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Old 05-22-2013, 07:07 PM   #46
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Shovels are ok for lookin at.

but you really cant ride em anywhere.........

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Old 05-23-2013, 11:36 AM   #47
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Not the fastest in my stable and not too comfy, but NOT for sale.

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Old 05-23-2013, 11:54 AM   #48
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Originally Posted by gusanito View Post
Nice bike, but it's not a '69.
If it's the correct frame, by looking at the swingarm, maybe a '70 or '71.
Last year of the pan bottom, shovel top was '69. In '70 the cone shovel was introduced.
You are right, it is a 70, I was only going on the reg plate it is wearing, which covers 69/70
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:54 PM   #49
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My '80 80 ......

Thanks to RTW Doug's inspiration, I actually believe I could tour on this. Gonna take my Airhawk though....
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:10 PM   #50
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Originally Posted by AlKay191 View Post
Not the fastest in my stable and not too comfy, but NOT for sale.

Love the look of this bike! Definitely a keeper!
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:06 PM   #51
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Gee , I hate to be the only one bringing the BLUES , but not everybody had a warm fuzzy feeling about the Shovel.
Back up a little , on 1-19-75 I took my hard earned bucks to the Kawasaki dealer and bought a Z-1B. Yeah, boo-hiss.
Later in '75 my cousin bought a 1000cc iron head Sportster. Of course, he let me ride it.
So, what was it like ? Well I had been riding the fastest bike yet so , it seemed slow by comparison. It also shook a bit if you made the mistake of trying to use the upper rev zone.
How did it handle ? Well, the weight wasn't far off what I was on so, that was a comprable point. The front brake was just a bit less efective than the single piston , single disc of the Kawasaki.
But, the tank wasn't suited for gripping with your knees and feeling "One" with the bike, and what the Hell is that when you top a rise and unload the shocks ?
That loud, sudden clunk, is the shocks topping out, the stiff springs overwhelming the dampening by far.
That was the Iron head, circa '75 by AMF.
My Shovel ride went like this,a bunch I knew, rode to the AMA Nationals at Road Atlanta in '78. I was working and went later after dark with Mike in his mom's El-Dorado.
We got to the track and found the riders.One of the guys who was riding a SuperGlide had been forced off the road by a tractor -trailer rig and body slammed in the ditch. He shook it off and rode on.
After the races he admitted being pretty sore and asked if I'd ride his bike home. No prob, sounds like fun. It was 7 P.M. and 400 miles to go.

Eddie Lawson won the Superbike race on a Kaw 1000, beat Freddie Spencer, Wes Cooley, etc. The wheelies they did after the race, through the Gravity Cavity are burned in my memory.

Everyone wanted/needed to get home for work/whatever. So the slab it was. Boreing.
So ,I got in beside the Shovel owners brother. He wants to do a roll-on.
O.K. , we roll em on , brother is on a Kaw 100 LTD , so I'm not surprised when he pulls me, but what's going on ?. When I get thew Shovel up to 100mph, it slows down. Brother on the Kaw keeps going as does , the whole bunch.
I'm now on a 600cc single pulling a dead cylinder. 50 mph is my new top speed. The bunch rides off for home. Feeling vunerable I lower my head and try to maintain the 50mph on the shoulder of I-75 N.

Eventually my pal in the Caddy and the bike's owner caught up, and I rode the bike the a Service Station with a place to park the Shovel inside . And I slept most the way home in the back seat.
The cylinder was lost due to a hydorlic lifter "pumping up" causeing interference between the piston and valve.

Years later I bought a friends Electra glide. He had partially disassembled it. Before I got around to fixing it , I ran into a guy who had moved away,when he found out I had it he starts offering money for it. When he got high enough , we shook, he showed up ne night at 3 am and covered the kitchen table with large denomination bills, and it was his.
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #52
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:18 PM   #53
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:30 PM   #54
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I like the shovel but I always liked pan heads as well.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:02 AM   #55
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Shovelhead lovers should have gone on the 2013 American Kickstart Classic. Around 50 old bikes from 1924 thru 1980. About 5 were shovels. I was on my 78 and my brother on his 71. Art's 72 broke down but he rode anyway on a 2000 Buell. We rode from Charleston, S.C. to St. Augustine. There is another one set for this fall in New England.
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:18 PM   #56
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I love my 1980 has a charm all it's own. Either you love old Harley's or you hate 'em. I'll never sell her!
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:51 AM   #57
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I have one for sale.

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Old 12-30-2013, 04:23 AM   #58
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Can't remember the last time I saw a shovelhead on the road. Evo's are getting the same. My 89 is a very lonely beast.

Late 80's.

At least you could fix a shovel with a rock at the side of the road

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Old 12-30-2013, 11:10 AM   #59
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shovelheads aren't gone bro

i have had many,there the best looking hd motor ever imo the cone shovel says harley to me ,i,ll get some pics up i build vintage hd.i have a 69 genny shovel in a 39 knuckle frame,56 panhead ,etc
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:56 AM   #60
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Originally Posted by Rob Farmer View Post
Can't remember the last time I saw a shovelhead on the road. Evo's are getting the same. My 89 is a very lonely beast.
i'm always surprised when i read something like this... while not super common, i still see shovels on the road often, at least around here. Evos i see daily. i've friends that daily drive both shovels & evos. i would, but i have too much fun using my ironhead as a daily... plus my shovel is in a million pieces :)
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