An old Harley-Davidson gem on the island of Sylt

This year the motto is – back to the old ones

In 2018 the trend seems to be moving back to the old machines, perhaps many of the Harley bikers don't really want the fuss with the Euro standard or any flap exhaust systems for horrendous money, which can make sense with a new one if you have sound want.

That doesn't have to be the case, a look at shows that it's still possible to get started cheaply, even if you put a few euros into the bike to freshen it up, you'll have something solid and of lasting value in the garage after the treatment.

Old School Harley-Davidson at the Harley Parade at Lake Faak.
This year the motto is – back to the old ones

In their own area, the buddies want to get out their Panhead, Shovelhead or even the EVO this year and use them to go on tours to Prague, for example.

“The motto is simply to be more old school again.”

Yes, why not, it's always fun and if you screw your old boiler cleanly and stick to a few rules, nothing will fall off, you shouldn't necessarily hold the steam jet on the good iron, the seals don't like that , mentioned “by the way”.

Harley-Davidson Evolution 1984-99

The development at is interesting, the entry into the evolution age starts at €6500 with the Dyna Glide and from €9200 the first large EVO tourers start to appear.

North Cape Motorcycle Tour Harley Davidson
North Cape – TwinCam – Milwaukee-Eight – Evolution

They have proven themselves very well over many years, and if you include the TwinCam, it is still a good and proven tip for long-distance riders, especially on large tourers.

You often hear that the EVO was the first stable engine from Harley-Davidson, and there is some truth to that, but like many other things in life, the older engines are also very reliable if they are properly operated has been worked on and that starts with a clean thread, otherwise it's nothing.

External link EVO

Harley-Davidson Shovelhead 1966-84

If we now look at the Shovelhead, the situation becomes a little more difficult, it starts at €7,500, but if we are honest, the budget should be somewhere around €15,000. And why not? Anyone who takes care of their Shovel will have something to use it for a long time and loss of value is no longer an issue here.

As is still the case today, there are always changes and improvements to the engine during production; engines from 1974 onwards are preferred if they have not been rebuilt from scratch beforehand.

External link Shovelhead

Harley-Davidson Panhead 1948-65

A Swiss man traveling in Norway with his Panhead
A Swiss man traveling Norway

But if you want something a little harder, take a look at the Panhead category, where the offer only starts at €12,000 and you're back in 1958. The offer is very limited, the 44 Panheads in the portal clearly show that they are a rarity.

It will be difficult to get started with a reasonable Panhead for less than €20,000 and, like the Shovelhead, it can cost well over €30,000. But there are still bikers who go on long rides with their old bike, like the Swiss guy we met on our tour in Norway.  

External link Panhead

Harley-Davidson Knucklehead 1936-47

Harley Davidson Knucklehead
Harley Davidson Knucklehead

But if you want to have a really hard time and are still looking for an investment, you will be happy with the Knucklehead, where you can invest your money and choose one of the 7 on offer.

But then they are more for the showroom than for the big tour.
So anyone who invests in a clean Panhead, Shovelhead, Evolution or TwinCam will be able to enjoy it for a long time to come. In any case, we will be traveling more with the old iron this year and are looking forward to it!

External link Knucklehead

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