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Old 01-22-2012, 05:50 AM   #871
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If you haven't ridden a Sportster, you have no cred in the motorcycle community.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that,
but a sportster should be on everyone's bike-bucket list.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:47 AM   #872
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Old Sportsters

My first H-D was a '74 XLH. I had been riding Jap for a few years but always like H-D's for what they were and bought the '74 to give it a try. It was all black, a little ratty cosmetically, but mechanically in good shape. I put a set of drag bars on it , the thinnest cobra seat on it I could find and some 1-3/4" drags on it and had a blast riding it. It was like an "inter-active" experience compared to the smooth '81 GS750EX I also had. I also owned an '81 XLH and a 74 XLCH, (kick only). I owned these 25+ years ago meaning when I bought them, they were in reasonably good shape. All three were perfectly reliable, never had a problem with any of them. Actually, the '74 and '81 never leaked a drop of anything, hell, my '89 FXR and '00 FXDX leaves a few drops on the floor sometimes! Now the '74 XLCH, it leaked from any place two pieces of metal were bolted together, but it ran good and was very easy to kick start. My point is, if you find a bike that has been maintained properly, (or restored),and has not been whored up and worked on by a bunch of fly-by-night mechanics, an old iron head can be very reliable, and a helluva lot of fun to ride. I'm pretty sure you can get just about any part for them from the aftermarket. I wouldn't want to ride one across the country but for a 2nd bike, something to run around town on a few days a week, they would be perfect. I look at them kinda like an old Triumph or Norton. I'd like to have another one, pre- 1976?? or whenever they made the frame change. Those old Sporty's have alot of personality.

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Old 01-22-2012, 08:45 AM   #873
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If you haven't ridden a Sportster, you have no cred in the motorcycle community.

Wow!

Do the guys in Moto GP know that?
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:57 AM   #874
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Wow!

Do the guys in Moto GP know that?
Yes.


What, you think the vast majority of moto gp riders have not experienced a sportster?
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:12 AM   #875
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74 Sportster

I had a brand new 1974 XLCH. It was a wonderful m/c. I never had a bit of trouble with it. If you want a Sportster why not get a 2004-2008. They have rubber mounts and you could get a good one for $4200-$4500 and just ride it.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:23 AM   #876
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Yes.


What, you think the vast majority of moto gp riders have not experienced a sportster?

I think you back out he American contingent and ... yeah... that would be pretty much the case.


But that's beside the point ... Willis 2000's suggestion that no Sporty time = no cred in the motorcyle community is fatuous @ best.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:06 PM   #877
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I had a brand new 1974 XLCH. It was a wonderful m/c. I never had a bit of trouble with it. If you want a Sportster why not get a 2004-2008. They have rubber mounts and you could get a good one for $4200-$4500 and just ride it.

This would end up being a 2nd or 3rd bike not really a daily rider. Plus I get some fun out of tinkering with bikes in the garage. I'm probably going to pass on the 74 for now but will hopefully end up with an Iron head at some point.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:19 PM   #878
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Thanks for letting me know. Thats a cheap price if you want a tinkerer. Better grab it up. I know of a REAL NICE 1980 thats mostly original for $2800 but it's in Conn. If your interested I could look it up. Not positive where I saw it. It wouldn't need any work.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:08 PM   #879
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The Ironhead Sportster is the metal horse. ... If you haven't ridden an Ironhead Sportster, you have no cred in the motorcycle community. And if you've never owned/ridden one, STFU about them!
Fixed it for ya!

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Old 01-23-2012, 04:02 AM   #880
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One thing about a nice Sportster is you can buy one, ride it a few years and take care of it, and sell it and not lose much, or even make money. Not many bikes will do that.
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:55 AM   #881
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. If you haven't ridden a Sportster, you have no cred in the motorcycle community.
I consider myself likely to be one of the biggest fans of the Sportster in the whole world, long time owner and will be for life. Kind of a tough old guy too. Use penny spikes to hold my socks up. Taught Chuck Norris every thing he knows. And I still can't quite wrap my head around this statement.
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:12 AM   #882
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My first bike was a 1980 sportster. It got both myself and my old man into motorcycles and I'm glad I bought it. Was very clean with low miles. Should never have sold it.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:52 PM   #883
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First bike I ever bought on my own was a 1977 XLCR 1000 Cafe Racer. My wife and I rode the wheels off of it in all weather winter and summer. God I loved it, Gotta get another one or at least a kick start iron head. This one is'nt mine.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:29 PM   #884
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Not a big fan of orange but this bike just looks right, like the bags too!

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Old 01-29-2012, 11:39 AM   #885
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O I do like the Roadster. And they seem to be reasonably priced.
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