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Old 09-12-2018, 12:16 PM   #1
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Where do old choppers go ...?



Apparently, old choppers are still around the Bay Area, being ridden ...



... a pan-head with a wishbone frame ...



... a shovel-head with a magneto ignition ...



... purple pan with a springer front-end ... no front brake, no fender ...



... another pan ... H-D made the pan-head from 1948 to 1965 ...



... pan with a horse-shoe oil tank ...



... a knuckle-head ... guess that's an oil filter above the kicker ...
made from 1936 to 1948 it was H-D's first production HOV engine ...
looks like this bike has a front brake ...



... and a shovel-head ... think we call this a bike with a generator ...
made from 1966 to 1985 ...



... and another shovel-head ...



... and some SFMC members demonstrating why
we're known as "the best-dressed" AMA club in town ...

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Old 09-12-2018, 01:11 PM   #2
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Old 09-12-2018, 02:35 PM   #3
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Love the old bike pics.

Got some very dapper gentlemen/mad scientist? at the end.
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Old 09-12-2018, 02:57 PM   #4
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Very cool.

I always had a soft spot for choppers thanks to Easy Rider and my time on the freeway in the back of my parents car.
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Very cool! Thanks for the pics!
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:36 AM   #7
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its odd that most of these I see in the city are sportster-based. mad props to these guys, my tail bone hurts just looking at them......
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:16 AM   #8
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Back in that day, XLCH was kind of a "super bike". Drop the 4th "P" cam in, as stock in 1969 'CH, harder to start but way quicker than the "74's".
The term "lightweight" started that lean to a "girls" bike, but that kickstarter and high compression pistons, said "not so much"
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:02 AM   #9
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Way cool John.
hey Eric B! Kalle sent me the pics ...

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Love the old bike pics.

Got some very dapper gentlemen/mad scientist? at the end.
we have a “Best Dressed Club” trophy from the
1948 AMA Hollister Gypsy Tour ... the mad scientist guys
are our newest members being initiated ... we usually do
some silly thing involving costumes ... had them doing
“valet parking” ... not many takers I hear ...

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Very cool.

I always had a soft spot for choppers thanks to Easy Rider and my time on the freeway in the back of my parents car.
... my family car was a Rambler Station wagon ...
my dad was an American Motors guy ... he still
has one of the hounds-tooth pillows that came
with his first “nice” car, an Ambassador ...
my childhood chopper memory is two guys
in white t-shirts on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia
with throttle-locks, their hands behind their bare heads
and feet up on the bars ... sure my eyes were big as saucers ...

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Very cool! Thanks for the pics!
Aermacchi forever!

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its odd that most of these I see in the city are sportster-based. mad props to these guys, my tail bone hurts just looking at them......
... always liked that first gen four-speed,
chain drive Evo sportster engine ... those
are the Born Free hipster-looking guys I see in SF ...

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Back in that day, XLCH was kind of a "super bike". Drop the 4th "P" cam in, as stock in 1969 'CH, harder to start but way quicker than the "74's".
The term "lightweight" started that lean to a "girls" bike, but that kickstarter and high compression pistons, said "not so much"
... have my eye out for a 1970 XLCH ... think that
one came with a starter ...?

interesting to look at
the old biker-lifestyle pics/movies from back in the
day and see how many guys rode Sportsters ...

was it Cycle magazine that used to print and list
1/4 mile times in a big spec sheet for all the different
models? Think the XL was one of the quickest production
bikes you could buy for many years ...

love a physically small chopper ... be fun to get
enough pics together for a Brit bike/Sportster chopper thread ...

thanks to all for reading and posting!
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I did my time owing a flathead and a shovelhead. There's no amount of nostalgia that can make that trip appealing. Give me a CB750 any day.
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I did my time owing a flathead and a shovelhead. There's no amount of nostalgia that can make that trip appealing. Give me a CB750 any day.




... I’m easy ... CB750 is an iconic engine ...
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:25 PM   #12
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I think we need a soundtrack to go with those sophisticated exhaust systems.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:34 PM   #13
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:56 AM   #15
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... have my eye out for a 1970 XLCH ... think that
one came with a starter ...?

The XLH had a prestolite E starter, think Bronson, every time he went up on the kicker, you would hear the screech of the starter.
We had one of these in our midst with no kicker, half the time it was a run & bump instead.
AMF punched out the 55 inches to 61", more compression with the displacement, harder to kick. I can't remember riding with any one with an E start AMF
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