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For 3500 you better get a reach around and a kiss.

Unless it is literally a turn key machine.

I'd want to put some miles on a bike before I spent that much coin.
ryder rick the going rate for IHs, and old HDs generally, is very different here. Prices are much higher than you pay in the US. £3500 (about $4600) for a fair condition roadworthy IH is a fair price in our market. That's why there are guys who make a living buying bikes in the US and shipping them over here to sell. Though with the exchange rate these days there's nowhere near as much to be made as a few years ago. Overall IH addiction is a much more costly habit here than in the US

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I'm near Oxford but the bike is up in Suffolk somewhere.
Where in Suffolk is he? If its at Troston/ Great Livermere he is a good dealer.
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No, not that area.... actually it was Cambridgshire, my mistake. So he came back with some pictures of the '74 from his phone and although in good nick it has a hideous cushioned 'King and Queen' seat and a bit of a 'custom' paint job which isn't to my taste. I have no issue with having to do a respray and change the seat, aftermarket clocks and other bits but due to the otherwise good condition he wants more money for it and I wouldn't want to ride it as it is, it's a bit of a tarts handbag. I preferred the originality of the other one even though it was a bit rougher round the edges! So I've told him I'll think about it, shame he sold the other one before I got to it.

He said he's putting it up for sale next week for £4500 which I thought was a bit steep although he said I could have it for £3750. Not sure at all, it isn't singing to me.
Good nick, but...

Unknown mileage due to aftermarket clocks
Big, flabby seat
Garish paint job

Am I aiming wrong and missing a bargain?
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1974, last year for the right shift. My humble suggestion, get a running machine. The closer to stock the better. A 70's + machine may be easier to get parts for. I don't know how things are parts wise or anything else where you are, but you don't want your first ironhead experience to be too frustrating.
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And was he right...? I see you have an XLCH...!
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1974, last year for the right shift. My humble suggestion, get a running machine. The closer to stock the better. A 70's + machine may be easier to get parts for. I don't know how things are parts wise or anything else where you are, but you don't want your first ironhead experience to be too frustrating.
This one's running, it's a fresh import from the US but has no history, uncertain mileage and despite looking tidy I don't like the custom paintjob, seat, bars or aftermarket clocks. I don't mind any of those things if the price is right but I think I'll hold out for something better priced and more original.
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And was he right...? I see you have an XLCH...!
It has a starter on it. Not taking any chances on my 61 yr old knees.
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