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Old 28th January 2014
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I was wondering about some milestones in and around the Ironhead production years. What years were the first and last one produced for instance. Also what years in between were there any significant changes like motor sizes (when did it go to a 1000cc), or when was the last true right hand shift vs the crossover and then the change to left hand? First year with signals, etc. You get the idea.
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First Sportster - 1957
First XLCH - 1958
First street legal XLCH - 1959
Last REAL XLCH - 1969 (last year for magneto ignition)
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'67 first year for electric start.
'69 last year for magneto
'71 last year for 900cc
'74 last year for right side shift
'79 last official year for kickstart
'85 last year before evolution engine
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'84 last year for generator (switch to alternator made mid-year)
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Pre 69 = not perfect but more than OK

Post 70 = not so OK, but in varying degrees

72, last proper/nice handlebars/forks with internal control cables and properly rated lecky switches/all built in the good ol' USA...

Post 79, Q cam obsolescence, what's the idea????, legislation takes over your pleasure...

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'67 first year for electric start.
'69 last year for magneto
'71 last year for 900cc
'74 last year for right side shift
'79 last official year for kickstart
'85 last year before evolution engine
'71= last year 900cc and First year "cone" bottom ignition...

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'77= first minisump engine and true left hand shift
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'67 first year for electric start.
'69 last year for magneto
'71 last year for 900cc
'74 last year for right side shift
'79 last official year for kickstart
'85 last year before evolution engine


67 XLH only year Sportster to come from the factory with both kick and electric.
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