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I wouldn't worry about it, the factory has done this for years beginning with the XLX-61 in '83. This is a cost-lowering procedure, a customer can always buy a tach later if it is important to them. In stock form, the engine has a rev-limiter so you won't overrev it. I would bet money that a Street Tach Kit will be in the HD Accessories catalog very soon!
 

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I wouldn't worry about it, the factory has done this for years beginning with the XLX-61 in '83. This is a cost-lowering procedure, a customer can always buy a tach later if it is important to them. In stock form, the engine has a rev-limiter so you won't overrev it. I would bet money that a Street Tach Kit will be in the HD Accessories catalog very soon!
It's not that bad, i mean for the price I kind of expected that to happen.

@Streettracker ; has a good point on the rev limited. Not sure %100 but it does cut fuel or timing one or the other to protect you from cooking the engine.

And yes just look out for a tach add on in the accessories :D
 

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I wouldn't worry about it, the factory has done this for years beginning with the XLX-61 in '83. This is a cost-lowering procedure, a customer can always buy a tach later if it is important to them. In stock form, the engine has a rev-limiter so you won't overrev it. I would bet money that a Street Tach Kit will be in the HD Accessories catalog very soon!
oh really? heh thanks for the response. new to the harley scene had no clue this was standard ops :D
 

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There are lots of Harley Davidsons that don't have a tach.

All the single gauges are speed only.

Unless you are looking at this


There is no tach.
 

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some people ride for efficiency and use numerical shift points that cant be determined with just your ears ;)
 

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You bought an old airhead, they saw you coming a mile away. Value? What's that? :p
On the contrary, I love an old airhead!

Tach, do I need one? No.

I've put over 50,000 trouble free miles on this bike, and will probably put at least another 50,000 on it before I rebuild the top end.

So far, it's been a great value.;)
 

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Harley riders who ride for efficiency? erhmmm

do you have a harley? :rolleyes:
One of the reasons I bought a Sportster instead of a Victory was fuel mileage. With gas pushing $4 a gallon here in NY, efficiency is getting more important (especially when compared to the 12 mpg with my Studebaker truck). I don't personally short shift for mileage reasons, but I don't wind it out to redline either. No tach on my bike, but it doesn't bother me.
 
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