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1997 Harley-Davidson Heritage Springer

October 30, 2015
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Our November 2015 cover bike is a 1997 Harley-Davidson Heritage Springer owned by Wayne Kozak from Overland Park, Kansas. To find out more about Wayne, check out his interview, and for more photos of Wayne’s bike and our cover model Lynda, check out her interview as well. For this month's issue, we also invite you to check out our behind the scenes photos and video taken at our November 2015 cover shoot.

General
Year: 1997
Model: Harley-Davidson Heritage Springer

Engine
Size (ci) Make: 80” Harley-Davidson Evolution
Carburetor: Keihm
Air Cleaner: K & N
Pipes: Crossover dual Kerker fishtails

Transmission
Make/Model: Harley-Davidson
Shifting: Heel-toe/five speed

Paint
Painter: Harley-Davidson
Color/Type: Birch White w/Blue trim

Frame
Make/Model: Harley-Davidson Softail
Rake/Trail: 31.25/6.30
Swingarm: Harley-Davidson

Accessories
Bars: Harley-Davidson
Fenders: Harley-Davidson
Headlight: Harley-Davidson
Taillight: Custom Dynamics LED
Speedometer: Harley-Davidson w/119,007 miles
Pegs: Harley-Davidson
Gas Tank: Harley-Davidson teardrop 4.2 gallons including a .6 gallon reserve
Oil tank: Harley-Davidson horseshoe 3.0 quarts
Seat: Harley-Davidson tractor style
Mirrors: Harley-Davidson teardrop
Grips: Impossible to keep clean Nostalgic Harley-Davidson white

Forks
Type: Springs designed by William S. Harley
Extension: N/A
Builder: Harley-Davidson

Wheels
Front
Type: Spoke
Size: 16”
Rim width: MT90B
Tire: Dunlop Wide White Wall
Brake: Harley-Davidson

Rear
Type: Spoke
Size: 16”
Rim width: MT90B
Tire: Dunlop Wide White Wall
Brake: Harley-Davidson

My overall plan for the ‘97 Springer was to keep it mostly original as they were so hard to come by and sold for a market premium, which suggested to me they may be collectible someday. I thought Willie G hit a home run with the bike right out of the box.

I did tweak the bike with accessories that appear to look like they came standard. Fun side items that I accumulated include a rare one year only Heritage Springer leather jacket, a 1,000 piece Heritage Springer jigsaw puzzle, a 1997 Las Vegas Café menu featuring the bike on the cover, a Franklin Mint Heritage Springer pocket watch, and a Scott Jacobs “Spring Fever” print. Hallmark even jumped on the marketing bandwagon with Heritage Springer Christmas tree ornaments, greeting cards, and calendars. The ‘98 calendar matches the months/days of 2015!

Photos by Dick Carlson with Carlson Digital Photography

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