November 15, 2009


kind of miss my Panhead in the pre paint 16 rear 18 front phase.. the 21 avon just seems to ride better with the springer on the highway though or maybe after switching the front to the rear and then putting the 21 on that I was just too lazy to bother switching it back. It''s all just apples and oranges now till I get a magneto .. I gave up on Batteries after my 4th one bit the farm in 6 months. I also should have switched it over to 12 volt when I had the chance.. but I kept it 6volt .. the 6 volt Harley batteries are garbage... the last one I got died after 2 weeks. Keeping some of the old stock stuff is nice if you don't really ride the bike that much. If you do .. you quickly realize 3 brush Generators are crap.. chain primaries need to be tightened all the time.. 6volt bulbs are a pain in the ass because you can't always find them when you need them and there's no reason to risk getting stuck somewhere on account of some cheap ass battery dieing when you can go with a magneto.

This is one my favorite photos I took of it.

3 comments:

matt@machine said...

t.i gave up on shit batteries about 6 months ago....they suck....ive been running crap batteries for 20 years...but then i found deka batteries...usa made..so they say...although they dont fit in a horseshoe oil tank....ive had one in my commando for 6 months and it never loses charge...everything you say there is perfectly correct mate...my older nortons and rudges all run maggys....first kick every time...

t said...

Matt.. I've found Odyssey batteries to be very good too.I've used those on bikes I've built for other people and they've never had problems with them.

Was trying to hold on to these old parts that's why I stuck with the 6 volt batteries.. went through 2 3 brush generators.. after the second one died and forced me to push the tank up a 1 mile hill to my place I bought a cycle electric.. should have done the 12v switch then but my battery was new and and the coils were working so didn't feel like spending more money than I needed to at the time..had to learn the hard way.

Chris said...

Great shot no doubt!