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Aging Cafe` Racer
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I actually think it's pretty cool looking. I suppose they went with the air cooled twin to simplify design, the Vrod would of course require a fairly large radiator. Still doable and it could be integrated into the front end without any trouble. I'd like to see them build a few.

The '80's water cooled bikes were v-4's called Nova's and were fairly innovative supposedly being capable of 135hp using an underseat radiator & fan and the engine as a stressed frame member. I wish they would have stuck too them, It had AMF's backing and was supposed to replace the Shovelhead. What killed the project was The CEO of AMF retired and with him went the enthusiasm for the project and HD as a whole, the gang of 13 organized the buy-out and the Evolution engine and belt drive became the Shovelhead replacement first seen in the '84 FXST. Too bad really the Nova engine was a giant leap forward for HD, not that they've done so bad with the air-cooled engines.........
 
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