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Re: WLA frame required

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Post by Pascal » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:06 pm

RUBONE wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:26 am
"They just were not used as road cruisers since they had limitations that held them back on the wide open highways of America, engine size, carrying capacity, and most importantly, passenger accommodations, all of which the big twins had. Dealers sales dropped off every year, and the British onslaught was killing them! They were never the "Liberator" here, so no nostalgia kept them alive".
Funny, those 'limitations' you mention Robbie are exactly the main reasons why we dutch love the 45".
It was strong and torque-y compaired to most european compatitors of those days.
Doing roadtrips and holidays two-up with luggage was and still is no big deal for a 45".
Many travelled 1000's of miles aboard one, it is very bulletproof..even for a classic bike.
And when it breaks down, the socalled "hammer and screwdriver" is all you need.
Their only limitation really is speed, or the lack of it..
Since most european highways nowadays have a speedlimit of 80mph, the 45" best workarea are the back- or secondary roads where 50mph is the limit.
Sure we like other classic HD too, whether it be a JD or a Knuck or a (racey) single.. but the 45" is in our hearts.



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Re: WLA frame required

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Post by old man emu » Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:16 pm

liberator wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:06 pm
Their only limitation really is speed, or the lack of it. Since most european highways nowadays have a speedlimit of 80mph, the 45" best work areas are the back- or secondary roads where 50mph is the limit.
It's similar in Australia. Our highway speed limit is 110 kph (70 mph), and our highest main road speed limit in metropolitan areas is 80 kph (50 mph). So the 45" can keep up with the Yummy Mummies (soccer mums) in their SUV's while riding around metro areas. The only problem is that the Yummies think that a motorcycle will sling shot away from traffic lights. Since a 45" can't do that, the Yummies get all frustrated and try to drive over you, or morph into Karens.

My Old Man used to say that you can cover a lot of distance in a day at 50 mph. (He said that before Australia went Metric.) A 45" is just the thing to go trundling along, taking in the sights and smells of the countryside. That's what I call "riding to live"

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Re: WLA frame required

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Post by Pascal » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:19 pm

Amen to that

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