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View Poll Results: IronHead Owners, How Old Are You?
I am just a Baby 20 2.74%
25 - 29 58 7.96%
30 - 39 106 14.54%
40 - 49 118 16.19%
50 - 59 191 26.20%
60 - 69 196 26.89%
Older than dirt! 40 5.49%
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Old 23rd June 2015
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Default Average age of the Ironhead forum users

I am curious as to what the age of the majority of Ironheaders is at this site.

I know that some are old and decrepit and can name a few like myself.

Is owning the Iron more a nostalgic trend or simply because for the most part it is what we are familiar with, or because it is what we know and love?

I am 61 and there is just something sexy about an Ironhead, probably a little nostalgic as well because it is what I grew up with riding and owning, so I know and love them.

At times they can try our patience and frustrate us but can stay with us for our entire lives if treated with respect and love.

I have been through 5 wives but still own the motor for my first Sportster.
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I'm 62, but still have my first wife... I've had my Ironhead for 25 years, my wife for 42. Started out in 1966 with a Honda Sport 50, and have owned many different bikes over the years - Hondas, Yamahas, Triumphs, a Hodaka, various motocross racers, etc. I've had my old Honda 350 for 46 years, got it new in 1969 in high school...

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5 wives, damn!!! anyway, 2nd wife here (and last) i'm 41. not sure what exactly drew me to ironheads, i originally wanted a late 90s superglide for a first bike. then while stationed at lejeune, i went into a shop called chopperhead and saw an early 70's xlch in a hard tail frame with a springer and knew that i'd have one of those someday. that was sometime in '99 or 2000, took a long time before i could afford one.
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I'm 31...grew up on Hondas but when I finally decided to make the transition to the Harley family I spent a long time finding the right project bike. I loved the idea of a classic, the older the better. For me it's a lot about culture and history, my 73 xlch satisfied all my my wants and needs, this forum also factored into the equation what information is out there etc...
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I'm 54, had my IH since 91 & been married just once, since 90.
Wanted a Sportster & nearly bought what was then a 'new fangled' EVO one but decided I prefered the IHs, not really sure why, mainly the look & sound of the motors. Can't imagine ever getting shot of it now, it's part of me.
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I'm 46. Just gave the third wife her walking papers last December and have no intentions of a 4th I started riding Sportsters in the mid 1980's when I began work on a '72 xlh basket I traded a local mechanic for labor in his shop. I did anything and everything he didn't want to do and in return I got the basket and he instructed during its reconstruction Had the '72 for a few years and then picked up a new '88 xl1200. Eventually sold the '72 after about 12 years and kept the '88 for about 20 years.

Picked up a basket '69xlh and a '75xlh roller about 4 years ago. Worked on both and eventually sold the '75 and am now riding the '69. Going to keep the '69 - it's my birth year Sportster! I also have a 2008 1200L for more reliable rides concerning long distance and highway speed.
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Maybe the mods can turn this into a poll? I'm 47. Always wanted a kick start ch since I was a kid. Just Life, wife and kids got in the way. So it took till 2009 to get one thanks to bro in laws divorce. Then it took 2 years and finding this forum to get it reliable. Now I'm addicted......
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Born in1952, I'm 63. I still have these 2.
I've had the Sporty since 75 and the Superglide since 77. Many bikes, Sporties and Shovels since, but I've kept these two.



Oh yea, wife #1, 35 years, not quite broke in yet.
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I would love to see this as a poll, as some members may not want to publicly reveal their age.

But I like the comments as well!

I guess I just love weddings, or women........... or both!
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I would love to see this as a poll, as some members may not want to publicly reveal their age...
Revealing my age doesn't bother me at all. I'm proud to be in my 60's and still able to swing a leg over my Ironhead and take off!

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