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Are we talking about the Red stocker from the pic from the OP? He mentions tearing down and repainting. Looks to me like a fairly complete assembly already, in somewhat decent condition. A few prior vital inspections on the motor will determine a complete teardown, comp, leakdown ect. From there a major service and some paint can easily be done at home in a garage by an experienced painter. Basic chassis service is easily handled completely in one day by a person with somewhat basic tools and the proper PLANNING, DRIVE and WALLET, nevermind over the winter. Looks to me like a very doable project for this gentleman to tackle. Not so much for the type that feels they need to pack a lunch and camp out just to spend the day adjusting pushrods.
Yes , Iron Mike, It's the red "stocker". Hearing people say it's mostly original and "fairly complete" is what I needed to know.

It's basically cosmetics that I'll be working on and I've built and painted custom cars most of my life (and I'm old) so that's not a problem. The bike is good mechanically but I may want to freshen up the top end...no big deal.

Compared to custom cars, working on these old ironheads is like working on a toy, I'm hooked!
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Looks like a perfect candidate. Do preliminary checks prior to teardown. Good luck with the project.
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I'm looking for a winter project and could use some advice. I've been looking for an XLH rather that add electric start to my original paint 71 XLCH. I'm getting a little old to be kickin that beast.
I've lost out on a couple but this one I'm still dealing on. It's a 1983 XLH.
These don't seem to be to popular on this forum so there isn't a lot of info to look at.
It looks to me to be pretty much stock to me but I really am not knowledgeable enough to know with these 80's bikes. The bike starts and runs but that Keihin carb need a little love. The exhaust guards and air cleaner are off for a better view.

Would love some input...opinions, positive or negative.
Were somewhere between 1500 and 1900 at this time. Is this reasonable?
Thanks for any input.


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Notice grass is mowed and edged ok..but no bothering to use roundup weed killer on concrete joints.
Prolly a heavyset white guy with a bitchy ole lady pointing/talking.
That explains it having 45K miles..whats the rubber looking things betwixt
The handlebars and risers? Possibly a king tank..and the frame under it looks
sanded or something. Possibly only one owner Bike here?
Whats His story about it?
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If you want to get picky, you didn't notice the upside down points cover. New owner is going to pitch that overweight flamed piece of cr#p for an OG #1 anyway.
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Possibly only one owner Bike here?
Whats His story about it?
This bike was purchased 3 years ago by an older guy from the original owner. The purchaser got sick and never rode the bike so it's been sitting for a while. He recently passed away and his wife is selling it thru her son. Unfortunately, they did fire it up without cleaning things up first.
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If you want to get picky, you didn't notice the upside down points cover. New owner is going to pitch that overweight flamed piece of cr#p for an OG #1 anyway.
Now that's the kind of lint picking I'm looking for! Good eye.

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This bike was purchased 3 years ago by an older guy from the original owner. The purchaser got sick and never rode the bike so it's been sitting for a while. He recently passed away and his wife is selling it thru her son. Unfortunately, they did fire it up without cleaning things up first.
That explains the weeds on the sidewalk...tough to get kids to do anything right these days...probably pitches a fit when Mom asks him to take out the trash too!
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can,t get lower than frogg nuts ,,, just saying,,,take it for he,s worth,,, bye I got a buzz ,, good nite
hahahaha,smiled at that brother.was kind of funny that the op said '83s don't get much mention on here.there are a lot of folks on here that have an '83,myself included.if I were goin to buy this i'd get it home and replace all those Taiwan doodads,get rid of that sissy bar and get some miles on it.i do restorations,build race cars,hot rods and do the bodywork and paint.alot of custom paint up here in the kern river valley.my busness partner does all the mechanical and electricle.half ass way to retire but it keeps me in shape.and I make ah good size chunk of money.any questions,post them on here or pm me,i'd be glad to help.tear it down to paint the Sheetmetal this winter,decide if your going to keep that Taiwan king tank or go stock 2 gallon.buy that sucker and we'll help you
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That's a good price for a fairly unmolested '83. If it runs well, doesn't make any terminal noises, and has paperwork, I'd go for it. Good generator, dual discs, good frame, lots of earlier Evo body parts fit it, etc. I'm partial to '83 models, myself, especially the XLX...

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