Facts Trivia May 2017

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.

For many of us our first Harley was a Sportster, and for many of us that little Sporty changed our life.

During the late 60s and most of the 70s Sporty’s were raked, chopped and bobbed, they were taken apart and put back together on a rigid frame, and they were given 3 foot tall sissy bars. They were airbrushed, pinstriped and painted wild colors. The custom parts either came from your local aftermarket shop, the back of Easyriders Magazine or your local hardware or plumbing supply store.

They were fast and nimble, that 900 and then 1000cc Ironhead could pull that light frame like hell.

Today’s Sporty is based on the same basic concept but much more reliable of course, it’s pushed buy a 1200cc sportster Evolution and you don’t foul spark plugs every 500 miles. The desire for customization remains the same, these days. Today there are several parts manufacturer who specialize in Sportster customizing, just to name a few: Roland Sands Designs, Lowbrow Customs, TC Brothers. This year H-D offers 6 versions of the Sportster and it’s my guess that the XL Sportster will be around for another 60 years.

 

Trivia Question of the Month:

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.

 

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

Answer:  Regarding H-D model designations, there are old designations and modern designations. For example if you have an FLS today, you would have a Softail Slim, but in 1952 an FLS was a 74 c.i. 4 speed Panhead with a hand-shifter and a sidecar, “that’s what the S stands for.” An FL was the same bike without the sidecar and an FLF was the same bike with a foot-shifter instead of a hand-shifter.