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V-Twin Forums Ride of the Month 2017 Event 5

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OK here it is, the fifth V-Twin Forums Ride of the Month event for 2017.

In keeping with the previously voted on format, this month is an open event. Any V-Twin scooter can be entered. Long as you own it, it plays.

So now it's riding season more or less across all of the states, so there should be plenty of riders out and about. So take a photo or two and enter em up.

Just to make things sporting, this month the 2nd and 3rd place entries will carry over to the end of year events. That three scooters moving into the run off rounds.

As always, please remember to format those entries properly. And keep comments on topic in the entry thread. Don't re-post entry photos in your quotes. Save the fun and harassment for the poll threads.

Eng size:
Transmission(5sp, 6sp etc):
And the story:
You can use these as inspiration.
Example of a simple entry with one photo: http://www.v-twinforum.com/forums/4941906-post2.html
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Model:FLT, Tour Glide
Eng size:80ci.+.030in.
Transmission(5sp, 6sp etc):Rebuilt Stock 5spd.
Pipes:Stock True Duals with opened up cans and a missing heat shield
Seat:Ebay Stock Replacement
Wheels:Factory Supplied

And the story:I bought this bike off of ebay roughly 7 yrs.ago.It was a rolling basket case.Mileage was unknown.
The transmission leaked,the cylinder heads leaked,the enclosed chain drive and inner primary were trashed,it had a S&S B carb on it.
I rebuilt the transmission,found a nos inner primary and replaced the primary chain,final drive chain and sprockets.The carb was replaced with a S&S E.The bottom end of the engine was good so I had the heads rebuilt,replaced the pistons with cast .030 over's and a fresh rebore and hone.The cam was replaced with a Andrews A2 cam.New tires and brake pads.
It is no beauty queen but it is reliable now and will pull 100 mph.with ease.

The FLT is considered the Grandfather of all modern touring HD models.Many firsts for this year bike,such as rubber mounted engine and 5 spd.transmission.The FXR borrowed the frame for its platform.

Here is a detailed list of the features introduced and or included for the 1980 FLT.

Series FLT-80 Tour Glides

First Year

The Model FLT-80 Tour Glide is an all-new model powered by the 80ci motor

Engine, primary case and transmission bolted into one unit

Three-point rubber-mounted vibration isolated engine

Five-speed transmission

Oil-bath enclosed rear chain

"Sport bike" steering geometry

New frame of welded tubes and stampings

Frame extending in front of the steering head

Frame featuring a rectangular steel backbone, no center post, two downtubes, and shocks in position to allow more rear wheel travel

Cone cover shape to oil tank

Wheelbase measures 62.5in

16in wheels

Weight ( tank half-full ) is 7811b

"Classic" logo on tiont fender

Instruments mounted on the forks

Improved exhaust system

Frame-mounted fairing with dual headlights

Spin-on oil filter

Motorola electronic ignition featuring an electronic advance mechanism

Larger than standard saddlebags and top box

Frame-mounted seat

Dual 10in disc front brakes

Rear brake is single 12in disc

Storage compartments in fairing

Tank without mounted speedometer

Footboards not spring-mounted

Ignition switch includes a integral Fork lock

Two-piece heel-and-toe shifter




Thanks for your interest.
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Awesome scooter, autoworker.

Cyberspace Truckin
Thanks Alan.I very much appreciate your comment.
Ahhhh....the stepchild of the shovelhead world...the 5 speed rubber mount shark nose FLT......one of the ugliest and best travelin shovels ever....a great example no less....well done.
Thanks for your recognition.
She looks pretty nice to me Autoworker. Clean and shiny. What else is there to want?

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Thanks Capt. What else is there to want?.... Votes! :yes:
I love those old Tour Glides.

The longer I own it the more i like it.
It really was no big deal, the bike couldn't be in better hands. He didn't know I was thinking about buying it and evidently I did a great job of selling the bike! IIRC he was thinking about buying a Shovelhead but didn't know what to get. After a couple hours of discussing the relevance of the 1980 FLT Tour Glide to the history of Harley, he knew what he wanted and went for it.
Your memory serves you well.I first posted a link of a local bike that I was interested in.You pointed out all the negatives about it and then proceeded to sell the FLT to both of us.You just happened to convince me a literal few seconds sooner than yourself.I didn't know that you were seriously considering it.
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