Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Talk to me about a 79 Shovelhead.

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by Batesmotel, May 16, 2013.

  1. Batesmotel


    Likes Received:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Assuming in excellent condition and great price, what are the pros and cons?

    Bike has two miles since a total frame off rebuild to factory or better specs.
  2. 1955mercury


    Likes Received:
    Nov 30, 2011
    Ok, Let's talk about shovelheads. Shovelheads were produced from 1966 until 1984. They were put in the Sporters and the FL series of Harleys. In 1967 Harley was having financial problems because of the Japanese invading the American motorcycle market. AMF bought out Harley in 1967. They speeded up production of the once great Harley factories and threw quality control out the window. The assembly line workers were upset by this take over and they deliberately sabotaged a lot of the bikes. It wasn't unusual to find nuts, bolts and even wrenches inside the engines. This increase in production brought down the price of producing a Harley and they were able to compete with the Japanese motorcycles.
    By 1981 AMF had just about destroyed the name of Harley Davidson and it was considered to be beyond recovery. But a group of Harley executives decided to buy out AMF and rebuild the good name of Harley Davidson. They bought the company back from AMF for a very low price and began rebuilding the reputation of the Harley name. And you know the rest of the story.
    To a true Harley lover, the ones produced between 1967 to 1981 are the least desirable of them all. I owned a 1980 FLH from 1982 till 1994 and it had more problems than Carnival Cruise Lines. You go to replace something and the bolts had been cross threaded at the factory and would break off when you tried to remove them. It was constantly having electrical problems.
    So if the one you are looking at has been rebuilt to factory specs, that could be the reason it is for sale with only two miles on it. They're trying to get rid of it before something else goes wrong.

  3. hvyhawler


    Likes Received:
    Nov 20, 2010
    Upper Michigan
    Go ask at They will tell you. I have a 1983 shovel and the newest I would buy would be an evolution motor ( just a updated shovelhead). What is the price as that has a lot to do with it also. Nothing sounds like a shovelhead.