Gray colored engine, not black

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by heritage2002, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. heritage2002

    heritage2002 Member

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    Looking at a 2007 Roadglide It has the gray engine dont know proper name why is it this color and not black? What is the difference if any? Not sure if I like it. Thanks for info. It maybe a stupid question but would like to know.
     
  2. maine-e-axe

    maine-e-axe Junior Member

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    I think the gray is just raw aluminum that don't have the black paint on them.
     
  3. PaulWhite

    PaulWhite Active Member

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    i think the gray is called natural finish, on the right color bike it looks good
     
  4. R.Bingham

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    They gray is called silver and it is a powder coated finish. The 4 finishes currently available on various models ( these are model specific ) are Black & Chrome, Silver and Polished, Granite and the newest of the four is all Black.
     
  5. Neilwillo

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    It is the same paint as the black but only it is silver. I bought my EG Standard primarily because of the silver motor. I find it easier to keep clean and does not seem to show the stone chips as easily. I put the chrome touring kit onto it too.

    Neil
     
  6. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Neilwillo is correct, engine paint is used for all except the chrome and polished aluminum finiishes..if you accidently get a little bit of carb cleaner or strong solvent on engine, do not rub or you will be "sure"...the hard way!!!:bigsmiley29:
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2010
  7. Randall K. Wilson

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    Of the engine coloring formats...I like the black and chrome the best, and the all blacked-out the least.
    I know some folks like the "blacked out look", but it has never been my cup of tea.
     
  8. uglydude

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    I have the opposite point of view, while I like the black and chrome, I think the natural finish to be more of the way motors were made before all the other finishes came around. With the all black craze of late, I feel the natural finish on the jugs gives a nice contrast.:)
     
  9. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    I remember a factory rep in Sturgis telling us the wrinkle black on the Softails was to hide the weepage of oil LOL
     
  10. walleye

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    Ditto. Not a fan of the silver either, I also think it looks cheap. I always wondered why they did that on the more expensive bikes. I had a silver engine once and disliked it. (I bought the bike used, not a HD) I found it harder, not easier, to keep clean, and all the gaskets (which will eventually seep) looked bad and obvious. This is a personal choice so no wrong answer, but I doubt I will never buy another MC with a silver engine.
    Ride safe.