Go Sportsters

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    Glad your ok mate, it's always great to hear of people ready and willing to help. :clap
    The three times I have been down on the road, twice people stopped to help, the third time 3 cars just drove on past while I was lying down next to the bike.

    While I don't own a Sporty, I've ridden them a few times and I definitely see one in my future as they have got to be the most fun bike I have ever ridden. :evil
  2. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    there's something about a Sportster ...
    Mine does everything I need it to, and it does better offroad than it should. It's no DR, but I haven't gotten it stuck yet. Great bike to carry my wife around on too. [​IMG]
  3. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    Ironheads rule! :D

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  4. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    Yep, Ironheads rule. The 'real' Sportsters! Here is mine, a mostly original 1969 XLCH:

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  5. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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  6. Shooter1

    Shooter1 Been here awhile

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    Both those last two ironheads give me a boner. Nice bikes.
  7. scooterintexas

    scooterintexas Been here awhile

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    Sidecar, that sporty is beautiful. Love the color scheme. I didn't realize that it has a right side gear shift. What year did they change?
  8. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    Very nice! I have a photo of me when I was a kid standing next to one just like it in Gatlinburg, TN about 1970. It was parked at the motel where we were staying and I thought it was about the coolest thing ever.

    You know, the white seat and pegs look pretty dated, but when you sit on a "modern" bike with a black seat after it's been sitting in the hot June sun all day, you realize maybe that was a pretty good idea.
  9. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Been meaning to throw a picture up. Heres the ironhead I picked up a few weeks ago. Runs good so far. Needs some little stuff cleaned up, find a correct tank, and get a new seat. Not a bad start though. 1977 xlh, electric start removed so its kick only now.

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  10. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    Very nice '69! A classic for sure. Here's a pic of one like yours fresh from the showroom floor - still has the plastic on the seat...

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  11. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Fantastic photos!

    Went on your photobucket site....many other great bikes too.

    Cakeeater
  12. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    The bike has been re-painted twice, but it is the original Harley color scheme, "Sparkling Gold" with the white stripe and OEM tank decals.

    According to my old Harley factory parts catalog, white foot pegs were a factory option, but white grips were not. I have the original 'window sticker' for this bike, so I restored it back to the way it was bought new in 1969 (and I'm friends with the original owner). The only exception is that it has aftermarket mufflers on it, instead of the factory 'torpedo' mufflers... which are very hard to find and very expensive.

    All sportsters up through 1973 or 74 (I don't remember exactly) were right side gear shift and left side brake. The shift pattern is 'normal' though, 1 down 2-4 up.
  13. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    Those factory clear plastic seat covers are pretty sturdy. They even have a draw string around the bottom to keep it on the seat. I actually have an original one for my bike, and I keep it on the seat when I'm not riding it.

    When working on the bike is SO easy to get a greasy hand print on the white seat, and it takes a lot of scrubbing to get it back to white.
  14. luftkoph

    luftkoph Adventurer

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    we love ya
  15. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    i think even the sportster guys hate you when you're on an XR ...

    as if the XR isn't bad enough, im always a little surprised how upset it makes folks that I wear a FF helmet and protective gear
  16. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    I'm an Ironhead guy and I love the XR. I test rode one a few years ago, and if I had the room and time for another bike, I'd find a nice used one and buy it. I think you may be feeling the hate more from the "Harley" guys, but I'm not one. I like Sportsters and all sorts of other motorcycles, and have been known to wear a FF helmet on occasion...
  17. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    the XR is just a hoot to me ... very simple bike with lots of engine character. they'll scoot, too. not like an rr liter bike, but plenty to get you in trouble.

    I'm always impressed when I see dudes out slumming :evil the ironheads. I really, literally, am not cool enough to ride one. just don't have the mechanical aptitude, time, or know-how to keep one running
  18. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    Once you get them sorted out from what the previous owners did (or didn't) do to them, they are pretty reliable and don't require a lot of extra maintenance. I can't even remember the last time I saw another Ironhead out on the road (not counting shows and organized events). Most Harley types that see my bike parked somewhere either don't notice it's an Ironhead, or don't have any idea what it is. I don't know if I'm cool enough to ride one, either, but I try to be cool like Bronson...:D

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  19. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    Most people either don't know what an Ironhead is, or they make a crack about how crappy AMF bikes were (which, in my opinion, is not an issue today because all of the AMF factory errors were corrected 30 years ago).

    My Ironheads are not any more maintenance than my xt500 or my xs650. Once you get the bike road worthy, keeping it that way is not bad.

    I'm NOT a Harley guy. I like magneto XLCH's, a few other Ironheads. Yeah I like shovelheads, panheads, knuckleheads, and flatheads too, but who doesn't!?

    The Sportster just has such character and versatility that no other bike has...

    I also own a 1978 Harley FX Superglide, and honestly I prefer riding my Ironheads.
  20. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    that is a great looking bike right there. The ones I have seen out and about are typically ratty something fierce. also, to my ears at least, they sound great.

    sidecar, the harleys that interest me are sportsters and dynas (to me, a dyna is just a big sportster). part of the reason is probably that they just fit me better than the big touring harleys. I like the engine character, the simplicity, and the fact that they are just fun and easy bikes to ride. first harley I ever rode was an FXDX. when I was shopping for a harley, the XR was the sportiest one I could find, so that's what I got. the dealer was thrilled to get it off his lot ...