The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM®
 

Go Back   The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM® > SPORTSTER MOTORCYCLE FORUM > Sportster Motorcycle Era Specific and Model Specific > Ironhead Sportster Motorcycle Talk (1957-1985)
XLF Blogs XLF Arcade XLF Disclaimer/Privacy Statement/Terms Of Use

Notices

Ironhead Sportster Motorcycle Talk (1957-1985) For all those that wanna talk about Ironhead Sportster Motorcycles

Active Threads
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 6 Minutes Ago
Replies: 24,082
Views: 2,461,661
0 Flywheel en play check 1974 Sportster
Last Post: Jaime1840
Posted On: 26 Minutes Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 773
0 Installing valve stems 43157-83A
Last Post: LenC
Posted On: 36 Minutes Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 50
0 What did you do for your sporty Today?
Last Post: hammer6315
Posted On: 46 Minutes Ago
Replies: 7,316
Views: 1,081,257
0 81 parts
Last Post: Nickb2787
Posted On: 47 Minutes Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 20
0 ISO: Norcal Machine shop for Hole in Case
Last Post: BTD
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 761
0 Hot Chicks on Hot Bikes
Last Post: maltesefalcon
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 11,342
Views: 2,273,001
0 Secondery Vin tag
Last Post: ryder rick
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 125
0 Superlow bar dimensions?
Last Post: npaisnel
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 1,312
0 Please Help flanders says bars are almost what I have?
Last Post: npaisnel
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 2,624
3 Wtb, Wts, Wtt, Wtg (Evos)
Last Post: rocketmangb
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 82,769
0 Food porn
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 2,144
Views: 432,387
0 Cam question
Last Post: kitabel
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 732
0 XR750 resurrecting
Last Post: mofosheee
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,510
0 Brake pedal clear Super Trapp 2-1?
Last Post: LenC
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 222
0 What kind of car lives with your HD?
Last Post: dodgetrucken
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 584
Views: 92,616
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 48,872
Views: 7,919,750
0 12/06/2020 Chicagoland Toys for Tots Parade
Last Post: jzink0883
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 35
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Crusty
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 18,750
Views: 1,116,194
0 Snippets
Last Post: oldboy
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 312
Views: 34,321
0 Bike Beast
Last Post: Ireeman
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 439
0 Old new guy
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 402
0 2009 XL1200N, want to install factory dual guages from 01, need help
Last Post: rocketmangb
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,175
0 What's your opinion on windshields?
Last Post: jzink0883
Posted On: 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 1,250
Views: 229,223
0 mainshaft retaining ring by sprocket
Last Post: ericfreeman
Posted On: 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 162
0 never mind
Last Post: IXL2Relax
Posted On: 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 198
Views: 28,387
0 strange noise in top end
Last Post: Ferrous Head
Posted On: 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,205
0 Oil leak
Last Post: Roane
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 2,847
0 Roadster Speedometer Light Sensor
Last Post: felis
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 88
0 BSA to be reborn...
Last Post: NLXL
Posted On: 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 665
More...
Members Birthdays
collinsb (76), bulldog1200C (62), DrBlond (57), Moonpie (55), mercybeat (50), mogwai (46), Ratster, E.MCCOLLOM (43)
Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10th January 2008
the cowboy way's Avatar
the cowboy way the cowboy way is offline
Senior Chief Know It All 3rd Class
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: TENNESSEE
Posts: 1,739
Sportster/Buell Model: hand built M/XL ironhead
Sportster/Buell Year: 9293
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 1976 motor in a 1987 fram
Sportster/Buell Year #2: ????
Other Motorcycle Model: 1974 XL & 2003 FXD
Other Motorcycle Year: 7403
the cowboy way has disabled reputation
Default whats your iron head worth

some people think they aint worth any more than a couple grand and some got $10,000 invested in thiers , its priceless to others
I payed $2,000 for my 1974 XL in 1979
bought 2 basket cases for $1,250 in 1992
about $3,000 to built my M/XL
and have invested about $7,000 in 589II
What ya got in yours and whats it worth in read ca$h ?
__________________
Forever Two Wheels
1997 AMRA National E-class Champion
Ironhead parts I have tons of em
machine shop @ home
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10th January 2008
Skinner's Avatar
Skinner Skinner is offline
Master Mechanic
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: KW Area, ON, Canada
Posts: 277
Sportster/Buell Model: XLH - now XLCH
Sportster/Buell Year: 1976
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 883 XLH - Wrote Off/SOLD
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1995
Other Motorcycle Model: CJ5 JEEP
Other Motorcycle Year: 1967
Reputation: 147
Skinner is on a distinguished roadSkinner is on a distinguished road
Default

I cannot answer that on the grounds my wife would crap if she found out. LOL!

I'm already about 2K over my estimated build cost and it will probably be closer to 3K by the time I'm done. A new front end and kicker conversion has a tendancy to do that don't you know.

But to me, I am sure it will be priceless. Any thing that when I come home all wound up can melt away my stress is priceless to me...

Skinner.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10th January 2008
83XLX's Avatar
83XLX 83XLX is offline
Senior Master Custom Bike Builder
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Heart of Dixie
Posts: 8,217
Sportster/Buell Model: XLX-61
Sportster/Buell Year: 1983
Other Motorcycle Model: Honda CL350
Other Motorcycle Year: 1969
Reputation: 991047
83XLX has a reputation beyond repute83XLX has a reputation beyond repute83XLX has a reputation beyond repute83XLX has a reputation beyond repute83XLX has a reputation beyond repute83XLX has a reputation beyond repute83XLX has a reputation beyond repute83XLX has a reputation beyond repute83XLX has a reputation beyond repute83XLX has a reputation beyond repute83XLX has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I paid $2800 for my '83 in 1990. I've spent around $2000 more on restoring/modifying/repairing it over the years. I'd hope to get $4500-$5000 from the right buyer because of its condition (people who don't know much about Harleys ask if it's new), but I'll probably never sell it.



__________________
I never wanted a Harley, but I always wanted a Sportster.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it (especially if you don't know what you're doing). Most Sportster problems are owner-induced.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10th January 2008
ambulldogg's Avatar
ambulldogg ambulldogg is offline
Flat Track Champion
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: MICHIGAN
Posts: 615
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 883-1200
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 99'
ambulldogg has disabled reputation
Default

well i bought my 74' for $1900 and sold it for 4800. put around 600 into it, just because all the fabrication on everything and all the paint/welding ect.was done myself.sold it the bay with 4800 or best offer on it and had plenty of offers over 3800, until somebody just bought it outrite in 3days.
beginning

after
__________________
http://www.myspace.com/gadget2278
AIM--loudpipes74
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Do What You Can Do When You Can Do It!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10th January 2008
joestuff's Avatar
joestuff joestuff is offline
Senior Chief Know It All 1st Class
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,156
Sportster/Buell Model: XLCH, restored
Sportster/Buell Year: 1962
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XLH, period hotrod basket
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1961
Other Motorcycle Model: FXDXT (T-sport)
Other Motorcycle Year: 2002
Reputation: 2223
joestuff is a jewel in the roughjoestuff is a jewel in the roughjoestuff is a jewel in the roughjoestuff is a jewel in the roughjoestuff is a jewel in the roughjoestuff is a jewel in the roughjoestuff is a jewel in the roughjoestuff is a jewel in the roughjoestuff is a jewel in the roughjoestuff is a jewel in the roughjoestuff is a jewel in the rough
Default

Now remember, older sportsters, pre 70, are harder to come by because less where made (under 2000 total in 62 as example, about half XLCH, half XLH), and there is less chance of them surviving. If restored or original they are worth a bit more then the later ironheads.

When I'm done, I might be able to sell mine for what I have in it parts wise.

That being said, nobody in there right mind would pay what I would want for mine!!!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10th January 2008
onadraw's Avatar
onadraw onadraw is offline
Master Mechanic
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 261
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1200s
Sportster/Buell Year: 1998
Reputation: 662
onadraw will become famous soon enoughonadraw will become famous soon enoughonadraw will become famous soon enoughonadraw will become famous soon enoughonadraw will become famous soon enoughonadraw will become famous soon enough
Default

Mine is worth more to me than anybody else. I've touched every part on that bike/engine and spent many hours and much money to make it right. Anybody can buy a reliable ride but I've got more than money invested in mine.
__________________
- Thou shalt not bow down and worship nor serve the God of Chrome; for, lo, he is a false god and will not get thy butt home.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10th January 2008
IronMick's Avatar
IronMick IronMick is offline
Rider Of The Iron Steed
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: London, ON Canada
Posts: 32,490
Sportster/Buell Model: XLH
Sportster/Buell Year: 1978
Reputation: 1280341
IronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I have spent [not invested, but spent!] way too much on mine; at least 3 times what i might expect to get from a sale.

It is worth this much to me, approximately:
$1,000,000,000,000,000,000, ..., 000,000.00
__________________
Mick
IronHead Forever!

Visit Mick's WebSite
[And Check Out My Autobiog]
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10th January 2008
SpringerSam's Avatar
SpringerSam SpringerSam is offline
Senior Chief Harley Engineer
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Detroit Red Wings Country
Posts: 1,017
Sportster/Buell Model: xlch
Sportster/Buell Year: 70
Sportster/Buell Model #2: Softail Springer
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 2006
Reputation: 312
SpringerSam is on a distinguished roadSpringerSam is on a distinguished roadSpringerSam is on a distinguished roadSpringerSam is on a distinguished road
Default

Personalizing your bike is worth way more than the resale value. It's a part of you...

It's not much different than completely re-decorating your house and find out later that the new buyers tore out the carpet, cabinets, a few walls, etc. It sold the house but you never really got your money out of your expenses.

Certain items on your house (ie bathroom upgrades) bring a higher resale value. Certain items on your bike bring a higher resale value.

All in all it's the enjoyment and not the resale value that really matters.

Just My Thoughts...

Sam
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10th January 2008
CrazyHorse CrazyHorse is offline
Land Speed Record
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Bugtussle in Appalachia Ohio
Posts: 765
Sportster/Buell Model: Iron Mafia "61 incher"
Sportster/Buell Year: 1975
Sportster/Buell Model #2: Triumph 650 Bonneville
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1970
Other Motorcycle Model: Triumph Spitfire
Other Motorcycle Year: 1973
Reputation: 179
CrazyHorse is on a distinguished roadCrazyHorse is on a distinguished road
Default

Mine is worth way more "to me" than any generic Evo would EVER be worth "to me".

Mine is worth enough that I park it in the living-room all winter .....yet I'd park an EVO in the yard, uncovered and not give it a thought. ( I park my CB650 & Bonneville in the bike shop.)

Mine is worth too much to ride fat girls on the fender.......

Matter of fact.............mine is priceless.............which means it's NEVER FOR SALE...........period.

Gee........ya think I got my point across on how I feel about Ironhead Sporty's???????????

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10th January 2008
Moon Wolf's Avatar
Moon Wolf Moon Wolf is offline
Senior Master Custom Bike Builder
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Puget Sound--Washington State
Posts: 5,247
Sportster/Buell Model: Sportster XLH
Sportster/Buell Year: 1961
Sportster/Buell Model #2: Sportster XL
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1957
Other Motorcycle Model: KH KHK XLH XLCH
Reputation: 310625
Moon Wolf has a reputation beyond reputeMoon Wolf has a reputation beyond reputeMoon Wolf has a reputation beyond reputeMoon Wolf has a reputation beyond reputeMoon Wolf has a reputation beyond reputeMoon Wolf has a reputation beyond reputeMoon Wolf has a reputation beyond reputeMoon Wolf has a reputation beyond reputeMoon Wolf has a reputation beyond reputeMoon Wolf has a reputation beyond reputeMoon Wolf has a reputation beyond repute
Default

You all know what I paid for the 65 ($1701). By the time it's on the road in April or May, I'll probably have about five thousand into it. It would probably sell for that, so if you discount about two-hundred hours of labor, I'm ahead of the game.

Of course, I have more than that in the 62 and it's not even together yet. God knows how much I have into the chopper--at least five grand in 1970 dollars. So, I guess the only bike I might make a profit on, if I were to sell, would be the 68--and that's only because I got a pretty good deal and haven't touched it yet.

The entire venture is clearly whacked out. That's one of the things I like about it. To hell with things you can justify.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 21:08.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC