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View Poll Results: What's Your Dream Ironhead?
The Originals: 1957 and 1958 XL 11 5.95%
Early XLH: 1959-1969 21 11.35%
XLCH: 1958-1969 63 34.05%
Mid Era AMF: 1970-1978 50 27.03%
Late Iron: 1979-1985 40 21.62%
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To me, those mid 60's XLCH's are some of the best-looking bikes ever made.
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Ah, yes, but covet I do.
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I bought my 1970 for a couple of reasons.. 1. it had the distributor and dry clutch. It was a 900 with an electric starter.. 2. At the time I thought it was still made from HD parts.. that doesn't hold water anymore.. my bike was still stock enough to bring it back if I wanted too..

The 1970 is a bastard yr that was caught in yesterday and trying to still look forward.. I love all the 900s.. except 1971..

The 1974-76 Sporty's are very appealing years.. and the 1979 XLCR.. wow !!

The 67-69 would be great if you could find one that was unmolested..

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69 XLCH, my first bike.
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I'd have to say the '65 - '69 XLCH.

I love my H, I love the bigger tank with more range, the full fenders that give greater protection in the rain, and the stronger electrics at low RPM.

But the XLCHs from the mid to late sixties DEFINED the breed. They were mean, lean, and powerful. Both in styling and in performance they are/were the iconic Sportster, IMHO.
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I'm a little biased towards the pre 69 XLCH. (61 is best of course).
1974 is next, big jugs and still shifts on the correct side.
But I used to have an 81 XLX that was a little sweetie.
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early 79, still with kicker and electronic ign. still think a kicker on bike is bad ash.
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early 79, still with kicker and electronic ign. still think a kicker on bike is bad ash.
Motorcycles that come without kickers? But how do you start them?
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