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Kit features:
Super detailed V-twin engine
Sprung working front & rear suspension
Full accessory parts
Super detailed semi-pneumatic rubber tyres

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In 1901 two young men, William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson, became interested in making motorcycles and were later joined by Davidson's two brothers. They had only minimal technical data to follow, insufficient tools and lack of money. In spite of this, with the help of O. Evinrude, who was later successful in the development of outboard motors, these four men were able to achieve their dream of creating an entirely new kind of machine.

Their first motor-cycle had a 406cc engine offering about 3 hp and employing a belt drive system. Most of the main parts were hand made. In 1903 with the financial help of the Davidson brothers' father, a small workshop was built in their backyard. Three motorcycles are believed to have been built that year and in 1904, with an enlarged workshop, eight machines were manufactured.

In 1906 a new big factory was built in Milwaukee, the site of the present company, and in 1907 the Harley Davidson Motor Company was formed. That year 150 vehicles were produced. The company tried actively to develop new techniques and released the first V twin engine model in 1909, a clutch mechanism in 1912 and a drum brake and two-speed transmission in 1914. In 1915 they succeeded in developing a revolutionary three-speed transmission. The company began to enjoy world-wide fame when they started releasing models with a V twin engine. A 1200cc V twin engine vehicle was released in 1922 and an economical single engine type in 1926.

In the 1930's demand for high-performance machines increased and in 1936 Harley Davidson added a 1300cc V twin engine model to their range. Soon after that, the 938cc OHV V twin engine model 61 was released. This had such advancements as semi-spherical combustion chambers and dry-sump system. The two world wars contributed in no small measure to the development of the company, and production of their military WLA 45 with a V twin engine of 738cc reached 90,000.

After WWII small 125cc 2-stroke motorcycles and scooters were manufactured. Harley Davidson became the United States only motorcycle manufacturing company in 1953 when their rivals, Indian, ceased trading, and they further consolidated their position by absorbing Aermacchi of Italy in the 1960's.

The FLH 80 Classic, the best model ever produced by Harley Davidson, made its debut in 1979. It is based on the FLH 120 Electra Glide. The "80" of the FLH 80 represents the engine capacity of 80 cubic inches(1,340cc).

The Classic and Electra Glide models trace back to the OHV V twin engine model 74 (1200 cc) introduced in 1941. Improvements were made to the model over the years: in 1948, an aluminium cylinder head and hydraulic tappets were used, in 1949 a telescopic front fork was adopted and the model was given the nickname "Hydra Glide"; in 1959 hydraulic rear dampers were introduced and the nickname changed to "Duo Glide." An electric starter was utilised in 1965 and the engine output increased to 65 hp. This model was given the name "Electra Glide." The engine output was further increased to 66 hp in 1968 and hydraulic disc brakes were fitted to both wheels in 1972.

The Electra Glide attracted many fans and was at the time considered the best Harley Davidson machine ever produced. In 1978, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Harley Davidson Motor Company, a limited numberof motorcycles with a V twin engine of 1340cc based on the Electra Glide, were produced. In 1979, the 80 series, equipped with the same 1340cc engine, was put into mass production, and the FLH 80 inherited the position of king of motorcycles from the Electra Glide.

The FLH 80 does not have anything remarkably new in either composition or mechanism, but is an extremely stable and reliable vehicle. The Classic offers a maximum output of 71 hp with a top speed of about 170 km/h. It is not a sports machine, but is a two-wheeled cruising vehicle for long-distance touring and is vastly suited to the enormous distances covered by an established road network in the United States. The characteristic is typified by its large windshield, comfortable saddle with its unique riding position, large saddle bags and large tour pak.

The tough 1340cc engine and the big body, 2m 40cm in overall length and more than 340kg in weight, make for easy, effortless and comfortable driving, and long distance touring becomes more enjoyable. Available usually in two-tones of cream and brown, the FLH 80 Classic can also be found in black and dark silver metallic colouring.
 
 
                           
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