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What were the AMF years


Post by shaker » Tue May 24, 2005 2:52 pm

I know someone on this board knows for sure , the years considered to be amf , i was asked this at work the other day , i guess because i ride a pan they think i know all about harley history , i told him i think it is 1968 to 1981 but i was not sure.

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Re: What were the AMF years


Post by panhead » Wed May 25, 2005 6:08 am

1969 Harley-Davidson merges with the American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF), a longtime producer of leisure products.
1981 On February 26, thirteen Harley-Davidson senior executives sign a letter of intent to purchase Harley-Davidson Motor Company from AMF. By mid-June, the buyback is official, and the phrase "The Eagle Soars Alone" becomes a rallying cry.

(From the H-D website).

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Re: What were the AMF years


Post by Cotten » Wed May 25, 2005 7:08 pm

If you view it from the assembly line, the '69 production model still held most of the intrinsic character of real HDs. (Like: the rider had to know something about it!)
And early 80's decade models showed little refinement from the AMF 1970 model (but for modern steps backward.) The evo revolution that saved the corporation was a true 'paradigm shift', and should not be compared to the golden age of motorcycling any more than a Mustang to a Model A.
So the AMF stigma persists through the entire Chubblehead era 'til '84.)
The market values of those machines are not strong. It costs more to re-do one than they are worth.

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Re: What were the AMF years


Post by Buddy Seat » Thu May 26, 2005 11:43 am

Very true Cotton.
But I'd guess if the bowling ball makers hadn't stepped up w/their deep pockets there might not have been an evo to save the Company. (Yea, who cares, I understand that to)
It's understandable, more so if you do not have a 'vested interest' in modern HD. Some do & it's a Good $$ thing. ;D
Aside from that I don't think it would affect Old Harleys or their 'keepers' at all.

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Re: What were the AMF years


Post by SkyHogg » Thu May 26, 2005 8:01 pm

Also, since the buyout was during the '69 model year, the bikes do not have AMF on them anywhere, and are considered the last from the "old" company. Until I got my '05 Electra I've never messed with anything newer than a '64, so I can only repeat what I've heard about all the old "cone" shovels. But there's still some on the road, so they can't be all bad. If anyone doesn't want theirs, I'll haul it off for a very modest fee.....

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Re: What were the AMF years


Post by weezeo » Fri May 27, 2005 7:12 am

to my knowledge it was 70 - 80 but like was said left over stock extended it both ways 70 + 80 +

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