by R.M. Clarke
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Our 1971-1981 Performance Portfolio is not a rose-tinted spectacles look back on a golden era but tests written at the time by professional testers. It covers an era when the company was owned by AMF. Harley-Davidson thrived in spite of the way the company was then run but in that period there were some interesting innovations.
Harley-Davidson Super Glide Performance Portfolio 1971 - 1981, the first in a series, looks back on an era when Harley-Davidson were, by today's standards, in the doldrums. Today they are a cult machine but in the 1970s they were expensive, not as well made as today's products and nowhere near as much sought after. Testers of the era looked on a Harley-Davidson as just another bike and judged it accordingly. One of Harley-Davidsons main virtues, and some would say vices, is that change is not something the company are big on. There have been many innovations over the last 60 years yet the 1936 998cc vee-twin doesn’t look all that much different from present day models. Towards the end of AMF's ownership, the largest Harley so far built, the 1338 cc FXEF Fat Bob, was introduced, a capacity that persists to this day as the largest engine made by the company. Includes road & comparison tests, specifications, owner survey, performance and technical data.
Models covered: FX, FXE, FXS 1200 Low Rider, FXS80, FXB80 Sturgis, FXWG 80 Wide Glide & FXEF Fat Bob
Brooklands Books Ltd "Road Test" books provide a wide range and collection of road tests, comparison tests, new model introductions, long term tests, and other articles taken from the world's leading motoring magazines. The Performance Portfolio series have 140 pages with 250 illustrations.
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