||Review of the 1981 Harley-Davidson FLHC 1340 EIectra Glide Classic (with sidecar)|
Eighteen years, lots of bread and its still love
|Eighteen years, lots of bread and its still love|
Review of the FLHC 1340 EIectra Glide Classic (with sidecar) submitted on 2005-01-22.
I bought mine in 1987 at the tender age of 30. I am 47 now. I paid 7 grand for it. It was a dresser with two tone maroon paint and all the goodies including an aftermarket radio caddy/casette player color matched. Within 6 months the motor was ready for a total rebuild. A sidecar is always a blast to ride, and for me it got even better after I made my mods to the bike.
Along about the early 1990s I began to strip most of the geegaws off the bike. I got rid of all the touring crap: fairing, bags, top box etc. I installed the police jockey shift/foot clutch(they told me I couldn´t do it but I did!)and the police saddle with pogo stick. The bike vibrates like a paint mixer and always put my hands to sleep. It is slightly better the last few years since I went up a tooth or two on the rear wheel sprocket. The engine is on it´s 4th overbore and I think the next time around it´ll need new jugs. I figger I have spent way more than the purchase price on repairs, but riding the bike is like nothing else. She is happiest at moderate speeds on curvy back roads. A ride this past summer with a big guy in the chair showed that you can run out of steam. I am 210 and Shaun looks like he is 225. On the mountain roads and out on the highway at 70-75 MPH they ain´t nothin left for the old girl to give and on uphills she´ll lose speed.
She shines on them curvy back roads though, and at speeds up to 50 is a real pleasure to ride. My best rides are memories of screwing on the throttle in a series of tight twisty uphill and downhill curves, gassing it through the turns and merrily bouncing on that marvelous sprung saddle(tractor seat)over the bumps. I love to ride her aggressively, and she seems to like it too. To ride her agressively, and fast, I sit up high and straight and get a firm grip on her bars. Then I have to apply all that upper body strength to work her through the turns. Muscle is what she needs, and the reward is an awesome ride when you twist the grip and give her her head. There are movies of me riding this rig on the web. sapientwonAThotmail.com.
This review of the 1981 Harley-Davidson FLHC 1340 EIectra Glide Classic (with sidecar)
was submitted by: Pete Ferro
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