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Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by panhead_jim » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:40 pm

After my initial ride, I'm feeling pretty positive about the condition of my "new" '64. I'm interested to hear how these bikes handle on longer trips that are mostly on the highway. What is considered a reasonable cruising speed for this bike (assuming good mechanicals and stock sprockets)? Is there a need to stop and let the bike cool down periodically or can it run out a full tank of gas before needing a break? I plan to ride my on a lot more "short" trips to work out any gremlins, but would like to use it for longer trips if possible. Not an Iron Butt run, but maybe a couple hundred miles or so.



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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by Cotten » Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:28 pm

Panhead Jim!

If everything is in order,
It should be able to do 70 mph all day long.

My 65's did it with a sidehack!
(Interstates can be a wonderful thing, smoothing out the hills and all....)

Maintenance is everything, of course.

....Cotten

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by Bosheff » Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:33 pm

If the motorcycle is right, yer body will give out long before the scooter does. Trust me, you'll be lookin forward to a break....bosheff

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by panhead_jim » Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:48 pm

That's good to hear, 70 mph will be just fine. I can already understand what you mean on needing breaks for yourself, even though it seems more comfortable than my Sporty so far...

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by DuoGlide62 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:25 pm

panhead-jim, short trips are good to sort out any 'adjustments' that may be needed but
then just pack up & go. My '62 can go all day but my body quits around 500 miles. Less
than 100 miles between gas stops works well. Enjoy it.

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by Sir_Rat » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:54 am

Damm you guys are lucky...anything more than 3 hrs here and your making circles or swimming :(

Aloha...Mike

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by xnoahx » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:05 pm

I guess paradise has its downsides

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by King » Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:51 pm

If you’ve heard this before ignore it if not read on.

Our friend Sir Rat was out on the Kamehameha approaching Wiamea Bay from the Turtle Bay direction since he was riding the island counter clock wise (last week it was clockwise) and he pulled up by the little church overlooking the bay to watch the surfers for a break.

He shut down the Pan and was looking out over the pleasant scene when a voice came to him. It was God and he said. “Sir Rat you have been a most righteous biker and are most pleasing to me so I would like to grant you one wish”. Rat scratched his head, though a bit, then it came to him in a flash. “God I would like you to build a bridge to the Mainland so I could ride to LA or maybe even Idaho instead of just putting in circles around this rock”.

God replied “I could certainly do that, but Rat, don’t you think it is a bit selfish”. “You’re right God” replied Rat “I guess it was. Hey you know what, me and the ol lady sometimes don’t exactly see eye to eye, like she cries when she should be glad and sometimes I do what I think is nice for her and she thinks I’m up to something. So God , to help me be a better man for her, I would like for you to give me an understanding of women .” There was complete silence for a while then God replied “Two lanes or Four lanes”

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by panhead » Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:53 pm

:lol: :lol:

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by panhead_jim » Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:17 pm

Took my first "long" trip this weekend down to Maxton, NC for a land speed record event. I was able to skip the Interstate and take back roads down there, so cruised at about 60-65MPH. Mileage roundtrip was about 225 and the bike ran great all the way there and back. Looking forward to more trips on this bike.

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by DuoGlide62 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:31 pm

Now that's the way to tour on a panhead !

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by Frankenstein » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:04 am

Took the '65 to Rhinebeck 2 weeks ago, 190 miles one way through the Catskills. Feeling decadent 'cause it has shocks. :lol:
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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by DuoGlide62 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:52 pm

Here I am leaving the mountaintop home of my N.C. friends.
touring on my '62 Duo-Glide
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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:09 pm

Frankenstein wrote: Feeling decadent 'cause it has shocks. :lol:
DD, when you bottom out the shocks with a load like that they probably don't do much for ya! :P , might as well have a hard tail.

looks like you had a good trip in spite of the weather this year.

mike

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Re: Touring on a 1964 Duo-Glide

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Post by RUBONE » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:15 pm

Nothing wrong with traveling on a hardtail. And a Panhead is downright modern!
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