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Hot rodding is alive and well in the USA and in 1955 Harley Davidson is right there with the KHK. Offering "Exceptional performance, that extra tremendous acceleration and that burst of power and speed the instant you touch the throttle on the KHK for 1955." Besides all the normal hand built KHK goodies the 55 offered mirror polished ports and cylinder heads, including the outside of the heads. The Factory advised to order yours early, as "A special model like the KHK is not produced in the normal channels of production. To get that extra horsepower takes time and loving care. The quantities, that can be produced, are rather limited and sufficient time must be allowed to fill orders. The extra net charge for this model is modest in comparison with its` extra performance and the joy it will bring to the fortunate owner." ($68; Some quotes from a 55 sales ads.) Sounds enticing, to say the least. To help transmit this fine power more reliably and to expedite transmission repair the 55 received stronger cases with a `trap door` design built in. This allowed complete overhaul of the transmission through the primary side without having to split the cases as with earlier models. This was actually a running change in 54. Better lubrication of the mainshaft right bearing is achieved by casting a pocket in the case to collect and feed oil to this bearing. Once again transmission gears are improved for strength. C-shaft third and M-shaft second are now forged from 4615 steel, an improvement over the previously employed 8617 bar stock. Other changes include: Stronger right side transmission case, longer shifter retaining bolt on access door holds tighter, larger starter gear retaining nut, steel wear plate installed between kicker shaft and cases and a larger key is used on the flywheel sprocket shaft. Transmission and engine specs remain the same except more fine tuning on the motor and C-shaft sprocket size went from 21 to 22 teeth. Stock wheels are now 18" with 18" by 3.50" tires std. and larger ones optional. The C 1026 steel tubing used in previous frame construction is replaced with chrome moly for 55. The frame has a slight neck angle change and for the first time re-enforced front downtubes. This was complimented with one inch shorter fork tubes resulting in one inch of increased trail. This improved handling. To keep the front fender's duck tail from hitting the front Safety Guard it was simply cut off. To help handle the massive torque the rear wheel hub was greatly increased in size and the rear spokes were up-graded to BigTwin size. Earlier wheels were being torn apart from the torque. An oil port in the clutch cable was introduced for ease of lubricating. The speedometer head size is increased for durability and accuracy. Previous speedos had short head life and bouncy action. The jewel for the pivot shaft has been increased in hardness and a spring dampener added. The entire speedo is now rubber mounted as is the internal mechanism. The steering dampener is changed with a tension spring added to hold the adjustment. The spark and tool box cover studs have been increased in size. A re-designed Buddy Seat is offered with more padding and a Royalite cover replacing the leather one. Gas tanks remain the same except the emblems now carry the HD V-`swoosh` emblems. The front fenders carry either a KH or KHK 1955 Medallion. 1954 facts and figures are carried over to 55, except noted above. The 1955 KHs and KHKs were available in the following colors: Brilliant Black, Aztec Brown, Atomic Blue, Glamorous Hollywood Green, Pepper Red, Anniversary Yellow and Silver or White for Police duty. As before, tanks can be ordered in one std. color and fenders another. For $10 extra you could get the Hollywood Green paint on the tank, fenders and spark coil cover and oil tank. The 1955 Ks were American-made middleweights with distinct features and advantages over all similar-type motorcycles.



THE HISTORY OF THE SPORTSTER
contributions by: docjimbob, Tim Schumacher, Tom Riccio, & Kev Maher and Bruce's Harley Page (check for History on all HD models).
1957:
  • The Sportster XL was introduced as "a modern, up-to-date power plant."
  • 55cid 7.5:1 Compression, hemi-spherical style heads, 90 degree valve angle, 4 cams
  • Production Information:
    • XL (1983), $1,103
1958:
  • XLH introduced with higher compression and larger valves
  • Camshaft gears became integrated with the camshafts, eliminating the need for a woodruff key.
  • Drive gearshaft was enlarged .125 in.
  • Drive gear and second gear support shaft was enlarged .125 in and had 8 splines (instead of 6).
  • Choke control lever moved from left side to the air cleaner.
  • Heavier clutch cover and new gasket.
  • New oil resistant clutch hub seal and gearshaft o-ring.
  • Two brush generator.
  • Optional turn signals and 1 in over suspension.
  • The XLC & XLCH (Competition/California Hot)
    • Larger ports and valves
    • High domed pistons
    • Light ended tappets
    • Magneto ignition
  • Production Information:
    • XL (579), $1,155
    • XLH (711)
    • XLC
    • XLCH (239)
1959:
  • New dual exhaust on XLH with twin mufflers.
  • Nacelle headlamp on XLH
  • 5 ¾ in headlamp with eyebrow on XLCH
  • Trip-o-meter on XLCH
  • Nylon chain tensioner
  • Single switch ignition on left fork
  • Valanced front fender
  • End relieved connecting rod bearings
  • 14.5 sec ¼ mile (90 mph)
  • Production Information:
    • XL (42), $1,175
    • XLH (947), $1,200
    • XLCH (1059), $1,285
1960:
  • New shock absorbers.
  • Production Information:
    • Sportsters (2,765)
      XLH $1,225
      XLCH $1,310
1961:
  • Creased edge on fuel tank.
  • Production Information:
    • Sportsters (2014)
      XLH $1,250
      XLCH $1,335
1962:
  • Aluminum upper triple tree.
  • XLR appeared for TT racing.
  • Production Information:
    • Sportsters (1998)
      XLH $1,250
      XLCH $1,335
1963:
  • Both XLH & XLCH got 1.323:1 3rd gear ratios (were 1.381)
    • Final ratio 5.56:1 on the H
    • Final ratio 5.85:1 on the CH
  • XLCH got "shorty duals"
  • XLCH got an ignition key and improved magneto/coil
  • 14.3 sec ¼ mile (92 mph)
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (432), $1,270
    • XLCH (1,001), $1,355
1964:
  • Chrome panel for XLCH lower fork bracket.
  • New graphic for the XLH (oil tank).
  • Full width aluminum brake drum in the front.
  • Aluminum tappet guides.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (810), $1,295
    • XLCH (1950), $1,360
1965:
  • XLH and XLCH received a 12 volt electrical system.
  • XLH got automatic spark advance.
  • Racing-type ball end levers.
  • High fidelity horn.
  • New shocks
  • 3.7 gal fuel tank
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (955)
    • XLCH (2815)
1966:
  • P Cams, race developed intake ports, jumbo valves -> 60 hp
  • Tillotson diaphragm carb
  • "Ham-can" air cleaner
  • Carb heat insulator
  • Hexagonal tank badge.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (900) $1,415
      XLCH (3,900) $1,411
    • XLRTT (25)
1967:
  • Electric start option.
  • New shocks
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (2,000) $1,650
    • XLCH (2,500) $1,600
1968:
  • New forks (damping and travel) and the fork boots were canned.
  • Kick start was dropped from the XLH.
  • Restyled primary cover.
  • Peanut tank was an option on the XLH
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (1,975) $1,650
    • XLCH (4,900) $1,600
1969:
  • First use of the exhaust crossover pipe (increases hp by 5 to 58 hp) with stacked duals
  • New head castings.
  • Safety bead wheel rims.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (2,700) $1,765
    • XLCH (5,100) $1,698
1970:
  • XLH got the headlamp eyebrow of the XLCH
  • Optional boat tail (again in 71)
  • Magneto ignition on the XLCH replaced with XLH's points/coil.
  • First year for XR-750
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (3,033)
    • XLCH (5,527)
1971:
  • Wet clutch with single spring.
  • Points and condenser moved behind plate on timing case cover.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (3,950)
    • XLCH (6,825)
1972:
  • The 61 cid (called a 1000cc) XL replaced the 900.
  • Rated for 61 hp, 9:1 CR, 110+mph, 13.38 sec ¼ mile (97.7 mph), and 43 mpg.
  • Bendix/Zenith carb.
  • Wet clutch.
  • New oil pump.
  • Oil tank placed near chain
  • Seat is thinner w/less padding.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (7,500) $2,120
    • XLCH (10,650)
1973:
  • First AMF production Harley
  • Mandatory turn signals.
  • New 35mm Kayaba forks, single disc front brakes.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (9,875)
    • XLCH (10,825)
1974:
  • Throttle used return springs.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (13,295)
    • XLCH (10,535)
    • XR (100)
1975:
  • Left hand side gear shifting, right hand side rear brake (Fed mandated)
  • New 35mm Showa forks.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (13,515)
    • XLCH (5,895)
1976:
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (12,844)
    • XLCH (5,238)
1977:
  • New cases to accommodate the left side shifting.
  • Frame designed for removal of oil pump with engine in frame.
  • XLT (touring) became available
    • included thicker seat
    • 3.5 gallon tank
    • touring handle bars
    • saddlebags from FLH
    • geared higher
    • windshield
  • XLCR was introduced at Daytona (available again in 78).
    • cast aluminum wheels
    • fiberglass tail section w/solo seat
    • wrinkle black engine paint
    • bikini fairing
    • black siamese exhaust
    • dual disc front brakes
    • low bars
    • black paint scheme [on everything]
    • 4 gallon gas tank
    • 68 horses, 9:1 compression, 110 mph
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (12,742)
    • XLCH (4,074)
    • XLT (1,099)
    • XLCR (1,923) $3,623
1978:
  • Cast wheels option
  • Front dual disc brakes
  • Electronic ignition
  • Battery and oil tank moved inboard
  • HD 75th anniversary model XLH
    • Midnight black w/gold trim
    • anniversary graphics
    • gold aluminum wheels
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (11,271)
    • XLH Anniv model (2,323) $3,127
    • XLCH (2,758) $3,370
    • XLT (6)
1979:
  • All models got the XLCR frame and exhaust (Siamese).
  • XLT was dropped from the product line.
  • Kick starter was dropped.
  • Disc brakes front and rear.
  • Hugger model available for the first time.
  • Last year for XLCH
  • New model XLS appeared:
    • Extended forks
    • 16" rear wheel
    • siamese exhaust
    • drag bars on 3.5" risers
    • sissy bar w/leather pouch
    • highway pegs
    • 2 piece seat
    • chromed rear sprocket
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (6,525)
    • XLCH (141)
    • XLS -(5,123)
    • XLCR (9) (?leftover '78's?)
1980:
  • A 16 in wheel replaced the XLH 18 in.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (11,841) $5,867
    • XLS (2,926)
1981:
  • Buy back from AMF
  • wire or cast wheels options, 16" or 18" rear wheel options
  • XLS
    • buckhorn handlebars
    • shorty dual exhaust
    • 3.3 gallon, 2.2 gallon tank optional.
  • XLH
    • shorter front forks
    • 3.3 gallon optional.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (8,442)
    • XLS (1,660)
1982:
  • Lighter frame
  • oil tank repositioned
  • Thicker head gasket w/lower 8:1 compression
  • Larger rear disc
  • XLS repositioned the battery
  • Production Information:
    • XLH (5,015)
    • XLS (1,261)
1983:
  • XLH:
    • high bars
    • vacuum advance (VOES?)
    • 3.3 gallon tank option
    • new seat
    • less restrictive exhaust.
  • New model XLX-61: (built to sell for $3,995)
    • solo seat
    • peanut tank
    • staggered dual exhaust
    • speedo only
    • 9 spoke wheels
    • vacuum advance (VOES?)
    • satin finish cases. {only year}
    • six coil springs in clutch
    • 156 watt generator
    • loose output roller tranny
    • output shaft oil seal secured by a bolt on cover
    • 3 generator drive gears
    • 10" dual front disc brakes.
  • New model - XR-1000, based on XLX chassis
    • aluminum SR style heads w/intake ports on right, exhaust on left
    • polished and bored by Jerry Branch
    • helicoil inserts where rocker boxes bolt to head,
    • 9:1, XR pistons
    • light aluminum pushrods
    • eccentric rocker shafts adjust valve lash
    • iron cylinders (shortened half an inch to make room for the 'Branch' heads)- w/through bolts
    • vacuum advance-V-fire III breaker less ignition
    • twin 36mm Dell'Orto carbs
    • satin textured cases
    • 9 spoke cast wheels
    • oiled felt air filter
    • The XR-1000 had 71HP @ 5,600 rpm, 125 mph, 490 lbs
    • 2.5 gallon tank, 2.5 quart oil capacity $6,995.
  • Production Information:
    • XLX-61 (4,892) $3,995
    • XLH (2,230)
    • XLS (1,616)
    • XR-1000 (1,018) $6,995
1984:
  • Diaphragm spring clutch (mid year)
  • Generator replaced by the alternator. (mid year)
  • XLH used the Peanut tank again.
  • XR, improved brakes, orange/black HD racing color option
  • XLH/X/S Single (larger) front disc.
  • Production Information:
    • XLX-61 (4,284)
    • XLH (4,442)
    • XLS (1,135)
    • XR-1000 (759)
1985:
  • Production trimmed in anticipation of the Evo XL.
  • Production Information:
    • XLX-61 (1,824)
    • XLH (4,074)
    • XLS (616)
1986:
  • First year of the Evo Sportster
  • came in 883 and 1100cc flavors
  • XLX frame
  • Aluminum heads and cylinders
  • hydraulic lifters
  • 34mm fixed-venturi Keihin carb
  • powder coat frame paint
  • cast aluminum wheels
  • solo seat
  • low bars
  • speedo only
  • turn signals double as running lights
  • 30" seat height
  • Upgrade package=special paint and trim.
  • Production Information:
    • XLH 883 (8,026) $3,995
      XLH 883 (2,322) (upgrade)
      XLH 1,100 (3,077) $5,199
      XLH 1,100 (954) 'Liberty'
1987:
  • Sportsters 30th Anniversary
  • first year for the Evo Hugger:
    • The fork tubes were shortened 2"
    • revised shock angle
    • a softer seat at 26.75", (1.75" lower than standard)
  • Production Information:
    • XLH 883 (4,990)
    • XLH 883 (2,106) 'Hugger'
    • XLH 883 (2,260) (upgrade)
    • XLH 1,100 (4,018)
    • XLH 1,100 (600) 'Anniversary'
1988:
  • new 39mm Fork Tubes replaced the older 35mm unit
  • new 40mm constant velocity Keihin slide carb
  • first year for the 1200 (replacing the 1100)
  • Production Information:
    • XLH 883 (5,387)
    • XLH 883 (4,501) 'Hugger'
    • XLH 883 (1,893) 'Sportster Deluxe'
    • XLH 1,200 (4,752)
1989:
  • kickstand repositioned father rearward
  • price increase jumped from $3995 to $3999 for the base model 883
  • Production Information:
    • XLH 883 (6,142)
    • XLH 883 (4,467) 'Hugger'
    • XLH 883 (1,812) 'Sportster Deluxe'
    • XLH 1,200 (4,546)
1990:
  • new paper air filter and paint options
  • 40mm Keihin carb - constant velocity w/accelerator pump
  • Production Information:
    • XLH 883 (5,227) $4,250
    • XLH 883 (4,040) 'Hugger'
    • XLH 883 (1,298) 'Sportster Deluxe'
    • XLH 1,200 (4,598)
1991:
  • 5 speed tranny replaced the 4 speed
  • belt drive replaced chain on 883 deluxe and 1200 models
  • hydraulic lifters were replaced with automotive type units
  • oil pump given internal cast feed lines
  • breather system moved from the crankcase to the heads (umbrella valves)
  • alternator moved from behind clutch to the crankshaft
  • primary cover redesigned
  • new foot peg mounts
  • old Dunlop k-291 tires replaced with K402's
  • Self canceling signals
  • right side timing hole
  • tappet blocks, rear motor mount, oil filter integrated with case
  • one piece push rod tubes
  • Production Information:
    • XLH 883 (4,922) $4,359
    • XLH 883 (3,487) 'Hugger'
    • XLH 883 (3,034) 'Sportster Deluxe'
    • XLH 1,200 (6,282) $6,245
1992:
  • Hugger model made even lower
  • standardized hand controls
  • Production Information:
    • XLH 883 $4,499
    • XLH 883 'Hugger' $5,075
    • XLH 883 'Sportster Deluxe' $5,559
    • XLH 1,200 $6,400
1993:
  • belt drive now on all Sportster models
  • Production Information:
    • XLH 883 $4,775
    • XLH 883 'Hugger' $5,420
    • XLH 883 'Sportster Deluxe' $5,820
    • XLH 1,200 $6,800
1994:
  • Oil tank revised (visually identified by relocated oil drain line which now runs to the frame instead of nipple on underside of battery tray)
  • Derby cover revised from small cover over center of clutch to large 4-bolt cover (with this came a new quick-release clutch cable)
  • Revised rear struts with chromed steel covers.
  • New electrical system (wiring harness/weatherproof electrical connectors, new electrical component tray under the seat)
  • 883s got an aluminum lower triple clamp which was previously stock on only the 1200’s
1995:
  • New Larger standard gas tank (3.25 gal) on 1200 models
  • Vacuum operated petcock added to Sportster line
  • Ignition switch moved to steering column (because of petcock)
  • Switched to electric speedo
  • Production Information:
    • XLH 883 $4,995
    • XLH 883 'Hugger' $5,700
    • XLH 883 'Sportster Deluxe' $6,120
    • XLH 1,200 $7,200
1996:
  • Switchgear revised, more rounded style
  • First year for 1200 Custom and Sport models
  • Production Information:
    • XLH 883 $5,095
    • XLH 883 'Hugger' $5,760
    • XLH 1,200 $7,360
    • XLH 1,200 '1200C Custom' $7,910
    • XLH 1,200 '1200S Sport' $8,360
1997:
  • New Larger standard gas tank (3.25 gal) on 883 models
1998:
  • Revised ignition system (single fire)
  • 1200S gets dual-plug heads (along with hotter cams)
1999:
  • First year of the 883C
2000:
  • First year for sealed wheel bearings
  • First year for 4-piston calipers
  • Pressed together flywheel assembly (supposed to be stronger and hold it's trueness better)
2001:
2002:
  • First year for the 883R
  • Introduction of the bullet-style turn signals across the line
2003:
  • Final year for solid mount models
  • New style mirrors.
  • Special Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary paint/badges
2004:
  • Engine is rubber mounted
  • Trap door transmission eliminated (cases must now be split to access transmission).
  • Oil tank is mounted further under the seat
  • Seat height is lowered by an inch
  • Rear tire width increased to 150 mm
  • Custom models get 4.5 gallon gas tanks
  • New air cleaner cover
  • Brake calipers, master cylinder, switch housings and handgrips replaced, now exclusive to Sportster models.
2005:
  • Swing arm & rear wheel re-designed to accommodate 1" rear axle.
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Thanks xllent01 for putting all this together for us. It's a good history reminder. I'm going to get an older Sportster to mess around with and this helps.
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Thumbs up Great Post...!!!

Thanks for the timeline printing... The guys over at sportster.org have quite a bit of info and are always helping with maintenance tips.

They were the ones that noted I had one of the "collectible" XL's, if there is such a creature. The '92 Hugger was part of the stable which was the last that included the chain final and so far I'm keeping it that way. I've thought about changing it over to a belt drive, but right now I have the "why bother" view and it is one of the last ones.

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This needs updated and additions!

Very informative otherwise.
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And coming from a older Sportster owner way back in the day, I ordered a brand new 1973 Sportster in 1972 and I had the first one in the State of Maine and it was a grand total with taxes and all that other crap they dump on us with a (free) leather jacket was only $2,200 in full
Look at prices for a 1973 today and it's probably wore out and all changed around by now
Give that some thought
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Good stuff, funny I stumbled on that site today and read thru it. Info states the 72 XLCH was "Rated for 61 hp, 9:1 CR, 110+mph, 13.38 sec ¼ mile (97.7 mph), and 43 mpg." Not to shabby. I haven't run mine down the 1/4 mile yet, so does anyone have a legit time for a 1200 rubber duckie, say, Stage l with a good exhaust? Heck I figure with all the modern technolgical upgrades with the Evo motors, I should be in the 10's @ 130mph

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Mine does 13.276 with Arlen Ness S1 HSR42 Mikuni and Gronk mod pipes.
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Hey guys, about 5 years ago a couple of us a CWforums decided it was time to submit some new data to Sportster.org - for their History page.

http://www.sportster.org/history/

At the time we updated it from the mid-90s to about 2005. No one has submitted anything since and I think it's overdue or we're gonna all start to forget some of the changes (I already have).

So how about we compile some info (including what models were available) and then send it in.

Here's a first stab (correct me if I've got something wrong and let me know what else we should add, especially any models that are still available overseas that are off my radar in the US).

NEW DATA TO ADD TO SITE:

2004

* 1200 Models get Buell Spec Heads and W Cams

Models:
XL883
XL883C Custom
XL1200R Roadster
XL1200C Custom


2005

* Added clear optic reflector headlight
* Last year for straight cut gears in transmission
* Last year for silver motor on 1200R
* Larger diameter shifter shaft and new primary cover

Models:
XL883
XL883L Low
XL883C Custom
XL883R
XL1200R Roadster
XL1200C Custom


2006

* Last year for Carbs
* First year for black motor on 1200R

Models:
XL883
XL883L Low
XL883C Custom
XL883R
XL1200L Low
XL1200R Roadster
XL1200C Custom


2007

* 50th Anniversary of Sportster
* First year for EFI
* EFI 883 receives W cams also
* 883L lowered further
* Last year for 833R in the US
* Last year for 3.3 gallon tank on 1200R
* EFI changes include some parts from 04-06 won't fit anymore including seats and rear fender for ECM location
* Introduction of 1200N mid-year (model different in some markets including taller shocks in Europe, no cut fender or side-mount plate in Canada)

Models:
XL883
XL883L Low
XL883C Custom
XL883R
XL1200L Low
XL1200R Roadster
XL1200C Custom
XL1200N Nightster


2008

* Last year for base 883 and 1200R in the US
* Only year 1200R had 4.5 Gallon tank (in US)
* Intro of XR1200 in Europe
* Intro of hollow axles to reduce unsprung weight, front axle also changed to 1" (from 0.75")

Models:
XL883
XL883L Low
XL883C Custom
XL883R (International only)
XL1200L Low
XL1200R Roadster
XL1200C Custom
XL1200N Nightster
XR1200 (International only)


2009

* Intro of XR1200 in US (Limited edition 750 models)
* First year 883N
* Front fender revised - sits closer to tire (previous model fender used for nearly 30 years)

Models:
XL883 (International only)
XL883N Iron
XL883L Low
XL883C Custom
XL883R Roadster (International only)
XL1200L Low
XL1200C Custom
XL1200N Nightster
XR1200



2010

* Revised Oil Tank, Electrical Junction Box and ECM
* ECM relocated behind rear jug (allows seats and rear fenders from 04-06 to fit)
* Last year of 1200C
* Intro of the 48
* Intro of the XR1200X - an XR with floating discs, and adjustable front and rear suspensions (including Showa Big Piston forks)

Models:
XL883N Iron
XL883L Low
XL883C Custom (International only)
XL883R Roadster (International only)
XL1200L Low
XL1200C Custom
XL1200N Nightster
XL1200X 48
XR1200
XR1200X (International only)


2011

* SuperLow replaces 883L (first stock XL with radial tires but on smaller wheels with more shock travel - seat height slightly higher than previous 883L)
* XR1200 dropped, replaced with XR1200X

Models:
XL883N Iron
XL883L SuperLow
XL883R Roadster (International only)
XL1200L Low
XL1200N Nightster
XL1200X 48
XR1200X
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Kev,
No 1200R for 2010 or 2011, here in UK, can not say for certain for Europe but usually the same.
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I never get tired of reading the history, it seems everytime I start I'm into it for an hour or so. Thanks.
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