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Bought my 74 XLCH new and out of all these years it has only left me were it had to be hauled was a wreck I had.That's with nothing but a tool bag.I've had some crazy things to happen but always managed to make it home
Looks like my '73. Same seat. Raked. Had 10 apes after I replaced the pullbacks. Same thing. Different color.
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No one has mentioned how many trouble free miles they have ridden there Ironheads.
I have not owned one, but back at end of the 70's AMF, I bought a new lowrider Shovel big twin , a friend bought a new Ironhead sporty. we both loved our bikes & loved riding. we both had troubles. he kept the ironed about four years. I only just sold my Shovel ten years back, had ridden it 600,000 mile ( 1 million kilometres ) in Australia, rebuilt motor many times , but was reliable when I sold it. just the 4 speed box, not as strong as the 5 speed. have had a twin cam Dyna carb but, I think my best Harley is the 03 XLH I have now ( did a full rebuild to make it mine, but looks stock, all in motor & gear box) I only keep one bike at a time, & ride it a lot. new big twins too heavy to ride like I like to ride. but everyone to what he enjoys! side note, old friend who bought the ironhead when I bought the Shovelhead now owns two 09 Buell Ulyseese & loves them. in Australia here. Another friend has a 1958 IronHead looks great no trouble as does not ride it.
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No one has mentioned how many trouble free miles they have ridden there Ironheads...
54,000+ miles on my '83 so far. Other than standard maintenance items like tires, chains, cables, etc., I've put one new clutch in it right after I bought it (it was screwed up by the previous owner), two voltage regulators, had the kickstand mount re-welded to the frame, and replaced one cracked piston (my fault for running too much spark advance). Lots of trouble-free miles in between those hiccups...
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And this: http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=352787
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New to motorcycles, new to sportsters, new to forum. Bought my Ironhead (1980 Sportster XLS) a little over one year ago. Had never even ridden a motorcycle before I bought it. It is comical how lucky I got considering the bike wouldnt start when I bought it. Local dealership has an absolutely genius mechanic who knows these bikes and doesnt mind working on them. Long story short; have put over 7500 miles on bike this last year. If you buy and Ironhead get ready to spend some money. Be prepared to do maintenance; it is an old bike and needs some TLC. These bikes are survivors. They have earned every scratch and dent. If you can find one that runs and is reliable, to paraphrase Clark Griswold, you are going to have so much fun you'll will need plastic surgery to remove your smile!
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54,000+ miles on my '83 so far. Other than standard maintenance items like tires, chains, cables, etc., I've put one new clutch in it right after I bought it (it was screwed up by the previous owner), two voltage regulators, had the kickstand mount re-welded to the frame, and replaced one cracked piston (my fault for running too much spark advance). Lots of trouble-free miles in between those hiccups...
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That looks like an easy ride.
I bought my 03 74cid stock from a lady that bought it almost new from original lady owner. I got it three years ago when I was 69yo , flew up to Cairns where the guy that wrote the old ride story on the Ironhead came from ( or started from ) lady who owned it picked me up at Airport in Cairns , I road the 03 sporty around the block to check it out, went over everything with quick look check everything tight, gave owner the cash & she let me leave it at her place, I stayed in a hotel in Cairns the night, got up early next morning & lady came picked me up took me back to her home to load sporty up ( I had to rope everything down ) then asked where closest gas is & road filled tank up & on my way. had to time my stops for gas as had no idea how far the bike would got on a full tank & lady owner told me she never tried to go past 100mile ( 160km ) I asked her if she ever hit reserve and had to turn petcock up, she said no, she was always worried about running out of gas with no gas gauge. but I knew it should go more miles easy. one part there was a long distance between gas stations ( up before Rocky )
but I was not carrying any gas , just what was in tank. this bike last of rigid motor mount, has the original longer tank that holds a bit more , not the traditional gas tank Ironhead has. I think I was going about 280km per tank average before refilling one sport before Rocky was about 375km not much there , real boring road, but I was riding & don't get bored !! I had to stop at a little place south of Mackay to ask local cop where to buy gas, he told me a smart move as I told him just bought the bike & where I was riding too he had never heard of the town I was living in's name, I told him it was about as sleepy as the town he was in but it had a beach, he laughed came out to wave me off.
by passed Brisbane as they highjack you on there Motorways I was not paying $!! so took some back ways from Sunshine Coast to Towoomba, then down through Tamworth used the Free Hunter expressway north of Sydney & Newcastle Sydney freeway, road through Sydney ( lot of traffic & traffic Lights ) Stopped to see old friend then 379k down south coast of NSW (good riding roads ). not one thing came loose or needed to be tightened, was raining when I left Cairns ( not bad as was start of dry season, I crossed into the four seasons part of Australia as I went down & it was Hot start of ride & cold at the end.
I then road the bike 15,000km to check it out. I had a blister on one hand at the end of ride. but now that bike has been made mine! & I can ride her all day no worries. she still looks stock but goes hard.
but she is not an Ironhead!!
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