Funny, those 'limitations' you mention Robbie are exactly the main reasons why we dutch love the 45".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".
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.