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Default Does this price seem right? $9500 '74 Ironhead

This will be in addition to my 18 Roadglide and used to cruise the town or maybe a few trips to local towns on the hwy.... Bar hopper...
Hopefully i can get pics to download... I am looking at a locally completely rebuilt with all receipts, notes, diagrams, and box tags...lol. This guy builds bikes and has most of his adult years and he's in his 70's. It's a 74 but has the earlier 900cc cams and cam cover and right side shift. The rebuild has 144 miles on it. Kick and electric start, oh and a Mag (that's part of why he went with the earlier 900. The engine is a true 74 1000 cc with a 74" stroker kit from s&s with the 4 5/8 and .030 pistons. New $1400 flywheel and it's balanced. Just a few specs: Springer front end chromed +4" over a 26", ported and polished heads, Andrews V9 cams, Barnett Scorpion clutch, Manley .490 valve springs, andrews chrome moly pushrods, exhaust was ceracoted, Custom built Lapera seat (he re-shaped the base and sent back to Lapera to re fit the vinyl.) Custom paint, hard tailed, rebuilt and redesigned cam on rear mechanical brake, front brake is new Performance Machine setup disc, and a whole lotta other parts and time.... #1 I love the look and feel of the bike. Is almost 10k too much? I know it would cost way more to build, but just seems like a lot. I haven't priced similar bikes but most of them don't have a 1" thick folder of receipts etc....
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I vote yes, it's too much. I have $10K in mine and there is no way I could get that for it.
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I vote yes, it's too much. I have $10K in mine and there is no way I could get that for it.
So I think you are saying that you have 10k in yours and couldn't get 10k out of it? I get that.... There is more than 10k on receipts on this project not including any labor or the cost of the bike... So I'm thinking it would cost me 20k total to do what he did... I know how fast the labor and little parts add up.
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If you want a bike like that and cannot build it yourself it will cost you way more than that to have one built.
You decide if the value is there for you.
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Forgot to mention the transmission was rebuilt where necessary with only harley gears etc.. I'm sure you've all been there wondering if you should pull the trigger on a bike or not. I have done a lot of research and do realize that building up or restoring an Ironhead is not in my skill set. It's more of an art than modern bikes. I guess I'm asking if you've seen bikes of this caliber usually go for more or less than this. Thx gentlemen.
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hmm, so it still has the two exploding 20t harley gears inside the trans with the added torque of a stroker!?
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So I think you are saying that you have 10k in yours and couldn't get 10k out of it? I get that.... There is more than 10k on receipts on this project not including any labor or the cost of the bike... So I'm thinking it would cost me 20k total to do what he did... I know how fast the labor and little parts add up.
Ok here's a little perspective. I sold my '76 CH to a friend of mine. Over the years he has probably spent $20K on it. I still would value his at say $4500. I get what you're saying if it's something that really catches your fancy and you indicate that. The value of something is what someone is willing to pay. It seems you are willing to pay that so it's worth that. Let's just say it starts appealing to a narrower market. I see your point now.

I'm still at a junction on mine. I cracked it open and put the 1275 kit and cams in it. Still in break-in period. In the back of my mind is that if the engine grenades, it basically has salvage value after me spending $5K in upgrades and just as much in my own sweat equity.

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I would never buy that bike. Hardtail frame, ugly Z-bars, no front fender, whatever else. I am certain that there are people who would love it. I am not one of them. I looked at the first 3 pics then gave up.
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Personally I would not buy a bike like this. It is built with the personal taste of the builder. Not often will it be my own taste. If you fell in love with a bike no arguments will stop you from buying it. Looking at your reactions I think you already made up your mind. Ever ridden a hardtail? Try before you buy...
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$4000...maybe. But I'm with Mick and NLXL.
If you want something like that, build it yourself. Otherwise you're paying for a motor in someone else's garbage bike.
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