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I decided to sell my 69 Trump that I built and got a line on an 82 Shovel FXR. Bike is stock with collector tabs. The motor has been gone through and the guy rides it a couple times a year. He said he fires it up once a month but it barely leaves his garage. Pros/cons of this bike? What should I look for? Thanks
my advice buy it

best frame + best motor = great bike
 

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FXR's are for ridin', not stylin' down at the coffee shop.
We are all different which is great, a diverse community is a strong community. Neo I hear you and agree to a point and agree buying a bike just to be cool is ridiculous. Its just that in my eyes they look like ass whilst others love them. Great design is a combination of Form and Function - How it looks and and how it goes.

If it was only about how something rode we would all be on big bore jap sports bikes and the like. Having a styling looking bike, even one that looks good at a coffee shop ;) :) ;) :) isnt a crime, especially if I've the owner has a hand in building it. We'd never see another chop built if it was just how things went around corners. Nice lines, curves in the right place, good handling - just like a hot Mrs, yes please. :)

Now I know that badboy (worse name EVER HD) wont ride anywhere near as good as that FXR, but it will ride nice enough unless you want to go slay some canyons and in my view COULD look good with a few subtle changes so if it was me, I'd be all over it prior to buying the FXR the great ride that looks indifferent at best in my eyes. Its how the OP wants to score each bike, whats more important and how much different are the bikes on the form and function axis and how much gap there is between them.

Good luck picking one, if it was me, I'd be waiting and looking for a VERY original FLH. Hard to find these days, STYLING, shovel and going up in value. Once again its just one opinion out of many for the OP :) :) :)

PS if you are set on a shovel FXR that one looks like a good one, looks pretty original.
 

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I love fxr's...and shovels....so that is where I lean. But be prepared to work on her.

Lee
 
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