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Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic FLHTCU 1340 - I bought the Electra Glide in April of 2010 after having owned a Sportster XL 1200 C for almost 6 years. The Sportster was great in convincing me that I need a bigger Harley.

I found the Electra Glide in Playa del Carmen to be sold by a guy who was to small for the Glide and was looking for a smaller Harley. The exchange deal was struck rather fast and off I went with the Glide.

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The Electra Glide Ultra Classic was imported into Mexico by Harley Davidson Mexico in late 1994 and was sold as a 1995 model.

I was really looking for a Road King but the offer was to good to pass up so the Glide will go through some changes to shed her of plastics and weight.

Finally I found some time in May 2010 and got the parts to do some of the changes and maintenance. I have removed the big trunk, leg protectors and large wind screen. A small tinted wind screen was installed instead of the larger one. All original and slightly coroded exhaust heat shields where replaced with shiny new ones, the original slightly coroded slip on mufflers where exchanged for Bassani high flow mufflers. The entire air filter assembly was exchanged for the Arlen Ness Big Sucker high flow air filter system. The carburator was rejetted for the high air and exhaust flow system. The speedo drive assembly was replaced and is working again. A new battery was installed. A JAGG oil cooler with new oil filter was installed along with an oil change on the engine, transmission, primary drive & clutch.

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I mid April 2011 went on a motorcycle trip with my old travel buddy Julie who was in the area and joined me. We went on the "Glide" and it was a dream to drive. A bit heavy but when rolling sweet. We went from Playa del Carmen by Merida and Campeche to Palenque in one day, then San Cristobal de las Casas and into Guatemala.

Eikka who came a long at the beginning had to turn back early and we went on alone. Lago Atitlan, Panajachel, Antigua, Chichicastenango and on to Rio Dulce, Flores and Tikal in Guatemala. On the way back we went through Belize, Corazol, Bacalar, Akumal and back to Playa. The trip was 11 days and 3341 kilometers long with no problem on the bike. None. My nose peeled a bunch of times but that was it. Great trip.

In May of 2015 i went on a solo tour into Belize to see some Manatees in a small village not knowing that I have to go over 60 kilometers of gravel road with the heavy Glide. What a trip !!.

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Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 XR

After coming back from my long 15,000 km 2016 Europe trip i decided I need a smaller bike to get around twon and found this Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 XR in Cancun. What a hoot to ride. So light (for Harley's) and so much power !!. And it has double beaks disks up front and does actually stop !!.

HAD 1200 Sportster XR