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Not many riders realize that today's 1200 Sporty is very similar in weight, wheelbase & displacement to a '50s to '70s Electra-Glide. Guess no one back then could tour either, eh? Those nay-sayers should prefer to be silent & be thought to be ignorant, than to speak & remove all doubt.
Absolutely, I've been comparing the rubbermounts to various FX or FL models since they debuted.

Here's one looking at dimensions and power:

bike - wet weight / engine size / hp / length, wheelbase / tire sizes F and R


70's FLH - ~760# / 1206cc / 50-60 / ~63", ~94" / 130/90-16 and 130/90-16

70's FX - 584-606# / 1206cc / 58-65 / ~64", ~94" / 100/90-19 and 130/90-16

XL 72 - 562# / 1203cc / 54-62 / ~60", ~90" / 100/90-21 and 150/80-16

XL 48 - 562# / 1203cc / 54-62 / ~60", ~89" / 130/90-16 and 150/80-16


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When we first bought the XL1200Lr I started compared it in size/capacity/capability with the FX/FXR line:

1973-77 FXE - 1206cc / 58 hp / 584# wet / 5.0g fuel / single front disc


1979 FXE - 1206cc / 58 hp / 584# wet / 5.0g fuel / single front disc / 100/90-19F and 130/90-16 R


1982 FXR - 1337cc / 54-67 hp / 64 torques / length 94.2" / seat height 28" / rake 31 deg / trail 5.5 / wheelbase 64.7" / 621# wet / 3.8g fuel / dual front disc / 90/90-19F and 130/90-16 R

1988 FXRS - 1337cc / 58 hp / 617# wet / 3.96g fuel / dual front disc /

1990 FXRS - 1337cc / 50 hp / 609# wet / 4.23g fuel / single front disc /

1992-93 FXRS - 1337cc / 50 hp / 609# wet / 4.23g fuel / single front disc / 100/90-19F and 130/90-16 R


2007-10 XL1200L - 1203cc / 70 hp / 79 torques / length 89.1" / seat height 28" / rake 29.6 deg / trail 4.7 / wheelbase 59.7" / 581# wet / 4.5g fuel / single front disc / 100/90-19F and 150/80-16 R


The only real difference if the FXs and FLs usually had a couple inches more in wheelbase and length, which helps a little with comfort, but doesn't necessarily add to handling.
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The earlier FX had a Sportster front end on them. It was a hybrid.
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The earlier FX had a Sportster front end on them. It was a hybrid.
That's kinda the original point of the letter codes.

F = BT
X = smaller/sportier front end.

As opposed to L = touring front end.
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That's kinda the original point of the letter codes.

F = BT
X = smaller/sportier front end.

As opposed to L = touring front end.
Always heard that FX = Factory Experimental............
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Always heard that FX = Factory Experimental............
I think part of the problem is there's lots of speculation and misinformation combined with the fact that it's all derived from observation. Afaik Harley has never produced a definitive summary of the rules.

I've found enough commonalities in the summaries over the years to feel pretty confident that if the designations aren't exact, they at least are observationally correct.

Here are a few sources for info on Harley alphabet soup that mostly agree:

https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...y-davidson-101

http://www.moccsplace.com/images/harley/codes/codes.htm

http://www.chopcult.com/news/article...del-codes.html

https://www.getlowered.com/blog/harl...ring-the-code/
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Always heard that FX = Factory Experimental............
The internet is such a wonderful thing because of the wealth of information that is readily available. The problem is it also gives the average doofus a voice and the ability to perpetuate misinformation. Since the advent of the internet I've 'learned' that tire cupping is no longer abnormal tire wear and is actually indicative of performance and that a 1200cc motorcycle is an entry level bike.
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I think part of the problem is there's lots of speculation and misinformation combined with the fact that it's all derived from observation. Afaik Harley has never produced a definitive summary of the rules.

I've found enough commonalities in the summaries over the years to feel pretty confident that if the designations aren't exact, they at least are observationally correct.

Here are a few sources for info on Harley alphabet soup that mostly agree:

https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...y-davidson-101

http://www.moccsplace.com/images/harley/codes/codes.htm

http://www.chopcult.com/news/article...del-codes.html

https://www.getlowered.com/blog/harl...ring-the-code/
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Since the advent of the internet I've 'learned' that tire cupping is no longer abnormal tire wear and is actually indicative of performance and that a 1200cc motorcycle is an entry level bike.
There was a day before the intermanet when you had to rely on the Weekly World News and your stoner uncle for such nuggets
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Anyone tried FLH hard saddlebags on Easy Brackets ???

I saw them on many "permanent" kits but, I would prefer the naked look when I won't be travelling.

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Only to the NHRA...
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