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    Hi, new to the forum, thanks Mike for the add.

    I've just acquired a 1971 FLH Electra Glide, and while the bike is intransit, I wanted to start researching what I can of the bike's history.

    Are there any resources for HD where one can learn when and where it was originally sold?

    Any info on learning it's original color or original specs?

    Any advice would be appreciated, I'm sure I'll have more questions later.

    Looking forward to the forum conversation,

    Zorb
    Latest...1971 HD FLH Electra Glide.
    San Diego Antique Motorcycle Club, an AMCA chapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorbemca View Post
    Hi, new to the forum, thanks Mike for the add.

    I wanted to start researching what I can of the bike's history. Are there any resources for HD where one can learn when and where it was originally sold? Any info on learning it's original color or original specs? Zorb
    Welcome Zorb - congrats on acquiring your FLH. One thing I would suggest is that you post this same message in the Shovelhead forum. When starting your new thread in the shoveled forum consider titling the thread How to research a 1971 FL motorcycle's history. Just scroll down and repeat what you did for this post. Also look over the sticky posts (sticky because they stay right where they are) on performing research on this forum. There are people, no doubt on here that collect manufacturer's printed materials like marketing fliers, sales brochures, owners manuals, etc. You could probably find the paint selections in a sales brochure. Its all a bit of detective work. You have a real nice FL there, enjoy and good luck.

    Mike Love

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorbemca View Post
    Any info on learning it's original color or original specs?
    Here is at least a clue. Could be judging from your posted photo that it could be original paint. The website at this link appears to collect photos of different year and model paint schemes. It shows for 1970 - 1972 a Sparkling Burgundy on a photo of a boat tail and a color that looks close to your FLH. Here is a the link http://hdpaint.tk/colors/1971.html

    Mike Love

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorbemca View Post
    Hi, new to the forum, thanks Mike for the add.

    I've just acquired a 1971 FLH Electra Glide, and while the bike is intransit, I wanted to start researching what I can of the bike's history.

    Are there any resources for HD where one can learn when and where it was originally sold?

    Any info on learning it's original color or original specs?

    Any advice would be appreciated, I'm sure I'll have more questions later.

    Looking forward to the forum conversation,

    Zorb
    Last one for now. One big opportunity to find out info is at your AMCA sanctioned meets. There you will find and build a network of others with years of acquired knowledge. Often swap meets will have for sale the owners manuals and sales brochures, etc. Here is a link to the 1971 line up and it offers some general specs. Your Factory Service Manual and Parts Catalog is critical resources for you. https://www.collectorsweekly.com/sto...orcycles-sales

    Mike Love

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    Call Customer Service at the factory, and give them your serial number. It takes a few press 1, and press 2s to get there. They'll e mail a birth date, and some other info, possibly color to you in a week or so. The bike in the picture has been repainted.
    VPH-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by VPH-D View Post
    Call Customer Service at the factory, and give them your serial number. It takes a few press 1, and press 2s to get there. They'll e mail a birth date, and some other info, possibly color to you in a week or so. The bike in the picture has been repainted.
    VPH-D
    That is certainly helpful info.

    MIKE LOVE

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    BTW Tomorrow, Saturday Oct 13th, is the great swap meet at El Camino Collage in Torrance, CA. Al least two AMCA Chapters will display and booths there.
    Be sure to visit;
    http://www.vintageamericanmotorcycles.com/main.php
    Be sure to register at the site so you can see large images.
    Also be sure to visit http://www.caimag.com/forum/

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    Chris,
    Thanks, yes, I wish I could have gone. Some members of our local chapter went up, said it was a little wet, but a good show.

    Thanks,
    Marc
    Latest...1971 HD FLH Electra Glide.
    San Diego Antique Motorcycle Club, an AMCA chapter.

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    Marc, By contacting the factory, you may find out the build date. You may find out the color. You likely will not find much else as the factory did not keep comprehensive records and has little interest in the older stuff. You will not get info on where it was sold, when, or to whom.
    The VIN on your bike tells the model but not much else. If you have knowledge of previous owners that is your best bet. Most of the accessories on the bike are aftermarket period stuff from National, Dixie, etc.
    Robbie
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    Welcome to the forum Marc,

    I contacted H-D customer service by phone about 3 1/2 yrs ago for info on a '71 FLH, all they were able to tell me was that 5,475 FLH's were manufactured during the '71 model year. They were not able to provide info on build date, dealer, color or options specifically adj front fork assy/sidecar unit verification.

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