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 Posted: Fri May 1st, 2015 01:52 pm
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GOC
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did ya know all those tats the guys at the dealers show off are put on before work and washed off with soap and water when they get home?

I bought my bike from Eggebergs Harley in Minneapolis in 1980. They were one of the first dealers. It was in an old creamery in a tough part of town. I think most if not all the guys belonged to clubs. The showroom had about 12 bikes, most were black. You could get a black T shirt there, it was standard issue. A few biker chicks hung around. Overall the place was like 1950's cool. I wish I had a picture. I bought my bike new. It was the best thing I ever did for myself. My brother bought one too. We rode all the time together. We even carried rifles and went hunting with our bikes. Have a rifle strapped on was no big deal. Today you would get shot by a cop doing that.

My brother died, but my memories remain. His last bike was an FLT....he had a 1200, a WideGlide, then an FLT. In those days I laughed at the FLT. I thought a radio on a bike was nuts. He and his OL liked it.

Today dodging cell phone texters and foreigners is the new normal. I don't ride in the city anymore. I cruise in the country, and look at cows. I used to cruise the lakes and beaches, those days are long gone. The other day I guy came over to pump my septic tank. He looked at my bike and was amazed when I said it was a 1980. He was 7 years old when I bough my bike.

Anyway, I avoid dealers like I avoid a trip to the mall. I admit I like the shiny new bikes, but will be happy with my scooter.....I may look funny on a Sporty, I am no longer 150 pounds. Looks don't matter anymore either. I been called sir by women so long now and a geezer that it is hard to remember being 20.

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 Posted: Fri May 1st, 2015 12:27 pm
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interesting . get a jeria cat alog carl they handle parts for older bikes, couldnt agree more with you on the dealers now a days.

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 Posted: Fri May 1st, 2015 10:53 am
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Well, my bike wouldn't start the other day. It usually starts instantly. After fiddle phucking around (pulling plugs, cheching gas, starting fluid) I ttol off the fuel drain on the bottom of the carb. I about passed out, and it was not from all the starting fluid I inhaled. The brass plug has a capture bore in it for crud. It was filled with fine grit like polishing compound. I have a racing type fuel filter before the carb too!. The plug was completely filled with this alien shit. I then took off the carb, it is not too difficult, I have done it so often I really could do it with my eyes closed. After disassembly I found more grit in the bowl. I did a thorough cleaning, and put it back on. After the gas was turned on, it strated coming out the carb over flow tube. I had to take it off the bike again. Yep, the needle was shot, the seat was OK.  I called S&S. They said I had to get the needle from a retailer, and said the closed was a Harley Dealer. I told them the Harley dealers know ashtrays, clothing, and simple accessories, but would not have any idea was a S&S carb is. They insisted I go there, and I did. As I expected, the stupid service and parts guy had not seen a S&S carb, and had no idea why I brought it in. They told me S&S should have called them first. I just shook my head, and walked out. I called S&S from the dealers lot. The gal apologized, as I from cross country and wasted my time. I told her to forget Harley shops as retailers, they only like to sell womens Harley panties and hog ashtrays, and forgot how to work on bikes. They only know how to put streamers on grips now days.

Anyway, I then went to a chopper shop a mile away from he dealer. The guy behinf the counter said for me to see Russell in the shop. I walked back, and went through a time machine. There was Russell, a biker smoking while working on a real Harley. Whatcha need he said. I need a needle for an S&S. He said wait a minute, then follow me into the stockroom. I did, he went to a box, pulled out the needle, and said...that's all ya need. Then said lemme know if there is anything else I can help ya with.  A real Harley wrench! The shop didnt have any stupid apparel in it, just cool bikes and a bunch of bikers hanging around. I gladly paid and went home to work on it.

I put the carb and bike back together, and it immediatly started. In my haste, I destroyed the fast idle plunger tab, so called the bike shop up. They said by Friday I can stop in, and they would have one for me.

Lesson learned: if your old lady needs or wants stupid Harley logo panties or scarves, go to any Harley dealer....they know their shit when it comes to womens clothing. If you want a Harley ashtray, yep they have several to choose from. Need a chrome and expensive tire air cap? Take your pick, they have em, but it might be something you should install, it might be too tough for the shop.

If you need parts or repair for a Shovel or Sporty, find a real old school chopper shop. They fix and can find parts, but don't ask where the "apparel section" is.

A long post, and a long adventure for a simple part that in times past was always available. Oh yeah, I hate ethanol laced gas........I go through this too frequently.

 

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