Donny’s Unauthorized Technical Guide to Harley-Davidson, 1936 to Present

Volume V: Part II of II—The Shovelhead: 1966 to 1985

by Donny Petersen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/12/2013

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 748
ISBN : 9781475973617
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 748
ISBN : 9781475973624
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 748
ISBN : 9781475973600

About the Book

In this second part of his fifth volume on Harley-Davidsons motorcycles, Donny Petersen, who studied privately with Harley-Davidson engineers, shares practical knowledge and streetwise tips on the Shovelhead motorcycle. 

Donny presents what Harley-Davidson has to say through the myriad of service bulletins back in the day in everyday language. He also uses his extensive practical experience to constructively critique the official line, offers additional hard-earned information, and then shares what he does to his own bikes. He provides 

• solutions to fix the Shovelhead’s teething problems; 
• Harley’s responses to ongoing problematic aspects of vibration, as well as the aftermarket’s cures; 
• tips on working with the Shovelhead’s carburetors and five ignitions; starter and charging systems, electrical switches, circuit breakers, and relays; and 
• best practices for lubrication, as well as the progression of front forks and shocks, brakes, wheels, and tires. 

Written in straightforward language, this guide offers step-by-step instructions to help all levels of enthusiasts, from novices to expert mechanics. In his usual forthright manner, Donny makes technical issues understandable, interspersing explanations with entertaining stories about the lifestyle that comes with being a Harley rider.

About the Author

Donny Petersen established and operated Heavy Duty Cycles in Canada from 1974 to 2010; his monthly column, “Techline,” has appeared in American Iron Magazine since 1992. Instructed privately by Harley-Davidson engineers, he has taught mechanics, designed tech-school curricula, and authored mechanic-licensing examinations. He lives in Toronto.