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Is the rear fender original? or has that hump for the license plate been molded in by a PO?

Note that there are no turn signals. I have seen one bike locally where the PO simply cut the wires. It was OK [not good, just OK] for a while then it started to have electrical problems. The cause of course was the cut wires grounding out on the handle bars in the switch housing, and under the rear fender. Best to check this out.
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There is some leakage with the bolt underneath. The guy who imported it runs a Car-import business and dosent know much about bikes, so all info I got was some info from the previous owner. And that wasnt much.. But here is a photo from underneath
oops, totally forgot that i commented on this pic in another thread of yours!
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Looks like a basically very original bike. Does it have good frame numbers? I can’t make any out on the pictures, but they are quite low-resolution.

Non-original parts include exhaust, seat, rear mudguard and struts, handlebars. Carb appears to be an S&S? Lockhart (?) oil cooler is a common period accessory. Braided oil lines are common accessories.

Instruments should be the plastic speedo and rev counter mounted on the handlebars. Bike would originally have had indicators on the handlebars and rear mudguard struts and the big “cowbell” horn on the left side of the engine.

Left-side crossover linkage gearchange is an acquired taste, I thought the shift action on mine was horrible and I am in the process of converting to right shift (this is fairly straightforward on 75-76 bikes)

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It got matching numbers. The frame number is a bit hard to read on the pictures, but it matches. Ooh, hopefully I dont have to convert.. Is it expensive parts?
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Good matching numbers are a big plus.

Conversion to right side shift is straightforward on 75-76 bikes and the parts are easily available, but it means a lot of dismantling and reassembly, and bench drilling/pressing facilities. 77 onward bikes are a different matter entirely.

There is a thread on here discussing this, also including a much simpler re-engineering of the linkage at the right side, which looks as though it ought to improve matters and doesn’t require the transmission to be disturbed. The Harley linkage is pretty crude, after all.

Then again, some people don’t find these bikes a problem. Ride it and see.
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Yeah guess i just have to try it out. Good to know in case its crap thouh!
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I suspect that over the years most -75 and -76 owners have not done the shifter conversion. Most likely when you find the best adjustment procedure it will be satisfactory.

I have not had one of these myself but I do recall some discussion of the best adjustment procedure on this forum. Found it in the Stickys...

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Nice looking sporty . Clean and mean
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I suspect that over the years most -75 and -76 owners have not done the shifter conversion. Most likely when you find the best adjustment procedure it will be satisfactory.

I have not had one of these myself but I do recall some discussion of the best adjustment procedure on this forum. Found it in the Stickys...

1975, 1976 gear shift fix
http://xlforum.net/forums/s....php?p=3376550
I checked out this old thread. Says I cant open the photos until I upgrade photobucket for 3rd party hosting, fee is $399 annualy, WTF?
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