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Old 08-27-2006, 10:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Drive shaft?

I was at Borders this Saturday, and I was perusing an article on Harleys.

At one mention of V-Rods and their final drive, the writer said, "of course, they have a drive shaft."

Am I so out of the loop that I missed a meeting on a drive line change, or was this a blatant error?
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Old 08-27-2006, 11:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That pulley and belt on the left side of the rear tire must be there for show...
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I can assure you my Street Rod does not use a shaft drive. I imagine there might be a piece in the gearbox called a drive shaft though.
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Old 08-28-2006, 01:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm going back to Borders because I know where the magazine is placed. I remember at the time that I should have documented the name of magazine and the month.

I'm afraid I do not know the V-Rod very well. I've only ridden one demo model on one open-house at Capital City. It was a short ride.

I remember reading that the major part of the engine was developed by Porsche in 2, 4 and 6 cylinder configurations. At the time I read that I thought, gee, since Porsche builds cars, wouldn't it be an opportune time to bring drive-shafts to Harley.

My studies on the V-Rod ended there.

I find it hard to believe that a man hired by a magazine would make that error, and that a 'fact checker' would have missed the comment.
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No shaft drive on any Harley's (even the V-Rod), anywhere!
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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No shaft drive on any Harley's (even the V-Rod), anywhere!
HD had a drive shaft on a boxer engine during WWII.

edit: scroll down a bit for the picture:

http://jeffdean2.home.att.net/h-d.htm

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I was at Borders this Saturday, and I was perusing an article on Harleys.

At one mention of V-Rods and their final drive, the writer said, "of course, they have a drive shaft."

Am I so out of the loop that I missed a meeting on a drive line change, or was this a blatant error?

It is in the current issue of American Iron. Donny Petersen's column about HD's history of oil leaks and EPA changes due to noise. He claims that the V-Rod uses a shaft drive.... which doesn't surprise me.
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Old 08-28-2006, 04:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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HD had a drive shaft on a boxer engine during WWII.

edit: scroll down a bit for the picture:

http://jeffdean2.home.att.net/h-d.htm
Oops, sorry, meant to say their current lineup!
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Old 08-28-2006, 04:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That pulley and belt on the left side of the rear tire must be there for show...
On some models you can get a fake kicker, I've heard.
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Hey Chico, they actually allow you to buy those magazines now...
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Perhaps they were refering not to the final drive but the primary link between engine and trans which in the V-Rod is directly gear driven. Still not a "drive shaft" is it.
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