From:Peter Apostolou
Subject:RE: 1954 st165 for sale Date:Tue Jan 13 17:56:31 2015
Response to:20148


I have a 1954 harley st165 that I'm looking to sell

The bike came to me with the typical story of sitting in a basement since
the early seventies.

It seems that someone restored or simply repainted the bike back in 71. I
have the 1971 title, the inspection sticker shows an expiration of 1972, and
the license plate is dated from 71-72. So I want to believe the story.

The bike didn't run. I replaced the wiring harness, and gave the bike a full
tune up. She shows just under 100 psi on a compression test.

The bike does run, but the carb is in poor shape to make it "road ready".
The flange that mounts to the cylinder is cracked, and I think she's running
lean because of that. I didn't want to push it. But it will start right up.
Getting a good crisp idle and "snappy" acceleration is a chore.

It also seems that something must have fallen on the bike while sitting for
40 years. There is a minor dent on the gas tank, one of the seat springs is
bent and the rear fender is a bit wonky.

I have been told that the exhaust is off of an off-road model harley. I kind
of like the look so I left it alone.

The petcock currently leaks a very small amount of fuel when off. I am
looking into sourcing a replacement

I'm ASKING $3700

Anyone is free to come check it out and I can send pictures of anything of
interest. Bike is located in northwest New Jersey. 07825

Email is

Thanks for looking,