Originally Posted by bob_menton
Pretty, pretty. One of the great-looking engines in the history of motorcycling.
As I recall, they were supposed to vibrate quite a bit. True?
I learned to ride on a 250cc Harley Sprint back in '67. Only time I've ever ridden a Harley. Of course, real Harley riders deny that this Italian junque was ever a Harley. Still see a fair number of them in vintage racing.
Up until (I'm pretty sure) the '77 model they had terrible
handling and would regularly shed parts from the shakes. '77 brought about many small improvements, including rubber isolation mounts on the foot pegs, handlebars, instruments. Larger diameter front forks were a huge help. The new for '77 front single pot (which curiously enough replaced a double pot) disc brake is actually not bad, back then it was considered absolutely spectacular
. (I put new pads in, of course...)
Strangely enough I enjoy the pulsations - reminds me that I've got a "real" motorcycle down there. Somewhere along the line the baffles got punched out of the exhaust. That, of course, was the first
performance modification that would get done.
A piece of re-bar and a five pound hammer were the preferred tool choices for the home wrench.
It still doesn't shake at a stoplight as much as a 2009 Evo Harley though.
Or a Sprint.