model line-up. So here it is:

Let’s put all the changes and the specifications aside for now because I’m sure you have heard, or read about them already and don’t need me to talk about monoshocks, frame styles, or Milwaukee 8s. (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia Aug. 2017

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Remembering Indian Larry
(April 28 1949 – August 30 2004)

It’s been thirteen years since Indian Larry has left us. His impact and legacy in the Custom Culture world has and will live on for a very long time, today’s motorcycle building styles have proven that. (Continue Reading)

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NOT SUCH A “VICTORY”

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WHY VICTORY MOTORCYCLE REALLY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS

Victory didn’t really fit in with those looking for a symbol of the golden era.

Millennials and Generation Xers fit better with a historic brand like Harley-Davidson or Indian. (Continue Reading)

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Facts and Trivia June 2017

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27 Essential reasons to own a Harley

  1. Long marriages are more common with Harley riders because they do not want to lose their bike in a divorce settlement.
  2. The older you are the better the vibration can keep your pacemaker synchronized.
  3. You can get a Harley tattoo. 
  4. They can be painted outrageous colors, with strange murals, and no one thinks they look funny, they just look like Harleys. 
  5. There are more Harley mechanics around than there are Harleys.
  6. You can buy a Harley bumper sticker. 
  7. There are songs about riding Harleys. 
  8. You can buy a fully-dressed Harley with a radio; comfy seats with armrests; a windshield; saddlebags and a trunk, and no one thinks you’re an old fuck anymore when you ride it. 
  9. You never have to wonder how to spend your extra money. 

10.        An old Harley rusting in a barn is still worth more than your minivan. 

11.        It gives you the opportunity to try out every metal polish and motorcycle cleaner ever made.

12.        You don’t have to wear a lime-green and orange vest when you ride a Harley. 

13.        You’re more willing to go out and run an earned for your wife if you can do it on a Harley.

14.        No one ever asks you to race them. 

15.        You can always find an after-market part for any Harley, no matter how old it is. 

16.        If you ride another motorcycle at 50, people think you’re either crazy or haven’t grown up. If you ride a Harley at 50, people just think you’re cool. 

17.        Sure you can ride other motorcycles to Daytona and Sturgis, but why? 

18.        Harley riders have a better sex life. Honest! 

19.        Harley riders always have tools handy to loan someone. 

20.        When someone asks “What do you ride,” everyone understands “Harley.” They don’t care what the model is. If you tell them a GSX… or a CBR… or an Intruder… or an ST100… or any of these models, you have to explain who makes it and what kind of bike it is. 

21.        Harleys make good rat bikes. 

22.        Harley riders understand that if you have 2 Harley’s you are not rich, if you have 2 Harleys you have no money left at all! 

23.        Non-Harley riders will never ask to borrow your tools.

24.        Help keep your neighbors from sleeping away their whole weekend.

25.        You can do your part to keep the roads properly lubricated. 

26.        If things got bad, you could melt it down and have enough iron to build a locomotive 

27.        When someone asks what color it is, you can answer “Chrome”! 

Trivia Question of the Month:

Question:

What motorcycle company used a front end that was called the “Girdraulic front forks.

 

If you think you know 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: In 1981, Willie G. Davidson and fellow company associates make history when they buy H-D back from AMF for 80 million dollars, what slogan did H-D adopt that year to celebrate the buy back?

(A). Harley-Davidson is the best, ride it a mile and push it the rest.

(B). Live to Ride, Ride to Live.

(C). The eagle soars alone.

(D). You meet the nicest people on a Harley.

 

Answer:  The answer is (C). The eagle soars alone.

 

Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:

“Thou shall not pass by nor turn away from thy fellow rider who is in mechanical distress”

UNTIL NEXT MONTH
“Live to Ride or Step Aside”

Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe Inc.”

 

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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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