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Old 26th December 2007
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Hey guys I have been on this forum for a year now and love it.I dont know about the rest of you but it seems that since I joined there has bee a large increase in Ironhead owners.Hell even the Evo owners are starting to get the Ironhead bug.What is the reason for this change of attitude towards the Ironheads?Before as soon as you mentioned Ironhead the first thing you used to hear was "Oh no not another AMF era bike"!!!!Now days all you hear is "Is this a good price for an Ironhead or which years are the best Ironheads" and so on.

So I guess My question would be-What made you buy an Ironhead and why has the popularity of the Ironhead changed so fast among non Ironhead owners?

I guess its was the history and the simplicity of the old Iron-Shovel heads.When I was looking to buy a Harley I set out looking for an old Shovelhead and just happened to come across this good deal on My 80' Ironhead so I couldnt pass it up and bought it and am thankfull every day that I did.But I am still looking for a good deal on a Shovel.
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Don't know, OutlawTexan67,

Been in love with Old Iron since the late 60's, although it took me till 1983 to get one...

Just hope it's not a fad and that guys are genuinely attracted to them for the right reasons!!! Maybe some new guys are just fed up of having everything taken care of by the MoCo and want to get their fingers dirty!!!

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I think it has to do with the fact that you can get a great old Harley for a reasonable price. It's the last of the old school Harleys, and you can still pick one up for under $3K if you look around. You can get parts easily, the tech is basic. There no EFI, no computer, no BS. Even the newest rookie out there can learn his or her way though an Ironhead. I did.

They're bada$$. They get noticed.

Why did I buy one? Well, they weren't making EVO's in '82 (when I bought my '77), but I wouldn't have bought an EVO then. Like many a purist of the day, the EVO was blasphomy. They engineered the personality out of the bike. I don't feel so strongly about that now, but that was the way I felt at the time.

Anyway, though I've been tempted with the new Evo's, I couldn't imagine selling my old Ironbeast.
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It was the first Harley in Portugal selling for less than 5000€ so I could afford it knowing nothing of ironheads history or engine. Now I ride with Evo riders and know a bit more of all this engines and I don't regret it a bit... First to me is in my top 2 most beautiful engines ever, the ironhead and the knucle. second its an old bike, old technology, simple, great sound, pulls strong and fast. Third, I know it's stupid but she gets a smile out of me every time she doesn't run well, meaning I'll have to wrench something. and fourth something that I have never wanted: a lot of attention, I'm not that kind of guy that have a $20k bike to show of nor I like attentions on me, but I really like when we pull over and people just look at my bike and make a lot of questions ignoring all the other bikes... eheh I like to destroy $20k'ers egos lololol. and believe it or not, this forum helped me a lot, and making me realise even more how special this bikes are.
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Here is a note i found in my XLForum directory on my computer. It looks like a copy of a post i made here in the first winter i had my IronHead, probably 2005 ...

IronHeads. I am trying to figure out when IronHeads became so special to me. I think it was after i bought mine, just this past September. Then i realized that it has been 20 years since the last FeXL was built, 25 years since mine was built. These are fastastic bikes. It takes a special person to want one, to have one, to maintain one, to love one!

Here on Bert's forum we have a community of IronPeople. Our bikes are special and we are special. We should consider seriously the somewhat distant future for FeXLs. How about another 20 years from now, or more? Will our special bikes still be? What can we do now, in our homes, in our workshops, and here in this forum, to ensure a secure future for these special bikes?

As you can see. i have mine stripped down to pretty well the frame and engine. The front wheel will be coming off after the back wheel goes back on. This bike is being seriously renewed! I am installing original replacement parts where possible. Good ol' eBay! I have an original air cleaner for which there is a K&N filter available, an original set of headers & heat shields including the crossover, and some original decals and emblems. Can hardly wait for spring - except that i have lots more work to do.

A big thanx to Bert for getting and keeping this place going, and to all you guys for the help i have been getting here, which my bike and i really need.
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So I guess My question would be-What made you buy an Ironhead

I guess its was the history and the simplicity of the old Iron-Shovel heads.When I was looking to buy a Harley I set out looking for an old Shovelhead and just happened to come across this good deal on My 80' Ironhead so I couldnt pass it up and bought it and am thankfull every day that I did.But I am still looking for a good deal on a Shovel.
Answer to question #1. Besides a few K models that was all that was available when I bought my first Sportster.
(If you find an old Shovel, you'll find it's much like an Iron head.)
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I had the opportunity to buy my ironhead at a reasonable price. I just had an accident with a sportbike and thought that it was a good opportunity to buy something more reasonable to ride. I'm still very happy!
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It started out as a whim for a motorcycle project. I just wanted to get a project that would allow me to work on and rebuild a bike. I thought that I would sell it afterwards for an "upgrade" to a BT. I found my '81 XLS on ebay but the seller was local. He let me look over the bike. I made him an offer that he turned down. But after a few relistings and no sale, I bought it off of him privately.

A year later after rebuilding the "project" and putting over 3000 miles on it, I realized that this is the bike I've always wanted. I love it and I love riding and working on it.

Yes, there may be another bike project in the future. It may not even be an ironhead. But, it will NEVER be at the expense of my ironhead!
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I agree with everything that's been said here and I am very thankful to have found a community of others that share my passion for these much-maligned Sporties.

Back in the mid-70's I think that a lot of Harley riders felt betrayed by the 'sell-out' to AMF, and AMF had a learning curve to get through as well. Over time though the emotionally charged BS gave way to historical fact. Today Ironheads are cherished by some and maligned by others, usually in direct proportion to actual experience with one.
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I pre-date the term "Ironhead" by a good many years, and although I think it's appropriate, it still strikes an odd chord. To me the old bikes are and always will be Sportsters--"H" and "CH." In my world, there are Sportsters and Evo Sportsters, the Evo roughly translating (I'm being nice here) as "son of."

When I was sixteen (1969) and looking for a Harley, I missed a couple deals on big twins and the next bike I found was a Sportster. It was a great deal, and as I've described in another post, the seller, an old park ranger, did some finagling to make sure I ended up with the bike. So, maybe it was fate.

That said, I'm way beyond thinking about why I like them. They are a part of me, like my left foot or my little brother--not something I'd even consider changing, although occasionally I do shake my head and wonder why.
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