’72 Harley Davidson FX Night Train
Let me preface this story with the old saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Whether it be a woman, a rose or a motorcycle. Some are sleek, some are curvy and sometimes you can’t describe in words why you think something is beautiful or why…not so much.
Every now and then all motorcycle manufacturers fart and this was one of Harley’s. Back in the late 1960’s Willie G. Davidson (grandson of ‘Davidson’), was promoted to VP of Styling at ‘The Motor Company’. His first ‘design’ came in 1970 with the ‘boat tailed’ Sportster. Then in 1971 came the ‘Super Glide’; red, white and blue, ‘the big twin’ motor and…the boat tail. Magazine reviewer’s loved the bike…to the buying public however, it went over like a fart in church. The model lasted all of two years. Now, to Willie G’s credit, he next designed my favorite Harley, the XLCR Cafe Racer. Sadly the XLCR didn’t sell either, yet…both are now quite highly prized, I mean priced. Think about this, in 1971 a new Super Glide sold for a mere $2190.00, today a good one ‘starts’ at $15,000…a better investment than HD stock at this moment.
On ebay this morning is a really nice ’71 Super Glide ‘Night Train’…means it was black. This bike has been sitting in a dealership on display for years and is now up for auction. The FX is in really nice and I do mean, really nice condition. The motorcycle has a little less than 15,000 miles on it, has an upgraded front brake set up, a custom exhaust and other than that, a stone stock ’72 Super Glide. Pretty cool.
At the beginning of this I said ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, the ‘Boat Tails’ were not popular back then. In 2006 Harley Davidson wheeled out the 35th Anniversary edition of the Super Glide…a new motorcycle with the same classic red, white and blue graphics accompanied with a lot of press copy about the heritage of the model. But wait, there’s something missing??!! Where’s the ‘Boat Tail’? Apparently The Motor Company wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice.
You know what, if you show up at your local Sunday biker hangout on an original Super Glide or Night Train, you’ll get a lot more attention than if you showed up on a ‘not quite the same thing’ Anniversary edition. Get the real deal. This FX on ebay looks like the ticket for a very cool Harley ride. Oh, and one more thing…I swear this bike has the original tires from 1971…take a look at the pictures and tell me I’m wrong!!??