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Old 12-14-2012, 03:55 PM   #147
orbiker
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Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Springfield, OR.
Oddometer: 373
Thanks for the great RR Brian.

My first bike was a new 1977 FXE. I got it after I got out of the Navy. I road that bike all over (250,000 miles). I even made it up your way a couple time on it. I was a logger after I got out of the Navy and many summers it would get too dry in the woods and we couldn't work (might start a fire with the equipment). (darn it anyway)

One of the many cool things about old HD's is some parts are available at the auto parts store. I ran Blue Streak brand points and condenser (6 cylinder chevy) in my bike for 20 years. I also ran 50 weight aircraft oil (60 weight in the summer) that was available at any airport. It was a very faithful bike. It only stranded me on the side of the road once because of a blowout on the rear tire. I fixed it on the side of the road with some help from a local who had a tube at his house that he went and got for me on Memorial weekend. Back then, lock tite was not invented, so many of the nuts the tried to come loose were double nutted.

Those were the good ol' days.
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