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Old 12th August 2020
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^^100% correct.
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Not a basket case or even anywhere near it. But I was offered today for sale a beautiful, one owner, 9,000 mile, Black factory paint, 100% stock, 1974 XLCH. But I am only into push buttom start bikes at my age. So I had to pass.
price?
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I would personally limit my search to 1969-74. The 1975-76 Sportster has the most screwed up shifter linkage ever designed by an engineer. Even when they were new, it was a challenge to find Neutral.
ever heard of a milling machine? it fixs retarded stuff. you know the gov't made 'em do that don't you?
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I did not get that far. The guy who has it just aquired it from the original owner. But what I can tell you that it will not be cheap. He constantly sources Craigs-List and FaceBook Market Place. I did not think that there were very many original '74 Sportsters out there. But he just sold (last month) an almost showroom condition 1974 XLH original owner bike with 3,000 original miles on the clock. The color was Sunburst Burgundy. If anyone is interested, shoot me a PM and I will give you his phone number.
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I did not think that there were very many original '74 Sportsters out there.
Well, I have a 74 H with 4,000 miles on the clock. I think everyone should have one.

But I thought this thread was about/in search of a basket case ?

Traditionally, a basket case was a bike that had been pretty much completely disassembled and then on sold that way. Unscrupulous people of course could unload a pile of utter rubbish as it's often hard to tell what exactly you are buying.

I've been buying and selling motorcycles for over 50 years now. One of my current projects never started out as a complete bike. Frame from here, forks from there, engine from someplace else. A lot of the bits and pieces are from other bikes I worked on in the past.
If you know what your doing it's not that hard.

But for the unwary, it can be a minefield. Far too many people buy a parts bike, a basket case, or an uncompleted project thinking it's a cheap way to get what they want.

And a lot depends on their own expectations. If what you want is actually a really nice 74 XLH probably the most expensive way to get there is buying parts piecemeal.

That's exactly why places like Mach IV Motors buy bikes and break them. Bikes are generally worth more as parts.

I can do these things. Right down to designing and building my own frames. I can run a milling machine, a lathe, surface grinder etc. I can pick the difference between the three different top clamps on K Models from a picture.

And if I pay myself 50 cents and hour I can make a profit out of just about any bike I build/buy/acquire.

But not everyone can.
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yea and then there are the really odd people like me that just love to build and ride old Harleys for the sheer passion of it.
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