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I'm a bike snob of course it's pre 1970. 28 19.05%
If it says XLCH thats what it is. 93 63.27%
It has a horse shoe oil tank. 4 2.72%
You're just jealous because you dont have one. 22 14.97%
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Old 1st January 2015
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An XLCH is A XLCH. Early ones without the hump were more geared to competition but 70 -80s are still a XLCH, even if no one knows what that stands for for sure
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Default There have always been different models of Sportster really

A 54KH is the same as a 65 XLCH (Which by the way stands for "XL Competition Hot) except it has flatheads and a bombsight carb. Within that universe there are models. I prefer the tin covers because that's what I had, but some guy with a stroker electric start can run just as fast and that's what it is all about. They all look great, KRs being my favorite. I like Tin primarys, don't like compensator sprocket covers, battery ignition, AMFs. But if I was to buy another today, I'd want an electric start, so who cares.

The real battle of Harleys is between those who ride the 900lb Shriner models and those of us on our sissy bikes. All Sportster riders have a sacred duty to get in the shit of anyone riding a big twin who talks smack. I did my part: "Do you haul fat women in parades?" "That is like road racing a dump truck"...etc. Modern big twin riders are frustrated dentists who were picked on in their youth. They buy a Harley because it makes them into a tough guy. With every Big Twin these dopes spend an average of $4K buying leathers for their gilfriends, bandanas, and an attitude. The one common denominator is that none of them can ride. Most Sportster riders are pretty handy on a motorcycle.
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Modern big twin riders are frustrated dentists who were picked on in their youth.

The one common denominator is that none of them can ride. Most Sportster riders are pretty handy on a motorcycle.
Too funny. my friend is a frustrated Dentist and bought a 2007 Crossbones/roads/ FLHxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxwhatever. We have been trying to teach him riding and wrenching, but he is Flat unsteady at slow speeds. I always keep him in sight when riding as group. i worry for him.

I finally got him to throw a leg over my 2010 Iron and ride it. he improved his skills and confidence after only a few rides, but I won't trade him . I think I have converted him. LOL
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My 69' is bastardized, now has points ignition. I do want to research with Harley on the numbers for their race engines, as mine has no speedo drive, no welding in case to block it, and the kick on compression stroke is like kicking a stroker. After it starts, it loosens up, but you really have to kick it hard to start it.
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That doesn't mean we don't like the later bikes; it's simply that after 69 the designation becomes a misnomer. That said, I would never "rip" a 70 or later Sportster.
pasted from Moon's Post, Guys,

Yes, K's and early XLCH, XL's are kinda Unique, a sweet crudeness about them, they are what they are..
many of us have been here for 8 to ten years now, many 50 plus years of age so we started on Mag XLCH Bikes.. have a G D Sense of humor at times,.I love early XLCH bikes but damn I love my Buddy's 1970 Boat Tail and a Ton of many Other Sportsters... Lighten up

hope the survey suits the need.. Happy New Year to All, Safe Riding..
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This is a real Harley. 1959 FL Duo Glide. It has aluminum case's and heads.

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While that may be a 59 FL Duo Glide, that's not a real Chevy II.
This is a real 63 Chevy II SS:



Actually I really like your bike and car.
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i,agree.when the XLCH lost it's kicker,it wasn't the same. stripped down xlh.i,choose not to vote in the apparently biased poll.
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As HD called my 76 an XLCH then it can't be disputed that it is one. However I have no problem with people prefering the earlier ones, thinking they are better etc. Each to their own, we all have our likes/preferences/prejudices. Somebody feeling that a 60s mag fired, kick only XLCH is more of a "real/proper" XLCH than mine is fine, no different than me loving IHs but having no interest in owning an EVO Sportster. A lot of people prefer original stock Sportsters whilst I much prefer custom/modified ones. All this variety makes life interesting. The world would be a boring place if we all had the same tastes.
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all I can say is, who gives a shit. ride what you ride and like what you like and enjoy it. life is too short to give a fat shit what someone else thinks. if their nose is too far in the air to see that, no worries, someday, someone will smack it back down to ground level.
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The real battle of Harleys is between those who ride the 900lb Shriner models and those of us on our sissy bikes. All Sportster riders have a sacred duty to get in the shit of anyone riding a big twin who talks smack. I did my part: "Do you haul fat women in parades?" "That is like road racing a dump truck"...etc. Modern big twin riders are frustrated dentists who were picked on in their youth. They buy a Harley because it makes them into a tough guy. With every Big Twin these dopes spend an average of $4K buying leathers for their girlfriends, bandanas, and an attitude. The one common denominator is that none of them can ride. Most Sportster riders are pretty handy on a motorcycle.
amen Amen!

My son's friends give me sh*t cause my Sporty won't do a wheelie! Who frikin' cares. I didn't buy this bike for your approval.
I have had a lot of bikes but none have put a bigger smile on my face than the bike I own now!
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Best Part of this Entire Thread are the Pictures of the Chevy 2's, Real Nice!
this thread is akin to tryin to punch your way out of a sealed steel Drum... or Sword Fights in 6th grade.. har har..
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