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Back in 2015 I posted on this forum saying Kawasaki has discontinued the Kawasaki KLX 250 for sale in the United States. Well, I'm happy to say its back for 2018 and its improved. They finally got rid of the old carbureted fuel delivery in exchange for fuel injection. That's a big improvement, but other than that, I can't see any other significant change's. It looks very similar to the 2014 model, but they do have a new camo version.

https://www.kawasaki.com/Products/2018-KLX250
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The image shown above is Elvis Presley and Mary Kathleen Selph riding a 1971 Harley Davidson FLH Electra Glide on June 30, 1972, in Memphis, Tennessee. Less than one month later Selph was killed in a car accident, and shortly after that Elvis was forced to give this motorcycle to Priscilla Presley as part of a divorce agreement. As far as I tell, nobody knows what happened to this motorcycle. It just disappeared. For years nobody could identify the woman in this picture, and just recently Selph's mother came out and identified the woman as her daughter. Is it possible this motorcycle has been unidentified for all this time and sitting in someone's garage? Who knows! If you have any information at all regarding this motorcycle, than please share the information on this forum, or contact me privately at george@thesmallengineshop.net

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1930 To 1961:

The vehicle identification number, manufacturer identification number, or VIN for short, on 1930 to 1961 Harley Davidson motorcycles is located on the engine's left case. The VIN consists of 8 to 10 alphanumeric characters with the first two numbers being the year, the next 2 to 4 letters being the model abbreviation, and the last 4 numbers being the production number. An example might be:

Year   Model   Production Number
52    FL    0954

1962 To 1969:

Harley Davidson motorcycles manufactured from 1962 to 1969 have a VIN that followed a similar format as motorcycles manufactured from 1930 to 1961, the only difference being the production number. If a model has a 4 digit production number, than the first digit is even for even years, and odd for odd years. If a model has a 5 digit production number than the first 2 digits are even for even years, and odd for odd years.

1970 To 1980:

Harley Davidson motorcycles manufactured from 1970 to 1980 have a VIN with 9 alphanumeric characters located on the frame and engine, and they are matching strings or numbers. The only exception are on motorcycles manufactured from January, 1, 1979 to February 7, 1979, where the VIN on the frame and engine do not match. The affected models during this time period have a engine number with 10 characters instead of 9. For legal reasons, it doesn't matter what string is stamped on the engine and the law will only recognize the VIN stamped on the frame. The 9 character VIN has the following format: the first 2 characters are the model code, next 5 numbers are the production number, which always starts above 10,000, and the last 2 characters are the year code. See charts below:

Example, This is Elvis Presley's 1975 Harley Davidson FLH VIN (2A 108 68H5):



Model Code   Production Number   Year Code
2A    10,868    H5


Year Codes:
H0 = 1970  H1 = 1971  H2 = 1972
H3 = 1973  H4 = 1974  H5 = 1975
H6 = 1976  H7 = 1977  H8 = 1978
H9 = 1979  J0 = 1980


Model Codes:
1A = FL, FLP 1200  2A = FLH 1200  3A = XL, XLH 1000
4A = XLCH 1000  5A = GE 750  6A = SS 350 Sprint
7A = SX 125  8A = M65-S  7B = ERS
8B = MSR 100  2C = FX 1200  3C = SX 350 Sprint
5C = MC 65  6C = SR 100  1D = LE Sidecar
2D = X90  4D = XLA  5D = SX 175
6D = SX 250  7D = MX 250  9D = FXE 1200
4E = XLS 1000  5E = FXEF 1200  6E = FXEF 80
7E = FLHS 1200  9E = SS 250  2F = FXS 1200
3F = SXT 125  4F = SS 175  6F = SS 125
7F = XLCR 1000  2G = XLT 1000  3G = FLH 80
5G = FLT 80  6G = FXE 80  7G = FXS 80
9G = FXWG 80  1H = FXB 80  2H = CLE 80 Sidecar
3H = FLH 80 Classic  5H = FLHS 80  6H = FL 80
7H = FLH 1200 Police  8H = FLH 1200 Shrine  9H = FLH 80 Police
1K = FLH 80 Shrine


1981 To 2017 (Present):

All Harley Davidson motorcycles manufactured from 1981 to present have a 17 alphanumeric character VIN stamped on the frame. The format of the VIN is as follows: The first three characters are the World Identification Number, which identifies what part of the world the bike was manufactured for sale, the forth character identifies the weight class, the 5th and 6th characters identify the model code, the 7th character identifies the engine class, the 8th character identifies the introduction period, the 9th characters is the VIN check digit, the 10th character is the model year, the 11th character identifies the manufacturing plant, and characters 12 through 17 are the production number. See charts below.

Example VIN:
World Mfg ID:  Weight Class:  Model Code:  Engine Type:  Intro Period:  Check Digit:  Model Year:  Mfg Plant:  Production #:
1HD  1  JL  5  1  7  9  Y  069628

World Manufacturer ID:
1HD - For sale in the United States
5HD - For sale outside the United States
932 - Manufactured in Brazil, and only sold in Brazil
MEG - Manufactured in India, and only sold in India

Weight Class:
1 - Heavyweight (greater than 900cc)
4 - Lightweight (Less than or equal to 900cc)
8 - Sidecar

Touring Model Codes:
AA - FLH  AB - FLHP  AC - FLH
AD - FLH Classic  AE - FLT  AF - FLTC
AH - FLHP Deluxe  AJ - FLH Heritage  AK - FLHS
AL - FLH Shrine  DA - FLT FLHTP  DB - FLTC
DC - FLHT  DD - FLHT  DE - FLHTC
DF - FLHTP  DG - FLHTC Shrine  DH - FLTC
DJ - FLHTC  DK - FLTC Shrine  DM - FLTCU Ultra
DN - FLTCU Ultra  DP - FLHTC  DS - FLTCU Ultra Shrine
DT - FLHTCU Ultra Shrine  FA - FLHRS FLHS  FB - FLHRI FLHR
FC - FLHTCUI FLHTCU  FD - FLHR  FE - FLTCUI
FF - FLHTCI FLHTC  FG - FLHTCUI  FH - FLHPI
FL - FLHTCUI FLHTCU  FM - FLHTPI  FP - FLTR
FR - FLHRCI FLHRC  FS - FLTRI  FT - FLHPEI
FW - FLHR Shrine  KA - FLHX  KB - FLHX
KE - FLHTK  KG - FLTRU  KH - FLTRX
KR - FLHXS  KT - FLTRXS  KX - SIDECAR TLE ULTRA
MA - FLHTCUTG Trike  MB - Trike  PF - FLSTDSE
PG - FLHRSEI2  PR - FLHTCUSE7 CVO  PY - FLSTSE3 CVO
PZ - FLHXSE CVO  MC - FLRT

Dyna Model Codes:
BA - FXE  BB - FXEF FXSTDI  BC - FXS
BD - FXB  BE - FXWG  BF - FXSB
BG - FXDG  EA - FXR  EB - FXRS
EC - FXRT  ED - FXRP Windshield  EE - FXRDG
EF - FXRP Fairing  EG - FXRS SP  EH - FXRD
EJ - FXRC  EK - FXRP Police  EL - FXLR
EM - FXRS CON  ES - FXR  ET - FXR
EV - FXR  GA - FXDB D  GB - FXDB S
GC - FXDC  GD - FXDL  GE - FXDWG
GG - FXDS CON  GH - FXD  GJ - FXDX
GK - FXDP  GL - FXDXT  GM - FXDI
GN - FXDL  GP - FXDWG  GR - FXDXI
GT - FXDC  GV - FXDC  GX - TL
GY - FXDF  GZ - FLD  PB - FXDWG
PE - FXDWG3  PS - FXDSE  PX - FSDFSE
VA = FXDBP


Softail Model Codes:
BH - FXST  BJ - FLST FLSTC  BK - FXSTC
BL - FXSTS  BM - FLSTF  BN - FLSTN
BP - FXSTSB  BR - FLSTS  BS - FXSTD
BT - FXSTB  BV - FXST  BW - FLSTC
BX - FLSTF  BY - FLSTC  BZ - FXSTSI
DV - FLSTN  JA - FXSTB  JB - FXSTDI
JD - FLSTN  JE - FLST  JF - FLSTI
JG - FLSTF  JH - FLSTC  JJ - FXCW
JK - FXCWC  JL - FXSTC  JM - FLSTSB
JN - FLSTFB  JP - FXS  JR - FLS
JT - FLSTFBS  PF - FXSTDSE  PH - FXSTDSE
PL - FLSTFSE  PN - FLSTFSE  PT - FXSTSSE
PY - FLSTSE  YB - FLHCS   YE - FXER
YG - FLFBS  YH - FXBRS  YJ - FXBB
YL - FXFBS  YN - FXLR

Sportster Model Codes:
CA - XLH  CB - XLS  CC - XLX
CD - XR-1000  CE - XL 883H  CF - XL 883 Deluxe
CG - XL 1200C  CH - XL 1200S  CJ - XL 883C
CK - XL 883R  CN - XL883  CM - XL883L
CP - XL883C  CR - XL883L  CS - XL883R
CT - XL1200C  CV - XL1200R  CW - XL1200L
CX - XL1200L  CY - XL50  CZ - XL1200N
LA - XR1200  LC - XL1200X  LD - XR1200X
LE - XL883N  LF - XL1200V  LH - XL1200CP
LJ - XL1200CA  LK - XL1200CB

Street Model Codes:
NA - XG500  NB - XG750  NC - XG750A

VROD Model Codes:
HA - VRSCA  HC - VRSCR  HD - VRSCD
HF - VRSCA  HH - VRSCDX  HJ - VRSCX
HP - VRSCF

Trike Model Codes:
MA - FLHTCUTG  MC - FLRT

Engine Class:
A - 1130 Revolution  B - 1450 Fuel Injected Counter Balanced  C - 1550, Milwaukee 8 107
D - 1550 EFI, Milwaukee 8 107  E - 1690 EFI  F - 1690 Balanced EFI
G - 1246 Revolution EFI  H - 1246 (2001-2009), 1000 Ironhead XL  J - 1246, Milwaukee 8 107
K - 1340 Shovelhead, Milwaukee 8 114  L - 1340 Evolution  M - 883 Evolution XL, Twin Cam 103
N = 1100 Evolution XL  P = 1200 Evolution XL  A = 500cc Liquid Cooled Revolution X
R - 1340 Evolution Fuel Injected  S - 500 Single  V - Twin Cam 88 Carbureted and 103B
W - Twin Cam 88 Fuel Injected  Y - Twin Cam 88 Counter Balanced - Carb  Z - 1130 Revolution
1 - 1450 EFI  2 - 883 ESPFI  3 - 1200 ESPFI
4 - 1584 ESPFI  5 - 1584 ESPFI, Twin Cam 96B  6 - 1200
8 - 1800 ESPFI  9 - 1800 ESPFI H 1250 ESPFI  B - 749cc Liquid Cooled Revolution X

Introduction Period:
1 - Domestic (Normal)  2 - Domestic (Mid-Year)  3 - California (Normal)
4 - Domestic (Mid-Year)  5 - California (Mid-Year)  6 - California (Mid-Year)
A - Canada (Normal)  B - Canada (Mid-Year)  C - International (Normal)
D - International (Mid-Year)  E - Japan (Normal)  F - Japan (Mid-Year)
G - Australia (Normal)  H - Australia (Mid-Year)  J - Brazil (Normal)
K - Brazil (Mid-Year)  L - Asia Pacific (Normal)  M - Asia Pacific (Mid-Year)
N - India (Normal)  P - India (Mid-Year)

Model Year:
A - 2010  B - 1981, 2011  C - 1982, 2012
D - 1983, 2013  E - 1984, 2014  F - 1985, 2015
G - 1986, 2016  H - 1987, 2017  J - 1988, 2018
K - 1989, 2019  L - 1990, 2020  M - 1991, 2021
N - 1992  P - 1993  R - 1994
S - 1995  T - 1996  V - 1997
W - 1998  X - 1999  Y - 2000
1 - 2001  2 - 2002  3 - 2003
4 - 2004  5 - 2005  6 - 2006
7 - 2007  8 - 2008  9 - 2009

Manufacturing Plant:
B - York, PA  D - Manaus, Brazil  E - Buell East Troy
J - Milwaukee, WI  K - Kansas City, KS  N - Haryana, India (Bawal District Rewari)
T - Tomahawk, WI  Y - York, PA



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Watchmen is a DC Comics, super hero movie released in 2009. The Watchmen intro contains a 23 second remake clip of John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Texas, which happened on November 22, 1963. Riding along side the presidents motorcade, when the president was shot, are 2 motor cops riding Harley Davidson FL police motorcycles. I believe all motor cops following the president on this day were riding 1963 and 1964 model Harley Davidson FL police motorcycles. The motorcycles used in the Watchmen intro are clearly Harley Davidson FLHP motorcycles with twin-cam engine's and front disc brakes, which weren't manufactured until 1999. The motorcycles used in Kennedy's motorcade had pan-head engine's and front drum brakes. I guess there aren't many pan-head motorcycles around cheap enough for a studio to make a short clip like this accurate, and does it even matter?


Image from the Watchmen intro showing a Harley Davidson motorcycle with twin-cam engine and front disc brake.


A 2013 Harley Davidson FLHP. This bike is the wrong year, but very similar to the FLHP's used in the Watchmen intro.


A 1964 Harley Davidson FL police motorcycle


An Ad showing a 1964 Harley Davidson FL motorcycle.


This is a 1964 Harley Davidson FL Police supposedly used in Kennedy's motorcade when the president was assassinated.


Another example of an actual Harley Davidson FL used to protect President Kennedy.


Good example of a correct front brake drum used on the Harley Davidson FL to escort President Kennedy.


Good image showing what the Watchmen Clip was trying to duplicate. It shows two motor cops to the left rear of Kennedy's car.

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The 2017 release of Baywatch has Zac Efron riding a 2016 Suzuki TU250X. The Suzuki TU250X is considered a beginners bike, and its common to see them used at schools that teach students how to ride a motorcycle. The Suzuki TU250X is a single cylinder, air cooled, chain final drive, 5 speed transimission, four stroke motorcycle, and has been available in the United States since 2009. The bike has a low price tag, low seat height, standard riding position and low weight making it easy to ride. The color used on the 2016 TU250X is called Metallic Fox Orange. Thats a cool name, and the paint reminds me of the paint used on the 2008 Harley Davidson anniversary edition motorcycles. I would have no problem riding this bke, in fact, I think it would be fun to ride, but its not the type of motorcycle your ride to look good or look cool. Zac Efron put in a lot of work to have his level of muscularity and low body fat in order to look good for this movie, than he gets placed on a Suzuki TU250X. It doesn't make any sense to me. Maybe Suzuki paid for product placement and wanted Zac Efron to be seen on this model motorcycle. Who Knows....I guess most people will never know this is a beginners bike.


There are not very many good scenes with the Suzuki TU250X, so I couldn't be picky, which explains the lady's arm.


In this photo you can clearly see the side panel with the TU250X decal.


At the end of the movie they showed bloopers, and I was surprised when I found out a boat scene with the sky in the background was green screen. I wonder if the same thing is happening here? Probably not....


This is at the beginning of the movie when Zac's character first shows up at the beach.
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Outdoor Power Equipment General Questions (Not Specific) / Oil to fuel ratio
« Last post by smallengineshop on September 06, 2017, 03:11:39 AM »
Normally I ignore technical questions sent through email, but I enjoy numbers, so here's an email I received:

I HAVE 15 gallons of 35:1 from my old engine.....my new engine is 50:1....how many gallons of fuel do i need to get the 15 gallons all up to 50:1?

If you have 15 gallons of fuel mixed 35:1, than that means there is

15*128/35 = 54.857 ounces of 2 stroke oil added to the fuel. Will represent the gallons of fuel you need to mix with 54.857 ounces of oil to get a 50:1 ratio by the letter x. So,

x * 128/ 50 = 54.857, x= (50*54.857)/128, which makes x equal to 21.4 gallons. 21.4 gallons minus 15 gallons is 6.4 gallons. So you need to add 6.4 gallons of fuel to your mixed 15 gallons of 35:1 fuel to change the oil to fuel ration to 50:1
 
Im tired so double check everything. I'm not responsible for mistakes......

 
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American V-Twin Motorcycles / Re: 04 FXSTD Deuce speedo replacement?
« Last post by MikeM on September 05, 2017, 07:00:55 AM »
Thanks for your response. It was a little bit different than described in diagram. The big difference is that it was removed "inwards", as opposed to being lifted out.
Here's how it went.  Again, my skill level is low. Transferred current mileage with supplied cable - no problem. As stated earlier, existing speedo has to be removed inwards.
After removing dash undid 2 electrical connectors. Now released 3 large clips securing speedo to inside of dash housing. That released the speedo from dash. Now pushed speedo inward and had it in my hand. Removed secondary bracket and gasket from speedo. Installed this bracket and gasket on new speedo. Now snapped this assembly back into dash bracket , and reconnected electrical connectors.
Now the fun part. Trying to re-mount dash while holding gaskets on side in place.
Finally got everything in place, and tested. So far, so good..
Test ride tomorrow, and learn how to set desired lighting colors of new speedo.
Experience was a little stressful, but I got it done.
Mike M.
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Then Came Bronson is a NBC television show that aired from 1969 to 1970 and starred Michael Parks, who played a loner, drifter riding around the country on a 1969 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster. The show only lasted one season with a total of 27 episodes including the pilot. Man, 26 episodes in one season seems like a lot! HBO's Game of Thrones season 7 only has 7 episodes. Anyway, I didn't even know the show existed until I found a photo of the actor sitting on the bike while I was researching information about 1970's Harley Davidson motorcycles. Even though the show only lasted one season, it was popular enough to influence Harley Davidson to offer a Bronson Red paint option on Sportster motorcycles.

Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycles back in 1969 had a 883cc v-twin engine, 4 speed transmission, chain final drive, front and rear drum brakes and a dry clutch. The shifter and rear brake lever were on opposite sides back than, so your right foot did the shifting and your left foot operated the rear brake pedal. The Bronson bike had the famous peanut gas tank with Eye of Providence decals added to both sides of the tank. The air cleaner, foot pegs, exhaust pipe, front fender and front rim are not stock, and the rear fender has been chopped.

I've never seen a single episode of the show except for short clips on YouTube. YouTube started cracking down on television shows and movies since they started a streaming service for this stuff. I wasn't able to find any episodes on Netflix or Amazon, but there is a movie version of Then Came Bronson, also starring Michael Parks, on Amazon. I will link to it below. Anyway, that's all I have to say about this, so until next time, or when we meet again on the Long Lonesome Highway.


The movie version of Then Came Bronson on Amazon. Available for purchase....Click It!


I guess this is the original Bronson bike displayed at a museum.


Michael Parks standing next to the Bronson bike with some chic.


Michael Parks playing James 'Jim' Bronson in the television show Then Came Bronson.


I guess the pilot episode of Then Came Bronson was released as a movie in Europe. This is the European movie poster.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/PYKQ3fwNb0c" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/PYKQ3fwNb0c</a>
I think this song was part of the Then Came Bronson soundtrack. You know a sportster with a peanut gas tank is the wrong motorcycle to use on a long lonesome highway. Just sayin......

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Police & Fire Department Motorcycles / Harley Davidson FXRP Pursuit Glide
« Last post by smallengineshop on August 30, 2017, 03:49:01 PM »
Harley Davidson manufactured a police motorcycle from 1984 to 1994 called the FXRP Pursuit Glide. Click on the link below to read more about it and see more pictures.

http://www.thesmallengineshop.net/blog/2017/08/30/harley-davidson-fxrp-pursuit-glide-police-motorcycle/


A California Highway Patrol officer sitting on a 1984 Harley Davidson FXRP Pursuit Glide.
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