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2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Springer Softail – Road Test Review

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[This 2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Springer Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] If your family name is Croesus then plunking down $27,000 for the 2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Springer will require nothing more than a simple draw from petty cash. The Kittrelle family, however, is of much more modest means, so that 27 big ones looms large. ...

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2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic – Road Test Review

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[This 2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] The 2009 FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic is probably Harley-Davidson’s most traditional model. Facing the wind with its large headlight flanked by driving lights, its white sidewall tires mounted on wire wheels, and the ever so retro studded seat and saddlebags, you might think the Classic ...

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1982 Harley-Davidson XR1000 Revisited

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[1982 Harley-Davidson XR1000 Revisited was originally published in American Rider magazine] In 1982 Harley-Davidson found itself in one of those goods news/bad news situations. The good news was the company had bought its freedom from hidebound AMF the year before; the bad news was the buy-out left it hard up for cash in the middle of an industry-wide sales slump. ...

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2009 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle – Road Test Review

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[This 2009 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Road Test was originally published in the February 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Harley’s V-Rod is the young black sheep in Milwaukee’s 106-year-old family. Introduced in 2001, the V-Rod rebelled against tradition with a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, double-overhead-cam engine and non-conformist styling. Like the growing pains of a confused teenager, the V-Rod seems to have struggled ...

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2008 V-twin Touring Cruiser Motorcycle Comparison

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[This V-twin touring cruiser motorcycle comparison review features the 2008 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, 2008 Honda VTX1800T, 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT, 2008 Star Stratoliner S and 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C109RT was originally published in the September 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Cruisers are known as unruffled, laid-back bikes with slow-revving engines and a certain presence. And the greater ...

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Improving Motorcycle Functionality: The Mitchell Pro-Bagger

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by Reg Kittrelle [Improving Motorcycle Functionality: The Mitchell Pro-Bagger was originally published in American Rider magazine] There’s your Harley-Davidson motorcycle and there’s my Harley-Davidson motorcycle. That they are identical models, came off the same assembly line on the same day, and have consecutive VINs means nothing. After a while our respective selves have begun to add, delete, modify and otherwise ...

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V-twin Tech: Sweltering V-twins

I have received some emails that lead me to believe there is some confusion about a Twin Cam’s running temperature. I would like to straighten things out. Normal Harley engine-oil temperatures ought to be between 180 and 220 degrees fahrenheit. This is the range most engine and oil manufacturers recommend. Harley, since the first Evo Big Twin, has done a ...

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V-twin Tech: Why Carburetors Will Be Around Forever

Harley-Davidson has not fitted a carburetor to any of its motorcycles for almost two years. They will not mount another. Nor should they. The contemporary electronic fuel-injection (EFI) system is better than carburetors can ever be, because EFI is or can be more accurate, more reliable and more versatile, and it can more easily meet the stringent EPA standards. Anyone ...

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V-twin Tech: Harley-Davidson Owner's Manuals

Your owner’s manual is the one direct opportunity Harley-Davidson has to give you important and vital information about your motorcycle. It is also a convenient reference book wherein Harley specifies things like recommended light bulbs, oil viscosities, tire pressures, maintenance intervals, and much more. Harley-Davidson does a good enough job of it that following the advice and using the parts ...

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2007 Harley-Davidson XL 1200R Sportster – Road Test Review

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Remember when you were little and your parents made you do something you really didn’t want to? For me it was finishing the broccoli on my plate for the first time-my mom wouldn’t let me leave the table until it was gone. Realizing that the sooner I got it over with the sooner I could go play, I rolled my ...

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