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Old 12-05-2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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Electra glide shovelhead orginal vs police edition

Hi,

Does any of you guys have experince by electra glide shovel head (1970-1975) in orginal shape with or without foot clutch and knows what it's top speed is/was?

Is/was it big difference between performance of civilian edition vs police edition?

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Old 12-05-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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Hi,

Does any of you guys have experince by electra glide shovel head (1970-1975) in orginal shape with or without foot clutch and knows what it's top speed is/was?

Is/was it big difference between performance of civilian edition vs police edition?

Best regards,

Amir
I'd seriously doubt if there was any difference in the engines between police and civilian models. the police models used to end up in the publics hands after they were done with police duty and guys would chop them. I don't ever recall ever hearing (unlike cars) that police model harleys had better engines or anything like that.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:35 PM   #3
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In the mid-late 70's Harley ran lower compression (7:1) on the public big twins to combat pinging from the lean mixtures of the EPA carbs. Police models got a different advance curve and higher (8.5:1)compression. The 7:1 pistons are still available as well as cams to suit from Andrews. The low compression engines have the potential to last a very long time. With an appropriate cam they actually run well and will drink the crappiest fuel sold in Mexico without complaint.

The newer Police models run 103 CI engines with non EPA compliant mapping with less restrictive mufflers. Not sure about the cams. They are equipped with special tires that have a bead retention feature and are pretty sticky and ABS. They are a blast to ride and handle surprisingly well. Much of what they learned from Police bikes has filtered down to the public bikes too.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:20 PM   #4
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Do you know what the top speed of original electra shovelhead vs police edition was?

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Old 12-05-2010, 02:56 PM   #5
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no but its not fast & the 4-spd doesnt help
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:05 PM   #6
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Do you know what the top speed of original electra shovelhead vs police edition was?

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My '74 shovelhead would go about 100 mph, indicated.
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Spanish Johnny gets his shovel up to 115 but he's got a pretty hot cam in it.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:31 PM   #8
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I have heard that electra glide shovelhead did in orginalshape between 160-180 km/h. One guy told me a genuine police edition with foot clutch and hand shift did 220 km/h? IS that something you guys have heard about?

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Old 12-05-2010, 05:13 PM   #9
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Do you know what the top speed of original electra shovelhead vs police edition was?

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I recall them both being listed as 105 MPH.
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How fast are you wanting to go?
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:19 AM   #11
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The question was how fast a electra in orginal edition vs police edition is/was, not how fast I want to drive.


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I recall them both being listed as 105 MPH.
That is what was listed. In reality they were lucky to hit much over 90mph. The police bike used the same engine and frame. Difference was just what was added on in the way of lights and boxes. Maybe if you took off the batwing fairing and laid on the tank you could break the ton.
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:16 PM   #13
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I have heard that electra glide shovelhead did in orginalshape between 160-180 km/h. One guy told me a genuine police edition with foot clutch and hand shift did 220 km/h? IS that something you guys have heard about?

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220 km/h = 137.5 MPH

I don't think any stock street Harley ever made went that fast.

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That is what was listed. In reality they were lucky to hit much over 90mph. The police bike used the same engine and frame. Difference was just what was added on in the way of lights and boxes. Maybe if you took off the batwing fairing and laid on the tank you could break the ton.
Which then begs the question...........................Why?
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:33 PM   #15
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When I was a kid a neighbor had a pan head and later a shovel head, pan was a duoglide and the shovel was an e glide. Both had the big barn door windshield, duo had white leather saddlebags and the e glide had glass ones, I had a Bridgestone 175 at the time that would top out probably around 85 to 88 mph and neither harley was much more top speed than the bridgestone. Faster but not by enough to offset the bridgestones quicker acceleration.

The shovel was supposed to be more powerful but I dont recall much difference between the two. Maybe if they were bobbed they would have been a bit quicker.
Unless the police option had hot cams and more compression I doubt they would get past 100.

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