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The Originals: 1957 and 1958 XL 11 5.95%
Early XLH: 1959-1969 21 11.35%
XLCH: 1958-1969 63 34.05%
Mid Era AMF: 1970-1978 50 27.03%
Late Iron: 1979-1985 40 21.62%
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Well, the top end I lusted after got sold out from under me. Regardless, this remains my favorite. Most of the ones I've seen available for sale are shiny stocker museum pieces. I prefer my bikes scruffy and modified. I was about 20 years old when I saw an XR1000 with lumpy cams at a gas station during Laconia bike week. I didn't know what it was, but I knew it was cool and unique. The owner saw me ogling his bike, took off from the gas station, and did a nice loud wheelie. I'll never get that image out of my mind.

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The bang for the buck is missing in a XR1000.

While they fuel many wet dreams, in real life, meh!

It is a de-tuned for the street wankers dream.
These bikes were never raced as the class is limited to 750cc.
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The bang for the buck is missing in a XR1000.

While they fuel many wet dreams, in real life, meh!

It is a de-tuned for the street wankers dream.
These bikes were never raced as the class is limited to 750cc.
Well, so much for that happy memory. Thanks.
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Voted 1980. XLS preferred. XLX is OK also. Mag wheels a plus. I like I can replace the genny with a alternator < on the shelf > , Easy to work on. Just my druthers talking is all.
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I bought my 1970 for a couple of reasons.. 1. it had the distributor and dry clutch. It was a 900 with an electric starter.. 2. At the time I thought it was still made from HD parts.. that doesn't hold water anymore.. my bike was still stock enough to bring it back if I wanted too..

The 1970 is a bastard yr that was caught in yesterday and trying to still look forward.. I love all the 900s.. except 1971..

The 1974-76 Sporty's are very appealing years.. and the 1979 XLCR.. wow !!

The 67-69 would be great if you could find one that was unmolested..

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I have a 70 also. I am curious why do you prefer the dry clutch?
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I have a 70 also. I am curious why do you prefer the dry clutch?
Have you ever ridden a Sportster with a well-setup dry clutch? Butter.
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Voted 1980. XLS preferred. XLX is OK also. Mag wheels a plus. I like I can replace the genny with a alternator < on the shelf > , Easy to work on. Just my druthers talking is all.
What do you mean by you can replace the generator with an alternator off the shelf on your 1981?
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You can buy a alternator kit that replaces the generator. An XLForum member sells one. I believe that he has just completed a new batch and may have one available...

Ironhead Poweraythor alternator conversion
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Ok it comes down to a personal preference on a mechanic’s ability. No specific science.
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