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TT or tourist trophy.dirt track course with right and left hand turns and jumps.technically it's an XLRTT model
I'm wondering the capacity of that bike. As far as I know, there was a 750cc limit in American racing at the time. This bike would be 900 or 1000 I think? I've tried googling, but not much info on the TT side of things.
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New CEO, that came from Puma sportsware in Germany, says Harley Davidson going to make major changes. They lost $92,000,000 second quarter this year and the HOG stock is in the dumps. The avarge age of buyers is 47. They have to do somthing. You can't just keep loosing money and stay in any business. Maybe its Covid-- stock was $40 last Nov. and its about $26 now. A lot of Wisconsin people own HOG stock. They also have a new CFO that came from Tyson foods. They quit selling bikes in India, I'm shure more is comming.

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Aha !

There is the key to profitability for shareholders and management for a short time.

If history is any guide the best and the brightest will be first out the door.
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As far as writing in service manuals go, I think the writings and names of shops adds to the history of the manual. It means it was used and cherished.
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Anyone see the direct link in that list of numbers to the forum??
His screen name is right there. He’s been around this stuff a long time, even when that list was scribbled on the cover of that manual 35(?) yrs ago, he was a knowledgeable veteran.
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Ferrous, how did you get a hold of the book from”that guy Leo”? I just read the name. Any kind of story on that one?
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Sorry, I think it's sideways.



And he underlined all the common parts he needed to order regularly. Like crancase sets etc.



But here's my "pristine" FSM abd after all these years apart from a couple notations about clearances etc, undefiled. If a little tattered.

(I work from a new one now - just couldn't bring myself to toss the old one)

What an idea for a new thread, show us your bible or bibles.
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14% reduction in Harley’s overall workforce
I started watching "Long Way Up" over the weekend and I wonder if the new management had been in place before Ewan & Charley had decided on using the Livewire if the company would have developed the custom built bikes and support system that they did. $omething tells me no.
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The dealership I worked at in the ‘70s was a wonderful place to be employed but worked kind of like a Ponzi Scheme. It was ‘73 and we were doing so much AMF warranty work all the bread and butter jobs kept getting pushed aside. We had shelving units full of milk crates with engines waiting to be built. Parts purchased for those projects we’re paying our checks each week. When the big name “wrench” that everyone wanted building their motors went to a different shop, all the milk crates disappeared and within a few weeks part sales were way down and no money was crossing the counter.

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I got a job in a factory tool room and never worked for a dealer again.
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Story #2.
Dealer/Customer relations.

When I was moving from NJ to TX in ‘99, I needed crates for my XL and the Valkyrie. Bergen Honda said, “ You bought the bike here, I’ll call you when I have one available”, and they did. No charge.

I called 5 different H-D dealers and they all quoted $45+ for an XL size crate. Then I remembered that Tramontin still had the old place in Clifton. The 1st H-D shop I’d ever set foot in. I called there and he said he had two available. I asked how much. He said...
“ Dude, I have to pay someone to take these to the recycling yard. If you want one, you’re helping me out. It’s free.”

That was another dealer that is gone and I believe the Tramontin family sold the one in Hope.
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