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woodrell
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Low mileage musuem piece

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Post by woodrell » Wed Sep 07, 2005 12:25 am

I just bought a 50FL and am going to look at tomorrow before handing over a considerable amount of cash. Is there anything I need to look for? any comments, other than I paid too much Smile, are needed and welcome.
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Re: Low mileage musuem piece

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Post by 64duo » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:06 am

I may be wrong, but I see an aftermarket speedometer. The spring yoke hook is absent also, not sure it would have had one with a solo seat, but the screws are there on the rear fender.
Seems like after the sale is the wrong time to look it over.
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Post by hplhd » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:07 am

are you going to keep it in a museum?

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Post by Pannacotta » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:11 am

Hi, nice bike..
for that money I'd ask the seller if he has an original H-D speedo, (the one on the bike is aftermarket),
ditto the battery top cover, and the kicker cover is a later model, that's the obvious bits at a quick glance. Good luck.

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Post by woodrell » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:15 am

64 DUO,
thanks, I agree that after the fact is a little late.
I have wanted this bike, not this exact one, but one like it, for 20 years.
I reason that it does not have one mile on it.
but it does appear other wise to be all there and stock

anything else jump out you?

as for the other post,
it will not be in a musuem but I have my daily rider, 84flt

thanks for any help
woody

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Post by Pannacotta » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:16 am

The 'bars are post '52.

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Post by hplhd » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:18 am

woody, i wasn't trying to be funny. the last cat let it sit were i would buy to ride. nice that you got the other bike also.

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Post by woodrell » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:21 am

thanks for all the info.
part of the trip is to verify it is really as advertised.
If it is really upside down I could say so and argue about it.

hplhd
i would not buy one to look at either. but I ride the heck out of my 84. I would baby this one a little bit more.

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Post by Pannacotta » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:29 am

Should have thin "D" rings , the derby cover is aftermarket,(not dimpled).

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Post by woodrell » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:40 am

pannacotta
I am always amazed at how quickly an expert can spot things a novice cannot.

At the end of the day do I need to take duct tape for my gaping wounds?

thanks again.
woody

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Post by Pannacotta » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:49 am

Primary inspection cover is aftermarket,(not dimpled), cylinders should be silver.

Woody, I am no expert.
I'm just having a bit of fun spotting stuff. It's a LOVELY PAN, I'd be proud to ride it, mine is a '58 motor in a '54
frame and a complete bitza.
I would want a genuine speedo for that money though.
Safe riding, and lots of it.
Jamie.

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Re: Low mileage musuem piece

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Post by Cotten » Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:01 am

Most all of that chrome shouldn't be.

The t-clamp shroud should have horizontal bars instead of angled.

One intake nipple is bolted, the other riveted???

Totally modern saddle and bags.

Did I mention too much chrome?

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Re: Low mileage musuem piece

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Post by woodrell » Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:21 am

Cotten,
thank you for pointing out the intake nipple. Does the intake rivet being removed and the hole tapped implie extensive engine work?
And at the risk of sounding dumb, what is a T clamp.
I have ridden 25 yrs but on newer bikes, the oldest was only a 74 xlch,

I am not much on chrome overall.
My 84 FLT looks like a cop bike coming down the road but is almost all black and white with little chrome.

Once again guys I really appreciate your time!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Low mileage musuem piece

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:23 am

I suddenly have a much greater respect for my 49 FL! without appearing to be bragging or anything, I think my low mileage cream puff looks as good as that "museum piece" but now I'm afraid to ride it, I had no idea it was worth that much. I even did a little bar hopping on mine yesterday, put on almost 100 miles.

Cotten, I wondered how long it would take you to jump in on this. I noticed the intakes too, at least it still has the correct plumber fittings instead of an O-ring upgrade. It would be interesting to see how well it does on a leak test. How was Davenport?, I wasn't able to get up this year.

Woodrell, if the deal goes thru I really hope you put the bike back on the road where it belongs. It already has modern tires (looks like a Dunlop 404 on the back), check everything out, lube it up good, and ride it!

p.s. get one of Cotten's Durable floats for the Linkert, best money you ever spent.

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Re: Low mileage musuem piece

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Post by Billy » Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:34 am

Well the aftermarket speed-0 says 1 mile. Wonder what the Real one said ??
I would have asked about the original HD speed-0.
They are getting $500 & more on ebay..
I don't think I have ever saw a new bike w/1 mile ??
When I was able to buy a New one, it had 6 some 'test miles' on it..

1 mile sounds too good.... But it is sharp. Not untouched
But sharp..

You should check the oil level/s as there is no spot under it ??

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