The engine photo's in the factory shots look like those "super V" engines Harley Nostalgia was trying to flog in the 80's through Supercycle magazine.
They were their own crankcase castings using Chevy 350 pistons, valves and distributer and HD primary drive, clutch and transmissions. You had to buy the kit bike fom them and they'd sell you the engine to go with it. I don't think they lasted very long, maybe these guys bought up their castings.
I remember seeing a couple of them at Laguna Seca during WSB and AMA weekend about three years ago, they sounded and looked pretty good. I never heard anything else about them untill now, they are pretty nice little bikes but their prices are way out of proportion, so to speak !
Hey, MO, check out where they come from. I'd seen the Speedster and Auto-Glide at a local bike night dinner spot and found out they were built right here in Oklahoma City. According to the folks who ride them they're the greatest bike on the road but that's expected.
Haven't seen the new X-Glide yet. Looks nice though and I hope you guys get one for review. I think Rider did a review a couple years ago.
Neat concept. The Autoglide 740 might be just the thing for my wife. However, the price is a little high considering I can get her a Honda Rebel etc for half the price. She will just have to learn to shift
Continuously variable transmission. No gears, just a belt and 2 pulleys. 2 halves of drive pulley close together from centrifugal force as torque increases, thereby increasing gear ratio continuously. Same as a snowmobile.
It will be interesting to see what the X-Glide is all about come January 7th. H-D should look into the pint size version as it might be a way to save their future cruiser market through capturing the young move-up market. The automatic feature might be good for those who have certain physical limitations through age, incident or other means and still love to ride. Their pint-size versions are pricey.
I thought their mini-cycles were powered by a Mitsubishi generator motor- no kidding. But they used a different cam or something that gave it a real H-D like sound. I remember that the sound was awesome. It looks like their new bike is yet another H-D Evo clone.
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