That machine and it's dent(s) reflect the fact that it gets moved around alot. It makes more sense to (me anyway) to objectively
look at the whole package of what's been created over the last 37 years. They started in 1969 with n.o.s, used, and a few aftermarket parts, and look where we are today. Or, you can subjectively
look at Purple
and discover that the exhaust are not supported, and that the front fender is not attached at the top, etc., but that is not the whole picture.
Their "speedster" Glide handlebars are better
than OEM (just because the spiral stems (and slots) are wrapped with protective electrical tape and have end plugs included). I own a set. I own a set of Harley-Davidson "buckhorn" handlebars..... V-Twins are better
I'm not about to let V-Twin slide
on anything. Remember, I'm the schlub that bought a frame from them in 1997 and had to send it back to Conneticut three times (albiet, it was seven years after I bought it !
) If you buy a kit and you keep the motor 74", you'll have unlimited free assistance
from we who know
here at FHP
. We own
Knuckles and Pans. We don't ride other models and then try and dry-gulch
V-Twins' efforts from a safe perch above a ravine. It's easy to attack V-Twin that way. They're a big, slow moving target. Going after them is like hunting a dairy cow or a moose. There's no sport in that.
If your going to build an OHV, do like they did with that Raw Knuckle
. Put the whole thing together first and get it fitted. When you go back and re-build it, you'll feel like Henry Ford reincarnated-plus, you stay pretty clean during the final stages of assembly. That's when hobbying starts getting soulful.
Builders get better parts to work with now. I don't know of any
outstanding mechanical issues. 1941-1959 is covered pretty good. 1938 dash bases were a problem once. Alot of people fix what's necessary as they go along, and you never hear about it as a problem.
http://www.amazon.com/Mechanics-Owners- ... F8&s=books