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Old 04-08-2014, 02:21 PM   #1
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Post a Pic of your Ironhead Sportster

How many folks on the site own (or have owned) an Ironhead Sportster? Post a pic or two if you have them. I think it's one of the iconic motorcycles of the 20th century, no matter what the detractors say. They were very versatile bikes, modified for just about every form of competition as well as for street use. I've owned one for the last 24 years and will probably never sell it. Even though H-D still makes Sportsters, Ironheads (1957-1985) definitely belong in an "Old's Cool" thread...

Here's mine to start it out - a 1983 XLX-61



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Old 04-08-2014, 03:25 PM   #2
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Very nice.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:35 PM   #3
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this one was mine until last summer-I owned it since new in 1980. I thought I'd never sell it, either, but as I'm getting older, I'm trying to shed some possessions. It is an '80 XLS Roadster. I had a difficult time selling it-I got no bites here on ADV, so I put it on CL. I got exactly ONE guy, who did buy it. I thought he would be the right guy to own a totally original, unmolested example of a rare model, but he turned around and immediately flipped it on ebay-and got less than he paid me for it. Well, I hope THAT new buyer likes it...


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Old 04-10-2014, 06:56 AM   #4
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Hopefully, someone didn't buy it with the intent of going after it with a hacksaw in one hand and a can of flat black spray paint in the other.

From the response to the thread, looks like there aren't too many Ironhead riders on this site...
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:07 AM   #5
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Unfortunately, Ironheads seem to be the bike of choice for Bobber makers. Most of the ones around have been in the hands of a succession of inept, indifferent owners who couldn't wait to slap a bitchin' paint job on them and get some drag pipes. Unmodified, original ones are rare to find.
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:01 AM   #6
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I wouldn't mind having one of these.

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Old 04-10-2014, 09:04 PM   #7
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Sold this one a year or two ago...



Bought it as a totally incomplete basket...Rebuilt it over a few years, learned a lot, including patience. Damn iron cylinders/heads ran too hot for Az. Sounded cool. Looked cool. Was not fun to ride very far. Sold it at a loss to move on.

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Old 04-11-2014, 05:55 AM   #8
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They do run hot. I live in Alabama and run 60wt in mine during the summer. I also have an oil cooler and run premium gas to keep the pinging at bay. That's a nice bike - I love the old aluminum rims that used to be available on them. If I ever decide to change the wheels on mine, I'll have some nice aluminum rims laced to a set of hubs to fit my bike, That's bound to be lighter than the boat-anchor cast wheels that are on it now...
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:50 AM   #9
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I'm not a big Harley guy, but I love the old Ironhead sportsters. They look like what a motorcycle should look like to me. I wonder if it has anything to do with my 'Bronson' obsession when i was 4?
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:53 AM   #10
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