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Posted 2 years ago

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twlmann
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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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  1. toad, 2 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, 2 years ago
    hey also i would like to know where in the vin# is the # of bike?
  3. twlmann twlmann, 2 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, 2 years ago
    The following page is dedicated to TOAD: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/54776-yo-toadan-flh-x?in=632
  5. twlmann twlmann, 2 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, 2 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, 2 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, 2 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, 2 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. Curtismeier Curtismeier, 5 months ago
    From all I have found out from HD there was 500 in White and 500 in black I am getting ready to pick a black one up around the 26 or 27 of this month with all factory paper work
  11. twlmann twlmann, 5 months ago
    I still see multiple indications that 467 were made in Black and 791 were White. I can't wait to see pictures of yours.... I am still riding mine though it is still stripped down. I plan to put it together this year, but I've been too busy riding to start that just yet.

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