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Old 24th April 2020
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Looks like a million!
Thanks. Your bike was quite an influence on me. I have lots of pics of it saved for reference.
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I thought I’d throw up a few pics of the final product. I’m very happy with the new look. I’m also happy that I decided to buy this second ironhead with the more modern accessories rather than add electric leg to my old school ’71 CH.

I was lucky to start with a decent bike and I’m able to do all work myself including paint and mounting tires so it wasn’t too costly. That “Diamond Back” seat was hanging in a buddy’s garage who donated it to the cause. It’s a tad fancy for an XLX but it sure is comfy.

I have a Mikuni on the ’71 so I know how trouble free they are but I liked the look of this ’83 Keihin. It seems like a pretty well engineered carb, so it’s staying for now.

Still too cold and wet here on the southern shore of Lake Erie to ride but better days are coming…













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bike looks great dude.
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Reminds me of mine a little..., but with wire wheels.

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Reminds me of mine a little..., but with wire wheels.
You've got a great looking bike there. If mine resembles yours, I did OK
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You've got a great looking bike there. If mine resembles yours, I did OK
You did better than ok - your bike is a beauty!
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reminds me of mine also with wire wheels and mines faster,hahaha.black bikes rule
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That is just beautiful! My '82 wasn't close enough to stock when I got it to consider restoring it, so I went the bobber route. I am curious, and would value your opinion as I contemplate painting mine; if you had gone with a different color on the tank and fenders, would you have painted the oil tank to match, or left it black?
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That is just beautiful! My '82 wasn't close enough to stock when I got it to consider restoring it, so I went the bobber route. I am curious, and would value your opinion as I contemplate painting mine; if you had gone with a different color on the tank and fenders, would you have painted the oil tank to match, or left it black?
Cheers!
Thanks for the kind words.
If I had been painting the tins any other color, the oil tank, chain guard and any other covers and brackets would still be all painted black. That’s the way Harley did it. I like them to look somewhat original (I’m old skool).
If it was a customized a lot, that would be a different story. Not sure what I 'd do. I know it wouldn't be chrome.

According to many on this forum, black bikes are the fastest!
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