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RARE!! 1984 Harley Davidson Electra-glide Special Edition FLHX, with the 1340 Shovel head.. Posted as rare because I've had people argue that a 1984 FLH-X does not exist. One person in particular thinks that his FL what ever is the same thing.

I was was very blessed that this bike just sort of just fell into my hands and I cherish it very much. I've been unable to find another as complete as her AND with all the bells and whistles... fact is, there are some specific items that I've not been able to find anywhere (I am purposely not posting pics certain views / items).

All research I've done, shows there were only 4 67 of these made (one reference to 496). If anyone has definitive proof one way or the other I would LOVE to see it and obtain a copy. The Mistress is #454, putting it pretty close to the last one of its kind made.

All VIN searches and many parts sites have the FLHX listed.

I bought this in June of 2011 with only 22K miles, apparently the original owner rode it for a while then parked it in his living room for a decade and a half.

The bike is in Beautiful condition with all of the original equipment - that is to say that I am not aware of anything missing.
As can be seen in the pictures, most of the tour package was removed as I mostly ride short distances to work and such - besides, it looks really cool parked next to all of the 'Newer' bikes. I now live in New Mexico and will be able to ride every day as I have since I first purchased her.

The only real work I've done is replacing most plastic and rubber parts - such as the grips, electrical components with plastic, and some cables - Toad, it is due to dry rot in the South Western sun.... Google "Dry Rot" or "Effects of the sun over a long period of time".

My wife gave her the name "Mistress" , I suppose that is self explanatory. How ever, my Mistress has started the tradition of giving every passenger she likes - a kiss... they all look the same, a small round area on the lower leg that puffs up and leaves a nice dark tanned spot.

There is NO WAY I will ever sell her! I would rather ride a bike with out all the stuff that can break - like computers and digital what ever stuff. I like the idea that if I was to get a short I could put some bubble gum on it and still ride home. Imagine one of today's bikes and all the stuff that will need replacing in 26 years - oh the cost - YIKES.

I hope this information helps someone, and if YOU have a bike such as this, I would hope to see it!!!! Please post a link....... Ride well, ride safe.

MAY 22, 2012 !!!! UPDATE -- PRODUCTION NUMBERS !!!!!!
I have found some interesting information at two different sites:
HD tidbits from 1984: http://www.flyingsnail.com/Sprung/HD-tidbits/HDtidbitsfrom84.html
FLHX Last Edition Shovel-head Electra Glide offered in Black or White, with Gold stripes and Red pin-striping, with wire wheels and full touring equipment first year
FLHX - S,4 speed, (1,258) 'Electra Glide' Special Edition

At: http://shovelhead.us/ the following is found.
Production Totals
Model FLHX:791
Model FLHX: 467

There seems to be a great consensus that there were more “white” bikes produced than the Black. So when I add up the numbers, I suspect there were a total of 791 in white and 467 in black giving a grand total of 1,258. I will not step out on a limb and present this as fact…. Just that these two sites appear very credible.

Toad, I was unable to find any model produced in 1984 that equated to 920. I am wondering about the authenticity of your letter. Read my post below.

29 June 2012 Update: Stator replacement is a major over-haul
Soon after purchasing my Mistress a year ago, it began having a charging issue and blowing the regulator. Due to time and $$ I was not able to address the problem until recently. I ended up needing to replace the Stator and while I was at it, just about everything else associated with making such a repair. I discovered that the previous owner had cut a wire (not shown on modern wiring diagrams of the Clymer manual) to prevent the Headlight from coming on when the ignition switch is in position 3. This one little pigtail wire led to the complete failure of the charging system. The wire was an easy fix, but was the cause of a very expensive and time consuming rebuild of the rest of the system. The flip side is that I also up-dated and upgraded a bunch of things, such as rebuilding the carburetor, re-blacked the motor, and a whole plethora of little things. Now she rides like new. Having never owned a bike before now, I learned a lot! Stator repair on this model is one of the most difficult processes. If you have any questions, please ask, I took lots of pictures to include a necessary “clutch puller” that I had to build for about 15 bucks. ---- Ride well, ride Safe.

“Patriot Guard Riders”.
Have you heard of the PGR? It is an organization of persons that show support to our troops in many aspects. Of most significance, the PGR provide escorting for Veteran funeral processions, deploying troops, and troops coming home. I am a proud member of the PGR as I am a fellow veteran. Anyone may join for free. Though it is preferred that a member rides in a procession on a bike with a 3 X 5 American Flag, there are others who are only able to follow along in a truck or car with a flag attached to the window. It is the “Spirit” of show respect and appreciation to our troops and veterans who have put their lives on the line to give idiots the freedom to be stupid and the rest of us to live free. Please visit the web site for the Patriot Guard and show your support for our troops.

Just a little more history? Check out the pic of an original #1 patch I recently purchased.
Please help me find FLHX specific items. --- Thank you.

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Comments

  1. toad, 3 years ago
    Hey,doesn't anybody but me have paperwork of how many were produced? I've got a letter from president Charles K. Thompson stating there were 920 of this special edition made. Vivid black and birch white. Let me know
  2. toad, 3 years ago
    hey also i would like to know where in the vin# is the # of bike?
  3. twlmann twlmann, 3 years ago
    Folks, I feel it is my duty to warn you of a person by the ID of “Toad”. At first he seemed to be credible and knowledgeable. He presented information that appeared as such. Then one day, for un-identified reasons, he became very nasty. So, I am posting a reply to him by way of additional information. The site administrators deleted some of his comments and so did I.

    Mr. “TOAD” stated that he had a letter from Harley-Davidson President, Charlie Thompson, stating that 920 FLHX bikes were produced in 1984 . I found information to the contrary and posted the link for him to look at for himself. That is when he went ballistic. Since then I’ve found even more evidence. I am now suspecting that the bike he says he has, he may not have.

    The following are from web-sites that conflict with TOAD’s “Letter"
    ARTICLE: The Harley Davidson factory isn't sure how many were produced [1984 FLHX], I have heard anywhere from about 350 to just over 1200 with the common answer being 467 some in black and gold the most common is white and gold and yes I own one(since new) [I am not sure who is the author].
    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_1984_harley_Davidson_flhx_were_produced

    Toad, this just keeps getting better:
    "A long-time Harley-Davidson employee, Charlie Thompson was a personable man, well-liked throughout the motorcycle industry. He served as president and CEO of the restructured company until his health failed in 1982."
    Oh BURN !!! Your letter could NOT be from Mr. Thompson; referring to something produced in 1984... Check it out here: http://www.adfarrow.com/custompage.asp?pg=charles_k_thompson

    Here is the site for VIN decoding - Check if you don’t know [TOAD] exactly what you have:
    http://www.motoverse.com/tools/vin/harley.asp
  4. twlmann twlmann, 3 years ago
    The following page is dedicated to TOAD: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/54776-yo-toadan-flh-x?in=632
  5. twlmann twlmann, 3 years ago
    22 May 2012. Just completed moving to NM.... For my final time leaving my old home, I was able to ride the Mistress..... Of course I had to stop every 150 miles to "re-round" my bumm, but what a wonderful ride of nearly 800 miles not a problem one.
  6. toad, 3 years ago
    Hey it's me again, not been on my computer lately. I looked up my vin# and it does come up as a FLHX. I just got on so I will check a few other things out and get back to you.
  7. twlmann twlmann, 3 years ago
    UPDATES 29 June 2012 ( see above):
    Stator replacement - a major over-haul
    “Patriot Guard Riders” (PGR); Please show your support for our troops and join us.
  8. twlmann twlmann, 3 years ago
    Toad, I am glad (yes actually) to see you back. I recently completed a major electrical over-haul that you or other FLH owners may find helpful (See 29 June 2012 updates above).
    Being that this is my first-ever Harley that I've owned or worked on - it was an interesting learning experience.
  9. h84specialed, 3 years ago
    I have a white 84 flhx. you can contact harley davidson directly with you're vin# and they will give you a definite answer as to how many of your color flhx's were built. the # is 1-800-258-2464. This is their archival department. Acording to H-D there were only 179 birch white modes made.
  10. ShovelFan ShovelFan, 11 months ago
    Thanks Shovelinon, I had posted the bike to eBay and discovered a few days in that the title said FHX. There has been great conversation going back and fourth about the bike thanks to eBay but I have been reconsidering hanging on to it due to its rarity.
  11. Shovelinon, 11 months ago
    If you have room in the garage hang on to it, especially if you still ride it now and then. The bikes bring less today than they did a few years back so why not just enjoy it -- pride of ownership...and you're not likely to see another one like it on the road. Every time I think about selling mine I decide against it. I don't consider it an investment, it's just become part of the family over the years.
  12. Shovel, 9 months ago
    I have an FLHX with vin number 1HD1AEK33EY016741 in black. Complete original bike with all the bits and pieces. It even has a cigarette lighter in the aluminium centre steering cover. Harm - [Fryslan] Netherlands
  13. tattops, 9 months ago
    Guys i also have this bike, wanting more info on it i contact HD directly with my VIN number. HD was nice enough to send me this information
    1258 total made
    640 painted special white 232 dry clutch 408 wet
    615 painted special black 235 dry clutch 380 wet
    This is directly from Harley Davidson
  14. tattops, 9 months ago
    Forgot one thing the remaining 3 where custom painted , per HD
  15. Cabover Cabover, 8 months ago
    I was given a white bike this week with the same vin # with the exception of 22 in 8&9 position and a production # starting with 19K, it's rough but only has 13k miles, glad I found you guys
  16. Cabover Cabover, 8 months ago
    My best friend had to make room for a new ride , I've been trying to buy it for a couple of years, only missing one of the saddle bag lids if anybody knows where I can find one
  17. Meatstick, 8 months ago
    I just posted pic of my 83/84 flh, I don't believe it is a flhx just a flh. But I think they have a lot in common.
  18. lobo, 7 months ago
    I have an early model (dry clutch) 84 FLHX I bought new back in 1984. These bikes are identical to the regular production FLH's except for the the paint schemes & graphics. You could specify wire or alloy wheels with an FLH, but the FLHX's came off the line with wire wheels only. Even rarer than the FLHX's are the 1984 FLHS models. The FLHX paint work was done offsite by Calibre Custom Paint & shipped to York PA final production. York has (or had at the time) an in house paint shop, but overflow and special edition paint was farmed out as needed when York Paint shop was at capacity. That was the case in 1984 with the FLHX. I have a photo of the York Facility shop floor with 4 or 5 FLHX's ready for crating, parked in a row side by side, all missing their fuel tanks!
  19. Cabover Cabover, 7 months ago
    A guy gave me page 97 out Baggers march 2015 magazine showing a 84 shovel head referring to special edition king of the highway, which mine has a plate saying this with a dot reflector on the lid of the one bag top I have and my fender says special edition, the article does say 444 of each color were produced. Doesn't say were those totals came from
  20. Rustfarm Rustfarm, 7 months ago
    Cabover , can you link pictures of these items on your bike? I think I know where one of these bikes is and I have expressed interest in it. It has been carefully stored for over twenty years and not ridden since
  21. lobo, 7 months ago
    Cabover,
    My FLHX (and all others I have seen) upper saddle bag lid covers have the standard DOT red reflector with an aluminum plate red graphic reading "King of the Highway" as seen in the photo on the upper right of this page. This was standard to all FLH's that year. The lower saddle bags have a unique gold decal running across the bag with the words "Special Edition Electra Glide"
  22. lobo, 7 months ago
    Sadly, Millers Custom HD in Daytona is gone. They had the largest collection of NOS Harley graphics & trim pieces I have ever seen. I do have an old parts book. The King of the Highway name plate was available seperately from the mounting trim piece. If you need the part # for that piece, I will get the book & look it up. That piece is thin aluminum with a peel off sticky backing. Sunlight would dry up the adhesive backing as well as wash out the red hue applied over the piece. The good news is that this name plate was used for many years, the red one being the most popular. They are out their!
  23. Rustfarm Rustfarm, 7 months ago
    Try this guy in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania, Bills Custom Cycles. This guy is a good source for obsolete HD parts, also try NOS Parts in Wellington , Ohio, another good source, good luck!
  24. Cabover Cabover, 7 months ago
    Is it possible Some comments from yesterday have been removed
  25. lobo, 7 months ago
    yes Cabover...I think the mods may have removed a few of my comments, not sure why, but I do see the new comments in my e-mail even if they do not appear here....in any event, getting back to frame serial #'s, the AE stamping is critical as that is the designation reserved for the FLHX Special Editions
  26. twlmann twlmann, 7 months ago
    Yes..... I have been removing non pertinent conversation material as this is not actually a blog site. I wish to retain information others may find useful, while removing unnecessary commentary.
  27. Cabover Cabover, 7 months ago
    I went to HD dealership today with the vin #, they were not really familar with what I was telling them I had, after some discussion the level of interest grew, All very helpful
  28. lobo, 7 months ago
    cabover, I can E-Mail you a copy of the VIN decoding sheet from the 1984 HD service manual. If you are comfortable posting your e-mail, maybe twlmann will let it go through and then he can delete the posting ASAP. Personally, I would like to stay in touch with fellow FLHX owners like you & twlmann & others, but like twlmann points out, this is not a blog..it is an info source. He is 100% correct.
    twlmann, any thoughts?
  29. twlmann twlmann, 7 months ago
    I can do as you request about the e-mail address. I don't mind leaving relevant information for other readers on this site.... I was only tyring to get rid of some minor chit chat.... just to keep the information clean and easier to follow.
  30. twlmann twlmann, 6 months ago
    I got insurance with Progressive... I pay less than $100 per year. I also set the "reimbursement" value I expect if it is totaled out.... Lord willing I'll never need to use insurance. My rates are fairly low due to the zip code and the fact that it would seem every 5th person in the area has a bike....
  31. Cabover Cabover, 6 months ago
    Thanks I got it threw my agent 200 a year ,I was told my state is high, plus a few speeding tickets didn't help my cause any
  32. Cabover Cabover, 5 months ago
    anybody body have engine guard foot peg mount with peg they can share a picture maybe
  33. twlmann twlmann, 5 months ago
    I have the foot pad off of the frame and foot pegs mounted to the Highway bars. I can sent you an e-mail picture if you would like. What is your e-mail address.
  34. shiftydawg, 3 months ago
    Hello everyone, first time on here for me, I am quite pleased to have found you people. I to own a 1984 FLHX black, bone stock, I purchased mine in the spring of 1985 with 2,500 kilometers, today it has only 28,000 kilometers,that is 17,398 miles for all of my fellow FLHX brothers south of the 49th parallel, yes I'm a canuck, my bike has mostly been parked in my shop for the last decade and a half, though I truely love it, I was very interested in finding the production order # of my bike but am not sure which # of the serial # represents this, it has the AE letters in serial #, any info or guidance would be much appreciated, thanks in advance.
  35. twlmann twlmann, 3 months ago
    Shiftydawg: I am not sure why the link to the VIN decoder site is not working, perhaps they moved. I have seen multiple sites for VIN decoding so I suggest just googling it.
    If you truly have an FLHX it would be awesome to see some Pics of it. Mine that I have posted were from the second owner before he stripped it of all accessories. I have been in the process of rebuilding it and putting it back together. It is a lot of work because so many things are difficult to find - the fellow I bought it from gave me all the parts, but not the nuts and bolts, he also hacked up the wiring pretty bad. But it is coming along nicely. I still ride her when time permits and she is not on the stand being worked on.
  36. shiftydawg, 3 months ago
    Hello twlmann, yes I most certainly do have a FLHX shovel, and I will post some pictures soon, I am on my way to Calgary Alberta, Canada this weekend, my bike has been a bit of a dust collector recently but I am going to dig her out of her corner and clean her up and send some pics, she is a real beauty, I've only seen two other FLHX's in western Canada, one with Alberta plates the day my bros bought my bike new in 1984, and one other one in Regina Saskatchewan, although that bike was not even close to being stock, hopefully I can find the time to dig mine out of her corner, and clean her up for some pics, just wait, this bike is totally complete, everything is there and in beautiful condition.
  37. Cabover Cabover, 3 months ago
    Put my first 1050 miles on since my last post, got a blue lid for the bag gonna order a can of white birch and I put hooks on both to keep from loosing them, thanks to who ever let me in on those 2 items. Have not found an orange king of the highway reflector but have the plate to install it on when I find one. Enjoying the FLHX

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