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I've had my Featherlite toy hauler on the market for around 3 years and had a few lowball offers but finally met a guy who really wanted the "SURV" model Featherlite made for 2006 and 2007 and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Originally he offered a nice Bridgeport series 2 EZ Trak prototype learning mill in very good condition and he was throwing in a 2016 dump trailer nicely decked out with Alcoas etc but I guess it was taking me too long to unload my household stuff from the RV so he offered this 32 Harley VL with the Bridgeport instead of the dump trailer. He has 13 years and $35k cash plus ton of hours combing the SoCal swapmeets scrounging up misc parts. It's a Cali titled 32 VL with 34 fenders and 34 size wheels and fatter tires but also came with a set of correct 32 tires and wheels. All rebuilt in 2011 ridden 50 miles since full new build and has been sitting since 2011 in his living room, until today !!
I'm not sure what the heck I'm gonna do with it but today I'm just hauling it home through the desert to Arizona

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Nice looking Flathead Harley!

Been close to 50 years since I last rode my 1948 Panhead Harley. It takes a bit of practice to learn riding one with that foot operated clutch and hand shifter. Mine came with the standard 4 speed gearbox, plus an optional sidecar version with 3 forward gears and 1 for reverse. Be sure to allow yourself a lot of stopping distance. Once you get all that old, tired iron moving it takes a long time to get it stopped!

Have fun!
 

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I'm ok with the suicide clutch and hand shifter but it has the throttle on the right and the ignition retard / advance control on a left twistgrip

Chances are high I will not ride it let alone start it heck even the plunger oil system seems crazy to me

These have no recirculating oil system you pull a plunger in the gas / oil tank and that charges the oil pump and every 75 miles (I guess lol ???) you recharge using the plunger. The excess oil in the bilge of the motor must then be drained using the spring loaded waste oil dump

It sure make me appreciate the modern bikes we all ride today !

I found a company in Indiana that makes awesome hydraulic lowering flat bed trailers and I want to buy one or two of them and thats what I planned to do when I sold the toy hauler so I'll probably sell or trade the Harley off toward that means


 

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Fred that’s another nice find! Did the guy start and ride it? So different than what we’re used to nowadays.
Yes the guy who gathered all the parts and had a famous SoCal VL guy do the restoration rode it 40 to 50 miles back in 2011 then stored it in his living room ever since

The guy who restored it kind of jacked him around on (1) getting things done on time and (2) the cost of everything so by the time he got the "finished" bike 2 years later than was planned and way over budget he was rather bitter on the experience not the bikes fault just the hassle of dealing with a drunken end of the road / career biker guy who took advantage of a customer

Since 2011 it just sat he never tried to sell it or anything else but as much as he loved it the bike it reminded him of a screwing he took on the deal so I think thats how he justified cutting it loose, plus he's a sand rail builder / driver and he'll get lots of use from the toy hauler which I hope will be a happier memory for him and his wife

Everything the guy owns from his machine shop gear to his bike collection and other tools are all top shelf grade A number one condition very meticulously maintained

He built a Honda 4 stroke 250 for his wife a full blown race suspension bike but he custom lowered it and laced on fat rims and fat tires on 18" rims and it looks like a TW200 on steroids but very low to the ground like a TW I'll get some pics and details and post them because it's cool as hell
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Geez Fred, You fell right off the Yamaha wagon with this one but it is very pretty and just as scary. I've never been a Harley guy at all but as you are well aware they have a cult following. Do you home work for the value of this monster based on region. These are a lot more valuable in some places than they are in others and I hope you find that guy who simply has to have it. IMO, I would not even want to take it for a ride being so very different from the bikes we know today. Get in touch with Mike Wolf of Antique Archaeology. He loves those old hogs.

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I have to admit I've always loved and admired Harley's but never bought one for myself, I used to flip wrecks from insurance auctions but I never started or rode a single Harley in a few hundred that passed through my hands.

What I always hated was the BS biker idiots in WA state it was the gypsy jokers that gave Harley's a bad name not to say I did't meet a few bikers who were smart and you could learn from them I just hate that BS lifestyle and also hate that it reflects on HD

biker billys love to make fun of the weekend warrior Harley riders but I like those folks just fine

In Oregon at exit 99 theres a 7 Feathers truck stop and casino and the owner (I hear) has a massive collection of vintage Indians and has one hanging above the entrance to the truck stop store. I stop every time and gawk at the sheer beauty and artful design of that ol Chief

The 32 VL I picked up is correctly titled in California so thats my target market and they have a great following there

I'm into it right so I can actually pass along a good deal if I find somebody who would really love to own it
 

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I think you’re right Fred - vintage bikes with clean CA titles I’m sure are getting harder and harder to find.

I think this guy is considered by many to be one of the vintage bike experts in the US. When my buddy was restoring his knucklehead, Dale offered some good advice.

https://wheelsthroughtime.com/
 

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There is a famous shop in Vermont called VL Heaven and some of the parts on my bike came from them. They offered the guy I traded it from $16,000 cash and they would haul it back to Vermont from the SoCal coast so there has to be money left on the table for them. Also the $16k was there opening offer likely lower than what they might actually pay

I think finished up a bit it's in the $23,995 area and I'm thinking of asking $19,995 as-is but today I found a nice restored single wide I could run all my TW stuff through for $43k or offer but the seller is out of town desperate and loves old Harleys so another trade may be in the offing lol

Thing is I like the feel of having the Harley sitting in my recroom I wish I could just keep it !!!
 

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You deserve it! Congrats.


I've had my Featherlite toy hauler on the market for around 3 years and had a few lowball offers but finally met a guy who really wanted the "SURV" model Featherlite made for 2006 and 2007 and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Originally he offered a nice Bridgeport series 2 EZ Trak prototype learning mill in very good condition and he was throwing in a 2016 dump trailer nicely decked out with Alcoas etc but I guess it was taking me too long to unload my household stuff from the RV so he offered this 32 Harley VL with the Bridgeport instead of the dump trailer. He has 13 years and $35k cash plus ton of hours combing the SoCal swapmeets scrounging up misc parts. It's a Cali titled 32 VL with 34 fenders and 34 size wheels and fatter tires but also came with a set of correct 32 tires and wheels. All rebuilt in 2011 ridden 50 miles since full new build and has been sitting since 2011 in his living room, until today !!
I'm not sure what the heck I'm gonna do with it but today I'm just hauling it home through the desert to Arizona

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There is a famous shop in Vermont called VL Heaven and some of the parts on my bike came from them. They offered the guy I traded it from $16,000 cash and they would haul it back to Vermont from the SoCal coast so there has to be money left on the table for them. Also the $16k was there opening offer likely lower than what they might actually pay

I think finished up a bit it's in the $23,995 area and I'm thinking of asking $19,995 as-is but today I found a nice restored single wide I could run all my TW stuff through for $43k or offer but the seller is out of town desperate and loves old Harleys so another trade may be in the offing lol

Thing is I like the feel of having the Harley sitting in my recroom I wish I could just keep it !!!
I have a saying for this, "Never love anything that can't love you back". Looking back on all the "STUFF" I have owned and flipped for other STUFF over the years I can honestly say there are very few items I ever regretted flipping. There was a few very nice rifles I kind of wish I had kept but then when I look at them realistically I rarely ever looked at them locked in the safe and I certainly never hunted with or even fired them. My wife keeps telling me if I have not used something in a few years then get rid of it for something you will use. I still have all of my big water fishing gear from when I lived up on Lake Ontario and had big boats rigged for deep water salmon trolling, all collecting dust. I did make her get rid of her clothes rack taking up lots of room in the basement. I was surprised to find a real nice tread mill under it after we removed the clothes. It had less miles on it than most of the nice TWs I flipped.

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