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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!?
I understand what you're saying.... however this was built by an old fart that has been a Harley Mechanic since the good Ole days... He would probably disagree with you. He also had another local legend in the Harley field that drag raced these stroker irons for many years. I'm a believer in these old guys and what they know from experience. I guess I'll have to see. Pretty sure it won't get driven more than 1 to 2k a year and it won't get beat. Thx for your input however.
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It's more of an art than modern bikes
Actually, far less complicated than newer bikes.

Is it exactly what you want? Offer him $2,000 less.
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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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Is it exactly what you want? Offer him $2,000 less.
Oh I will. He's asking 10. I'll probably offer 8 to 8500. Never hurts. He lives nearby and told me if I ever had any issues to NOT bring it to a Harley dealer b/c they don't know crap about these old ironhead, lol. He said to bring it his way and him and "Newt" will help me out, lol.
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Thank you. I value your input.
It's a hobby. Albeit an expensive hobby. I should have bought more guns. But the scoot is just a big ole baby that I wish I could of had when I was 18. Got my Ironhead when I was 23, Man, they are cantankerous. But the bike is still out there as I mentioned. My point is get ready to wrench to keep her rolling. You say a lot of work has been done. That type of work you mention will need follow up. Clutches and stuff get to be more often, etc. But $9700 ain't nothing for a stepper as we say in the south. You can afford it, do it. It's cheaper than catching a nasty STD

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What your paying for is time. And your not paying a lot for that time.

Anyone who has built something as nice as this knows how long it takes. I can see more than 7 grand in the parts/paint etc. So your probably buying his time at 50 cents and hour.

I'm not sure I would be happy running a bike like that on the street. It will handle and brake as well as any 1930's motorcycle you care to mention.

But it has an engine capable of hitting 140+ MPH.

I don't think that's a great combination myself. You may find the bike a handful to ride.
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This is a classic late 70s type sled with a lot of attention to detail and very cleanly executed.
As has been said here, you could not have a shop build you this bike for that price. If you trust these guys and have a support system and a receipt trail, it’s not an outlandish price to me. Zoom in on the pics and find some wires. Look at the shift linkage. Things are done right. It’s even got the tender plug in place. This is your one stop shopping convenience.

If you’re even thinking about it, you’ve already got the green. Just make sure you don’t insult the builder when you negotiate price and don’t turn into a poseur when you realize how much attention it gets.

5 years from now it could very well be illegal to sell and buy a scoot like that. If you want it, there’s no time like the present.
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If it speaks to you,and you’ve ridden her so no surprises, go for it.
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$9500 for a '74 Ironhead is absurd. Market value is around $3k-$5k regardless of receipts. $20k could easily be spent on any bike project if you pay shops to do the work. I have spent nearly twice the market value on every bike project I have done and I do all the work myself. It's a hobby and labor of love.
If I was in the market for a $9500 bike it certainly would not be a '74 Ironhead.
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That's a steep price for an ironhead, but let's face it, that's not really a 1974 sportster. You're shopping for a chopper and you're paying for style, and being stylish costs money.
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