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Old 05-26-2004, 08:55 PM   #1
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old harleys and airstreams

had a 74" harley that required tightening all bolts, nuts and screws weekly. i am now finding that my 2003 bambi has a similar problem of screws and some nuts coming loose.

my question is this, is it normal for the items to work loose? to tighten them is easy but it seems strange that i would have to.

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Old 05-26-2004, 09:10 PM   #2
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my '55 74 inch harley can seem to shed parts as fast as you can bolt them on!

as for your trailer, getting your wheels balanced might be a good idea.

and yes, stuff works loose in my excella too!

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Old 05-26-2004, 09:21 PM   #3
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aircraft safety wire works too!

thought you might enjoy....

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pretty pan

must be one of them "import" harleys. no oil leaks :-)

got oil in the primary? ;-)

actually on my 74 i was able to stop all leaks also but required lots of seal, gasket and torquing of things to get to that point. what a pain but i loved it. alas, got rid of it and bought my airstream.

rode for about 40 years but body is getting too old and beat up for all that abuse. too many back problems now.

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Old 05-27-2004, 09:20 AM   #6
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johnHD where is that picture taken? Are you through there often?
(Am coveting that Blue Ribbon sign out front of bldg on left) Can't tell if it is iluminated type.

Anyhow is back trouble usually a bi-product of bike riding for years? Hope not.

Very handsome Harley BTW. What is the exact model and size? Is the color stock?
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got oil in the primary? ;-)

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no oil in primary! just a chain oiler, runs dry by design. all it has for primary drive lubrication is a chain oiler that is controlled by a set screw on the oil pump. kinda like a chainsaw!

that's right folks! a harley that was ment to leak oil by design!

if it doesn't leave a "spot" when i park it something is wrong!

jaco,

the pic was taken last may in dane wisconsin, i get through there every once in a while. beer signs like that are quite common. the really cool ones are the neon ones from the 30's with porclean metal. kinda look like a theater marquee, usually suspended out front of the tavern by chains. read big bucks!

as for my bike, it is a 1955 fl model. foot shift, 4 speed, 74 cubic inches. i still run 6 volt electrics on it just 'cuz i can! mostly restored, looking for a couple of doodads to complete it. any one got a one year only front fender badge? last swap meet i was at they are running around $1500.00!!

and you guys think airstreams are expensive!

anyway, it runs like a top, and can putt along with the new ones no problem! the color is stock, called "pepper red" kinda looks like chevy engine orange. i have seen 4 original bikes this color and it is an exact match.

yes they are hard on the back because rear suspention on big twins was not standard until 1958!

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yes they are hard on the back because rear suspention on big twins was not standard until 1958!john
That would be why they are called Hardtails?
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correct!

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john hd,

saw a similar pan in san francisco about 10 years ago for sale in a harley clothing store down by the warf. now get this, they wanted 30k for it!!

maybe they wanted to buy an airstream and needed money ;-)
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A Harley coloring book for us kids!

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