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they don't need a mechanic they are a mechanic.if not before they bought it,they will be after they do.an IRONHEAD mechanic!
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I'm not a big fan of late 60s/early 70s iron heads-- that's why I've only had 16 of 'em, and one FXR, over the years.
I'd buy a basket case in the fall, build it over the winter then ride in the spring and summer. Sell when the weather gets too hot and do it all over again.
Granted, the earlier ones are not without their quirks but like the other guys say; do your own work, keep (any) bike serviced, don't abuse them and they seem to run forever.
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they don't need a mechanic they are a mechanic.if not before they bought it,they will be after they do.an IRONHEAD mechanic!
Ironhead’s: Making mechanics out of riders since 1957!
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i agree that buying other peoples head-aches is the #1 issue. the ironhead is extremely forgiving even if you ride out of tune, even hd says anything in the hole will run.
i was fortunate that i got mine out the crate and as far as money into it, i will say nada, only the candy items and consumables.
she was running good but bird in hand to restore frame paint after 40 years, i up the ponies and that was at 170k on the clock.
my iron will turn heads more so than the evo. btw: she take 3k trips with ease two up, just not comfortable, but hey, the wife invented air ride, just wasn't smart enough to capitalize on it.
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Ironhead is a great classic H-D. If you plan
on riding one on a regular basis, plan on regular shop wrench time investments.
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Like any piece of equipment designed 6+ decades ago, they require more maintenance than a modern design. With my current vehicles, I change the spark plugs at around the mileage my 1960s vehicles were ready for an engine rebuild.

Are you willing to put the effort into maintaining an Ironhead? For me it's part of the hobby.
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I have several "old" bikes and I actually enjoy working on them as much or more than riding them. I think that you almost have to lean towards this attitude to actually enjoy them and not cuss at them when the "want a little attention."
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Something a lot of people don't get is the myth of the "Bike that needs no Maintenance". Even modern bikes aren't Honda Accords, and even CB750's & CB350's need more regular maintenance than any car on the road. My '86 Yamaha XJ700 needs valves checked & adjusted every 5000 miles, my old two-strokes needed piston rings about every 2000 miles, heck it was huge news when Ducati changed it regular valvetrain maintenance to 15,000 miles, my old Desmodue engines (SS900 & ST3) were still on the 7500 mile schedule. Hell I'd wager every GY6 scooter chucked in to a junkyard for a locked up engine would still be on the road if their owner's did a little routine maintenance on them, and those engines are absolute garbage when they are new.
So yeah, an Ironhead needs maintenance, but there's nothing uncommon about that in the motorcycle world. It has the advantage of a ton of dealership support over just about any other brand out there.
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... So yeah, an Ironhead needs maintenance, but there's nothing uncommon about that in the motorcycle world. It has the advantage of a ton of dealership support over just about any other brand out there.

Not where I live. The dealership can barely be bothered to find parts. Service a magneto? Forget it. After having been sold the wrong part multiple times (with H-D part number in hand), I've pretty much given up on them as a useful resource.


Even the local indy doesn't want to work on anything older than mid-90's.
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not here either
better chance with an independent shop and not many that can comprehend the simplicity of the machine.
was watching a so called "GREAT SHOP" on the tube and the idiot was proud of saying and doing a pinion gear removal with a claw hammer. if it was that loose to begin with, it needs parts and the idiot wailed it back on with zero regard to pinion depth setting.
needless to say, i would not bring him a broken schwin bicycle to replace the chain.
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