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    The AMF years

    Can anybody tell me when the HD's were made by AMF? The reason I ask is I found a '93 Sportster XL 1200(?) for sale today, a special anniversary mod I guess. (1903-1993) Black and silver with some special badging.

    Anyway, I was wondering if this was made by AMF....

    Also, does anybody have any opinions, thoughts, experience, comments, on the '93 Sportsters?

    Its got 12K miles on it, looks to be pretty clean. Some paint chips here and there, some oxidized aluminum. The engine is clean, and appears to be oil free externally anyway.

    I didn't listen to it run, I didn't approach the seller, there was no price on the sign.

    I thought I'd check in here with some folks who may know something I don't, about these bikes overall, before I talk to the guy.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Harley merged with AMF in 1969. :
    In Harley historical web pages it reads like this in 1981: "1981 On February 26, thirteen Harley-Davidson senior executives sign a letter of intent to purchase Harley-Davidson Motor Company from AMF. By mid-June, the buyback is official, and the phrase "The Eagle Soars Alone" becomes a rallying cry. "

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    Thats a good year and will last many many miles if you take care of it. All EVO models were made after HD bought itself back from AMF.

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    EVO"S came out in 1984

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    Yeah, nothing before 84, and even then the first year or two I might be a bit leery.
    Couldn't put "fail" across Lolo's picture, but she did come in 4th in the 100 m hurdles - still one heck of an effort.

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    Friend of mine has an '87, clocked 30K on it w/ no issues other than a bad rear wheel bearing last year, which should have been replaced before that anyway.

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    Which kind of reinforces my "nothing before '84" concept?

    A bad ball bearing? That could happen to anybody. Complete fluke.
    Couldn't put "fail" across Lolo's picture, but she did come in 4th in the 100 m hurdles - still one heck of an effort.

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    I had an FXRS 1985 model, the second year of the evolution engine.
    The only Harley I really liked.

    I bought another new one in the late 1990's and I never liked it.
    Didn't handle like the FXRS, just didn't feel right.
    The FXRS has been out of production for a long time.

    They way the "dollar situation" is right now Harleys should come down in price big time. If they don't it will be a ripoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adriaan View Post
    I had an FXRS 1985 model, the second year of the evolution engine.
    The only Harley I really liked.

    I bought another new one in the late 1990's and I never liked it.
    Didn't handle like the FXRS, just didn't feel right.
    The FXRS has been out of production for a long time.

    They way the "dollar situation" is right now Harleys should come down in price big time. If they don't it will be a ripoff.
    My first Harley was the bagger version of the same bike 1984 FXRT. I got to agree with you on the ride, best handling big twin Harley ever made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 650Doug View Post
    Can anybody tell me when the HD's were made by AMF? The reason I ask is I found a '93 Sportster XL 1200(?) for sale today, a special anniversary mod I guess. (1903-1993) Black and silver with some special badging.

    Anyway, I was wondering if this was made by AMF....

    Also, does anybody have any opinions, thoughts, experience, comments, on the '93 Sportsters?

    Its got 12K miles on it, looks to be pretty clean. Some paint chips here and there, some oxidized aluminum. The engine is clean, and appears to be oil free externally anyway.

    I didn't listen to it run, I didn't approach the seller, there was no price on the sign.

    I thought I'd check in here with some folks who may know something I don't, about these bikes overall, before I talk to the guy.

    Thanks in advance.
    My '83 XLX was the first model the Company released post AMF. I bought her in October '82. Your '93 is clearly 10 years past that milestone.

    Pitzz

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitzz View Post
    My '83 XLX was the first model the Company released post AMF. I bought her in October '82. Your '93 is clearly 10 years past that milestone.

    Pitzz
    This question is from last Sept, and 650doug stopped being active on this forum in Oct of 07.
    I'm not trying to give you a hard time, but this is a pretty active forum, and most posts more than a week or two, don't get looked at much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickster View Post
    This question is from last Sept, and 650doug stopped being active on this forum in Oct of 07.
    I'm not trying to give you a hard time, but this is a pretty active forum, and most posts more than a week or two, don't get looked at much.
    How nice. I just joined yesterday so it's all new to me. I looked at it for the first time this morning, and obviously you must have looked at it again too. Maybe things get looked at more than you realize...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitzz View Post
    How nice. I just joined yesterday so it's all new to me. I looked at it for the first time this morning, and obviously you must have looked at it again too. Maybe things get looked at more than you realize...
    The only reason I looked at it again is because it was highlighted on my list of threads that I have posted answers on.
    I was only offering friendly advice to a new member, but if you want to post answers on old threads that the OP has abandoned, you go right ahead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kraig205 View Post
    EVO"S came out in 1984
    I know this is an old thread but I'm compelled to correct a couple things.

    Big Twin Evo's come out in 1984 in some models others were still Shovelheads and Sportsters were all still Ironheads.
    The first Evo Sportsters were in 1986.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adriaan View Post
    I had an FXRS 1985 model, the second year of the evolution engine.
    The only Harley I really liked.

    I bought another new one in the late 1990's and I never liked it.
    Didn't handle like the FXRS, just didn't feel right.
    The FXRS has been out of production for a long time.

    They way the "dollar situation" is right now Harleys should come down in price big time. If they don't it will be a ripoff.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rickster View Post
    My first Harley was the bagger version of the same bike 1984 FXRT. I got to agree with you on the ride, best handling big twin Harley ever made.
    Love the FXR's,had an early '84 FXRS for ten years,lightest best handling big twin H-D ever.
    Has a lot to do with the Erik buell designed frame.
    Last edited by Y2K; 11-25-2009 at 06:24 PM.


 

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