Seek Info on Retro Motors

Discussion in 'Classic Models' started by mc2, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. mc2

    mc2 Active Member Contributor

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    I'm wondering if anyone has miles on, or knows someone who has miles on these retro motors I've seen a few of? Those would be the Knuckles and Panheads.

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  2. poohbear

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    I had a 65 panhead for many years, this was back in the 70's. It was an old police bike, I left it stock for about a year then chopped it, 1.25 rake neck, and a 10" over front end, with no front brake. Lived in SFV (LA area) rode it into old Mexico and up to Yellowstone. I put about 75000 miles on her. It was so easy to work on, not like today models. A few wires for lights going to the front and rear and battery, genie thats it. Simple wish I still had it:(
     
  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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  4. mc2

    mc2 Active Member Contributor

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    Yeah, that's what I'm talking about.
    Just helping a friend's Dad (they live in Berlin, Germany). He wants to build an old bike, and from the ground up, without much knowledge and contacts for parts, this may be an option.

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    Last edited: Jul 1, 2013
  5. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I can't speak from personnel experience, but I have read many articles about pro builders here in the states and overseas that have used them. S&S is a very reputable company that has been in business for years.
     
  6. Conolon Kid

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    For the price of the imposters, you could get the real thing. Just speaking for myself, the whole cool thing about my bike is the fact that it's sixty-four years old and still going.
    If you're trying to build a quick, modern reliable bike, why not an Evo motor? Harley or S&S makes nice motors. Even a retro build looks pretty cool with an Evo without being a phony. Knuckles are getting kind of expensive, but you can get a rebuilt Genuine HD Pan motor with a title for $6500.00 I just don't get the retro ones because after you pay all that dough, you do NOT have a Pan or Knuckle.

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    I am not slamming anyone who uses this stuff, it just ain't for me.
     
  7. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    Thats your honest opinion and ok. More responses always help in a better educated decision. Especially when there is reasoning behind comment.:s
     
  8. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Very good post, I would like to add these old engines can be made to NOT leak oil and be VERY reliable runners, thanks for your input here:s
     
  9. Conolon Kid

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    I agree. Here's Mines. 64 years old and runs better than I do.

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  10. mc2

    mc2 Active Member Contributor

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    That is beautiful. I do miss my pan, and the knuckle. But, I like my Fat Boys.

    I been away from the market and scene for a long time, and I appreciate hearing all these comments. I'll pass them on.
    Thanks