Great article and nice illustrations! I have a 52 K and a 72 XLCH. Have gotten used to the shift/brake layout but it still requires attention to not accidentally do a clutchless downshift instead of braking! One thing I had read in one of my books is that HD originally intended the K to be OHV but they hadn’t gotten it worked out in time. There is also a story that some dealers didn’t like that the K looked bigger than the FLs in the showroom. My local HD dealer said the same thing about the new Sportster, that he’s concerned it will look bigger than the Big Twins.
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