By 1972, and probably earlier, back in Memphis Elvis had bought and
rode regularly a White 1971 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide. In
1969 Harley-Davidson had introduced the detachable windshield
fairing kit as an option, more commonly called a "batwing fairing"
to deflect more wind off the rider and by 1971 it had become a
standard feature. It was basically a shell and in the early years
contained no instrumentation like those of the modern bikes. Elvis
didn't seem to be initially too keen on the fairings since the few
bikes he bought in those years before 1976 didn't have them.
For consignment, a classic 1971 HD FLH. This beauty has been
stripped of the front fairing and sports a sexy purple paint job
which we refer to as Chameleon as it changes colors to blue tints
depending on how the light hits it.
Telescoping Triple Trees Jammer billet forks rise to chromed
handlebars with tear drop mirrors on either side. A single "Too
Cool" halogen headlamp lights the way and is in the middle of the
forks. Black leather covers a two tier Arlen Ness seat by Danny
Gray and of course that purple Chameleon paint which changes as you
walk around this bike. Progressive suspension is made with rear
shocks, and brakes are all 4 piston caliper brakes. The rear brake
is a Joker Machine billet aluminum chromed work of art and just
next to it are 2.25 inch White Brothers "porkers".
An 80CC V twin motor, all polished and nice sits in the center of
the frame and is adorned with plenty of chrome. This motor is fed
by a 1 barrel S&S Super E Shorty Z carburetor, and the chain
with a 1- 1/8 inch back up 136 tooth belt drive is on as a backup,
and is driven by a 4 speed manual transmission.
Plenty of customizations also in the form of Arlen Ness flat band
diamond handle grips, and these top Wild Ones "Chubbies" which are
1.25 inch diameter and have an 8.5 inch rise to create baby apes.
The dash and "Sunrise" speedo are CCI. Front turns are Daryl Hayes
CCI and the rear turns and frame are from Badlands and these are
Beautifully customized and the paint is to die for. You will be
mesmerized when you lay your eyes on this 1971 custom HD FLH. Let's
go for a ride, "If the chain don't break!"
1971 Harley-Davidson FLH
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